About Us

We are located at the quiet end of Subiaco in Western Australia. Our clinic space creates a warm atmosphere for families seeking psychological assistance. There is a dedicated room for child psychometric assessments which is bright and engaging. The rooms devoted to psychotherapy are calm and private for individual, family, or group counselling sessions. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.

Our Team

Tristan Abba
Practice Principal

Tristan Abba joined Early Start Australia following five years of private psychology practice on the Gold Coast. Prior to this, he enjoyed a diverse career supporting at-risk young people with complex needs in the community, counselling adolescents and men at a not-for profit substance abuse centre and working in the government and not-for-profit sector. Tristan holds a Master of Psychology (Counselling) which involved six years training at university.

Dr Jenny Sandilands
Clinical Psychologist

Jenny has an impressive career track record offering psychotherapy to children and adolescents experiencing complex neurodevelopmental disorders and emotional health concerns. She has completed a Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Western Australia, and is endorsed with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist. Jenny enjoys using a strengths based approach to treatment of childhood anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders.

Nina Casella
Clinical Psychologist

Nina has completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Western Australia and is endorsed with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist.  Nina has advanced expertise assisting children experiencing complex attentional difficulties, behavioural challenges and anxious behaviours.  She enjoys working alongside parents to develop insight into their child’s executive functioning issues and implement practical strategies to assist at home and school.

Hayley Quekett

Hayley Quekett completed a Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2018, and has experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, a hospital-based learning difficulties clinic, and private practice.

Dr Davinia Shannahan

Davinia has completed a Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology at the University of East London and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia as a Psychologist.  Davinia has considerable expertise assisting children, adolescents and families within the school system.  She is passionate about working collaboratively with educators and parents regarding challenging behaviours.  Davinia is creative and playful in her approach to support social, emotional and learning development.

Kimberly Sandford

Kimberly is a Registered Psychologist experienced in providing intervention for a wide variety of psychological presentations. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families across a range of settings including not for profit organisations and within the private sector. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Psychology and has undertaken six years of study and supervised practice.

Claire Hourau

Claire is a registered psychologist who is dedicated to providing a client-centered, empathetic approach to therapy. She prefers taking a holistic and collaborative approach with clients experiencing a range of mental health concerns, working to help them live a life that is in accordance with their values.

Anna James
Counselling Psychologist Registrar

Anna is a registered psychologist. She was born in Germany and received 5 years of psychology training at university (Bachelor & Masters) before moving to Australia.  She finished her training with a two-year Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) degree at Curtin University.

Amanda Albury

Bio coming soon.

Natalie Wellsted, Romy Stoner and Georgia Brice
Clinic Administrators

Our Psychologist Team encompasses a wide range of personalities, approaches, styles and areas of interest. Our Administrative team has been trained to explore with you which psychologist might fit best with you, or your child’s needs.


We welcome referrals from individual families, medical specialists, health professionals, and educators.   Please phone 9388 9960 to learn more about how we may assist you.

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