GET TO KNOW US - OUR TEAM
Our dedicated team of psychologists provide a comprehensive range of specialised services for children, adolescents, adults and the community. Our team is motivated by working in partnership with our clients to empower them to build psychological flexibility and wellbeing. We are inspired from our daily interactions with clients to build a client-centred practice that is meaningful and fulfilling for them and our team.
DR SACHA ROMBOUTS
Sacha has extensive clinical experience working with families, youth, and adults across a variety of settings.
Sacha is on the APS Autism Identified Practitioner List and he is a trained facilitator of the Secret Agent Society (SAS) program for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism (HFA). Sacha is also dedicated to working with couples to help them achieve long-lasting, fulfilling relationships. He has been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT).
Sacha has a passion for working with children and believes in supporting positive changes to all layers of a child’s life, including family and school. This means that his role extends to giving talks to school staff and parents. He loves having fun and tries to make his time with all clients as enjoyable as possible.
As the Founder of Happy Minds Australia, Sacha believes in adopting a personal approach and has a lifelong dedication to the ongoing development of the skills he teaches to clients. He draws upon evidence based frameworks such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Sacha works on Wednesdays - Saturdays with sessions from 9am until 5.30pm (last session)
Ms Reyelle McKeever is an energetic psychologist who works with children, young people and adults. She has a particular interest in supporting people within the LGBTIQA+ community.
Reyelle recognises that life is often like a roller coaster, with ups and downs - and works with clients to help them navigate that journey more smoothly. She is passionate about working collaboratively with people as a team and that each client is the 'expert' of their own lives. She believes in supporting positive changes to all layers of a person’s life, including family, school, work and intimate relationships. Her focus is on making sessions interesting and as enjoyable as possible, endeavouring to assist clients to build resilience in the face of life’s challenges.
She is committed to providing effective, evidence-based services that are personalised to meet her clients’ needs and goals. With authenticity and genuineness, she focuses on building meaningful therapeutic relationships that view every individual as more than their present issue or concern. Reyelle uses a strengths-based model that sees the whole person and values the importance of feeling understood and really heard. She aims to create a non-judgmental, welcoming environment that is friendly, safe and fun.
Reyelle works Mondays - Wednesdays and Saturdays with sessions from 9am until 5.30pm (last session)
DR MARIAROSA MALLARDO
MariaRosa is a caring and compassionate psychologist, who has worked with children, their families and their school teams for over 12 years.
Working from a strengths-based model, MariaRosa’s aim is to discover where the strengths lie, and to harness those strengths to support children in overcoming the challenges that they face. Her approach is a team approach, underpinned by 20 years of work in the field of educational and developmental psychology. She understands that the “team” surrounding a child – comprised of the child’s family and school – has many of the answers already, and she continues to be amazed at how insightful children can be about their own struggles and how to overcome them.
MariaRosa recognises that changing the way things are done for a more optimal outcome often takes courage, a sympathetic guide and a leap of faith. She understands that her input can often be one of insight or a fresh perspective, involving an environment of trust and a gentle “holding of the hand” to steer the child’s team in a different direction.
MariaRosa is available for sessions on Tuesday afternoons.
Rebecca is a psychologist and educator who has worked with children for the last 17 years in private practice and a range of educational and therapeutic settings. In her practice Rebecca has a focus on working with children and families especially in the areas of developmental disability, school readiness, anxiety and trauma, learning difficulties, parenting support, challenging behaviours, navigating peer relationships and social skills support.
Rebecca believes strongly in a team approach in supporting young people and their families and is adept in liaising with schools and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. She is a warm and compassionate practitioner who relies on evidence-based research to guide her practice. She uses a range of techniques including play therapy, art therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support children and families to gain the best outcomes. Rebecca believes in supporting children and families to develop skills and strategies that build resilience and optimise mental health and wellbeing.
Rebecca is available for sessions on Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons.
Claire is a creative and insightful psychologist who has been in private practice with young people and their families since 2009. She has also worked as an early primary school teacher at Toowong State School in the bilingual/bicultural program (Auslan and English) and has developed a great affection for the richly expressive language and vibrant culture of the Deaf community.
Claire provides high quality psychoeducational assessments and reports for school-aged children. Claire uses the latest norm-referenced standardised assessment tools to provide detailed information about children’s academic and intellectual abilities. She has been involved in standardising the recently published WISC-V and WIAT-III with Australian norms.
Claire works closely with parents and schools to ensure that she has an accurate understanding of the unique person that she is assessing including all their strengths, interests, and challenges they face in the learning environment. This allows her to write reports that are clear, thorough, and full of practical recommendations for how to best support the child in nurturing their strengths and meeting their learning needs.
Assessments with Claire are scheduled on an individual basis.
Susan is a friendly and insightful psychologist and educational and developmental psychology registrar. She has worked in the field of special education and early intervention, and has practiced across schools, university clinics, a children’s hospital, and private practice settings. She supports children, adolescents, and families with attention and learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental disorders, parenting support, challenging behaviours, school readiness, emotion regulation, peer friendships, and social skills support.
Susan practices using an emotion-focused and strengths-based approach, and is passionate about supporting clients to enhance their wellbeing and achieve their goals. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Circle of Security, and incorporates evidence-based expressive therapy and mindfulness techniques into her sessions. She is a certified facilitator of the Resourceful Adolescent Program and 123 Magic Parenting Program.
Susan provides high quality psychoeducational assessments and reports for children, adolescents, and adults. She thoroughly researches the contributing factors for any cognitive, learning, or behavioural difficulties, including identifying and supporting her clients' personal strengths and interests. She enjoys working closely with families and schools to ensure she has a full learning profile and can provide practical recommendations for support.
Assessments with Susan are scheduled on an individual basis.
OUR RECEPTION TEAM - AIDAN
Our Happy Minds Team would not be complete without the assistance of our Reception staff. We aim to provide our clients with a welcoming environment with helpful support. As such, our receptionists bring compassion and administrative experience to the role of assisting our clients.
OUR RECEPTION TEAM - JANITA
Both Aidan and Janita are more than happy to assist you with any questions or issues you may have.
Our reception days are Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm.