Our Team

Tarnim Sarkes | Founder | Registered Psychologist | Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Tarnim is an experienced registered psychologist who has worked in Australia and overseas for the last 10 years. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. 

Tarnim has had experience in delivering a range of clinical interventions to clients and their families in a range of clinical settings.  Her experience has included providing individual and group interventions for adults with a range of presenting issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma-related issues or disorders, drugs and alcohol misuse and addiction, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, domestic violence, parenting issues, career and study planning difficulties, and work-related difficulties. 

Tarnim uses a range of cognitive-behavioural techniques specifically tailored to individuals. These techniques include psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, behavioural modification, exposure techniques, cognitive interventions, mindfulness strategies, relaxation strategies, problem-solving skills training, anger management, assertiveness training, communication training, social skills training, stress management, time management, and goal setting.   

Qualifications:
+ Master of Science in Psychology (Calsouthern University, USA)
+ Bachelor of Psychology Honours (Flinders University, South Australia)
+ Board Approved Supervisor
+ Accredited EMDR Therapist

Accreditations and Memberships:
+ Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Professional Registration Association.

Herman De Jong | Registered Psychologist | Endorsement In Educational & Developmental Psychology

Herman is a dedicated, highly motivated individual with over 12 years experience in counselling, psychotherapy, diagnosis, multi-disciplinary practice, referral, and psychometric assessment. 

Herman possesses a strong understanding of complex contemporary barriers, psychosocial as well as neurodevelopmental, facing young people (school going learners and students at tertiary institutions), parents and teachers as well as the insight as to how to best support them within an educational, health and developmental context. 

Herman is passionate about the integrated development of others through effective early intervention, referral, management, and support.

Herman has experience in a range of contexts such as health centres, schools (mainstream and special needs) as well as private practice. Within these settings he has supported clients through difficulties related to depression and mood related, anxiety (general, existential, specific, performance and adjustment related), parent guidance, ADHD, and concentration related barriers (diagnosis and management), developmental delays, career and study planning, IQ, and scholastic assessment, as well as trauma (shock, complex and developmental). The support to clients with these barriers is provided from an evidence-based approach that aims at enhancing the well-being of the clients cognitive, emotional, and physical faculties.

Modalities for support include psychoeducation (particularly focussing on understanding pathology and developmentally related barriers), narrative exposure, prolonged exposure, solution focused therapy, somatic experiencing, stress, and time management, as well as communication and social skills training.

Qualifications:

+ Bsosci: Psychology, Majors: Psychology III, Education III, Criminology III
+ B.Ed (Hons): Educational Psychology 
+ M.Ed: Educational Psychology

Felicity Duncan | Registered Psychologist

Felicity is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Flinders University and is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. 

Felicity has experience delivering evidence-based interventions to children, adolescents, and adults. She draws upon therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to assist clients with various presentations, including difficulties relating to emotion regulation, social skill development and communication, self-esteem, mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma-related disorders. 

Felicity is committed to ongoing professional development and learning, to ensure she can effectively tailor support to each individual. She has a keen interest in working with children and adolescents and is passionate about supporting clients to progress towards their goals.


Qualifications:

+ Bachelor of Psychology Honours (Flinders University, South Australia)

Accreditations and Memberships:

+ Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Professional Registration Association.
+ Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Georgia Swain | Provisional Psychologist | Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Georgia is a registered Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Flinders University.

Georgia is experienced in psychological therapy, assessments and implementing specialist behavioural strategies to reduce the occurrence and impact of behaviours of concern and minimise the use of restrictive practices. Georgia has worked with a wide repertoire of clients with learning difficulties, mental health and developmental disorders in areas including the NDIS and Disability Employment Services / Work Cover.

Georgia is passionate about applying evidence-based programs to develop clients’ skills and increase their levels of overall happiness and mental well-being.    

Qualifications:
+ Bachelor of Psychology Honours (Flinders University, South Australia)

Accreditations and Memberships:
+ Registered Provisional Psychologist with the Australian Health Professional Registration Association.

Thomas Trebilco | Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Thomas has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Flinders University, where he is currently a PhD Candidate in the Behavioural Genomics and Environmental Mechanisms (BehGEMs) Laboratory. Thomas’ research investigates the impact of stress on male fertility, and whether the impact of stress can be biologically transmitted to future generations.

Thomas has experience volunteering as a Crisis Support Worker at Lifeline, with the Street Outreach Service at Drug ARM, and as a Core Team Member for an annual camp with Scripture Union, which encourages school-aged males to critically reflect on their identities.

Thomas is passionate about providing care to those vulnerable members of the community most in need of support. He is committed to principles of best practice and ongoing professional development.

Qualifications:
+ Bachelor of Psychology Honours (Flinders University, South Australia)

Isabella Zannettino | Provisional Psychologist

Isabella is registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Psychology Honours at Flinders University and is an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. 

Isabella has a caring and gentle approach to working with people. She has experience delivering evidenced-based interventions and conducting mental health assessments with a diverse range of individuals. She has a keen interest in working with adults and young people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Isabella is committed to ongoing professional development and providing person-centred care.  

Qualifications:
+ Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) First Class 

Accreditations and Memberships:
+ Registered Provisional Psychologist with the Australian Health Professional Registration Association.
+ Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Navar Keelan | Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Navar has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) at Flinders University, A Graduate Certificate in Loss Grief and Trauma Counselling, and is finalising his Masters of Social Work.

With an interest in brain function, rapport-building and the effects of sleep on behaviours and cognitions. Navar has experience working with a diverse range of cohorts, previously specialising in working with adolescents. Navar has knowledge and expertise in community support, lived-experience, counselling and proficiency providing interventions with youth and adults’.

Navar is passionate about bringing dignity, respect, client-voice and empathy to working with our clients. Navar is focused on providing person-centred interventions that support a persons’ ability to enjoy life with dignity, support, humour, and fun.

Qualifications:
+ Bachelor of Psychology (Flinders University, South Australia)
+ Graduate Certificate in Loss Grief and Trauma Counselling (Flinders University, South Australia)

Accreditations and Memberships:
+ Provisional registration – Positive Behavioural Support Specialist

Tahlia Masotti | Provisional Psychologist | Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Tahlia has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science Neuroscience (Honours) at the University of Adelaide.

Tahlia’s experience includes working with a diverse range of clients with complex needs across the lifespan under the NDIS, supporting them in the development of personally tailored goals. Programs include refining daily living and social skills, self-efficacy, and improving overall independence and quality of life.

Talia also has volunteer experience as a Youth Ambassador at Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, as a Peer Worker with The Smith Family National Charity, and as a Telephone Help Line Support Volunteer counsellor with Griefline.

Talia is interested in understanding how the interactions between psychological, social, behavioural, and physical factors influence attitudes towards health and illness, with specific interests in promoting positive health behaviours and reducing harmful health behaviours. 

Qualifications:
+ Bachelor of Psychological Science (Neuroscience) the University of Adelaide

Accreditations and Memberships:
+ Registered Provisional Psychologist with the Australian Health Professional Registration Association.
+ Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.


Samy Kamal | Business and Practice Manager

Samy is passionate about empowering individuals and families to live their own lives to the fullest.
Samy is very strong when it comes to helping others find their purpose and their hidden potentials.

With more than 10 years as a production manager and 8 years in the disability sector, Samy is helping our clients to find the right path and to achieve their goals in life.

Samy has a wonderful family, enjoys soccer and meeting new people.

Jess Baldino | Office Administrator

Jess has completed her Bachelor of Public Relations and has a strong background in social media, marketing, website management and customer service engagement. She is adept at adhering to company goals and ensuring client’s individual needs are met.

Jess has recently decided to change her career path towards clinical child psychology and is currently undertaking a Bachelor in Psychology at the University of South Australia.

Jess’s passion is to work with disadvantaged children and adolescence within the education system.

Qualifications:
+ Bachelor Degree of Public Relations

Shady Boktor | Marketing Consultant

Shady is a dynamic Creative multicultural Professional, bringing many years of progressive industry-leading network technologies. Strong success history in a variety of high-level team leadership, project management, and marketing expertise.

Shady is a professional marketer with a strong background in many fields and sectors nationally and internationally