We are Solasta
Solasta is proud to be both a Social Enterprise and part of the Sonder family.
Sonder is a not-for-profit, South Australian-based NGO with a social purpose to improve the lives of underserved community members by providing high quality, accessible care.
Sonder operates social enterprises, such as Solasta that aim to be financially sustainable while providing social benefits to local communities.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
You’re in good hands.
Solasta provides strength-focused, individualised support to help you improve your wellbeing, reach your goals and shine your brightest.
Our team consists of experienced psychologists and other health professionals.
Our services include:
- Psychological therapy
- Speech pathology
We’re here for you.
Rochelle has over 25 years’ experience in clinical and leadership roles across state government disability services, private practice and the non-government sector.
Rochelle is well known for the warm and engaging approach she brings to therapy with both children and adults.
She uses a range of therapeutic approaches but primarily draws on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Rochelle has a long term passion for working with children and adults with disabilities, in particular people with autism spectrum disorder. She also has extensive experience in psychoeducational assessments for children with learning and intellectual disabilities and in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
Rochelle has Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice and Master of Clinical Psychology. She holds registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with clinical endorsement and is a member of the APS College of clinical Psychologists.
Haidee provides psychological therapy for children, adolescents, and adults for a range of issues including stress, depression, anxiety, fears and phobias, trauma, emotional regulation difficulties, social skills, behaviour concerns, parenting relationship issues, work issues, and other challenges. She supports children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental differences such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Haidee works collaboratively with families and schools to foster children's social and emotional wellbeing and academic progress.
Haidee is a registered psychologist with a master's degree in School Psychology. She is also a registered teacher. Over the past 15 years she has worked in a range of educational settings, as well as in community mental health organisations and in private practice. She has significant experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, migrants and refugees. She has completed specialised training and supervision in the area of Perinatal Psychology, and has a particular interest in working with women who are affected by mental health conditions during the first year of parenthood.
Haidee aims to provide a safe space for people to build insight and understanding of themselves, develop new ways to manage difficult thoughts and feelings, and make positive changes in their lives that are sustainable over time. She uses a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches but she primarily draws on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. She works hard to respond to the unique needs and goals of each individual in a collaborative, flexible and strengths-based manner. She is passionate about helping people to improve their wellbeing and to move towards more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Haidee has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Politics), a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), a Graduate Diploma of Education, and a Master of School Psychology. She holds registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools (APACS). She has previously worked as a high school teacher, school counsellor, subject coordinator, deputy principal, and school psychologist.
Lisa is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in providing a range of psychological services to individuals, families, schools and organisations. She has worked in private practice, school, community and residential care settings. Lisa also has experience working in child protection, family reunification, and youth homelessness settings.
Lisa works in a collaborative and non-judgemental manner and is passionate about working with children, adolescents and adults to improve their wellbeing. In addition, she frequently consults with families, teachers, support staff and other allied health professionals to improve their ability to support their children. Lisa regularly conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for students experiencing learning difficulties, and to diagnose conditions such as intellectual disability, specific learning disorders and ADHD.
She has a particular interest in supporting adolescents to understand and manage their mental health and improve their wellbeing. She also has an interest and experience in helping her clients to recover from traumatic and adverse life experiences.
Lisa completed her Honours in Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Flinders University.
She has also received specialist training in Family Systems Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Child and Adolescent Psychology. Her therapeutic style is grounded in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, though she tailors her approach to each individual client in a strengths-based manner.
She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia with Clinical Endorsement and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Kerry has over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings. This has included hospitals, community based services and private practice.
Kerry has wide experience in psychological assessment and is able to assess and diagnose a range of conditions including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, specific learning disorders and intellectual disability.
Kerry is passionate about understanding the whole child and works very much from a strengths-based framework to help children reach their potential. Kerry enjoys working therapeutically within a broad range of areas including anxiety and depression.
She also consults with the Independent Schools Association on ways to support children with mental health diagnoses and challenging behaviour at school.
She often runs workshops for parents and teachers covering a variety of topics including growth mindset, ways to support mental wellbeing, understanding challenging behaviour, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder.
Nataly Veal is a Clinical Psychologist with experience supporting individuals across all age groups, including children, young people, and adults with mental health concerns, learning difficulties, and disabilities. Nataly has specific interests in autism and ADHD.
With over a decade of experience in diverse settings, including public, private, and independent school systems, Nataly possesses a wealth of knowledge in psychoeducational assessments and can identify and provide recommendations for various conditions, such as intellectual disability, specific learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia), as well as gifted and talented learners.
