Profiles

Kathleen Langford - Director Inside Out OT

KATHLEEN LANGFORD
Director and Senior Occupational Therapist and Family Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group. Developmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health services.

Kathleen graduated as dux from her Occupational Therapy studies at Curtin University. She began working at Perth Clinic, providing group psychotherapy and individual therapy for young adults and adults with mental health difficulties. She developed and coordinated the therapy program for the Mother-Baby Unit, which specialised in post-natal depression and parent-child attachment. She attained further qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapies.

Upon moving to Melbourne, Kathleen began working at St Vincent’s Hospital in the Primary Mental Health Team, working alongside general practitioners to assess and treat high prevalence mental health disorders.  She conducted training programs to GPs regarding assessment techniques, treatment approaches and therapeutic engagement with adolescents.

Kathleen commenced her postgraduate studies in Family Therapy through Swinburne University (Williams Road) and began working as the Outreach Clinician and the Occupational Therapy and Family Therapy Coordinator at  Wundeela Eastern Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This role also enabled her to work as a Clinical Consultant within the Mindful Developmental Psychiatry Postgraduate Training Program at the University of Melbourne.   Kathleen subsequently moved to the Royal Melbourne Hospital as the Senior Family Therapist, providing supervision and training to mental health clinicians across both acute and community mental health teams. She was a strong advocate for the inclusion of families and children into the treatment provided by adult mental health clinicians.

Kathleen moved to the United Kingdom and began working as a Senior Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist in the county of Somerset. Whilst in this role, she developed clinical pathways to significantly reduce waitlist times, which included the introduction of group-based therapies for children and their parents. She developed the Developmental Coordination Disorder assessment and treatment pathway at the Children’s Therapy service, which involved partnerships between health and education. Kathleen consulted to the CAMHS service, providing Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment, as well as working on the Communication Disorders Assessment Panel.

Upon her return to Perth, Kathleen recommenced at Perth Clinic in the Quality Coordinator role, and then began her work as Senior Occupational Therapist at the newly formed state wide Complex Attention and Hyperactivity Disorders Service (CAHDS) in Murdoch. Kathleen developed the role of Occupational Therapy within this mental health team, to ensure that children who present with ADHD or similar difficulties are provided with a thorough developmental assessment alongside other mental health, medical and systemic reviews.

Kathleen is passionate about working together with other health professionals so as to better understand a child’s difficulties. She uses her specialist training in Family Therapy to ensure that her interventions are always embedded within the child’s family in a therapeutic and rewarding way. Kathleen is passionate about her work with Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group and especially enjoys watching children and their families grow in both skill and confidence during their journey together.

Kathleen is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Occupational Therapy Australia and has a Working with Children Check. She is a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy. Kathleen is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is a registered Medicare Provider for Better Access to Mental Health and Chronic Disease Management.

To contact Kathleen, please refer to our Contact Us page.

 

Lisa Cooper - Director, Inside Out OT

LISA COOPER
Director and Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
Developmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health.

Lisa completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Curtin University before commencing her career as an Occupational Therapist in the area of adult mental health, covering an inpatient caseload and the group program at Fremantle Hospital.   She was involved in the development and implementation of inpatient and 10-week outpatient recovery groups focusing on stress management, cognitive behavioural techniques, social skills, recreation, creative expression, work skills and relaxation.  She then moved across to physical rehabilitation, working in general medicine, rehabilitation and outpatient neurology.  This role also included being a member of the Balance and Mobility Clinic, providing preventative education and social services/environmental modification and advice to minimise falls in an at risk population.

Strongly interested in paediatrics, Lisa progressed to child development services as the Paediatric Occupational Therapist at the Rockingham Early Intervention Centre. Lisa provided individual assessment, treatment and group therapy in the clinic, home and school setting.  She was an active member of the multidisciplinary team, her role including the Early Intervention Clinic for children at risk of severe developmental delay as well as the Mealtime Management Team. Lisa also provided training for teachers, educational assistants and parents in the community.

Combining both her paediatric and mental health backgrounds, Lisa became the Senior Occupational Therapist at Families at Work, a residential program for children with significant emotional and behavioural difficulties, and Bentley Family Clinic, a child and adolescent mental health outpatient clinic.   Managing both an inpatient and outpatient caseload, Lisa provided an Occupational Therapy assessment and therapy service to children and adolescents with mental health issues and coexisting learning difficulties.  Her role included being a member and subsequently Coordinator of the clinic’s multidisciplinary ADHD Assessment and Review Team.    Lisa was also the clinic’s Groups Coordinator, a group therapist and a case manager. In addition to her clinical work, Lisa represented South Metropolitan Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at the National Benchmarking Project.  She was a member and representative of Occupational Therapy at the Ministerial Implementation Committee for ADHD in WA.

Lisa continues to work as the Senior Occupational Therapist at Bentley Family Clinic.   She also provides clinical supervision to other Senior Occupational Therapists within CAMHS.  Lisa is passionate about working with children and their families and how Inside Out Occupational Therapy can help bridge the gap between physical and emotional health.  Lisa enjoys working alongside other health professionals to ensure holistic assessment and intervention.

Lisa is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Occupational Therapy Australia and has a Working with Children Check.  She has completed further training in the areas of infant mental health, sensory integration, trauma informed care, supervision, group therapy, Theraplay®, The Alert Program®, Circle of Security, Therapeutic Listening®, Friends for Life Group Training, Drumbeat and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.  Lisa is a registered Medicare Provider for Better Access to Mental Health and Chronic Disease Management.

To contact Lisa, please refer to our Contact Us page.

 

Amy Nicolson

AMY NICOLSON
Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group.
Developmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health services.

Amy graduated from Edith Cowan University with first class honours. Her research explored the impact of assistive technology on caregivers of children with cerebral palsy. The main findings provided evidence-based insight into the physical, emotional, and resource challenges that caregivers and families face on a daily basis. This research contributed to Amy’s interest to explore the impact of mental health on people engaging in meaningful occupations.

Amy worked at Perth Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital in Perth. Her role included providing group and individual psychotherapy to adults, young adults and adolescents with mental health concerns. Amy was instrumental in the development, review and application of mood management, stress reduction and sleep hygiene programs. Amy engaged in professional development including: mindfulness based cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and personality character workshops. Amy is a strong advocate for mental wellbeing and has a great understanding on the impact ill health has on everyday life, relationships and growth for the future. Amy believes her mental health skills are very valuable when working with children and their families.

Amy has also worked at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in their secure care service. This role required Amy to provide therapeutic care and support to ‘at risk youth’ in order to encourage engagement in meaningful activities, foster hope, and establish goals for the future. Amy has engaged in further professional development in trauma theory, sanctuary models and therapeutic crisis interventions. This experience is invaluable in understanding the complexities adolescents face on a daily basis.

Amy is energetic and passionate about occupational therapy, she enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families. She prides herself on taking a holistic and client centred approach in order to achieve goals and grow. Inside Out OT allows Amy to address all aspects of development, physical and mental health with everyone she works with.

Amy is a member of Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Occupational Therapy Australia, and has a working with children check.

To contact Amy, please refer to our Contact Us page.

 

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GILLIAN REID
Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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evelopmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health.

Gillian Reid is an experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in adult mental heath and child development.

Her passion is working with children and their families helping them improve their mental health, physical development and overall wellbeing.

She is experienced in assessment and intervention that targets the specific mental health needs of the individual. She is also trained to specifically assess and provide intervention for children of varying ages in regards to their fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, sensory processing, self-regulation, psychosocial skills and cognition.

Her approach is to first and foremost take the time to understand each and every client’s unique situation. Drawing on her excellent assessment capabilities she then outlines clear recommendations that she is able to translate to both parent and child in a caring, empathetic and effective manner. She then works alongside her clients helping them to develop the skills they need to achieve their goals.

Gillian has extensive work experience in the area of mental health. She has worked within the WA Health Department in both inpatient and community roles and she also has experience in the private sector, which she gained when she worked for a private mental health clinic in West Perth. Gillian has pursued her interest in child development through joining an occupational therapy private practice specialising in paediatrics. She currently works for this clinic part-time and at InsideOut Occupational Therapy part-time.

She has completed professional development and is practiced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness techniques, supportive counselling, mental health management and sensory processing. She is trained in the COOP Approach (Cognitive, Orientation to Occupational Performance) and is an accredited facilitator of the Circle of Security Parent Training.

Gillian is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has a Working with Children check. She is a registered Medicare provider for the Better Access to Mental Health and Chronic Disease Management.

To contact Gillian, please refer to our Contact Us page.

 

 

Nina Fitch

NINA FITCH
Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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evelopmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health.

Nina is the newest member of our team at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group.

Nina is a highly motivated, enthusiastic and committed professional who develops and values positive and respectful relationships with children and their families. Nina has completed undergraduate and post graduate university qualifications in Occupational Therapy and post graduate qualifications in Early Childhood Education which has enabled her to develop particular strengths in understanding children’s development, the importance of developmentally appropriate and engaging ways for children to learn and the psychosocial issues of childhood. She has a strong understanding and passion for the need for early intervention for both physical and emotional difficulties that can assist a child reach their full potential and importantly develop a life long strong self of sense and self-belief.

