Unique U Psychology is a Melbourne-based clinic specialising in diagnostic assessment and therapy of girls and women with ASD.
Danuta-Bulhak-Paterson (Clinic Director): Danuta is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in Developmental Psychology. She has spent the last 18 years, working with children and adults who have Asperger’s Syndrome, autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder—Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS), and with their families. She assessed, diagnosed and gave ongoing therapy to children, adults, couples and family members of persons with Autism Spectrum Conditions, and her work with them has been extensive and effectual in improving and enhancing the quality of their lives. Since 2008 until 2011, she worked—thus refining and expanding her skills—at Minds & Hearts, the pioneering and successful clinic in Brisbane that specialises in diagnosis and providing therapy for Asperger’s Syndrome and/ or autism; her mentors and colleagues there were Prof. Tony Attwood, Dr Michelle Garnett and the team of expert psychologists, with whom she remains in professional contact. While there, she also conducted workshops, training sessions and seminars for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions and for professional practitioners in Australia and in New Zealand. As the Psychologist at Autism Victoria, where Danuta had worked before she joined Minds & Hearts, she provided counselling and therapy to families of clients recently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition, teaching them about the nature of the condition, ways of dealing with their initial reaction to the diagnosis and subsequent challenges.
Before that, Danuta worked in scientific research into Autism Spectrum Conditions for several years, assisting and implementing research results; this involved extensive psychological and neuropsychological assessments of people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and of their family members. Danuta had also worked in the public sector assessing and intervening on behalf of pre-school children who had developmental delays and disabilities, which included autism. At the beginning of her career in working with Autism Spectrum Conditions, Danuta worked closely within a team that implemented Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism.
Academic Qualifications: Master of Psychology (Child & Family) MPsych Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology (Postgrad. Dip Psych) Bachelor of Science (BSc).
Professional Boards/Accreditations: Australian Psychological Society (APS) member, Clinical College member, Registered member of the Psychology Board of Australia, Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Accredited Supervisor of psychologists and intern psychologists (STAP trained)
Cassandra (Cassie) is a registered Psychologist with a passion for providing psychotherapy and support to her clients. She has a special appreciation and interest for working with individuals who have Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) and providing support to their families. Cassie’s professional background and academic training have provided her with experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and helping individuals to cultivate personal growth and positive mental health.
Across her various roles, Cassie has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, in both individual and group formats. She has a background of working in disability support services, specialising in assisting families who have children with an ASC. Additionally, Cassie has contributed to novel research studies in the field of autism that aimed to assist diagnosed children in developing their social intelligence.
Furthermore, Cassie has worked in both hospital and community settings as part of her psychological training. She has experience providing individual therapy and group therapy to people who are experiencing chronic or acute challenges in life. She has training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness based therapy and utilises compassionate and strength based approaching in working with her clients.
Academic Qualifications: Master of Psychology (Clinical), Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours; Awarded First Class Honours (H1) with High Distinction)
Professional Boards/Accreditations: Australian Psychological Society (APS) member, Registered member of the Psychology Board of Australia, Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Welcoming Vanessa Tan to Unique U Psychology!
Vanessa is a registered Psychologist with a background in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Monash University. She has a special interest in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) and supporting their families. She has worked in multiple roles across community, clinic and school settings, in Australia and Singapore.
Through her work with children and adolescents with ASCs, she is experienced in a variety of approaches, such as child-centered play-based therapy, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Her approach when working with her clients is strengths-based, and tailored to each individual to best support their unique needs. Vanessa also has experience in conducting parent and teacher training workshops, and social skills groups for children.
In addition, Vanessa is trained in administering cross-battery (XBA) psycho-educational assessments, which provide highly comprehensive understanding of individuals’ cognitive abilities, compared to the conventional method of testing. She has conducted original research on the psychosocial outcomes of equine-assisted therapy for children and adolescents with ASCs. She is also very interested in helping individuals experiencing executive functioning difficulties, including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Academic Qualifications: Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) (MPsych), Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDip Psych), Bachelor of Arts Psychology (BA Psych)
Professional Boards/Accreditations: Australian Psychological Society (APS) member, Registered member of the Psychology Board of Australia, Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Goodbye to Dr Rachel Jellett! Rachel has sadly left the clinic to pursue her passion in Research. Rachel did some wonderful work with her individual clients and their families. She will be very missed by us and all the families she worked with. All the best in your new venture Rachel!