Nataly's therapeutic style is warm and engaging, and she is dedicated to employing a strength-based and values-driven approach that empowers clients to achieve their goals. When working with neurodivergent children who have social, emotional, and behavioural needs, Nataly adopts a child-centered approach. Nataly collaborates with parents, teachers, and other allied health professionals to develop effective strategies across home and school settings.
When working with adolescents, Nataly's kind and empathic therapy style enables her to foster strong relationships and provide genuine understanding and support throughout their life challenges. She also extends her expertise to adults, assisting them in improving their mental health, life outlook, and overall well-being.
As a committed professional, Nataly provides clinical supervision to early career psychologists as well as clinicians in registrar programs seeking practice endorsement. Her guidance and mentorship empower fellow practitioners to refine their skills and deliver exceptional care.
Brenna has worked across a number of settings including schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community disability organisations, youth organisations and private practice.
She supports people between the ages of 9 to 90 years old who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression. Brenna supports individuals who are experiencing anxiety or depression as a result of having to adjust to life transitions such as sustaining significant injuries, chronic pain, retirement, transitioning from school to work or the breakdown of the family unit.
Having first-hand experience as both a teacher and student, Brenna appreciates that people learn and process things differently. Brenna has become known for her creative approach to therapy, she is able to adapt in order to fit each individual's learning styles, age and interests.
Brenna's formal training and approaches include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solutions Based Therapy, Exposure Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Ultimately, Brenna remains motivated by the core belief that once you have taken the time to say 'yes' to working on your mental health, that you will be empowered with life-long skills to help you live the life you deserve.
Dr John Callary has over 25 years’ experience as a psychiatrist. John presently works in private practice in Adelaide and Pt Augusta and is also a RANZCP examiner and tutor at Glenside Hospital.
John has previously worked as Clinical Director at headspace Adelaide, SA Director of Psychiatry Training and staff specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
John works with young people and their families and his clinical interests include learning and developmental disorders, organic psychiatry and early onset psychosis.
John is able to provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments for children and young people up to the age of 18 for GPs and other members of the treating team, this includes diagnostic assessments, treatment advice (particularly medication related) and second opinions. All appointments require a current GP referral for a comprehensive psychiatric review (MBS 291).
Dr Sadia Chaudry has over 14 years of experience working as a highly skilled General Paediatrician, managing a wide range of complex illnesses that effect children in various sub-specialities such as endocrinology, cardiology, nephrology, neonatology and others. Sadia’s warm and easy demeanour makes her an ideal doctor to approach for discreet, trustworthy and highly competent consultations with children.
She is accredited by Autism SA for diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. This accreditation compliments her ability to manage children with complex medical conditions such as developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit and other behavioural conditions. She is an expert in dealing with at risk and emotionally dysregulated young people.
Graduating from her medicine degree in 1996, she completed a four-year fellowship in general paediatrics, followed by a six-year fellowship as a General Paediatrician at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She is currently working at Adelaide Youth Training Centre and Mount Gambier Hospital.
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Genevieve has experience working in government, not-for profit organisations, and private practice settings. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults within a broad range of concerns including anxiety and depression.
Genevieve's down to earth, non-judgemental, and friendly approach allows her clients to feel comfortable and supported throughout therapy. She has experience and interest in working with women who are impacted by mental health difficulties within the perinatal period, and with those who have experienced trauma in their life. Genevieve also enjoys working with adolescents and understands that this can be a particularly difficult time of life to navigate.
She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with clients, however tailors therapy to the individual and draws from several therapeutic approaches in her practice. She aims to provide all clients with a safe space to explore their mental health and build upon their wellbeing.
Rachel is warm, non-judgmental and empathetic in her approach. She believes that while challenges are a part of life, no one has to go through it alone.
Hailing from Singapore and having lived in Melbourne and Canberra before moving to Adelaide, she enjoys working with people from all walks of life, cultures and beliefs.
Rachel draws upon evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
She utilises a relational approach to create a safe place for clients to explore difficulties and move towards having a more enriched and fulfilling life.
Valeria employs a warm, genuine, and engaging approach when working with individuals, and aims to create a safe and welcoming therapy environment to support young people and adults to better understand themselves and navigate life’s challenges. She strongly believes in the skills and strategies she teaches and has experienced the benefits of consistently applying them in her own life.
Valeria draws upon evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Schema Therapy. She also has Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Provider Status.
