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About MindScope

At MindScope, we provide neurodiversity-affirming therapy and Autism and ADHD diagnostic assessments for children, teens, and adults. We understand that neurodiversity is a natural variation of the human experience and that everyone has unique strengths and challenges. We believe in celebrating differences and providing support that is respectful, compassionate, and empowering. We are committed to helping individuals and families understand their strengths and challenges and to providing them with the tools they need to thrive. If you or a loved one is seeking support, or assessment to enable access to support, we are here to help.

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       Kathy Cleland

       Psychologist, MAPS, MAAP,

       BSc (Psych) (Hons), GC Psych (Forensic), MEdNeuro.

  • Kathy is MindScope's Principal Psychologist and Clinical Director. Her neuroaffirming lens, and extensive experience in neurodivergence, frame MindScope's approach.

  • Kathy was an early proponent of the neurodiversity-affirming paradigm and is a passionate activist for this human rights movement.

  • She initially trained as an early childhood educator and after starting her own family, Kathy worked with adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities before moving to Brisbane in the late '90s. Kathy's interest in how we think, behave, and function saw her return to university and study psychology, where she is now an Associate Supervisor of suicide prevention research. 

  • Kathy's areas of expertise include AuDHD, complex trauma, plurality, and suicidality. She is highly skilled at working where these areas intersect.

  • Kathy has advanced training in crisis care and suicide prevention. She engages in a relational approach, which is person-centred, trauma-informed, and neurodiversity-affirming.

  • Kathy provides neuroaffirming Autism and ADHD diagnostic assessments. She tailors comprehensive assessments to the unique needs of each client, and utilises the MIGDAS-2 and DIVA-5 diagnostic interviews (which are considered the most current and neuroaffirming Autism and ADHD assessment tools available). She is dedicated to helping people and their families access support that improves their lives and well-being, in a way that respects and supports the unique way their brain works.

  • In her spare time, Kathy enjoys bushwalking, online forums, artwork, and coffee with friends. 

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       Cate Olsen

       Psychologist, MAPS, BPsych (Hons).

  • Cate is a skilled and empathic Provisional Psychologist at the end of her internship. Her goal is to work openly with individuals with a holistic, real-world approach guided by non-judgmental therapeutic evidence-based theories. Cate’s warm, welcoming, and caring nature values everyone for their unique journey through life. She enjoys connecting with people and helping them navigate various struggles to enhance their quality of life. Coming from a history of small business, community recovery work, Lifeline volunteer, teacher aide and Mum, Cate understands the importance of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship to help create the balanced lifestyle you deserve.

  • Cate’s areas of interests include Autism, ADHD, LGBTQIA+, addiction, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and suicidality, and she has advanced training in suicide and self-harm prevention. Cate works with adults, adolescents, and children.

  • Cate also provides neuroaffirming Autism and ADHD diagnostic assessments utilising the MIGDAS-2 and DIVA-5.

  • In her spare time Cate enjoys cooking, eating, catch up with friends, and spending time with her grandson.

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       Steph Schneider

       Therapy Assistant,

       BSci (Psych).

  • Steph is an ambitious and dedicated therapy assistant, student, and mental health advocate. She has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended) and is currently completing further study with the goal of becoming a psychologist. 

  • Steph has experience working with diverse populations and clients of all ages, and particularly enjoys working with neurodivergent individuals in both therapeutic and education settings.

  • In her free time, Steph enjoys reading, crafting, gaming, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

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