Karen was first registered as a psychologist in 2004 and has enjoyed a rewarding career offering services for families seeking to foster healthy, secure attachment relationships. She has completed a Master of Psychology (Counselling) and holds area of practice endorsement with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Counselling Psychologist. Karen is eager to offer a space where all members of the family can work together to improve emotional wellbeing and develop a strong sense of self. She enjoys leading a dedicated team of highly qualified psychologists who work hard to deliver services with integrity and compassion.
In addition to her work at Early Start Australia, Karen is called upon to facilitate presentations for parents, educators and health professionals. Through her relationships with universities, Karen provides teaching and supervision for postgraduate students. She has a strong desire to ensure Australia has a sustainable, highly trained workforce to meet the mental health needs of our community now and into the future. Karen has been engaged at a federal level to offer advice regarding improved access to mental health services nationally through Medicare. She enjoys passionately advocating for interventions that enhance the social and emotional health of children and adolescents.
Karen has built a diverse team of Clinical Psychologists Dr Jenny Sandilands and Nina Casella, Educational and Developmental Psychologists Aoife McNally and Kylie Crump, and Psychologists Dr Davinia Shannahan, Rhianna Nolan and Amanda May.