Meet the Team!
- B. Sc. (Psych) M. Arts. (Psych)
Educational and Developmental Psychologist
- KASHA BEDFORD (MAPS)
Kasha graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 completing a Masters degree in Psychology. Kasha has over 25 years’ experience providing psychology services in the public and private domains. She is a passionate and highly experienced in promoting growth and independence in children, adolescents and adults and in particular those with additional / special needs. She is competent in running a range of evidenced based programs including Triple P (Standard, Stepping Stones and Enhanced) Programs, Westmead Feelings Programs, CBT groups, Cool Kids Anxiety Programs, Sleep Programs, Fussy Eating and Toilet Training programs. She is an accredited Griffiths III provider for developmental assessments. She is an accredited Westmead Feelings Program facilitator. She is competent and experienced in developing and implementing behaviour support plans for clients with complex challenging behaviours. She has presented to parents and other professionals on Anxiety in the Special Needs population. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disabilities (PSYCHDD). She is an accredited Medicare provider. She is an accredited 4+2 and 5+1 AHPRA Approved Supervisor and has been supervising and mentoring Psychologists for over 15 years. She is an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist.
- B. Psychology
- JANE WEARN (MAPS)
Jane graduated from the University of Newcastle. She has been a practicing Psychologist for over 25 years providing services to children, adolescents and adults in both the public and private sectors. Jane co-founded Solutions In Mind Psychology in 2013 in conjunction with Kasha Bedford. Jane is an AHPRA approved supervisor and provides ongoing mentoring to Psychologists.
- B. Sc. (Psych) Grad Dip. Applied Psychology
- LIZ LEAHEY (Assoc. MAPS)
Liz graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2000. She has worked in the public and private sector including the Catholic School domains as a School Counsellor and in Out of Home Care. She is experienced in providing a range of services across the lifespan with a focus on CBT, person centred, family therapy and behavioural interventions. Liz works with a range of client presentations including mood disorders, anxiety, child behaviour difficulties, and trauma. Liz is an accredited Griffiths III provider for developmental assessments, Cool Kids, and MindUp facilitator. Liz is an accredited Medicare provider.
- B. Psychology
- HOLLY HARGRAVES (Assoc. MAPS)
Holly graduated in 2016 from Western Sydney University. Holly has experience teaching dancing to children, including those with special needs in the school environment and local dance studios for the past 10 years. Her experience assists her in providing services to young children and adolescents. She has a special interest in working with adolescent girls on the autism spectrum and addressing their social and emotional development. She is experienced in providing behaviour support to those with complex challenging behaviours. She is passionate about promoting the importance of exercise on mental health and well-being. Holly is a trained ADOS-2 and ADI-R autism assessment provider.
- B. Psychological Sciences (Hons)
- CHRIS JOSS (Assoc. MAPS)
Chris graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2015. He is experienced in neurofeedback with children and adolescents. He is also experienced in working with chronic pain presentations and using hypnotherapy. Chris enjoys working with a variety of presentations, and has a special interest working with adolescent boys developing their social and emotional development and enhancing their interests.
- B. Psychology
- Helen Thomas (Assoc. MAPS)
Helen graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Psychology (1st Class Honours). Helen is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is an Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Helen is experienced in working with remote, rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities to deliver psychological services to children and their families. She has experience of working with people with disabilities in a therapeutic setting and a sports setting. Her special interests include; Childhood trauma, Children in out of home care, Mental health of people with disabilities and Indigenous youth. Helen has completed training in emotional regulation for children with autism spectrum disorders. She has also completed ADI-R and ADOS 2 training.
- Bachelor of Social Sciences - Psychology (Honours) Provisional Psychologist
- TARA DUGUID
Tara graduated from the University of Western Sydney completing a Bachelor of Psychological Studies (1st Class Honours) in 2020. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is currently in the process of becoming a Westmead Feelings Program Facilitator. Tara joins us following volunteering at the practice during her university studies. She is passionate about working with younger children, adolescents and their families, and is particularly focused on empowering young women to be independent and confident in themselves and their social abilities. She is excited to encourage young adults to incorporate exercise and regular self-care practices to embrace a wholistic approach to promoting and prioritising their mental health.
- B.SocSci (Psychology)
Behavioural Support Clinician
- Emily Montes De Oca
Emily graduated in 2018 from The University of Western Sydney, completing a Bachelor of Social Science Psychology. She is very passionate about helping children and adolescents with their social and emotional development, as well as assisting individuals and their families when dealing with challenging behaviours. Emily is currently employed as a Behavioural Support Clinician at Solutions in Mind.
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Graduate Diploma (Psychology) Behaviour Support Clinician Provisional Psychologist JULIANA SOARDI
Juliana completed a Bachelor degree from Macquarie University in 2016. She further completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology in 2019 from Western Sydney University. She has previous experience in Rehabilitation of workers compensation clients in the organisational space. She is experienced in developing, implementing and monitoring behaviour support plans for children and adults with complex behavioural issues. She is an NDIS Specialist Behaviour Support Practitioner. She is passionate about working with clients and supporting progress in their lives. She has an interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma wishing to support them to overcome their experiences and sustain healthy and meaningful lives.
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced Provisional Psychologist EMILY SMITH
Emily graduated from Monash University completing the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced following from graduating from Macquarie University with the Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (2018). She has experience working with young persons and children in out of home care as a youth support worker. Emily also has experience working with people experiencing homelessness, providing ground level support to families and people in crisis. She has an interest in providing support for children and adolescents and their families in a holistic way.
- B. Psychology
- Kate Nelson
Kate completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Western Sydney University in 2019. Kate volunteered at Solutions in Mind throughout her studies, gaining experience in aiding children and adolescents with their social and emotional development. Kate is passionate about making a difference in individuals lives, providing crisis support to individuals as a Lifeline telephone counsellor volunteer. Kate has experience in challenging behaviours in autism and disability from her previous role as a Behaviour Support Clinician. She is an accredited Westmead Feelings Program 2 facilitator for teaching social and emotional skill development to children with autism spectrum disorders. Kate has a holistic background and understanding of numerous behavioural, developmental and psychological concerns.
- Office Manager
Darren brings over 25 years of management experience to the Solutions in Mind team. He is passionate about providing quality care to all of our clients. He is responsible for all aspects of the practice management including initial inquiries, booking appointments, managing of clinician calendars, invoicing, supervising junior administrative staff and providing administrative support to all clinicians.