Category Archives: Family and child 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.

Learn more about psychology and counselling at Kids First Children's Services

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

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. In addition to her qualifications and experience as a child psychologist, Kate is an accredited teacher with the NSW… 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

The Australian bushfire crisis: How your kids can help

Australia’s bushfires have brought unprecedented loss, fear and sadness to our nation and as ‘city slickers’ it’s hard not to feel guilty as our country cousins struggle with drought, fire and untold tragedy. All is not lost, however, because the spirit of Aussie mateship is alive and well – and it is something we can… Continue Reading

Sibling Rivalry: Psychologist shares school holiday survival tips

A psychologists who works with children in Sydney’s northern beaches says that while it is normal for children to occasionally become bored with one another, time spent with siblings is an important part of building family relationships and teaching kids to co-operate, respect and compromise with others. Brothers and sisters can be great friends and… Continue Reading

Health funds: Use it or lose it

If you have extras health insurance, getting value out of your membership is probably a high priority for you and your family. Many families invest in ‘extras’ cover to protect themselves against the costs of health services that can unexpectedly blow the family budget. However, it’s important to know that most health insurance funds reset… Continue Reading

Parent resources: How Manage Mean Kids and Playground Politics

It can be difficult to help your child to develop the social skills and resilience they need to cope with playground politics. As an adult, understanding how these skills develop in children may be helpful start as you parent your child. Equally, resources that you can use with your child to build their understanding of… Continue Reading

Free parent event: How to manage mean kids and playground politics 

Is making and keeping friends a minefield for your child? Does your child struggle because of: Conflict with other kids? ‘Best friend’ issues? Social isolation? Difficulties with joining a game or fitting in? Exclusion from groups? Don’t miss this valuable free presentation by experienced Psychologist Louella Covich. At this important parent seminar, Louella will explain… Continue Reading