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Meet the Therapy Pro Ipswich Therapists

Sandra Wilksch, Occupational Therapist

Sandra Wilksch, occupational therapist

Therapy Pro Ipswich occupational therapist Sandra Wilksch thrives on making every day living activities achievable for child and adult clients.

She can help you improve daily living functions, through assessment and appropriately tailored intervention. This can include developmental, sensory, mobility, postural, safe travel and continence assessments and interventions.

Sandra also helps clients with aids and equipment assessments and recommendations and identifying suitable housing.

Not sleeping well? Sandra is happy to share healthful and helpful strategies to improve your night’s sleep.

Missing recreational interests? This music-loving OT will gladly help you explore new interests that are meaningful for you.

Need minor or major modifications to your home? Sandra can make recommendations and referrals to appropriate tradespeople.

Sandra’s experience covers all life stages—from toddlers, children and teens to frail aged adults.

“Magic can happen when we think and work laterally. I love building people up through graded programs to be the best they can be.”

 

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Lina Kohler Holma, speech and language pathologist

Lina Kohler Holma, speech and language pathologist

For Therapy Pro speech and language pathologist Lina Kohler Holma, making a big difference in the lives of her Ipswich clients can be a subtle nod of a head.

Swedish-born Lina has travelled extensively around Australia, studied in Adelaide, now calls Brisbane home and Ipswich her workplace.

With a passion for improving the quality of life for people with a disability, Lina believes that communication is key and even a small change can make a huge difference.

Through her work, Lina hopes to find new ways for those with disabilities to find their voice by using alternative ways to communicate and with the right support from their communication partners.

“It feels amazing to know that I can make a difference in someone’s life by giving them the mechanisms to say what they want or don’t want and that a simple movement can enable this achievement.”

Lina previously worked with clients with neuro-developmental and learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, mobility impairments and acquired brain injuries.

She can assist clients with communication, mealtimes swallowing, dysphasia and development assessments and interventions.

Having the ability to make your own choice isn’t just about being heard. It builds self-esteem and confidence too. Lina is someone keen to listen, understand and support that.

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Danielle Forrest, social worker

Danielle Forrest, clinical social worker

Positivity is contagious: It’s with that belief that Ipswich-based Therapy Pro social worker Danielle Forrest approaches her job, passing the mindset on to clients.

With TAFE courses and a university degree, plus work with Disability Services, behind her, Danielle assists families and carers to develop and implement clients’ Positive Behaviour Support Plans – strategies that improve the life of a person with a disability and reduce the impact of challenging behaviour.

Danielle’s local knowledge of Ipswich, gained through her work with Disability Services, is proving invaluable. She already knows some of her clients, or has knowledge of them, and has previously worked with many established carers.

“I am passionate about people. I want to put the right protocols and supports in place. I will bring a fresh pair of eyes and an upbeat attitude to every visit to every client.”

While Danielle doesn’t claim to have a magic wand, she believes that through team work, client-centred practice and Therapy Pro’s 360 approach, the lives of clients can be improved.

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Maree Kasberger, psychologist

Psychologist Maree Kasberger joins Therapy Pro with a track record to support her belief in achieving positive change in clients’ lives.

Maree can help Therapy Pro clients with psychological assessments and interventions, behavioural support and advice including writing and developing Positive Behaviour Support Plans, individual and family counselling and psychometric assessments.

She brings more than a decade’s experience working with individuals who have physical injury, mental illness, chronic illness or addictions as part of employment services, workplace employee assistance and occupational rehabilitation programs.

Maree has particular expertise in work assessments and job-readiness skills acquisition, as well as stress management techniques.

“Confidence, self-esteem and motivation are all facets of life I enjoy exploring with clients – and growing,” she says.

Maree holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Counselling from Australian Catholic University.

As a crafter, Maree gets immense pleasure in turning fabrics, yarns and threads into items that stand out for their uniqueness. It’s a passion reflected in her professional life too, helping individuals see their uniqueness positively.

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Bharti Gitay, social worker (mental health accredited)

Therapy Pro Ipswich social worker Bharti Gitay believes that mental health and wellbeing play a powerful part in every individual’s ability to reach their goals.

That’s why she pursued further studies to become an accredited mental health social worker, enabling Bharti to not only provide the assistance traditionally offered by a social worker but also to assess and treat clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, crises and stress in addition to their disabilities.

Over the years, she’s supported people of all ages—and particularly youth and young adults—work through complex and challenging circumstances and issues.

“I don’t ‘fix’—I help clients help themselves as much as possible to realise their goals, to improve their health, to live as independently as they can, doing what is meaningful for them,” says Bharti.

Positive psychology tools Bharti may use include mindfulness techniques, including her favourite, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

“I will seek to build skills and capacity in clients so that ‘tomorrow’ not as much support will be needed because they’ve grown stronger and more independent,” she says.

Bharti’s working life has covered so many challenging aspects of life—from child safety, youth homelessness and alcohol and drug dependence to palliative care.

She’s counselled and supported many individuals and families who’ve experienced trauma and loss as refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Bharti attained a Masters of Social Work Studies at the University of Queensland, backed up with further studies in mental health counselling, mental health care and positive psychology.

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NDIS Therapy Services

Therapy Pro is a registered NDIS provider of therapy services. Find out about our client-centred approach to help you achieve your goals.

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Getting the right supports to children at the right time can make all the difference. Here’s where you start.

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