Clinical Psychology


Kate French

Kate French

Kate French is a Clinical Psychologist who trained for six years at University, obtaining a Masters in Psychology (Clinical) in 2004. She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and their Clinical College. Regular professional development is required for continued membership to these professional bodies. Kate has experience providing supervision for other psychologists and regularly partakes in peer supervision and professional development with other experienced psychologists and therapists. Kate has been working in private practice in varying capacity since 2007.

A Clinical Psychologist is a specialist in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders including complex conditions including but not limited to, anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviour. Having previously worked in disability services in Melbourne, child and adolescent mental health and a school setting locally. Kate decided to focus her practice in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders including Autism and High Functioning Autism (previously known as Aspergers Syndrome).

Kate provides diagnostic assessments where child developmental or neurological disorders are suspected. Kate is trained in the use of the 'gold standard' assessment tools for Autism (ADOS and ADI). A referral from a Paediatrician or Child Psychiatrist is preferred. Kate can also do assessments of learning abilities (IQ tests) if they are required.

Kate provides intervention with individual children and adolescents and their families to understand Autism and manage accompanying disorders such as anxiety and depression. A cognitive-behavioural approach is used with teaching emotion regulation skills being a large component of this type of individual work. Kate has also run groups within the school setting using Tony Attwoods Exploring Feelings programs.

Kate also works with parents and carers to understand their child and to manage challenge behaviour more effectively. Kate trained in the Positive Parenting Program (over 10 years ago) and more recently has been trained in the Stepping Stones Triple P, which is 10-12 week disability specific program. Mildura Kids Clinic

Kate enjoys working collaboratively with other allied health professionals and school educators so that a shared understanding of the child's strengths and difficulties can occur for the best possible outcome. Kate is passionate about having a positive outlook where living with Autism is concerned and believes diversity is a wonderful thing.

When Kate is not working, she is fine tuning her own parenting skills with her three lively daughters, or playing netball, tennis or reading a good book.


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