Psychologist (Clinical): Kendall Bird

I am a Clinical Psychologist with full registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Fellow of the APS Clinical College.

I provide therapy for adults, children and families across a wide range of issues, ages and genders, and provide consultation and training to care agencies in the areas of child development and attachment trauma. This includes linkages with NDIS, VVCS, DCP, schools and other non-government agencies. I also regularly run social skills programs for children from various backgrounds, including children on the Autism Spectrum and I provide individual and family therapy for children with ASD.

I have worked for over 10 years in mental health; in private practice and previously in community and hospital settings; including adult and child mental health, infant mental health, early pre-school attachment family counselling and foster care services. The effects and recovery from chronic trauma is of special interest to me, and I have published and presented research in veteran wellbeing which received an AMMA award for Best Veteran Paper 2014. I also received the APS Student Award in 2015 for my work. I am a member of several child trauma and health networks and the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

I approach clinical therapy in a gentle, considered and outcome focused way. While I use a range of evidence-based therapy approaches in response to the person or family needs, I primarily work within cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, ACT and neurodevelopmental relational/systems frameworks. I like to live and promote intentional connection, creativity, and empathy. I am an energetic advocate for individual positive change, healthy reasoning and interested curiosity as keys to building resilience for all ages, and calm observation then courageous action to thrive.

My specific areas of interest for therapy with families and children include:

• infant and pre-school mental health
• emotion regulation and attachment
• child behaviour and mood management
• parental stress
• brain-based caregiving
• complex needs families and ASD

Areas of experience in therapy with adults and adolescents include:

• stress and adjustment
• grief and loss
• depression, anxiety, phobias
• sleep issues
• anger, low self-esteem
• relationships with family, friends, partners
• PTSD and trauma (including veteran and family health)
• personality and identity issues
• goal setting and planning for change

Training and consultation:

• relational development and trauma
• complex needs children and young people
• social skills and functional development for children experiencing both ASD and trauma
• emotion dysregulation, anxiety and anger management in children
• brain-based and intentional caregiving

I can also provide cognitive and educational assessments for both children and adults.