Making a difference, together

We couldn’t support the ADHD community without the valuable input of our Staff, Board, Volunteers, and Professional Advisory Body.

Administration Team

Natasha Madams

Office Admin Manager

Alison Jardine

Administration and Marketing Coordinator

Julia Holloway

Reception and Administration Officer

Service Delivery Team

Dr Andrew Sheridan

Neuropsychological and Clinical Psychologist

Neuropsychological Testing Supervisor

Dr Andrew Sheridan trained in the UK as a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist and holds dual registration with AHPRA. Towards the beginning of his career he focused on Paediatric Neuropsychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Oxford Children’s Hospital. Since moving to Australia, he has focused on both child and adult Neuropsychology, specialising in conditions such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Acquired Brain Injury. He is also skilled in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and behaviour management approaches. His approach is person focused, in that he tries to ensure his clients feel comfortable, relaxed, and understood. In Neuropsychology it is also vital to be guided by research evidence, and he aims to stay up to date with advances in Neuropsychology: he is an active researcher, lecturer, and Neuropsychology supervisor at University of Western Australia.

 

 

Ghazal Lahooti

Registered Psychologist

Clinical Psychology Student Placement

Ghazal is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Clinical College. Ghazal is also a member of the British Psychology Society.

While already an experienced registered psychologist, Ghazal is in her final stages of completing a Master of Applied Psychology in Clinical Psychology and in her student placement with ADHD WA.

Clinical experience and background
Ghazal completed her undergraduate and post graduate psychology degree at Curtin University and received a Post Graduate Degree in International Health also from Curtin University. Ghazal then completed a Master of Applied Psychology in Organisational Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Ghazal has a passion for learning and is at the final stages of completing a Master of Applied Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Edith Cowan University.

Ghazal has worked as a psychologist for 15 years in both State and Federal Government holding senior roles which provides services to various markets. These roles have presented Ghazal with experience of working with a diverse range of people and presenting problems.

Ghazal’s approach to therapy is person centred, and she works alongside clients to promote a shared responsibility for trust in the therapeutic process empowering them to create meaningful, lasting change for themselves. Ghazal assists her clients to feel safe and supported, trusting in the confidential nature of what they share, respecting and admiring their strong act of courage and humility presented by these clients’ taking steps towards change.

Ghazal tailors’ psychological therapy to meet the needs of clients who are experiencing stressful life transitions, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, and loss. She has been trained in several evidence-based therapeutic techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); Relaxation and Mindfulness practices; Solutions Focused Therapy and emotion focused therapy.

 

Cayla Bellagarda

Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar

Cayla is a Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar in the final stages of her Masters/PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Western Australia. She has experience conducting neuropsychological assessments across the lifespan, including children, adults and older adults. Cayla is particularly interested in working with adolescents and young adults, and how significant life changes can interact with neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative and acquired neuropsychological dysfunction to impact day-to-day functioning at home, work and school. Her approach emphasizes comprehensive investigation of both strengths and weaknesses to inform solution-focused, personalised strategies. Alongside her clinical studies, Cayla is also a PhD candidate in the Human Vision Laboratory at UWA. Her research work focuses on non-invasive methods of studying visual processing in the brain, and how this can inform our understanding of the sensory features of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Grace da Camara

Registered Psychologist

Grace is a registered psychologist working with Adults, Adolescents, Children, as well as families. Her passion for working with ADHD was ignited when experiencing its impact on her own family. As a parent to a child with ADHD, she recognised the need for greater knowledge and education about the condition, with a focus on interventions targeted to the individual/s with ADHD. Her debut book, Fridays with Tristan, explores the role of mentoring in the treatment of ADHD. Grace Developed OnTrac, a CBT based group program for Tweens and Teens with ADHD. This program is delivered through ADHD WA in collaboration with four medical students from UWA who chose OnTrac as their services learning program of choice.

Grace is skilled in a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. She believes that the relationship between Therapist and Client is central to the counselling process and that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, clients will have different needs based on their presenting issues and history.

 

Vicki Morris

ADHD Coach (Adults and older adolescents)

During a career as a secondary teacher, Vicki trained as an executive coach with the Education Department. Along the way, she also completed degrees in psychology and sexology.

She later worked privately as a life coach before undertaking specialised ADHD coach training. This change in direction came as a result of her experience parenting a child along a rocky road through school and into adulthood and a desire to support others who have been diagnosed with ADHD as adults.

She is a trained wellness coach and a nationally registered personal trainer with an interest in current research around exercise for ADHD.

As a keen aviator, Vicki sees many parallels between flying and ADHD coaching … soaring into the unknown, seeing the ground ahead from a different perspective and glorious wow moments; all with a track to follow and preparation to deal with the unexpected in a planned way.

Unlike therapy, her coaching approach is future focused. By encouraging those living with ADHD to recognise and value their interests, passions and strengths, they are able to develop their own successful pathway forward; one that also acknowledges their unique flavour and experience of ADHD.

What is ADHD Coaching?

ADHD coaches work with children and parents and adults to set goals, identify their strengths, increase their knowledge of ADHD, develop self-awareness and improve social skills. The coach and client work together to design and implement practical, effective strategies that enable them to manage everyday challenges, which often include time management, organisation and procrastination. Regular sessions provide accountability and support as new skills are learned and new routines are put in place.

Patron

Dr Kenneth Whiting

Ken has a long-standing interest in childhood development and learning difficulties and was announced as our third patron at the ADHD WA AGM in 2011. Formerly a Paediatric Consultant at Fremantle Hospital, Ken was the Australian member on the Global Consensus Group, which prepared an international algorithm for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He was also a keynote speaker at the 2nd and 3rd Asian ADHD Conferences.

Ken was involved in researching Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at the University of Western Australia and has co-authored many published papers on ADHD. He is now semi-retired, but continues practising in rural and remote Australia and still advocates for children and adolescents with ADHD.

Management Board

The Management Board is formed of passionate, proactive, purpose-driven individuals to build harmonious and productive members. Key objectives the Management Board is working on include:

  • Developing and implementing a governance model that supports sustainable growth.
  • Ensuring resource capacity, capabilities, and funding activities support organisation objectives.
  • Developing and delivering sustainable, evidence-based service delivery.
  • Developing and delivering community-minded engagement programs.
  • Advocating on behalf of our community to ensure our community has a voice in the public arena.

Current Management Board members

  • Dr Michele Toner, President
  • Kim Dixon, Secretary
  • Lily Chiang, Treasurer
  • Catherine Natale
  • Dr Roger Paterson
  • Kate Warren

Professional Advisory Body

Our Professional Advisory Body is integral to our advocacy activities, and informs and supports our service delivery options. The Body meets to provide advice and offer solutions to ADHD WA about its services, initiatives, and future plans. The Advisory Body is committed to:

  • Providing opportunities for members to raise issues of concern, and exploring possible solutions.
  • Acknowledging challenges and celebrating strengths associated with an ADHD diagnosis.
  • Developing a range of services to inform, support, and advocate for the ADHD community in Western Australia.

Current Professional Advisory Body members

  • Shelley Blakers
  • Sylvia Byers
  • Dr Murray Chapman
  • Professor Wai Chen
  • Derek Cohen
  • Martin Exell
  • Dr Helen Frearson
  • Professor Stephen Houghton
  • Zyron Krupenia
  • Dr Mark Parker
  • Dr Roger Paterson
  • Dr Michele Toner
  • Dr Andrew Leech
  • Kyleigh Sinclair