Category Archives: Family and child Psychology

Helen Wood – Child & Family Clinician

Helen Wood – Child & Family Clinician

Helen brings broad experience in health and social welfare to her role as a Child and Family Clinician at Kids First.

She has a strong professional interest in the mental health behaviour support and emotional resilience of young people and their families and has training to support children who have experienced trauma and who struggle with challenges such as anxiety, ADHD and autism.

Helen is a warm, experienced and mature clinician and takes extra time to get to know families and their children. 

She enjoys working with young people and their families find practical solutions to the problems they may be facing and Kids First’s families find her to be creative, engaging and authentic. 

In addition to assessments and individual therapy for children and families, Helen leads Kids First’s evidence-based Cool Kids groups for anxious children aged 7 to 12 and Social Skills groups for children with unique needs.

As a mental health professional who is in the final stage of her six-year psychology degree, Helen is a provisional psychologist and is therefore accredited by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  

She is available at Kids First Children’s Services on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

As psychological support and counselling is an essential service during periods of lockdown restrictions, Helen is providing clients with the option of tele-health or safely modified face-to-face apppointments.

Places are limited and fill quickly. Contact Kids First on 9938 5419 to reserve a session for your family.

Learn more about psychology and counselling at Kids First Children's Services
Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Dimity Blank – Child & Family Clinician

Kids First Children’s Services clinician, Dimity Blank, supports children and young people who require extra understanding. She is passionate about providing solutions for children and families when learning, behavioural, developmental or identity differences create stress, anxiety, and relationship issues. 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

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