Principal Psychologist and Director:
Catherine is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with over 17 years’ experience working with children and adolescents. She has worked in a variety of settings including NSW and Canberra disability services, as well as within the catholic and independent school systems.
Catherine is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.
Catherine has extensive experience conducting a range of psychological assessments for children and adolescents. She also has extensive experience in delivering evidence based psychological interventions to young people including those with disabilities.
As a clinician, her approach to working with children and teenagers is open and sensitive to their individual needs. Sessions with children are always collaborative and she encourages the involvement of parents and families when possible. Most importantly, Catherine believes that in order for interventions to be successful, Psychology sessions need to be fun!
Catherine is passionate about working with young people and enjoys sharing her skills and experiences with others. As such, she dedicates part of her practice to the training and development of psychologists who want to increase their skills when working with children and their families. This includes spending a great deal of time supporting the other Psychologists on the team to ensure that a very high quality of service is consistently delivered.
Ben Weir works part time with us at Asciak and Associates. He is a registered Psychologist who has recently completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Ben has worked in a range of settings including schools, a private hospital and psychological assessment services. Ben is currently undertaking additional supervision and training as part of the Clinical Psychologist Registrar Program and continues to teach units in psychology at the Australian Catholic University.
Ben’s background in teaching and counselling has provided him with a unique perspective to understand the social, emotional and education needs of children and adolescents. He has the experience and training necessary to conduct a range of cognitive, achievement and neurodevelopmental assessments for children and adolescents. In fact, this is an area in which Ben has a particular interest.
Ben draws upon a range of approaches to therapy depending on clients’ needs and interests. This includes using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and positive psychology approaches. Ben also enjoys teaching clients and their families about how approaches that include mindfulness and self-compassion can improve their quality of life.
Ben brings a curious and playful approach to the clients he works with. Ben is sensitive to the needs of families and understands that it can sometimes be daunting for children and families to find a new way forward when things are difficult. Ben’s approach to assisting young people and their families includes listening carefully to each client’s individual experience before determining a plan for positive change. He also enjoys working in a collaborative way with families, schools and other professionals to help young people meet their full potential.
Kate is a fully registered psychologist who works part time with us at Asciak and Associates. Kate completed her Masters of Professional Psychology at the University of Western Sydney. She has experience working with children and adolescents in a private practice setting and has also worked with adolescents and adults to help them overcome challenges impacting on their success in the workplace.
Kate’s collaborative approach to psychological care involves seeking feedback from clients as well as involving family members and other health professionals to help meet their client needs. This has led to overwhelmingly positive results for her clients, including those with very complex mental health needs.
Kate is passionate about working with young people and has an open and supportive style ensuring that all clients and their families feel comfortable and understood. She has experience conducting psychological assessments as well as planning and implementing psychological treatment using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Gabriella has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and therefore has the skills to answer a number of questions that you may have about your appointment.
Gabriella may ask you about concerns that you have for your child in order to provide you with advice on appropriate services.
Asciak and Associates is committed to the training and development of new Psychologists who have a passion for working with children, adolescents and their families. As such, we sometimes have intern psychologists completing the final stages of their training here with us. As experienced professionals, we believe that it is important to share our skills, knowledge and experience in this way to increase the community’s access to quality psychological services for children now and in the future.
An intern psychologist has provisional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and works under the supervision of a board approved supervisor. An intern psychologist will typically have completed a 4-year sequence of study comprising an undergraduate degree and an additional honours degree or graduate diploma in psychology.
At present, Asciak and Associates only accepts intern psychologists who are currently undertaking an additional Master’s degree in Psychology. Interns are also required to have a genuine interest in working with young people and must have some previous work experience in the field. As such, the interns who are successful in securing a placement with us need to demonstrate a very high degree of knowledge in the areas of assessment, psychological theory and research.
When we have an Intern joining the team, clients are notified and are under no obligation to work with an intern. Sessions with an intern can, however, be a cost-effective way of accessing additional psychological support. Clients are encouraged to speak with reception if they wish to discuss this as an option.