Sandra brings a wealth of professional and life experience to her work, with some 45 years of practice in a range of settings in Western Australia. Early in her career, Sandra lectured in Psychology at Claremont Teachers’ College, later reprising that role somewhat as Training Officer for the Department of Education’s Guidance Branch (now School Psychology Services). She has held other senior positions with the Department including Senior Advisory Teacher, Remedial, and Senior Lecturer, Personal and Career Education at Canning College and has a significant history as a School Psychologist..
Sandra has also worked with business and organisational psychology consultants in the areas of employment selection, interviewing skills, executive coaching and trauma response. For several years, she worked for the Rural Better Business initiative, facilitating problem solving and stress management workshops for farming families and businesses. Around this time she chaired the WA Section of the APS College of Organisational Psychologists. She was WA’s inaugural State Chair of the Australian Psychological Society.
While she began with a passion for assisting able young people in our primary schools with literacy issues to achieve their potentials, throughout her career Sandra developed the skills to provide psychological support to a range of clients, experiencing a variety of challenges. She has, however, ultimately found herself most drawn to adolescents and their mental health issues and has built a reputation for successful engagement with these young people.. She joined B.kids to offer additional services to secondary school students, their families and their schools. Sandra is comfortable to sit through the often lengthy silences or the persistent chatty diversions to reach engagement with teens. Her therapeutic interventions aim to support, educate and empower teens to be safe and well and comfortable in their own skins.
Sandra is a skilled practitioner who applies her training in areas such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy, person-centred intervention, trauma informed practice, acceptance and commitment therapy to support adolescents and their families and schools to overcome the many challenges facing this developmental stage in life. Such challenges include social anxiety, self-esteem and self-image issues, performance anxiety, depression, peer and other relationship issues, emotional regulation, self harm and bullying.
Sandra is an AHPRA registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.