Profiles

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 Langford - Director Inside Out OT

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 wait list 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 and Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
Developmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health.

Lisa Cooper - Director, Inside Out OT

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.

 

LISA ADENEY
Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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Lisa is the newest member of our team at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group

Lisa completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Curtin University, and is soon to finish her postgraduate Masters degree in Infant Mental Health at Edith Cowan University at the closure of 2017.

She first started working as an Occupational Therapist within a private practice in Perth, which focused on the use of relationship based strategies such as DIR-Floortime® to enable child development and foster a solid foundation for the child and family to reach their potential. Within this work, there was a focus on sensory processing and supporting the child’s self-regulation skills within their environment at home and school.

Following her passion in working with young children and their families, Lisa worked within a disability service provider, providing support to a number of families who had a child with a disability. Here, Lisa supervised Occupational Therapists and provided support as a mentor to other colleagues in the area of mealtime management and self-regulation. As part of this support, Lisa co-created policies and procedures for the organisation and provided training to colleagues, and for staff involved in the school system.

Working closely with children and their caregivers, means that Lisa can continue to build on her creative and imaginative ideas- always trying to keep her sessions engaging including a high quality of intervention strategies. It is Lisa’s passion to support children’s social and emotional development with an attachment theory framework from the earliest age possible. She strongly believes this is the key to unlocking a child’s potential in all aspects of their life including physical and cognitive skills. Lisa has a keen interest in working with infants and young children within their families who experience relationship and emotional difficulties, as well as working with families who have children with mealtime difficulties.

Lisa is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Occupational Therapy Australia, Australian Association of Infant Mental Health West Australian Branch; and has a Working with Children Check. She has completed further training in Mentalisation Based Treatment, DIR-Floortime®, Therapeutic Listening®, Sequential-Oral-Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS®), The Food Scientist SOS® adaptation,  Talk tools® Oral Motor Feeding Approach, Ellyn Satter Approach to Feeding, and SENSEational Mealtimes. Lisa is a registered Medicare provider for the Better Access to Mental Health and Chronic Disease Management plans.

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

 

JORDANA KAISER
Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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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.

 

VIRGINIA ARNOTT
Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
Developmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health

It’s been a long time and a lot of moving since Virginia graduated in Occupational Therapy in South Africa. She started her working life in South Africa, then moved to Australia and worked for 10 years in Melbourne before moving to the UK where, in addition to equipment provision and home  modifications, she worked with children with a wide range of disabilities and diagnoses.  She was for a time manager of the Children’s Paediatric OT Service in West Berkshire. She has completed extensive training in Sensory Integration as well as the Alert Programme and ‘DIR Floortime’. Before joining Inside Out, Virginia worked in Newman providing a service to the whole community, including 3 rural indigenous communities, one so distant it was necessary to fly there in a charter plane.  She describes this as the most interesting job she has ever had.  However, she is very pleased to be back in Perth and working for Inside Out.

To contact Virginia, please refer to our Contact Us page

 

KYLIN WOON
Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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Kylin completed her Occupational Therapy degree at Curtin University and has since completed a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma with the Australian

Childhood Foundation.  Following her passion in working with children and families, Kylin commenced her career by working with the Department of Communities- Child Protection and Family Support, providing assessment and therapeutic support for at risk children and families in the school setting.

Following this, she began working with a not-for-profit organisation, in Therapeutic Foster Care and Early Intervention programs. This saw her work across multiple roles, predominantly in leading the provision of Occupational Therapy services to children and adolescents who had experienced trauma from abuse and resided in foster care across WA. Here her role focused on addressing the barriers impacting on a child’s potential to engage successfully in their daily lives, including behaviour, cognition, self-regulation, motor development and social skills. She developed life skill programs and co-created organisational policies to facilitate staff in reaching positive outcomes for adolescents transitioning towards independence.

She also provided community-based early intervention services in partnership with local families, schools, and day-care providers to support the healthy development of children and families in at risk communities. This included the implementation of group services with the topics such as supporting kids at school and baby development. Kylin additionally supervised other Occupational Therapists and undergraduate Curtin University students, and has provided trainings to allied health professionals and schools.

Kylin advocates for a holistic view of positive health, and enjoys supporting children and families through addressing the many facets of positive well-being and seeing their potential grow. She is passionate about a relationship-based and family centred focus as a foundation to development. In appreciating the importance of play in a child’s learning, she incorporates play-based activities in sessions to actively engage children in their therapy. She has completed further training in the areas of the Alert Program®, play therapy, Circle of Security, Developmental Trauma, Sensory Processing and Trauma Informed Care.

