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Meet the Therapy Pro Toowoomba Therapists

Sharyn McCarthy, social worker

When Sharyn McCarthy made a mid-40s career change to become a social worker , she formalised a role she had been fulfilling for decades as a supporter and enabler .

The Therapy Pro social worker supports children and adults overcome personal difficulties and structural barriers so that they experience inclusion, involvement and independence in home, school, work and community life.

Once an early childhood teacher, Sharyn has established a long history in the community sector across the Darling Downs and south-west Queensland. She has worked for Queensland Health and Disability Services Queensland too.

 

Sharyn was one of the first refugee and migrant workers in Toowoomba supporting early Sudanese refugees and has fought for the inclusion of children with disabilities, or from Indigenous or non-English speaking backgrounds, into early childhood services.

Sharyn uses strength-based interventions to help adults, children and families recognise and build on their existing—and valuable—competencies and accomplishments.

“Sometimes we can be so drenched in our ‘problems’—what’s wrong with us—that we can’t see our strengths and possibilities.”

Sharyn also uses guided interactive play to young children with disabilities express themselves.

The sign of a job well done, Sharyn says, is when a client moves on with confidence, and forgets her.

“When I do something well, it cannot be seen. It will be as though I wasn’t there. That, for me, is the best outcome.”

Sharyn gained her Masters in Social Work in 2014.

And as for coffee, Sharyn likes hers, piccolo. A splash of milk at home will do.

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Fiona McColl, clinical social worker

Fiona McColl, clinical social worker

No family is perfect. All have challenges, issues or problems.

Therapy Pro Ipswich clinical social worker Fiona McColl loves jigsaws, cryptic crosswords and unravelling complex life dynamics.

Fiona is a rare bird in Australia: a clinical social worker, trained in psychology, sociology, social work and clinical therapy. She has experience working with disability, child protection, mental health and domestic violence and a long-standing interest in trauma, adult and child attachment and family-relatedness.

She can work with you for behavioural support and advice, including Positive Behaviour Support Plans, and can provide individual and family counselling.

Fiona comes to you and she’s also tech-savvy, able to support you via telephone, email or Skype. That’s a Therapy Pro difference of convenience.

“What if you didn’t need to continue to feel like you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? What if you didn’t need to do it alone? Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. Don’t be afraid to reach out!”

Fiona unravels complex situations, looking at where she can make a difference one-on-one with you as an individual, within a family as well as society and systems more broadly.

And yes, Fiona does have an accent. It’s Canadian, not American.

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Man Yan “Minty” Ma, speech and language pathologist

Toowoomba-based Minty Ma admits she is a bit of linguistics and language nerd — an interest that definitely comes in handy as a speech and language pathologist with Therapy Pro.

Always interested in both language and medicine, Minty now combines the two to help clients with speech, communication and swallowing difficulties around Toowoomba and beyond.

Minty assists with speech, language, swallowing, voice and multimodal communication assessments and interventions.

“I feel the main part of my role is to give people empowerment and the ability to make their own choices. With some clients it is teaching them new skills and for others it is helping them to regain the skills they have lost, through accident or injury.”

Minty is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English.

How did she get the name Minty? When her Chinese birth name Man Yan proved too much of a mouthful for her young school friends to pronounce, she was dubbed Minty and the nickname has stuck. Sweet!

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Anne Newsome, Occupational Therapist

Anne Newsome, occupational therapist

Anne Newsome has worked as a community-based occupational therapist for the past 27 years.

In joining Therapy Pro’s Toowoomba team, Anne has found what she calls “the golden nugget” to make a difference in the lives of clients of all ages.

Anne uses both her experience in life and as a clinician to enable clients to lead meaningful lives and become as independent as possible within the bounds of their ability.

Anne grew up in UK, raised a family in Rockhampton and moved to Toowoomba to commence her new job opportunity with Therapy Pro.

Anne assists clients to achieve activity of daily living goals, by undertaking comprehensive assessments of current level of function, addressed by specific therapy interventions to maximise independence.

“I am thrilled to be working for Therapy Pro. This is an organisation that walks the talk, and provides its therapists with the same “wrap-around” support and values that we are then able to pass onto our clients”.

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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.”

Based in Brisbane, 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 in her spare time, 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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