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Mental Health Occupational Therapist
B.A.Sc. (Occ Thy) (Hons)

Nikki is a Mental Health Accredited Occupational Therapist who is passionate about supporting young people and families navigating challenging life stages.

Nikki works using a holistic, relationship focused and family-orientated approach that is tailored to the individual needs of the young person and family. Her interventions aim to support and foster the growth of the young person and strengthen their support networks. She has a special interest in working with neurodiverse adolescents and young children with attachment difficulties.

Nikki uses a wide range of therapy techniques from Family Therapy, Sensory Processing interventions, the Alert Program® for Self-Regulation, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Nikki also works alongside a trained Therapy Dog, Ollie, and is trained in providing Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Nikki is also a Circle of Security Parenting (COSP) Facilitator and has completed training in Theraplay ® Level 1. She has presented in research forums and has published research on the effectiveness of a play-based intervention for children with ADHD using the parents’ perspectives.

Nikki has experience working in a wide range of settings. She has previously worked as a Senior OT at the Westmead Children’s Hospital. She currently provides clinic-based services at Castle Hill. She also supports families in rural areas and offers tele-health services. Nikki can also provide occasional home and school visits where clinically appropriate.

Nikki is able to provide services under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care Scheme and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – self and Plan managed clients.

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Therapy Dog

Ollie is a friendly Labradoodle. He is calm, well-mannered and loves all people. Ollie has undergone thorough training and assessment with his handler, Nikki. They have completed a Clinical Therapy Dog Training Course with Therapy Dog Australia and can offer 'Animal-Assisted Therapy' (AAT) to clients. Incorporating AAT can be great way to break the ice, reduce anxiety and increase engagement and enjoyment in therapy sessions. We find that young people often look forward to seeing Ollie and enjoy being greeted by him in the waiting room.

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