Meet the Therapy Pro Ipswich Therapists

Sandra Wilksch, Occupational Therapist

Sandra Wilksch, occupational therapist

Sandra is an occupational therapist and certified CO-OP therapist that can help children, anywhere from 5 to 21 years old build strength and skills to achieve their goals.

Using the CO-OP evidence-based intervention, Sandra works on improving and strengthening fine and gross motor skills in younger clients to help them participate in activities of their choice. This may include being able to write, tie a shoelace or concentrate on tasks for longer periods of time.

“I really like that the CO-OP approach to working with clients is a top-down way of working. It places the client in charge of what they would like to achieve and how they would like to achieve it.”

“My skills as a therapist are used to guide and coach the client to achieve their goals. It’s actually really rewarding as the improvements can be seen very quickly. The child feels empowered and takes ownership of meeting their goals which is a great way to work.”

With a background in physical rehabilitation and falls prevention, Sandra offers a hands-on therapeutic approach to clients and can set up an exercise program so clients can continue working when she’s not there.

Sandra’s collaborative approach helps clients in many ways to overcome obstacles, particularly if people have developed a fear of doing something, like getting into a car because they’ve fallen before or travelling by public transport, by offering suggestions for how the intervention can take place and exploring new ways that build strength and confidence in clients.

This extends to the team around the client. Sandra often attends stakeholder meetings and checks in with support workers to help the client’s work continue when she’s not there.

Sandra is skilled in navigating clients with mental health issues or challenging behaviour and can apply risk management techniques to ensure they receive the OT and emotional wellbeing support during therapy.

Sandra can also help clients with prescription of aids and equipment (Assistive Technology).

Much of Sandra’s satisfaction in her profession comes from engaging and connecting people with their community and supporting people to explore their interests, gain independence or look for employment.

When she’s not with clients, Sandra is often working on her own motor skills, playing the piano for her next AMusA exam or training for a marathon.

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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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Nelly Hernandez, occupational therapist

Bilingual occupational therapist Nelly Hernandez seeks to help clients improve their independence and involvement in the everyday things that matter to them.

Her years studying and training for this career taught Nelly to appreciate little things in life.

“Little things can make the world of difference,” she says.

As an OT, Nelly can help you improve daily functions—like bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, community access and leisure activities —through assessment and appropriately tailored intervention.

She can also prescribe aids and equipment and may make recommendations for minor modifications at home to improve independence and safety.

Nelly’s experience working with children and adults in hospital and community settings has included spinal injury rehabilitation and developmental delay assessments and early interventions.

While studying, Nelly chose to gain deeper understanding of living with disability by volunteering at a special school, helping youngsters with their mealtimes, toileting, play and learning, and working as an independent living support worker in community.

Fluent in both English and Spanish (her parents are from El Salvador), Nelly is a University of Queensland graduate.

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