Valeria’s particular areas of interest include working with individuals experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, and emotion regulation difficulties.
Rachael is a clinical psychologist with significant experience. She has worked with a range of individuals from different backgrounds at varying stages of life who are dealing with challenging circumstances.
Rachael started her career as a sessional couple’s therapist at Relationships Australia in Perth before moving to Sydney and working in a community drug and alcohol treatment service with groups and individuals dealing with addiction issues. During that time she also worked in a Women’s Drug Rehabilitation Centre and at Unifam with families and young people post separation.
Rachael’s areas of interest include working with the effects of trauma as well as engaging with couples and supporting families and individuals dealing with the impacts of brain injury to find effective ways to live full and meaningful lives.
She recognises the importance of using various approaches to assist clients to take risks, build greater understanding of themselves and develop ways to make changes that are sustainable over time.
Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents and their families in both clinical and educational settings.
Stephanie’s warm and encouraging approach focuses on building a relationship of trust, confidence and respect.
Holding a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Melbourne, Stephanie integrates her knowledge of childhood development and evidence-based practices to provide both assessment and therapy services, targeted to a client’s individual needs.
Stephanie draws upon a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and enjoys developing a deep understanding of a young person’s strengths, supporting them to develop insight, confidence and resilience.
Stephanie has an interest in supporting children and adolescents with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, emotional regulation, adjustment to life changes, social challenges and perfectionism, as well as providing support to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental differences including Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.
Stephi is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia.
She has experience working in the school setting with children with a range of intellectual and multiple disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delay and syndrome disorders.
Stephi has training in the SOS Approach to Feeding and SENSE-ational Mealtimes; these strategies support children who are fussy eaters or have restricted diets due to sensory issues.
Stephi uses a relational approach to build on functional communication goals in therapy. She strives to make sessions fun, engaging and meaningful for both parent and client.
Stephi uses a ‘toolbox’ approach, drawing from a number of communication and interaction approaches in therapy. She has experience with a range of Alternative and Augmentative Communication strategies, including low-tech (photos, schedules, choice making) and high-tech options (tablet technology with communication applications).
She works with pre- and school aged children with speech sound disorders, language disorders, intellectual disabilities, pre- or nonverbal individuals and fussy eaters.
Eloisa approaches therapy with a genuine and non-judgmental attitude, providing a safe and accepting environment for individuals to explore their challenges. She possesses a deep passion for assisting people in addressing their thinking and behavioural patterns, empowering them to achieve positive and sustainable changes in their lives.
Eloisa is a credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician, recognised by the National Eating Disorder Collaboration and has a particular interest in supporting adolescents and adults (16 years and above) to overcome eating disorders and co-occurring challenges. Eloisa does not treat avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) or individuals with a body mass index (BMI) below 14.5 and she does not offer family based therapy (FBT).
She also has an interest in supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, trauma, and difficulties with emotional regulation. Eloisa utilises evidence-based frameworks in her practice, drawing upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Schema Therapy to provide the most effective support for her clients.
Issy is a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about supporting her community in Southern Adelaide. Issy believes it is important to work together as equals with her clients and understands that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in recovery.
Issy has experience supporting young people with complex mental health, as well as forensic populations, across government and not-for-profit settings. Issy offers therapy for presentations including trauma and PTSD, emotion regulation difficulties, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. Issy utilises therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and elements of Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Issy also has training in Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E) for treatment of eating disorders. Issy doesn’t support individuals presenting with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) or with a body mass index (BMI) below 14.5.
Issy aims to support her clients to make sustainable gains in their mental and general wellbeing.
Tahlee employs a warm, genuine and open therapeutic style with clients, aiming to create a safe and welcome therapy space using honesty, humour and empathy.
Tahlee has a passion for supporting clients who have experienced trauma and has a special interest in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tahlee also enjoys supporting clients experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and mood disorders.
Tahlee is endorsed as a provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) through CPT Australia and also uses other evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Enhanced-Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E).
She prides herself on working collaboratively with her clients while providing them with new ways to manage difficult thoughts and emotions.
Roisin is a compassionate psychologist known for her genuine warmth and dedication to providing therapy to individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults, and families. She is deeply committed to building strong relationships with her clients, creating a safe, open, and non-judgmental space for them throughout therapy.
With a particular passion for working with children, adolescents, and parents facing complex mental health challenges, including those who have experienced trauma or complex trauma, Roisin brings a wealth of experience to her practice. She has worked extensively in child protection settings, including family preservation and reunification services, both in South Australia and Tasmania. Additionally, Roisin has worked with young people struggling with complex mental health issues and has provided support to adults in both inpatient and outpatient facilities.
