Meet our team
Clinical Psychologist and Clinic Director
Darin Cairns has over 17 years experience in treating children, adults and families for a range of psychological disorders. He has specialised in emotional, neurological and developmental disorders. Clinically, Darin has expertise in child, adolescent, family therapy and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders. He also has extensive experience in adult mood disorders and works as a single expert witness.
Registered Senior Psychologist
Katherine Smith is a senior Psychologist, registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, with over 12 years experience working with children, adults and families with a variety of needs. Katherine also has experience in various positions working within the Department of Child Protection, the Department of Corrective Services and within supported accommodation for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, adopting a rehabilitative approach.
Louisa is a psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. As a psychologist she has worked with children, adults and families with a variety of needs. Louisa has experience working in a psychiatric hospital setting, co-facilitating group therapy for both adult inpatients and outpatients presenting with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Louisa has been trained to use assessments, treatments and interventions that are supported by evidence-based research such as assertiveness training, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Darya is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Darya's practice is informed by evidenced based therapies such as ABA, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Darya works together with her clients in the clinic setting, school, place of work or in their homes depending on her approach to their needs. Her therapies when not int the clinic setting include guided feedback and natural environmental training to maximise the functioning of her clients whilst taking into consideration their lived experiences and future goals.
Sharon Jeyabalan is registered as an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and has over 9 years experience working with children and families with a variety of needs including children with trauma and attachment difficulty backgrounds as well as adolsecents with significant mental health difficulties. Sharon was trained to utilise a range of assessment tools including cognitive and educational.
Educational and Developmental Psychologist | Clinical Psychologist | Clinic Director
Rachel Gallagher is an AHPRA endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents with mental health issues and developmental disability. Rachel has expertise in the assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, learning difficulties and special needs. She also specialises in working with children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and trauma. Rachel adheres to only assessments, treatments and interventions that are supported by evidenced based research promoting the best outcomes for her clients.
Rachel completed her PhD at Edith Cowan University. Her thesis examined the predictors of depressive symptoms in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the help seeking behaviour of their mothers. https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/2343/
Provisionally Registered Psychologist and Behaviour Support Practitioner
Amour is a provisionally registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, having over 10 years experience working with children, teenagers and adults with Autism and their families. Amour recently completed her Masters of Psychology (Professional) and is currently fulfilling the requirements for her internship year to become a registered psychologist.
Behaviour Support Practitioner
Jo holds a Bachelor of Science with Upper Second Class Honours in psychology from the University of Kent and a Postgraduate Certificate in Behaviour Analysis from the University of North Texas. She has worked with the team at the Charles Street Clinic for the past 3 years in a number of roles including a Developmental Therapist and Case Manager with the Early Intervention Team and a Behaviour Support Practitioner with the clinical team. Prior to her work at the clinic, Jo worked teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders in the UK.
Provisionally Registered Psychologist
Ellie is a provisionally registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK. She has experience working with children, teenagers and adults and works across a broad range of developmental and mental health disorders including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety and depression.
Behavioural & Developmental Therapists
Our early intervention behavioural and developmental therapists are professional and committed people who are dedicated to assisting families and children to reach their potential and goals in life. We provide behavioural and developmental therapists to most suburbs around the Perth Metropolitan area including the eastern, western, northern and southern suburbs.
Our therapists have all been through our comprehensive and intensive training program. They all receive ongoing regular supervision and support and are committed to long-term therapy with the families they work with. Our therapists have acquired skills training in (1) Pivotal Repose Training (2) Natural Environmental Training (3) Applied Behaviour Therapy (4) Independent, paired or group Social Skills Training and (5) Shadowing in day-cares, Kindergartens and Primary School settings. Our team members have different educational experiences. Some of our therapists are studying towards a university degree in Speech Pathology, Clinical Psychology, or Occupational Therapy. Some already hold a degree and for others, a role as a behavioural and developmental therapist is their chosen career as result of extensive experience in the field prior to working with us.
The behavioural and developmental therapists all share common traits of patience, problem solving abilities, flexibility, a sense of humour and a positive outlook.
Reception & Administration Team