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 as a high school and TAFE teacher for children at risk and has also held leadership roles in schools.
As a result of her work in the Brighter Futures and Youth Hope programs, Cheryl has a thorough understanding of children’s learning and behaviour.
She currently combines her work at Kids First with a role at Relationships Australia and is therefore uniquely equipped to help families to overcome challenges they face such as managing child behaviour, learning challenges and differing parenting styles.
In addition to her work with children and families, Cheryl also has extensive professional experience working in multidisciplinary teams.
Collaborating closely with doctors, allied health therapists and teachers, Cheryl helps families who struggle with complex issues and provides strategies that are best suited to the needs of the child and family.
As a relationship educator, Cheryl works closely with parents to support them with communication, understanding the emotional needs of their children.
She understands the challenges families face and works in partnership with parents to find workable solutions to support them in their daily lives.
She can also provide a range of strategies that assist families who are navigating parenting after separation or those affected by violence in the home.
In addition to her individual sessions for children and families, Cheryl conducts observation and support visits to preschools and schools and also leads our evidence-based Social Detectives and Social Superheroes groups for children aged 7 to 13.
Cheryl works at Kids First on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday and every second Saturday.