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Meet The Team

Good Start Psychology is a dedicated, boutique psychology clinic, nestled in the heart of the northern suburbs. Over the last few years, since the inception of the NDIS, Dr Alex Ryan has been busily building a team that will drive a generation of hard working, dedicated, well qualified staff in delivering services to people with a disability. Our main focus is with people with autism and/or intellectual disability. Over the next generation, this team will deliver quality care that will set your child or teenager up for the rest of their life.

Good Start Psychology subjects all staff to quality controls including regular training, strong platforms to share information and knowledge, strong communication, staff support mechanisms, and a cooperative work environment open to change and evolution. Psychology, like most professions, is constantly evolving with new innovations, new knowledge and new therapies, and we are constantly scoping and learning these new approaches. Good Start Psychology is also about being open to client feedback and changing our service to suit the wants, needs and desires of our clients and their families. We are a clinic that prides ourselves on delivering high quality services from caring, open, approachable staff.

Below you will see our team and a description of what they do. As you read each bio, think about who your child would connect with and with whom they can form a strong relationship; this is key in developing a long, healthy and productive partnership that is tailored to your child's needs and allow them every success.

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Dr Alex Ryan

Director and Senior Psychologist

Alex holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Adelaide and has carved a career interest in child psychology.

Alex is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a long-standing member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He is a published contributor in eight scientific health journals. Having worked face to face with children and their families since 2003, he has seen many children with problems such as autism, ADHD, learning disorders, media addictions, anger management, anxieties, and depression. Alex has been personally driven for over 20 years to explore and understand children which started with his PhD on violent gaming and adolescent males.

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Marie Ryan

Practice Manager

Marie has over 20 years experience working with children and young adults as a school teacher. She has a Postgrad in Ed (Student Welfare) and a B.Sc. She has worked with children from diverse backgrounds and differing learning abilities including Autism and ADHD. She has worked closely with parents to ensure the best outcome for their child is achieved.

Marie prides in offering a premium service by implementing the NDIS code of conduct and having a person-centred practice.

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Kerry Mayes

Provisional Psychologist

Kerry completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at Swinburne University in 2017, and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced at Monash University in 2019.
She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Kerry has a passion for working with individuals to help them reach their full potential. She has a person-centred focus and promotes individual’s well being using evidence-based practices. She promotes a trusting and respectful environment to ensure the open expression of all individuals.

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Linda Bleckly

NDIS Therapist

Linda graduated with First Class Honours in Psychology from the

University of Adelaide and holds a Degree in Behavioural Science

(Psychology) majoring in Disability and Developmental Education from Flinders University. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Linda has worked in the education and disability sectors for the past 20 years and is passionate about working with individuals of all ages who present with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, as well as their caregivers, parents and families. She provides a supportive environment and uses evidence-based practices to assist individuals to develop their own strengths, skills and strategies so challenges have less impact on them and they can focus on the things in life that are most meaningful to them.

Kuan Teoh

Provisional Psychologist

Kuan acquired his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters in Business Psychology from London. He also has training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and is currently pursuing continuous formal training in other evidence-based interventions. He is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi).

Prior to this, he worked primarily in the corporate sector and has vast experience in interpersonal interactions with people from all walks of life. Kuan has a passion for counselling and is attentive to the intricacies of the mind. His approach is firm yet gentle and believes in a person-centred and strength-based approach.

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Nicole Files

Behaviour Support Practitioner 

Nicole completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at the University of South Australia in 2014 and is registered as a provisional NDIS Behaviour Support Practitioner. She has experience supporting the mental health of children and teens as a mental health support group facilitator. She also holds a Diploma in Children’s Services from TAFE SA.

Nicole works with existing participants to develop and monitor Positive Behaviour Support Plans in order to assist people to increase their quality of life while reducing behaviours of concern and the use of restrictive practices.

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Ashlee Breen-Ellis

Provisional Psychologist

Ashlee completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Flinders University in 2018. She has previous experience working in the NDIS space with individuals living with complex mental health and behavioural disorders. 

Ashlee is passionate about working with all individuals and believes in taking a person-centred approach to assist clients to meet their goals. She is constantly working to build her knowledge, experience and skills to provide the best possible service to her clients.

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Claudia Campestre

NDIS Therapist

Claudia completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the University of Adelaide in 2019 and is a member of the Australian

Association of Psychologists (AAPi). She is also trained in Dialectical

Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

 

Claudia has experience in the operations of crisis support for women and children in the domestic violence and homelessness sector and has worked with clients from diverse

backgrounds. Claudia provides a safe, judgment free environment and is passionate about using strengths-based approach when working with clients, to promote quality of life.

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Sabrina Chou

Provisional Psychologist

Sabrina completed her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at the University of South Australia in 2019 and is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi).

 

Sabrina is passionate about providing a respectful and supportive environment to help individuals to reach their goals. She is continually seeking to expand her knowledge and skills to provide the best experience for all clients and their families.

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Alex Russell

Behaviour Support Practitioner / Social Skills Coordinator

Alex completed his Bachelor of Psychology Honours at Monash University in 2020 and is registered as a provisional NDIS Behaviour Support Practitioner. Alex has previous experience in disability support work, suicide crisis support, homeless shelter operations, and international mental health.

Alex currently works on creating/running social skills programs,

developing positive behaviour support programs, and administering IQ assessments for a range of NDIS participants. Alex is always working to improve his psychological knowledge to provide the best social skills programs and behavioural supports for clients.

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Bianca Woods

Office Manager

Bianca has extensive administrative experience and a Diploma in Business Administration. She is also a Drama Teacher at SA Performing Arts and Co-Director at Now Productions Theatre Company.

Bianca has worked with children and young adults from diverse backgrounds for many years, including those with developmental delays and behavioural concerns. Bianca has a Level 3 Certificate in Drama and Speech from Trinity College London (TCL) and is RAN-EC (Responding to Abuse and Neglect) trained.

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Kerrilee Thompson

Receptionist

Kerrilee joins the Good Start team as an accomplished Receptionist/Administration Support Assistant.
She brings with her over 15 years’ experience working in the Medical, Allied Health and Education sectors. Her experiences include mental health nursing, as well as 7 years working in schools with children of varying degrees of disabilities and challenging behaviours.

 

Kerrilee has also completed a Level 3 Certificate in Individual Support which is testament to her passion for providing wholistic, person-centred care to people of all ages and abilities, with a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of all those she encounters.

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Heather Mackenzie

Receptionist

Heather comes to Good Start Psychology with 7 years’ experience in

Administrative Support in the Education sector. Working across various roles including reception, project, and executive support she brings a wealth of experience and skills and strives to provide excellent customer service to all clients.

Heather is also working towards her Bachelor of Psychology through Uni SA, with a keen interest in human behaviour and the brain. Her long-term goal is to support children and young people impacted by mental health issues.

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Philip Sellars

IT Support
Social Skills and Gaming Trainer

Philip has worked in and around various technology fields for over 20 years. His interest in computers was sparked at a young age which was further developed in high school; at age 14 he and his peers started a computer support company within Pulteney Grammar School called PulTec. With a Diploma of Information Technology and a B.Sc he has continued to pursue that interest with great vigour.

 

Philip has recently expanded his duties to collate programs that assist young adults expressing themselves in one-on-one interactions and group settings. Using board and video games as a common interest, he is assisting the development of social and communication skills to form lasting friendships.

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Teddy

Mascot and Companion Dog

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