The Caterpillar Clinic was created by Rachel Pearce, a registered psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst®. Rachel completed her undergraduate studies through Victoria University (NZ), and subsequently gained entrance to the Applied Behaviour Analysis postgraduate program at The University of Auckland (NZ). During this time, Rachel gained a Postgraduate Diploma of Science (Psychology), Masters of Science (Psychology – First Class Honours) and Postgraduate Diploma of Applied Psychology. Rachel has worked with children and adults with a wide-range of abilities, providing support and intervention through home based, centre based, educative, residential care, and cluster home settings. Rachel has a depth of experience in providing thorough holistic assessments, well-informed functional assessments, and complete behaviour support plans. She designs and implements intensive behavioural intervention programs, provides psychological consultation and parent support, school consultation, and training. Rachel has presented at a number of workshops and forums, providing information on a range of disabilities as well as the ABA model and methods of assessment and intervention. Rachel is passionate about early intervention, and using her knowledge and experience to maximise your child’s potential.
Kayla Rack Kayla is a friendly and approachable registered psychologist. She has completed her Masters in Science (Psychology) under the Applied Behaviour Analysis program at Waikato University (NZ) and has experience working with children, teenagers and adults. Kayla has great experience in designing and providing early intervention programs for young children with ASD, teaching valuable communication, play, and self-care skills. She also assists older children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, which can present as anxiety, school refusal, challenging behaviour, etc. Kayla can complete ASD assessments using 'gold-star' tools including the ADI-R and ADOS-2.
Natasha Strutt Natasha is a Registered Psychologist. She worked with Caterpillar Clinic after completing her Bachelor of Psychology, initially as a behavioural therapist and building on previous experience providing early intervention ABA therapy to young children with ASD. Natasha's developed her skills and experience while completing her studies towards general psychology registration. She can administer cognitive and adaptive functioning assessments to explore intelligence and everyday living skills, can administer the ADOS-2 for ASD assessments, and delivers effective interventions using approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Natasha loves working with children and uses a fun, approachable style to help children manage emotions and develop skills to help them in day-to-day life.
Lisa Zappala Lisa is our Provisional Psychologist. She is currently finalising the requirements towards general psychology registration. She can administer cognitive and adaptive functioning assessments to explore intelligence and everyday living skills and delivers effective interventions using approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Lisa has experience working with children with disabilities who have experienced trauma, display challenging behaviours, and reside in out-of-home care. Lisa's services are provided at a reduced rate to reflect her provisional status (not her experience!), as no Medicare rebates are available.
Kristy Hennessy Kristy provides administration and reception support to all the clinicians here at Caterpillar Clinic. She's the friendly face you see when entering the Clinic and voice you hear when ringing through. Kristy helps with bookings, referral enquiries, payments, and keeps the Clinic looking as good as it does!
Di Jonsen Di also provides administration and reception support to the clinicians on Thursdays and Fridays. Di is currently completing her studies towards a Social Work degree at JCU and is passionate about the Cairns community and people within it. Di is friendly, calm on our busiest days, and a welcome asset to the Clinic.