Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith

Kathy is only accepting new clients who have a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan.

Choosing the right psychologist for your child is an important and sometimes difficult process. Kathy is highly skilled at forming warm and engaging relationships with children and adolescents aged 5 to 16. As rapport between the psychologist and the child is one of the best predictors of success in therapy, Kathy strives to build strong relationships with her clients and their parents. Kathy is able to build strong, harmonious relationships due to her gentle and down to earth nature. The treatment plan that Kathy designs for your child will incorporate both innovative and evidence–based treatment methods with the aim of generating the most successful outcomes. Kathy primarily utilises Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) to treat clients.

Kathy recognises that, when a child begins to outwardly show signs of needing help, it is often the case that he or she has been struggling with an issue for a long period of time. It is important to “catch the problem early” in order to minimise detrimental effects in the family, home and school environments. The earlier the child receives support and intervention, the better the prognosis for the child.

Kathy enjoys teaching children coping skills so that they are better equipped to regulate their emotions and manage their behaviour. Kathy believes that when children are able to learn and apply coping skills at a young age, they become more successful adults.

Kathy has been practising as a child psychologist for 18 years. She draws upon her life experience and extensive background in psychology to treat clients effectively. Her education, training and experience has predominantly been with children, adolescents, and their families, covering a wide range of clinical diagnoses, and diverse multicultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Areas of Work – Children and Adolescents

  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD( (formerly called Attention Deficit Disorder) –Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety Disorders (including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety and Separation Anxiety Disorder)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (a formerly used diagnosis on this spectrum was Asperger’s Syndrome)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bullying related issues
  • Communication skills training
  • Confusion
  • Conflict-resolution skills training
  • Defiance (Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Conduct Disorder)
  • Depression (including Post-Partum Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder)
  • Developmental Disorders (including Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Early attachment difficulties
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Empowerment and assertiveness skills training
  • Family difficulties (related to arguing, separation, divorce, adoption, fostering and blended families)
  • Fatigue and Lethargy
  • Gratitude skills training
  • Grief and loss
  • Mood improvement
  • Interpersonal difficulties
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Life transition issues
  • Neurodiversity
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
  • Phobias or fears (including specific phobias and social phobia)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Problem-solving skills training
  • Nurturing inner peace, tranquility and joy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Relaxation and self-soothing skills training
  • Regulating and expressing strong emotions
  • School refusal and School related difficulties
  • Self-acceptance, Self-care, Self-doubt, Self-esteem, Self-image, Self-improvement, Self-worth and Self-soothing skills training
  • Self-harm (including “cutting”)
  • Sexual, psychological, verbal and physical abuse (including a past history of abuse)
  • Sleep problems (All types of Insomnia, falling asleep, staying asleep, waking easily, waking up tired)
  • Social, friendship problems and problems with authority figures
  • Stress (including family, social, school and work related stress/worry)
  • Well-being

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Treatment Approaches

  • Play, Art and Creative Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Person-Centered Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Positive Psychology

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia