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.