Kylin 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 Better Access to Mental Health and Chronic Disease Management.

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

 

MEL TIBBITS
Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
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Mel graduated in Occupational Therapy with honours from Curtin University, and has experience working as a school based Occupational Therapist as well as working with children within the clinical setting. Mel is also a soft tissue functional therapist and Pilates instructor. She enjoys utilising the knowledge she has gained in these fields, along with her experience in working with children, to provide effective interventions in gross and fine motor development as well as emotional and sensory regulation and anxiety management strategies. Mel recognises the importance of effective relationships with the child, and their significant people. She is passionate about working with young people, supporting them and their families, to ensure they maximise their engagement in life’s roles and activities.
Mel is a current member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Occupational Therapy Australia, and has a Working with Children Check. Mel is a registered Medicare, HCWA, Better Start and NDIS health provider.

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

 

LILY KOTKIS
Senior Speech and Language Pathologist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group

Lily completed a 4 year honours degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy, in South Africa, in 1989. Her thesis topic was titled “Self-Correction Strategies in Adult Aphasics”.  After graduating, Lily worked as a speech pathologist for a private practice, assessing and treating children and adults with speech and language disorders. Lily also worked in hospital settings, providing services to adult stroke patients. In addition to this, Lily worked part time as an Audiologist for a group of Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, conducting hearing tests on children and babies. She also worked in a private school in Johannesburg, assessing and treating children with speech, language and literacy difficulties. This involved liaison with the school teachers and other professionals involved in the management of the children.

In 1991, Lily immigrated to Australia. She began working part time at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), working in number different areas, including aged care, respiratory medicine, intensive care, stroke rehabilitation and outpatient clinics. Her role included the assessment and management of patients with speech and language difficulties, as well as feeding difficulties (dysphagia). She worked in conjunction with the radiology clinic, performing video fluoroscopic examination on patients with swallowing disorders. Within the hospital setting, Lily was involved with student supervision and took part in many multidisciplinary meetings and projects.

Lily took on the role of senior speech pathologist at SCGH, specialising in the areas of Head and Neck Surgery. Her role involved the assessment and management of patients presenting head and neck cancers, as well as those presenting with difficulties following plastic surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This role included the attendance at weekly Head and Neck Clinics where patients were assessed by the team and management decisions were made. Her role as senior speech pathologist also involved the management of voice patients and together with the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, a voice clinic was established. She established protocols for the management of patients with chronic cough and paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction. As a clinical specialist, she initiated and conducted quality improvement projects and supervised student speech pathologists. Within her supervisory capacity, she was also involved in the education of students and the performance management of base grade therapists. She also presented to many different groups on topics relating to her areas of clinical specialty. This included a presentation at the Radiotherapy National Conference and to the Radiotherapy Department at SCGH. She presented at the WA based OHNNG meeting and the allied health forums at the hospital.

During her time at SCGH, Lily was the Occupational Health and Safety Representative for allied health professionals.

In 1995, Lily worked on a casual, sessional basis for the Disability Services Commission (School-Aged Therapy Services-SATS) assessing and providing home programs for children who were in the educational support units at schools in the Dianella and Bayswater areas. The workload involved liaising with school teachers and special education teachers, as well as with parents.

In 2006, Lily was part of the examination team for Harcourt Assessment and was involved in the Australian Standardisation Research for the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals – Fourth Edition- Australian Standardisation Edition (CELF-4 Australia).

Lily has worked in private practice for over 25 years and currently has a clinic in Dianella and one in Midland. She also works on a part time basis at a private school in Perth. Lily has a special interest in children with literacy (reading and spelling), phonological awareness and auditory processing difficulties. She also assesses and treats children with speech and articulation errors, language difficulties, literacy, phonological awareness and auditory processing disorders. She also works with people who have voice disorders.  An important part of her role includes liaising with school teachers, psychologists and other professionals who are also involved in the management of her patients. Lily is responsible for developing home programs for her patients and contributes to some of their school programs. She also provides teacher education and strategies on ways to ensure carryover of learnt skills, into the classroom environment. She is passionate about developing early pre-literacy skills in young children and in educating parents about ways to stimulate language development.

Lily is a certified practising speech pathologist (CPSP) and is a member of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia (SPA) and the Private Speech Pathology Association of Western Australia (PSPAWA). She currently holds a position on the PSPAWA committee. Lily has a Working with Children Check. She attends regular workshops, conferences and interest groups in order to maintain her professional development. She has also attended the basic PROMPT training course. Lily is a registered Medicare Provider.

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