Roisin draws upon a diverse range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT), Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness-based approaches. She believes in tailoring treatment to the unique needs of each individual, fostering a flexible and collaborative approach to therapy.
With an Honours degree in Psychology and a Master of Clinical Psychology, Roisin holds general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. She is currently completing her clinical registrar program to become endorsed as a clinical psychologist. Roisin is an active member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). You can find her practicing at Solasta Christies Beach on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Ashlyn is a dedicated Speech Pathologist with a special interest in early speech and language development, social skills enhancement, and augmentative and alternative communication. Ashlyn is passionate about providing person-centred practice that embraces and affirms neurodiversity and is led by the unique strengths of each individual.
Ashlyn’s comprehensive background in speech pathology ranges from consulting in private practice, early learning and education, aquatic therapy, academia, and clinical education. Presently, her practice is centred on providing assessments and tailored therapy for children and adolescents, with a primary focus of supporting young people to develop their communication skills.
Ashlyn adopts a collaborative approach, engaging closely with individuals, families, and interdisciplinary teams to develop goals that are strength-based, functional, and holistic. Using a creative and multimodal approach, she strives to ensure therapy is inclusive, motivating, enjoyable, centred around individuals and their families, and ultimately supportive of social and emotional wellbeing.
In 2015, Ashlyn completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University and is recognised as a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
Acting as the Solasta’s Centre Coordinator, Niki has been an integral part of the organisation since its opening in 2021.
Prior to joining Solasta, Niki built a successful career in the financial industry, specialising as a Financial Adviser for over 15 years. With her financial qualifications and extensive experience, she owned and managed her own practice in the United Kingdom before relocating to Australia in 2012.
Niki is very passionate about her role at Solasta and values the relationships she cultivates with colleagues and clients and resonates deeply with Solasta’s inspiring concept of "Shine Your Brightest," which empowers individuals to unlock their full potential.
Niki is focused on ensuring that clients receive high levels of customer service whilst her natural leadership qualities enable her to guide and motivate the team. Drawing upon her financial expertise, Niki also plays a crucial role in the business development at Solasta.
Tahlia brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of customer service experience to her role as administration officer at Solasta.
Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Tahlia has a strong passion for psychology and is committed to furthering her education by pursuing honours and masters in the field.
Tahlia's previous experience in retail positions have honed her exceptional customer service skills and she finds joy in interacting with others and building strong relationships with clients. Her friendly nature and ability to make others feel heard and comfortable creates a welcoming atmosphere whilst her energy brightens up any room.
Tahlia’s commitment to providing exceptional service, combined with her genuine interest in psychology, makes her a valuable addition to the Solasta team.
Ashleigh Waite is a key member of the administration support team at Solasta. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Psychology at Uni SA, she brings a unique perspective to her role, aligning her studies with her professional aspirations.
Ashleigh's dedication to her work is fuelled by her passion for the industry. She finds fulfillment in being able to support others, and she appreciates the caring and nurturing environment at Solasta. With a strong sense of organisation and a genuine desire to make a positive impact, Ashleigh is a valuable asset to Solasta.
Jessica is a dedicated Administration Officer who has become an integral part of the Solasta team since the opening of its Christies Beach location.
Jessica holds a double degree from Flinders University, where she earned a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts. Driven by an interest in the field of psychology and her passion for mental health, Jessica transitioned from teaching and thrives in her role at Solasta.
Jessica’s adeptness in building meaningful relationships and commitment to creating a positive experience for all clients at Solasta is a testament to her empathetic and compassionate nature. Jessica derives great satisfaction from her role, knowing that even in a small way, she is contributing to making a positive difference.
Debbie Jones is a key member of the administration support team, playing a crucial role as the initial point of contact for individuals connecting with Solasta.
With over 40 years of experience in medical administration, including management roles and work in hospitals, Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her position at Solasta.
Debbie finds great fulfillment in her role and takes pride in being able to make a difference to the lives of the individuals we support, without possessing clinical skills.
Debbie brings a set of exceptional skills to her role. Her in-depth understanding of medical systems ensures smooth operations and efficient processes whilst her extensive background in customer service and friendly disposition enables her to provide exceptional support and care to Solasta’s clients and their families.
Located within Klemzig Village Medical Clinic
Level 2, 280 North East Road, Klemzig SA 5087
Call: 08 7160 1900
Fax: 08 7160 1999