We provide NDIS therapy services to help you to achieve your goals and thrive
Our team at Solasta has extensive experience in working with children, young people and adults with disabilities and we have particular strengths in working with children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
We provide high-quality, innovative services that support people to shine their brightest.
If you or your child is a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS participant, we can work with you and the people in your support network to help you identify your goals and build the skills and abilities to help you to achieve them.
Our NDIS services include:
If you are already registered with the NDIS and have a current plan that includes funding for ‘Improved Daily Living’ under your Capacity Building Supports category, simply contact us and we will take care of the rest.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme. Under the NDIS, funding is given directly to the person who needs support instead of to the organisation that provides support. This gives you the power to choose what assistance you require.
How do I apply for the NDIS?
There are rules governing who can access the NDIS and what the funding can be spent on.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has been set up by the Australian Government to assess your eligibility.
There are a number of factors that impact whether you’re eligible for the NDIS. First step is to answer these questions and if you answer yes to all or some of these questions – you may be eligible for the NDIS:
- Are you aged between 7 and 65?
- Do you live in Australia and have Australian residency?
- Do you usually need support from a person because of a permanent and significant disability?
- Do you use special equipment because of a permanent and significant disability?
- Do you need some supports now to reduce your future needs?
Find out more information about eligibility on the NDIS website.
Once your eligibility is confirmed, an NDIA Planner will meet with you to discuss your needs and goals, and then develop a plan and funding package with you.
If I'm not eligible for NDIS, can I still access services?
If you are not eligible for NDIS funding, you can still access services at Solasta.
You may be able to access other funding support through Medicare or your private health insurance provider. If you are unable to access any funding options, you also have the option to self-fund your services.
For more information about funding options and our fees, visit our Fees & Funding Options webpage.
Does the NDIS cover psychology?
The NDIS may provide funding for psychological therapy for people with a range of disabilities.
Psychology services may be funded by the NDIS if you or your child’s NDIS plan includes the support category ‘Improved Daily Living Skills’, which is covered under the Capacity Building section of an NDIS Plan. You must have this to receive psychology services, and psychology services must also be aligned with the goals set out in your plan.
If you have any questions relating to using your plan with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Does the NDIS cover speech therapy?
The NDIS may provide funding for speech therapy for people with a range of disabilities.
Speech therapy services may be funded by the NDIS if you or your child’s NDIS plan includes the support category ‘Improved Daily Living Skills’, which is covered under the Capacity Building section of an NDIS Plan. You must have this to receive speech therapy services, and speech therapy services must also be aligned with the goals set out in your plan.
If you have any questions relating to using your plan with us, please email email@example.com
Does the NDIS cover assessments?
NDIS participants may be able to use their funding to access functional capacity assessments, sometimes these may be referred to as adaptive behaviour assessments. These assessments are undertaken to understand the needs of NDIS participants so that appropriate supports and services can be put in place to help them achieve their goals. Solasta staff are able to undertake adaptive behaviour assessments and provide detailed reports which include recommendations for services.
In some circumstances, NDIS funding may be able to be used for cognitive assessments. This will depend upon the goals in your NDIS plan. Cognitive assessments provide important information about the person’s strengths and weaknesses. This helps to identify difficulties they may be experiencing and informs the types of services and supports they need. It also provides useful information to ensure that intervention strategies are appropriately tailored to the person’s cognitive abilities.
The NDIS will not fund diagnosis and assessment of health conditions, including mental health conditions and disabilities.
Meet the team
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.
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. Genevieve also enjoys working with adolescents and understands that this can be a particularly difficult time of life to navigate. She has experience in providing support to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental differences including Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. In addition to therapy, she offers Psychoeducational assessments to explore and diagnose learning and other disorders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get a sense of what it would feel like to attend an appointment at Solasta.
We offer a carefully designed, modern and inviting therapy space. Our carefully designed, spacious and light-filled rooms create a safe and comfortable environment. From the wait-room, to your time in our consult rooms, we have consciously created an enriched space to ensure your experience at Solasta is a positive one.
For children, we also have rooms specifically designed to accomodate sensory needs, complete with toys, soft lighting and thoughtfully selected furnishings to create a calming environment.
Explore the photos of our space below or check-out our virtual tour.
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