Meet the Therapy Pro Ipswich Therapists

Occupational therapy

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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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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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Speech and language pathology

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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Amanda Kenny, speech and language pathologist

Since her days as a professional dancer, needing to fuel her body effectively, food has played a central role in Amanda Kenny’s life.

Food also fed her thoughts when Amanda, having studied nutrition after ballet, made another career change, becoming a qualified speech and language pathologist.

Amanda works with children and adults who experience communication, speech, language, feeding and swallowing difficulties.

She can also prescribe technological aids to provide alternative non-verbal communication.

“While I love all aspects of speech therapy, I’m passionate about helping clients swallow safely and effectively, and educating carers, family and friends in what is a very social function of life,” Amanda says.

Amanda brings experience from community and hospital settings, working with all ages.

Away from work, she looks forward to Italian ‘date nights’ with her young son.

Amanda is a graduate of the Australian Catholic University.

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Psychology and mental health work

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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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Lot Keijzer, mental health social worker

Lot Keijzer wasn’t born to run yet she runs, slow and steady and far, enjoying the scenery along the way. It’s an approach to life she seeks to pass on as a mental health social worker.

“Life isn’t a sprint: it’s more like a marathon. My role provides guidance and support for individuals as they learn skills, strategies and tools to achieve their best life possible, by themselves.”

Lot has worked as a mental health social worker since 2006, in Holland and Australia. She chose her career path while studying in the United States, working as a volunteer with adults rehabilitating after life-changing injury and illness.

“Their positive attitude to make the most of what they had inspired me. I learned the importance of looking to your strengths and believing you can.”

Lot works with children, teenagers and adults and can help enhance clients’ social skills, stress management, parenting skills, problem-solving, and relaxation techniques.

Her mental health accreditation enables Lot to assess and treat people who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, adverse childhood experiences, family conflict and the stresses of change.

Away from work, when not running through bushland, Lot may be found snuggled at home with her dog, studying: currently, she’s learning about nutrition, specifically the relationship between gut and mental health.

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Catherine Stuart, Psychologist

Therapy Pro psychologist Catherine Stuart seeks to heighten the sense of joy, connection, purpose and achievement in her clients’ ‘everyday’, every day.

She does this by focusing on, and building, clients’ strengths, interests and passions to enrich their daily living goals.

“When clients are willingly engaged in activities that result in a sense of joy, purpose, achievement and feel connected to others within their community, their overall confidence and psychological well-being improves.  This leads clients toward reaching their personal goals and their full potential in their life,” she says.

Catherine works with children, teenagers and adults, helping improve social skills, challenge and change unhelpful thoughts or behaviours, strengthen emotional regulation and develop personal coping strategies.

With more than 20 years’ professional experience, including many years as a psychologist in disability employment, Catherine is particularly skilled in supporting clients address complex barriers with the overall goal of achieving and maintaining employment and leading a full life.

She’s also a well-practised one-on-one, couples and family therapist.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.

After years of delivering therapy in traditional clinic settings and in private practice, she’s excited by the mobile Therapy Pro approach that will see her come to your home or another place in which you’re comfortable. If that happens to be at a dog park, that’s fine by Catherine: she’s only too happy to get her ‘fur fix’ at the same time as supporting you on the way to becoming your best version of you.

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