B.A., B.Sc., Grad. Dip. Ed., MA (School Psychology)
Haidee Baker is both a registered psychologist and a registered teacher. She works with children, adolescents and adults, and delivers a range of assessment and evidence-based therapeutic services to clients who present with a wide range of concerns
Haidee has ten years of experience working in schools in both Australia and Canada, as a teacher, coordinator, student counsellor, deputy principal and school psychologist. She conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for students presenting with learning difficulties, and works closely with schools and families to foster students’ social and emotional wellbeing and academic success. She has worked in specialised programs for students with intellectual disabilities, students who speak English as an Additional Language or Dialect, and students with emotional and behavioural disorders.
Haidee enjoys working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous clients, immigrants and refugees. Haidee works in partnership with her clients to help them identify their goals and effect positive change. She often introduces her clients to concepts and strategies from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. Haidee is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Teachers’ Registration Board, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Julie Dini - Psychologist - Specialises in children and can also see adults.
Julie is a Registered Psychologist who has been working with children and their families for 20 years. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (APS). Julie has worked as a psychologist within the public, non- government and education sectors. In the public sector Julie worked in Psychologist roles in Disability Services for many years and has experience in the assessment and diagnosis of children with global developmental delay and intellectual disability. She also has significant experience in complex behavioural assessment and positive behaviour support for children and adults with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Julie has also worked within schools and preschools providing assessment and consultancy especially for children with disabilities and she is able to carry out psycho-educational assessments.
Julie is experienced in the assessment and treatment of children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including: anxiety and panic attacks; emotional regulation; attachment disorders; depression; fears, phobias and post-traumatic stress; social skills; feeding and toileting difficulties; and problem sexual behaviour. Julie has significant experience working with children with disabilities who have experienced trauma.
Sonja Jankovic is a clinical psychologist that works with children, adolescents and adults.
Sonja has experience working with a variety of difficulties that people come across in their everyday life including anxiety, stress management and depression. She also has a special interest in chronic pain.
Sonja has previously worked at two major public hospitals in Adelaide and has had experience working and learning new therapy techniques overseas.
Sonja likes to use an eclectic approach when it comes to therapy and she has experience with:
1. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy CBT
2. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-Mindfulness
3. Clinical Hypnosis.
Sonja prefers to discuss what type of therapy would be the most beneficial for individuals as well as the goals that they would like to achieve.
Sonja is also able to offer therapy in Serbian, Croatian and Italian.
In her spare time Sonja enjoys salsa dancing and is learning how to cook.
Vedrana is a Clinical psychologist who has been working with children and their families in both the government and non-government sector over the last 7 years. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.
Vedrana has experience assessing and treating a range of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties in children. She has particular interest and expertise in family based interventions for children who have experienced trauma and abuse and are having difficulties with emotional regulation and attachment disorders.
Vedrana also has experience in conducting a range of psycho-educational assessments of children designed to assess and diagnose global developmental delay, intellectual disability and learning disorders. She has worked with schools to assist in developing comprehensive positive behaviour support plans for children with learning difficulties and children who have experienced trauma.
Vedrana draws on a number of therapeutic approaches in the work with children and families, and in particular on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Based and Trauma Informed Therapies.
Kelly is a Clinical Psychologist who works with both children and adults. She utilises therapy styles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Play Therapy. Kelly has experience in providing therapy and assessments for children in clinic and school settings. She also has a background in working with children with disabilities, such as developmental delays, intellectual impairment and autism spectrum disorders. Her previous work has included working in adult mental health in both community and inpatient settings. Kelly is committed to providing a friendly and client centered approach.
Dr Astrid Birgden PhD - Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
Dr Birgden has over 30 years experience working in disability services, correctional services and the courts in SA, VIC and NSW. She first worked in disability services in the mid-1980s in Adelaide before moving to Melbourne in 1990 to establish the first of four Behaviour Interventions Support Team for clients with behaviours of concern. She then worked with forensic disability clients who had engaged in dangerous and anti-social behaviours. Since becoming a consultant in 2011, and in addition to designing and implementing Positive Behaviour Support Plans, Dr Birgden developed (and in 2018 revised) the Victorian Positive Practice Framework and has been engaged in initiating a competence framework and resource toolkit for behaviour support specialists for the NDIS.
Dr Birgden works with older adolescents and adults and has a particular interest in clients who are at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. She has completed a Masters in Mental Disability Law through New York Law School and is published in the areas of intellectual disability, offender rehabilitation and human rights.