Caitlin Waldie

Caitlin Waldie

Caitlin is an understanding and compassionate AHPRA registered provisional psychologist and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. Caitlin’s passion for psychology is fuelled by lived experience of neurodiversity within her family. She loves supporting NDIS participants of all ages and presentations, including early intervention, primary school children, adolescents, adults and families, and warmly welcomes each client with enthusiasm. Caitlin has an affirming approach toward supporting neurodivergent people, led by the assumption that they do not have a disorder which needs to be “fixed,” but rather a natural variation in the brain which comes with a different profile of strengths. She approaches each session by establishing her clients’ individual goals, and supports them to achieve their desired outcomes. She recognises the unique challenges that people living with disability face, and can assist with anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, life adjustment issues, relationship problems, self-esteem, body-image and sexuality concerns.

Caitlin strives to accommodate the needs of all of her clients, and is able to offer after school and evening appointments, as well as school and home visits when required. She believes that in order to best support neurodivergent children, their entire environment should be considered. This may include connecting with multidisciplinary service providers such as Speech-language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. With children, Caitlin’s work often involves the explicit teaching of emotions and the provision of appropriate tools to manage how they are feeling, in turn, targeting behaviours of concern. Caitlin also has a keen interest in providing parental support to families after their child has received an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults who have received a late diagnosis, and in particular, young adults as they navigate the significant life changes which occur during this unique period.

Caitlin works from a place of empathy and positive regard, and she offers a non-judgemental, culturally sensitive and inclusive environment for all clients. Sessions are person-centred and the focus is on autonomy and building on a client’s own capability to achieve their goals. Caitlin utilises a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Play Therapy. Caitlin is dedicated to personalising clients’ therapy experience by incorporating their passions into therapeutic work, including video games and pop culture interests.

Caitlin has a specific interest in the unique intersection of disability and sexuality, and she is currently studying a Masters degree at the University of Sydney in Sexual and Reproductive Health (psychosexual therapy). Caitlin is Queer friendly (LGBTQIA+) and welcomes all genders, orientations and identities.

Caitlin’s therapeutic skills are backed up with scientific knowledge, and she works as a research assistant on several projects at the University of South Australia. Caitlin has also published a preprint article in relation to her honours thesis which investigated the relationship between video games and creativity. Outside of work, Caitlin loves walking her border collie, Maisie, and exploring the beautiful scenery that South Australia has to offer. She’s just as content on her couch at home reading a good book with a cup of tea.

Areas of Work (NDIS clients only)

  • Anxiety (Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Panic Disorder)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anger
  • Body image
  • Depression
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal relationships (friendships, relationships and family)
  • Life transitions
  • Phobias and fears
  • Schooling difficulties (school avoidance, bullying, perfectionism and exam stress)
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Sleep problems
  • Specific learning disorders
  • Stress and worry

Educational Assessments

Caitlin also has an interest in assessing and supporting children and their families, as well as adults of all ages with Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia. She offers Psychoeducational Assessments.

Treatment Approaches 

Caitlin delivers client-centred and evidence-based treatment using a range of therapeutic approaches including:

  • Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Play therapy

  • Solutions Focused Brief Therapy

  • Mindfulness

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours, First Class)

  • Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society

  • Registered Provisional Psychologist with Psychology Board of Australia