About The Jacaranda Centre

Vision | Mission | Values

Vision

At The Jacaranda Centre we envision a world where all children are safe.

A place where families and communities empower and equip children and adolescents to follow a path that

  • maximises their potential
  • encourages them to grow into the best version of themselves
  • affects others and their environment with compassion

Vision

At The Jacaranda Centre we envision a world where all children are safe.

A place where families and communities empower and equip children and adolescents to follow a path that

  • maximises their potential
  • encourages them to grow into the best version of themselves
  • affects others and their environment with compassion

Mission

At The Jacaranda Centre we are committed to providing high quality and personalised clinical psychology services to children and their families, in a warm and inviting environment that lets you know we care.

We support parents and carers of children of all ages with strategies to manage and understand complex behaviours, emotional regulation, anxiety, neurological disorders and psychological difficulties.

We strive to empower and equip both children and their families to work together to reach the child’s full potential in all areas of their development.

We actively look for new and fun ways to engage with our clients, to help them feel safe, valued and heard during each therapy session.

Mission

At The Jacaranda Centre we are committed to providing high quality and personalised clinical psychology services to children and their families, in a warm and inviting environment that lets you know we care.

We support parents and carers of children of all ages with strategies to manage and understand complex behaviours, emotional regulation, anxiety, neurological disorders and psychological difficulties.

We strive to empower and equip both children and their families to work together to reach the child’s full potential in all areas of their development.

We actively look for new and fun ways to engage with our clients, to help them feel safe, valued and heard during each therapy session.

Values

  • Safety – We promote and role model physical and emotional safety in all aspects of our work and relationships, both with each other and with clients and their families
  • Professional Standards – We prioritise best practice standards and principles to ensure that we remain leaders in psychology care
  • Innovation – We continuously develop our professional skills and knowledge for innovating practices that enable our clients to flourish
  • Ethical Integrity – In all that we do, in all that we say, in all that we stand for, without compromise
  • Flexibility and Creativity – We strive to find opportunities to work ‘outside the box’ and deliver service supports that are playful and engaging – to match the energy and enthusiasm of our young clients
  • Collaboration – We believe that each child deserves a support team who collaborate and work together to ensure the child reaches their full potential in all areas of their development

Values

  • Safety – We promote and role model physical and emotional safety in all aspects of our work and relationships, both with each other and with clients and their families
  • Professional Standards – We prioritise best practice standards and principles to ensure that we remain leaders in psychology care
  • Innovation – We continuously develop our professional skills and knowledge for innovating practices that enable our clients to flourish
  • Ethical Integrity – In all that we do, in all that we say, in all that we stand for, without compromise
  • Flexibility and Creativity – We strive to find opportunities to work ‘outside the box’ and deliver service supports that are playful and engaging – to match the energy and enthusiasm of our young clients
  • Collaboration – We believe that each child deserves a support team who collaborate and work together to ensure the child reaches their full potential in all areas of their development

Meet the Team

Our Psychologists

Emma Langham - Founding Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist

Emma Langham - Founding Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist

BA (Psych) Hons, M Psych (Clin), GradDip (Dev Trauma) | Member APS, Fellow CCLP

 

Emma has 25 years of experience as a Psychologist throughout a range of services in the Hunter region, working with families and children amongst multidisciplinary teams. Emma is dedicated to working with children and their families for almost any issue that is preventing them living a full and happy life. This passion led Emma to establish an accessible family friendly centre with a team of dedicated, warm and engaging therapists for the provision of high quality interventions for which she is immensely grateful.

Read more about Emma

Emma enjoys providing assessment and intervention for children where the cause of challenging behaviour is unclear and complex, and where differential diagnoses (other explanations for the problem) need clarifying. This is particularly relevant regarding children who have suffered family based trauma or neglect and are experiencing developmental, behavioural or emotional concerns such as anxiety, hyperactivity, oppositional behaviours, or obsessive concerns. Emma welcomes referrals for children in Out of Home Care where it is unclear whether the child may have a developmental/ behavioural disorder, (such as ADHD, ODD, Autism Spectrum) and/or trauma. Emma is accredited to use the Griffiths (developmental assessment), Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule and Autism Diagnostic Interview in her assessments, and uses a wide range of other evidence based assessments in her work.

