Category Archives: Child & Family Psychology

Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Dimity is a qualified Counsellor and experienced Early Childhood Teacher with a background in inclusive education and disability support.

Throughout her career, Dimity has worked with children and young people who require extra understanding and she is passionate about providing solutions for children and families when learning, behavioural, developmental, or identity differences create stress, anxiety, and relationship issues.

Dimity is a kind, gentle, and caring clinician with an understanding of a wide variety of treatment methods such as Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and play-based therapy.

She has supported children and young people who have been affected by family breakups as well as those who struggle to manage their emotions, navigate friendships, and develop healthy self-esteem.

She is particularly committed to supporting children who live with disabilities and developmental delays and their families.

At Kids First, is an integral member of our early intervention team, supporting children with NDIS funding and their families.

She guides parents and carers to a better understanding of their children’s needs with practical ways in which to improve relationships, behaviour, and life at home.

Her experience as a teacher also enables her to provide sensible, constructive advice to classroom educators.

Dimity leads some of Kids First’s evidence-based Social Skills groups and her expertise as a creative early educator is showcased in her supportive Ready Set School program for children aged 4 to 5.

Dimity works at Kids First on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Contact us now on (02) 9938 5419 to make an appointment to discuss a child you care about.

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Louise Ebbrell – Child & Family Clinician

Louise Ebbrell – Child & Family Clinician

Louise is an experienced mental health clinician and qualified teacher who has been supporting children, adolescents and families for more than 10 years. Louise started her professional life as a teacher in England and she has worked in schools in Australia, Asia and the UK. Her broad understanding of children’s learning, development, and behaviour gives… Continue Reading

4 things to do when your child has a fight with a friend

  Ever heard the saying ‘we have friends for reasons and friends for seasons?’ This might sound completely rational for a grown adult whose friendship with another person might have recently cooled, but for kids, losing a friend can cause anxiety and distress. Childhood friendships fracture for many reasons, but when they do, children with… Continue Reading

Sensitive kids: How to have a successful parent-teacher meeting

I once taught a student whose anxious mum was always keen to speak with me. I understood that her earnest pursuit of my attention was simply an attempt to ensure the best for her sensitive only child and did my best to respond positively to her frequent emails, phone calls and unannounced after class visits.… Continue Reading

Career Opportunity @ Kids First: Provisional Psychologist or Social Worker

An exciting career opportunity is available for an outstanding provisional psychologist at Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. If you are an exceptional 5 + 1 or 4 + 2 undergraduate who is dedicated to building a career in child and adolescent psychology, this role could be what you have been looking for. Contact Kids First if you are keen to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, committed to personal and professional growth, and willing to be supervised and mentored as you work with us in a role as a Child and Family Clinician. Learn more here Continue Reading

Kate Caldecott-Davis – Consultant Psychologist

Kate Caldecott-Davis – Consultant Psychologist

Kate is a warm and empathic child and adolescent psychologist with vast experience working within NSW Department of Education, Catholic and Independent school systems, early childhood, and private practice settings. Kate is also a PsyBa-Accredited Supervisor and at Kids First, she provides professional supervision support to the emerging clinicians who are part of our Stronger… Continue Reading

End of the year survival guide for time-poor parents

After a BIG year, the run up to December holidays can be exhausting for children, families and hard-working teachers. When everyone is tired, the last weeks of preschool and school can be tricky. With routines out of kilter, exciting extra outings and a seemingly urgent need to catch up with everyone you know before 25… Continue Reading

School Ready Toolkit

Your children are at home. Perhaps preschool is closed for a while – and there’s only so many repeats of Peppa Pig that you can bear! You’re committed to ensuring that your children develop all of the positive skills they need to have a happy, healthy, confident start to primary school – but you’re not… Continue Reading

8 things your child’s preschool teachers want you to know

It’s a new preschool year and you’re hoping it will be the best one yet for your child. Kids First’s Early Learning Support Specialist, Kirsty Gale, shares eight tips for getting your little one’s first days of kindy or daycare off to a great start. 1. Goodbye tears usually don’t last for long Many children… Continue Reading