Dr Kate Alessia can offer a range of assessments, some of which can be conducted as stand-alone assessments, while others occur during the course of therapy. Medicare rebates are not available for assessments that are not conducted as part of therapy.

Assessments include:

Behavioural and emotional assessments of children

These can contribute to formal diagnoses of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), oppositional defiant disorder, and other behavioural conditions and can help clarify what is causing children’s behavioural problems eg anxiety, depression, or a physical problem.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessments

 Kate can provide the psychological component of ASD assessments and liaise with speech pathologists, occupational therapists and paediatricians to clarify diagnosis.

Intellectual / cognitive assessments

Such assessments are not included as a routine part of therapy but are sometimes required by schools, paediatricians, or employment agencies to better understand a child’s or adult’s abilities and functioning.

Psychoeducational assessments

Learning disorders in children and adults are diagnosed through psychoeducational assessments. These comprehensive assessments of intellectual functioning and academic performance are used to identify and diagnose learning disorders and recommend strategies to reduce the impact of the disorder.

Personality assessments

These are sometimes used to inform adults’ understanding of themselves or contribute to awareness of what jobs might be suit an individual.

Vocational assessments

Vocational assessments are particularly helpful for teenagers or young adults trying to identify the type of job or career to which they might best be suited, but are also of immense value for adults considering a change of career.


Therapy is a respectful, warm, and safe setting in which issues and potential solutions are explored with total respect for you as the expert about your life. Therapy sessions are up to 50 minutes in length, commencing on the hour.

Therapy can be beneficial for everyone. We all have habits of how we think, feel, and act that might have served us well in the past but are no longer helpful. We are often unaware of our strengths and skills which we could harness to make life more satisfying. Therapy helps us choose which behaviours (& thoughts & feelings) to let go of and which new behaviours to incorporate. Therapy can not only improve immediate issues but also teach us skills for tackling future problems.

Most of the therapy offered by Kate is short-term, designed to achieve long-lasting results in the minimum time by using therapies proven to be effective. Longer-term therapy is available for those who require it, as are periodic wellness checks or ‘fine tuning’ sessions.

Having worked in rural areas for much of her professional life, Kate does not have a particular area of speciality, although her doctoral research was in adoption. She has extensive experience in mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, and psychosis. She is also well practiced in helping people overcome or manage issues such as relationships, parenting, blended families, step-parenting, sleep difficulties, grief, work stress, issues from childhood, emotional and behavioural problems in children, and the stresses and traumas of life including adjustment to disability or chronic illness.

Kate assists people across the age spectrum: children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Appointments are available for individuals, couples, families, or other groupings.

Professional Supervision

Dr Kate Alessia offers supervision to health and welfare professionals from a range of backgrounds. The frequency, type and format of supervision varies according to the needs, experience and preferences of the individuals involved. Supervision can be provided individually or in small groups.

Supervision sessions are generally up to 50 minutes long. They can include discussion of specific cases or of more general issues. Time can be spent in the discussion of one situation or of a variety of topics.

Supervision is not therapy, although it can include the examination of how aspects of personal life affect work with others.

Kate’s supervision style draws on numerous theoretical frameworks and the therapeutic modes in which she operates, which include narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, existential therapy, transactional analysis, gestalt therapy, reality therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, play therapy, hypnotherapy, humanistic psychology, systemic theories and positive psychology.

Supervision is offered at a fee less than that of therapy as a contribution to the community and the field of counselling.

Dr Kate Alessia

Clinical Psychologist & Social Worker

Tel: 0400 444 040

1A Station Place
Hindmarsh SA 5007

PO Box 106, North Adelaide 5006


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