Emma also has particular expertise and interest in working therapeutically with children who are in Out of Home Care and their carers. Emma works from an attachment model (considering key relationships between children and their carers) and is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Family Focused Psychotherapy), having undertaken training with American Psychologist Dan Hughes in his first ever Australian based training in 2014. Emma also utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative and other Family Therapy frameworks in her work. Emma is also accredited in Triple P parenting coaching, Tuning Into Kids parenting, the parent-child Exploring Together program, is a Fun Friends facilitator and is Circle of Security trained.

Emma also provides assessment and consultation regarding problem eaters with limited diets and for children with food aversion utilising the Sequential Oral Sensory model, with limited therapy appointments.

Adding further to Emma’s extensive knowledge base she completed a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma through the Australian Childhood Foundation in 2016.

Emma is a Psychology Board Approved Supervisor of psychologists in training at all levels, including for Clinical endorsement and higher degree students. Emma also does some casual lecturing to Masters and PhD candidates at the University of Newcastle.

Outside of work, Emma spends time with her young family bike riding and exploring the outdoors.

Hillary Milton - Consultant Senior Psychologist

Hillary Milton - Consultant Senior Psychologist

BSc (Psych) (Hons), Masters of Family Therapy

 

Hillary Milton is a registered psychologist who has over 15 years of experience working in a variety of public health positions (Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Mobile Outreach Therapy Teams, Child and Family) and in private sector working with children and families experiencing a range of issues including complex trauma, out-of-home-care transitions, challenging behaviours, anxiety and depression.

Read more about Hillary

Hillary has completed a Masters in Family Therapy from the NSW Institute of Psychiatry and enjoys working from a family perspective in order to support children and carers to achieve positive goals. Every child is different and Hillary’s experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Circle of Security, Attachment Theory and Strengths Based Therapy enables her to tailor her approach to the needs of the child and family. She works hard to ensure that therapy sessions provide children and families with a safe, consistent space to develop positive relationships and make effective change. She has experience facilitating group programs such as Positive Parenting Program, Get Lost Mr Scary, and the Cool Kids Anxiety Program.

Hillary has 3 young children and a dog, with the ultimate goal being to wear them out before they wear her out!

Katie Blaxland - Consultant Psychologist

Katie Blaxland - Consultant Psychologist

BPsych (Hons) | Associate Member APS

 

Katie is a registered psychologist with over 10 years experience working in the disabilities sector and supporting individuals with a range of presentations, including autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, complex trauma, challenging behaviour, anxiety and depression.

Read more about Katie

Katie has a strong interest in supporting children and their families; she understands the importance of taking a holistic approach to treatment, working collaboratively with the child’s support network and providing a safe therapeutic space. She also acknowledges that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to supporting her clients and that it can be necessary to think outside of the box. Katie will often use visuals in her practice to cater to the development needs of her clients and engage them in the therapeutic process.

Katie has been trained in a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy and positive behaviour support. She is skilled in delivering therapies specific to the treatment of anxiety and emotional dysregulation in children and adolescents, such as the ‘Cool Little Kids’ and ‘Cool Kids Programs’ (including the ASD adaptation) and the Zones of Regulation program.
Katie also provides a range of cognitive (IQ), behavioural, personality, developmental and memory-based assessments and has been trained in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Outside of work, Katie likes to spend time with her family, travel and perform in theatre productions.

Kathryn Russell - Consultant Senior Clinical Psychologist

Kathryn Russell - Consultant Senior Clinical Psychologist

BSc (Hons), B SocSc, MPsych Clin | Member APS

 

Kathryn is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience in the field. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and has extensive knowledge and skills, having worked with clients of all ages. Kathryn is committed to helping children and their families, and has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, depression, sleep issues, stress management, toileting and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Read more about Kathryn

As a parent herself, Kathryn understands the importance of listening to a child and their support network, and has a warm and approachable personality which she uses to engage with her clients.
She has expertise and training in a number of evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. She is able to adapt her knowledge to whatever issues the client presents with.

