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 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.
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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.