CASSANDRA GIST Child, Adolescent & Adults Psychologist Psychologist – BPsych (Hons), MPsych, MAPS. Currently available at Upper Coomera on Fridays I have completed a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Health Psychology at The University of Queensland. I am a fully registered psychologist with AHPRA, specialising in children, adolescents and their families.
Children, Adolescents and Adults I provide assessment and therapy for clients including 2 to 5 year olds, primary school children, adolescents and adults. I have experience in assessing children and adolescents for: - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); - Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD); - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); - Learning difficulties; - Giftedness; - Anxiety; and - Depressive disorders.
I work with children and their families to diagnose and treat their individual issues in a holistic manner. I find this experience to be both gratifying and humbling to spend time getting to know each child and their parents individually and to guide them to integrate the recommendations into the home and schooling environments.
In the past, I have been engaged in academic research in the areas of health psychology and families. I have presented at conferences and published articles in these interest areas across Australia. Specifically, I investigated food choice of parents when one or many of their children have autism, including how parents cope with the difficult behaviours that are often apparent with their children. I also examined the way parents of children with food allergies select food for their families, including the distress they face when managing this issue. Personally and professionally, I am very warm and empathetic and I enjoy working with clients in a holistic manner to understand their entire world that often comes with mental health challenges. I look forward to meeting you and providing some guidance during your life journey.