Meet Our Team

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Sharen Hok Lun Lui

Director, Principal Educational Developmental Psychologist,

FCEDP., MAPS.

Board approved supervisor.

​Sharen is a Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (FCEDP), Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), Registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), NDIS, Psychology Today, and Member of the Women Wellness Team (WWT).

Over the years, I have worked in the private sector in partnerships with other medical and health practitioners. My psychotherapeutic experiences come from working with my clients, who presented with a diverse range of mental health concerns. I enjoyed helping them with their interpersonal relationships, and in educational and occupational settings.​ Working with Dr Marged Goode in Mount Waverley has allowed me to develop my specialty in the diagnoses and treatment of learning and developmental problems in childhood, adolescence, and neurodevelopmental disorders in adults (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, and Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder). I have provided psychotherapy, training in high schools and for overseas and bilingual families of the Asian community. I am also passionate about working with perinatal mental health. As a mother of three kids, I understand the demands and excitement of parenthood. I enjoy working with the culturally diverse population and am fluent to practice in Mandarin and Cantonese in addition to English. ​​I have gained Certificate Level post-graduate qualifications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Art Therapy (AT) which add to the mixture of therapeutic techniques I use for helping different clients. I also utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Family Systems Theory in my practice of psychotherapy. My foundation is based on my Master's degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology, where I specialize in psychological assessments, neurodevelopmental assessments and educational assessments. ​
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Shiu Sum Esther Chan

Child Psychologist, MAPS.

​Esther is a Child Psychologist with 13 years of teaching and working experiences with children that present with special needs. She is a Member of Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), and was trained to provide Educational assessments and intervention for children. She has a valuable skill set in performing the ADOS-2 for autism and Cross Battery Assessments. 

 
I started my work with children with special needs and their families after I graduated with my first degree. As a teacher and later a principal for a small non-profit educational centre, I have gained experience and passion in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)and their families.After 13 years of teaching, I decided to continue my study so that I could provide assessments and diagnoses for individuals with difficulties. Now, my knowledge and skills have expanded to working with children with other difficulties and mental health concerns, like individuals with Specific Learning Disorders (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia), Selective Mutism, Anxiety, and Depression.With my experience as a teacher and the knowledge that I have gained in becoming a psychologist, I am now excited to continue providing support to children and families in need. My perspective on neurodiverse individuals also has changed over the years, from trying to "fix" their disorders and helping them to become typical, I now adopt the affirmative paradigm. I believe that we should be more inclusive and the world is much more beautiful with diversity.As Malaysian Chinese descendent, I can speak fluent Mandarin and Cantonese in addition to English and enjoy working with the culturally diverse population.​
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Christal Lau

Child Play Practitioner.

Christal is a Child Play Practitioner, completing her studies in the Master of Play Therapy. She holds a Master degree in Criminology and
Bachelor of Psychology, and she was formerly a Film Art Director in many internationally known Asian movies.

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology whilst living in Vancouver, and my Master of Criminology in Hong Kong. Currently, I am studying for a Master of Child Play Therapy at Deakin University. I am also a host for a Podcast program "Play Therapy in Cantonese" as an advocacy for parents with special needs children.

 

I have two daughters who are 10 and 6 years old. My elder daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was the age of 5, since then it has been my passion to help other parents with similar struggles. I understand how autism can affect the whole family, and how we can help the kids and their family to thrive throughout the journey. I'm a firm believer in using art and play to help children with their development, as a way of teaching them to express their feelings. I am looking forward to spending time exploring this with your kids!