Category Archives: Health team

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

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

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

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

Kirsty Gale - Early Learning Support Specialist

Kirsty Gale – Assistant Director / 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