About Our Team

Lisa Butcher

RN, Grad Dip S Sc (FT)

Family & Couples Therapist

Registered Division 2 Nurse

Graduate Diploma of Social Science in Family Therapy

Lisa’s form of therapy enables people to talk, individually or together, often about difficult or distressing issues in ways that respect their

experiences, invite engagement, and support recovery and reconnection. Her experience spans over 30 years working in mental health and in private practice, and is sensitive to diverse family forms, relationships, beliefs and cultures.

Lisa’s other passions are family, baking, sewing, socialising, music, and juicy crime shows.

Marisa Abate

BA, BSW, B.Ltt. (Psych), MCAT, MAPS.
Psychologist, Creative Arts Therapist
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
Graduate Diploma in Education Psychology Master in Creative Arts Therapy
Marisa has been providing counselling, training, and supervision for over 25 years and has been a registered psychologist for approximately 20 years. Marisa particularly enjoys working with the intelligence, beliefs, and energy that children bring to each session and is skilled in the use of brief
intervention work, using solution focused and
creative and playful strength-based approaches with clients.
In her spare time Marisa enjoys drumming, singing and clowning.

Lanah Notman

MSP, BASC

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science Master of Speech Pathology

Lanah is a qualified speech pathologist with experience providing speech pathology services to a wide range of individuals, families and the neurodivergent community. Lanah is passionate about empowering families to help their children reach their speech and communication goals.

Lanah enjoys watching footy (As a keen Brisbane Lions supporter), attending live music, and baking. She has a love for all animals, spending time with family, playing with her nieces, and walking her dog.

Cherie Izzard

BA, BECS, Grad Dip CCPT

Early Childhood Therapist, Play Therapist, Teacher

Graduate Diploma of Child Centred Play Therapy Bachelor of Arts (Secondary Science)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies

Cherie is a passionate teacher, play therapist and early years therapist who has a deep understanding of early childhood development, with an interest exploring the link between brain development, movement, and emotional regulation. Cherie has personal and professional experience supporting neurodiverse children and their families, and is a firm believer that play is the language of young children and developing an attuned connection is the best way to support them and their family.

Cherie enjoys bush walks, gardening, photography, and watercolour painting.

Mary Diamond

Dip Couns (Current), Cert Kids Yoga, Accredited Facilitator

Group Facilitator

Yoga & Mindfulness for Children -RAINBOW KIDS YOGA Yoga for Kids with Additional Needs – RAINBOW KIDS YOGA

Accredited Facilitator CHAKRADANCE KIDS PROGRAM Ballet Teacher KINDY DANCE TIME Diploma of Counselling (Current)

Mary has been a children’s entertainer in the character of Fairy Mary for over 30 years and brings her knowledge and love for enchantment and imagination, into all her interactions with children, meeting them in their world and creating beautiful connections. Mary’s mission is for all children to feel seen and heard, to give them the skills and tools that empower them to navigate life and to show them their inner magic.

Mary is married to her teenage sweetheart and is a mother of 3 beautiful girls. She loves to dance, be in nature, sit in circles with other women and spend time with her family.

Amanda Jung

BFA, Dip Ed, Adv. Dip AT

Group Facilitator, Art Therapist, Teacher

Diploma of Education

Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

Amanda is passionate about using Creative Art Therapy to help the wellbeing and coping strategies of young people. Amanda’s calm and kind manner helps her to quickly build rapport with young clients. She always ensures that she provides a safe space for every child’s unique and individual needs.

Amanda lives with her two creative, kooky primary school aged daughters, her husband, as well as many pets, including a dog, bunnies and several fish.

Nasim D'Alberti

BPSC (Hon), MPC, Grad Dip Couns, BECS, MPP (Current)

Psychologist (provisional), Counsellor

Grad Dip in Counselling

Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Masters in Professional Counselling

Masters in Professional Psychology (Current)

Nasim’s philosophy towards counselling is that everyone deserves respect, empathy and to be heard, her priority is to provide a space that is safe and free from judgement. Nasim believes in supporting client’s to draw on their internal resources and develop

practical strategies to respond to the world around them.

Nasim is also a devoted wife and mum to two boys who loves spending time with her children, travelling, yoga, bush walking, and lifting heavy weights at the gym.

Cathy Uren

BSocWK, BHuServ, BEd

Social Worker, Teacher

Double Degree in Social Work and Human Services Bachelor of Primary Education

Cathy is passionate about the power of early intervention in helping children and families to thrive. She implements trauma-informed practises and strength-based approaches to support learning and development. She loves to read and is excited about inspiring children to learn about the world and themselves through interactive stories, books, and play.

Cathy loves to go on adventures with her husband and children, exploring national parks and beaches any chance they get. She also loves curling up with a good book and a hot chocolate.

Cassandra Adams

BSc, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Couns

Counsellor, Teacher

Bachelor of Exercise Science/Human Movement Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary, PE and Science Teaching

Diploma of Counselling

Cass is a high school teacher and counsellor with over 13 years experience specialising in health, PE and wellbeing. She loves empowering people through creative play to help support the children’s strengths and build coping skills and self esteem.

Cass loves spending time with friends, playing board games, watching the footy, playing with her kids, exploring the outdoors, and going out for brekky.

Lucy Gries

MPT, BSW

Social Worker, Play Therapist

Masters in Play Therapy Bachelor of Social Work

Lucy has more than 10 years experience working with children and families within the disability and family services sector. Working as a social worker and play therapist with neurodiverse children, she firmly believes the importance of early identification and intervention to support all children. Lucy utilises an integrative approach, and works collaboratively with families and other professionals to find the best way to support the child.

Lucy’s other passions include singing, amateur theatre, travelling, hiking and being out in nature.