Kathryn is able to provide assessment for various learning disorders and has been trained in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kathryn is a Psychology Board Approved Supervisor of psychologists in training at all levels, including for Clinical endorsement and higher degrees.

When not at work, Kathryn likes to spend time with her family (including her elderly dog), going for walks and doing Pilates. She is looking forward to the time when she can once again go travelling overseas.

Dr Suzanne Stevens - Consultant Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr Suzanne Stevens - Consultant Senior Clinical Psychologist

BAPsych (Hons), DPsych Clin | Member APS

 

Suzanne is a fully registered Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience across a broad range of clinical teams in both Australia and the UK. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and has extensive knowledge and skills, having worked with clients of all ages. Suzanne is committed to helping children and their families presenting with a variety of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, ADHD, ASD, ODD, and other emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Read more about Suzanne

Suzanne has expertise and training in evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Suzanne has as a special interest in applying Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model as an accredited therapist. CPS is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, neurodiversity affirming model of care that helps caregivers focus on identifying the problems that are causing concerning behaviours in children and solving those problems collaboratively and proactively.

Suzanne provides a range of cognitive (IQ), memory, behavioural and personality assessments and is able to provide development assessment for children in early childhood utilising the Griffiths 3 assessment.

Suzanne is dedicated to supporting others on their Psychology career journey and is a Psychology Board Approved Supervisor of psychologists in training at all levels, including for Clinical endorsement and higher degrees.

Our Client Support Team

Simone

Simone

Administrative Manager/Client Support Officer

 

Since January 2021 Simone has been greeting our clients with a smile; she loves doing those extra little things that brings a smile to the face of a young child nervous to attend our Centre for the first time or to a parent who has had a hard day!

Read more about Simone

Simone enjoys supporting our clients in a professional and friendly manner always working toward the goal of client satisfaction. Simone feels lucky to have become a member of the fabulous Jacaranda Centre team. Along with working in a great team, she enjoys meeting lots of young people and their families. She is also grateful to be living in the age of technology to stay in touch with people who matter the most, with her gorgeous young grandson living across the ocean.

Jaki

Jaki

Client Support Officer

 

Jaki has been our casual client support officer for over five years. Jaki recognises that our clients are young humans who are mostly feeling vulnerable or anxious, as are their parents and carers.

Read more about Jaki

Jaki aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for everyone. Jaki says that children and teens surprise and inspire her every day with their extraordinary resilience and endless curiosity. It is rewarding to see the kids grow, heal, learn and become happier versions of themselves by working together with our talented and nurturing psychologists. 

Beth

Beth

Client Support Officer

 

As a student of Psychology and Criminology, Beth immerses herself in all opportunities that will promote her journey toward being a Psychologist in the future and revels in the role of client support at The Jacaranda Centre. She has always had a passion for supporting children, with past work as a Nanny, support worker and OOSH Coordinator. Beth prides herself on being focused on making sure each and every child and parent feel safe, and comfortable in our care.

Mia

Mia

Offsite Admin

 

Mia has been with our team for five years and helps us keep our finger on the pulse with all things reporting and numbers. Mia also streamlines our NDIS processes and manages the backend of our financials. We’d be lost without her!  

Giving Back – Charities

The Jacaranda Centre values giving back to the community and understands the importance of taking care of our planet, our environment, and our animal friends.

We believe that it’s important to instil values of respect and care for the environment in our children, and one way we do this is by supporting charities.

Every time you visit the Centre for an appointment, a portion of your fee is donated to one of our charity partners.

Enquiries and Referrals

10 Harrison Street, Cardiff NSW 2285

Email: admin@thejacarandacentre.com.au

Phone: (02) 4954 8822

Fax: (02) 8331 5789

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