Category Archives: Health team

Renee Eyre – Psychologist

Renee Eyre – Psychologist

Renee is a psychologist who has supported hundreds of children during her 30 year career.

Her experience as a teacher and school counsellor in schools uniquely positions her to provide advice and guidance to families about children’s learning and behaviour.

Renee takes a holistic, strengths-based approach to therapy as she works with children and their families to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.

She offers support to children who find it hard to talk about problems such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, family dysfunction and low self-esteem.

Renee also works closely with children and families to provide effective strategies for dealing with issues such as bullying and playground conflict.

In addition to individual and family counselling that supports children and teens, Renee supports families with behaviour management and provides guidance during periods of grief and loss, separation and stress.

Renee has extensive experience with children who have additional needs and helps families to develop positive working relationships with teachers in schools and preschools.

She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) including running the Get Lost Mr Scary anxiety program, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma Informed Practice, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT).

Renee also conducts formal Psychometric and Educational Assessments that can confirm if a child is Gifted, identify children’s Specific Learning Difficulties or determine a child’s learning and academic potential (IQ). She conducts diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents including cognitive, behavioural and mental health assessments and screening.

Renee combines her work in NSW Department of Education schools with her role in Kids First’s private practice team. Her services are eligible for health fund rebates and she also provides support under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative and the NDIS.

Renee works at Kids First on Saturday.

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

Cheryl King – Child & Family Clinician

Cheryl is an experienced case manager, family clinician and relationship educator.  As a provisional psychologist in the final months of a two-year psychology internship, she will complete her 6 year degree in early 2021. During her long career, Cheryl has supported children, adolescents and families with a variety of needs. She started her professional life… Continue Reading

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan Webster – Occupational Therapist

Morgan has a Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy and more than a decade’s experience as an OT. A long-standing member of the Kids First team and the busy mum of two active girls, she has a unique understanding of the challenges that many children and families face. Throughout her career, Morgan has worked extensively in… Continue Reading

Rhiannan Close – Occupational Therapist

Rhiannan Close – Occupational Therapist

Originally from Western Australia, Rhiannan attended Curtin University where she completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy – Honours). She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with additional needs and prior to joining the Kids First team, worked for the Autism Association of WA for several years. Rhiannan’s work in paediatric private… Continue Reading

Texon Xu – Speech Pathologist

Texon Xu – Speech Pathologist

Born and educated in Sydney, Texon graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) His early career experience saw him work in schools, hospitals, and immediately prior to joining the Kids First team, Texon worked for a learning support service in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Texon is an active, innovative… Continue Reading

Kirsty Gale - Early Learning Support Specialist

Kirsty Gale – Early Learning Support Specialist

Kirsty’s 20 year teaching career has been dedicated to helping children meet their full potential and providing parents and educators with practical strategies that improve children’s learning, social and emotional futures. With a Masters’ Degree in Special Education, Kirsty’s post-graduate training in supporting children and families with unique needs means that she is a respected… Continue Reading

Kate Kartikeyan – Psychologist

Kate Kartikeyan – Psychologist

Kate is a highly experienced psychologist and fully qualified Special Education teacher. Throughout her long career, she has supported children and families with a variety of needs, helping them to overcome the social and emotional challenges they face in a kind and compassionate way. Kate’s unique combination of skills gives her a deep understanding of… Continue Reading

Chloe Clark – Occupational Therapist

Chloe Clark – Occupational Therapist

Chloe is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist whose passion for paediatrics is evident in everything she does. Her work in community, preschool and school environments means that she has had lots of opportunities to guide children of all ages and the energy she brings to her OT sessions is infectious. Chloe’s aim is to help… Continue Reading

Michael Gamble – Speech Pathologist

Michael Gamble – Speech Pathologist

Michael is a highly trained paediatric speech pathologist with a strong reputation for providing children with creative and engaging speech therapy that focuses on their individual needs. Prior to joining the Kids First team, Michael worked for a highly respected children’s charity delivering speech therapy to disadvantaged children in Sydney preschools and schools. He has… Continue Reading

Louella Covich – Psychologist

Louella Covich – Psychologist

Psychologist Louella Covich is passionate about helping families find solutions to the problems that children and young people face. Louella is well-known in the northern beaches for her work in private practice, not for profit and community settings where she has been supporting children, parents and carers with a variety of needs for more than 15 years. As… Continue Reading