Nina began her Occupational Therapy career working in Oncology and Palliative Care where her ability to compassionately connect with clients and families experiencing significant physical and emotional stress was well noted. Her interest in Palliative Care led to a qualitative independent study on the use of Biofeedback -assisted muscle relaxation in the management of end stage cancer pain. She later worked in adult mental health both at SCGH and Fremantle Hospital and was part of a team who provided services to both inpatients and members of the community attending day hospital services. She facilitated a group therapy programme in anger management, cognitive behavioural therapy, stress management and relaxation, goal setting, life skills, social skills and creative expression.
Nina took a break from her career to raise her three sons but a strong interest in Early Childhood education saw her return to university study to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education at ECU. Her background in Occupational Therapy proved to be instrumental in her approach to teaching and learning and enabled her to identify individual children’s strengths and challenges and to differentiate her programme to meet the diverse needs of the students and their families. Nina held a position at Presbyterian Ladies College, where she was teacher in charge of a co educational kindergarten class. She planned and implemented an innovative and creative teaching programme shaped by the International Baccalaureate Programme incorporating the philosophies and child centred teaching approach of Reggio Emilia. Nina also worked at the Association for the Blind WA (now known as VisAbility) as the sole teacher in a community based Kindergarten programme for 3-4 year olds, seven of whom had special needs including blindness, varying degrees of low vision, language delay, mobility and difficulty toilet training.

As an Early Childhood teacher Nina highly valued play as the primary way children learn about their world, develop new physical, social and mental skills, understand how things work and express themselves. She has always had a personal interest in children’s mental health and in 2014 completed a postgraduate certificate in Child Centred Play Therapy (CCPT) with Play Therapy Australia, Australia’s leading professional training organization in CCPT. Child Centred Play Therapy is an effective form of counselling for young children age 2-10 years.  As adults, we often talk about our fears and everyday worries or stressful and traumatic experiences, but for young children this approach is not appropriate as they are often unable to express how they are feeling nor what it is that is worrying them. They are not always able to neither name their emotions nor connect how their behaviours and actions are closely linked to their emotional state or mental health.  Play therapy for children is like talking therapy is the adults. Play is a child’s natural language and toys can be their words. CCPT allows a child to choose which emotions or issues they want to “play out”, at a pace that they are comfortable with, in a respectful and supportive environment.  It allows children to manage difficult feelings and make some sense of events that are happening in their lives.

Nina is a committee member of the Australian Play Therapy Association (APTA) and a member of the Association for Play Therapy (United States) and is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Occupational Therapy Australia and has a Working with Children Check.

To contact Nina, please refer to our Contact Us page.

 

 

jordana

JORDANA KAISER
Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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evelopmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health.

Jordana completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Edith Cowan University.   She began working in adult mental health through the Department of Health, managing an inpatient and outpatient caseload. Jordana also commenced as a school-based Occupational Therapist, providing screening and subsequent intervention for children identified with developmental difficulties in the classroom environment.

Jordana is passionate about working with children and their families. Combining her skills in mental health and child development, she ensures assessment and intervention is holistic and client-centred. Her focus is on highlighting strengths, maximizing opportunities for growth and promoting overall physical and mental wellbeing.  This is achieved through excellent observation and communication skills, working collaboratively and establishing strong relationships with clients, their families and other health professionals.

Jordana is committed to ongoing professional development in the areas of paediatrics and mental health. She is currently studying a post-graduate degree in Youth Mental Health through the University of Melbourne and is undergoing training for Children of Parents with a Mental Illness.

Jordana is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Occupational Therapy Australia and has a Working with Children Check.  She is a registered Medicare Provider for Chronic Disease Management.

To contact Jordana, please refer to our Contact Us page.

 

 

Tess

TESS NEATES
Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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evelopmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health.

Tess completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Curtin University. In her final year of her degree, her passion and knowledge of paediatric Occupational Therapy grew. Tess began gaining experience in clinic, school-based and community assessment and intervention during her placement at VisAbility. Tess conducted playgroup and individual sessions for children with blindness, vision impairment and other developmental conditions around fine and gross motor and sensory-based activities.  After spending one month in Shanghai, China as part of an OT university placement, Tess engaged in inter-professional practice to ensure a collaborative, holistic and culturally appropriate approach to therapy with young clients.  Tess also has experience in administering developmental screening in the school setting through a private paediatric practice in Perth and looks forward to working with families and teachers to ensure goals and intervention priorities are both contextualised and meaningful.

Whilst studying, Tess gained experience working at Lady Lawley Cottage under the Australian Red Cross as a Recreation Assistant and as a Support Worker with children with diverse disabilities.  Here she facilitated and encouraged engagement for children in meaningful activities on-site and within the community.  Alongside this, Tess has completed two Primary School practicums under Notre Dame University (whilst enrolled in their undergraduate Education Degree), coached children in athletics and has been a Team Leader on Edmund Rice Camps for Kids.

Tess is currently involved in paediatric and mental health professional development. She is very passionate in building rapport with children, adolescents and their families, whilst delivering client-centred and holistic practice.  Tess believes in connecting emotional and physical health and wellbeing for participation and growth in everyday life.

Tess is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Developmental Occupational Therapy WA and has a Working with Children Check.

To contact Tess, please refer to our Contact Us page.