Principal Psychologist / BAHS Manager
Lisa has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disability for over twenty years. Her experience includes: behaviour support, individual and group therapy, psychometric assessment and training. Lisa has a number of interests in the Intellectual and Developmental Disability area including: dual diagnosis, adapted psychological therapies, use of augmentative communication, the carer experience & coping, ageing & dementia, Prader-Willi Syndrome and complex trauma.
Lisa is also a registered supervisor of Provisional Psychologists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), a registered Medicare provider under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, and a Stepping Stones Group Triple P Practitioner. Lisa holds full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and is a committee member of the group ‘Psychologists in Developmental Disability’ (PsychDD).
Behaviour Support Practitioner / Psychologist
Kimberly is a registered Psychologist who has been with Interaction since 2015. Individual and group therapy, supporting families, staff teams and other stakeholders, along with positive behaviour support strategies is what Kimberly’s role involves on a regular basis.
Kimberly is a registered Parenting Facilitator with ‘Circle of Security’ – a research based program focusing on the relationship between children and their parents, and how strengthening this connection can increase emotional security. She is consistently learning from peers and clients, and loves the variety of people she comes into contact with.
Youth homelessness and disability are the two areas of the NFP sector that Kimberly has worked in, and in her spare time loves to dance, run, read and spend valuable time with her friends and family.
Behaviour Support Practitioner / Psychologist
Sharita has a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Western Sydney, and is an AHPRA Registered Psychologist with 5 years’ experience.
Prior to her role with Interaction, Sharita’s previous experience has been mainly in the mental health sector (community mental health, outreach work and individual therapy). She has worked across different community programs involving culturally linguistic and diverse populations, as well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
Sharita has special interest in cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness and positive psychology.
Outside of work Sharita loves adventure, dance music, stand-up comedy, event management and family of course! Fundraising for charities and previously facilitated mental health support groups is also a passion.
Working with the team at Interaction not only enables Sharita to apply her knowledge and skills to the general community who need it, but also learn additional skills and practices to support people with disability – helping them to improve their quality of life.
Board Certified Behaviour Analyst / Psychologist
Monique is a Registered Psychologist (AHPRA) and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She completed her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology (2014-2016), and her Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology (2016-2017), at the University of Waikato New Zealand. Monique’s career began working as an Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapist (ABA) for children with developmental disabilities in Sydney. She also worked as a Learning Support officer, shadowing children with disabilities in the school environment. Following this Monique completed her placement as a provisional Psychologist in New Zealand working for a specialist behaviour service.
Monique has worked with a wide range of complex clients with varying diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Intellectual Disabilities (Mild to Severe). Challenging behaviours is an area of special interest to Monique, with experience relating to self-injurious behaviours, communicative difficulties, toileting challenges and aggressive behaviours. Monique has completed Functional Behaviour Assessments, implemented a Positive Behaviour Support Model, and implemented evidence-based interventions including ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) and ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) with children and adults.
Monique has a passion for supporting individuals with disabilities and their stakeholders to improve their quality of life.
Behaviour Support Practitioner / Provisional Psychologist
Chloe – With a Bachelor of Psychology and a few years practical experience under her belt, Chloe is one of Interaction’s Provisional Psychologists, and has been with Interaction for just over a year and a half. In brief Chloe’s role provides support to clients with a broad range of issues including, but not limited to; cognitive processing deficits, social interpersonal issues, learning difficulties and mental health issues, issues related to ageing, behavioural issues, sensory issues and family/ parenting difficulties.
The fact that Chloe has a hand in enhancing the well being and quality of life for the people we support is just one of the thing she loves about her job.
Natasha splits her Interaction time between a job share Reception role, and with the Behaviour & Allied Health Services team as Admin Assistant. Here she attends to Pre-screening Assessments and Service Bookings for new participants, as well as assisting the practitioners with any admin work that they require. Every day brings new challenges to Natasha’s roles, which allow her the opportunity to gain further experience, whilst getting to know the participants and their families.
Starting her career in South Africa as a Receptionist, Natasha has taken on various roles since, including Conveyancing Secretary for a prominent firm of Attorneys and later, as Office Manager for a local Soccer Club in Newmarket, Canada. Natasha came to Australia in 2011 working in Office Administration and settled into her current role with Interaction in November 2016. Reading, traveling and spending time with my family is what Natasha likes to do in her spare time.