Educational Psychology Assessments for 6-16 Year Olds

Every child possesses a unique profile of learning preferences, strengths, and needs.

Michelle conducts educational psychology assessments to evaluate each child’s learning abilities, to determine if each child is reaching his or her fullest potential, and to identify factors that may be interfering with each child’s learning.

Each educational psychology assessment typically includes a parent interview (1 hour), a cognitive assessment (90 minutes), an achievement assessment (90 minutes), an assessment of social, emotional, and behavioural wellbeing (30 to 60 minutes), a comprehensive assessment report with recommendations designed to meet the specific needs of each child, and a parent feedback session (1 hour).

Parent Coaching

Maybe you are finding parenting stressful. Maybe you want to learn how to more effectively cope with the day-to-day challenges of parenting. Maybe you want to feel calmer and more patient as a parent.

Compassionate, warm, respectful, and kind, Michelle is deeply committed to helping you to create a more peaceful home, to develop a closer bond with your child, and to strengthen your child’s emotional wellbeing.

Michelle’s aim is to help you feel energised, inspired, and eager to try out new ideas.

Each parent coaching session runs for approximately 1 hour.

Parent Retreats

Many parents say that they feel overwhelmed by the demands of parenting, not to mention the social pressure to get it ‘right’. For example, a study by the Australian Childhood Foundation found that the majority of parents (70%) feel a lot of pressure to always be effective as a parent. The study also found that 63% of parents do not feel confident about their parenting, and that 38% admit that parenting does not come naturally to them.

Michelle is a passionate facilitator of research-informed parent retreats and programs that help parents to parent with more confidence and joy and to raise emotionally intelligent children who thrive, including her own program, Calm and Contented: 5 Ways to Create a More Peaceful Home and to Nurture Your Child’s Development, and two programs developed by University of Melbourne researchers, Tuning in to Kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, and Families Coping: Effective Strategies for You and Your Child.

Each retreat typically runs for 1 or 2 full days.

Please click here if you are interested in reading a review of Families Coping: Effective Strategies for You and Your Child written by Michelle. Republished with the kind permission of Cambridge University Press.

Wellbeing Coaching for VCE Students

Adolescence involves many physical, social, and emotional challenges. These include changes in self-concept, the establishment of new peer networks, and the development of relative independence from family relationships. Compared with other periods of human development, the number of changes and new experiences are extensive, and can cause stress.

The recently published Five-Year Mental Health Report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute found that there are more young Australians in psychological distress than there were five years ago and that almost one quarter of young people are at risk of a serious mental illness. The report also found that the problems that concern young people most are coping with stress, school and study problems, coping with depression and anxiety, and body image.

To help young people to cope with stress and to improve their emotional health and wellbeing, Michelle provides one-on-one wellbeing coaching sessions using coaching questions derived from Dr Martin Seligman’s PERMA model, which describes five factors that are particularly important to wellbeing: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. Her aim is to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to best handle stress and to succeed.

Each wellbeing coaching session runs for approximately 1 hour.