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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.

Dr Alex Ryan

Clinical Director

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.

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.

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.

Georgia Dornin

Provisional Psychologist

Georgia completed a Bachelor of Psychology Honours in 2017, and is an associate member of the APS. She has previous experience as an Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Therapist, working with children with Autism.

Georgia is passionate about working with children and is continually expanding her knowledge and growing as a therapist. She is committed to providing the best possible service to the children and families she works with.

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.

Georgia Dickson

Provisional Psychologist

Georgia completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the University of Adelaide in 2016. She has also completed an Advanced Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Monash University in 2018.

Georgia has experience working in the mental health field, working in a support role assisting with structured group therapy for people affected by PTSD.

Georgia has developed a passion for working with children and their families and is committed to building on her experience and knowledge to provide the best possible service to her clients and their families.

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.

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.

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.

Phil 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 skills to collate programs that assist young adults expressing well in one-on-one interactions and group settings. Using board and video games as a common interest, he is assisting young adults in developing social and communication skills to form lasting friendships.

Contact Us

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm

​Sat:  8:30am-5:30pm

Suite 5 / 107 Salisbury Highway
Salisbury, South Australia 5108

Carpark Entry off 'Winzor Place' at corner of Waterloo Corner Road and Salisbury Highway

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