West Leederville

January 10, 2022
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About Us

Early Start Australia | WA | West Leederville has been providing psychology services for children, adolescents and families since 2014.  Whilst many of the families we assist are located in the western suburbs of Perth, we also have families travelling long distances from rural and remote areas to seek support.  It’s rewarding seeing positive changes take place in family relationships and emotional wellbeing.

Our psychologists have expertise conducting detailed psychological assessment to explore unique strengths and struggles associated with emotion, behaviour, attention and learning.  We enjoy assisting children in primary school, teenagers in high school, students applying for special examination arrangements through School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) and for university considerations.  We offer assessment to determine if an individual meets diagnostic criteria for Specific Learning Disorder (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Each of our psychologists have areas of interest to offer counselling across the lifespan for parents, families, couples, children, teenagers and adults.  We assist parents navigating family relationships, couples experiencing relationship struggles, mothers and fathers with postnatal depression and anxiety, toddlers displaying challenging behaviours, children and teenagers with anxiety, primary school and high school students handling tricky peer social relationships, students learning to organise workload during their final years of education, and university students managing new expectations.

Our psychologists offer assessment and therapy to assist healthy development across the lifespan for parents, families, couples, children, teenagers and adults.  We have experience assisting across a range of concerns, such as;

  • anxiety
  • attachment
  • attention
  • couple relationships
  • depression and low mood
  • dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia
  • emotional regulation
  • family relationships
  • learning
  • obsessions and compulsions
  • panic
  • parenting
  • postnatal depression and anxiety
  • procrastination
  • self esteem
  • self-harm
  • separation anxiety
  • sleeping
  • social relationships
  • study organisation

Our psychologists value working together with psychiatrists, paediatricians, general practitioners, educators and allied health professionals to offer collaborative care.


Programs we deliver

Meet Our Principal

Tristan Abba
Practice Principal

Tristan Abba has had a 14-year career practicing as a community mental health worker, substance abuse counsellor, and psychologist in a myriad of agencies working with young people, families and adults. He returned to Perth recently after many years away, having left his busy private practice on the Gold Coast.

Tristan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology. Soon after, he was offered a place in the esteemed Master of Psychology (Counselling) program at Curtin which developed his keen interest in working with people with diverse psychological needs in an adaptive style. He is a Registered Psychologist and an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency approved supervisor to psychologists developing their skills. Since graduating, Tristan has undertaken formal studies in several modalities of therapy beyond Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including Mindfulness and trauma-informed modalities, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) to support his clients to identify and change unhelpful patterns of behaviour.  These approaches are each uniquely recognised to help people improve their quality of life and create lasting change.

The West Leederville ESA team prides itself on offering a space where all members of the family can work together to improve emotional wellbeing and develop a strong sense of self. Tristan enjoys leading a diverse and dedicated team of highly qualified psychologists who work hard to deliver services with integrity and compassion. Practicing alongside Tristan currently are Clinical Psychologists Dr. Jenny Sandilands and Nina Casella, Counselling Psychologist Registrar Anna James, and Psychologists Dr. Davinia Shannahan, Hayley Quekett, Kimberley Sandford and Amanda Albury. For more information regarding each of these clinicians, please visit here.

Meet Our Team

Our psychologists love being part of a team that has shared goals to provide the very best care for our clients.

We value receiving referrals for complex presentations that require detailed psychometric assessments. We believe that every child has a unique set of abilities and talents that can be discovered and nurtured. With early identification of individual strengths along with any difficulties, we give parents the tools to support their child flourish.

We have undertaken postgraduate training in evidence-based therapy that makes lasting improvements across the lifespan in family relationship functioning, child emotional wellbeing and adolescent mental health. As highly qualified and experienced professionals, we enjoy offering counselling specifically tailored for the needs of each family member.

For more details about our team, please visit here.

Please call us on 08 9388 9960 if you would like further information.

West Leederville

40 Kimberley Street, West Leederville WA, Australia