Meet the team at Spark for Life

Carla Crossman
Founder and Director

Educational and Developmental Psychologist
MAAPI, MPsych, DipEd

I am a mum to two beautiful and energetic young boys who have taught me so much about parenting, myself and psychology. By qualification I am an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with extensive experience working with families and children. I worked as a nanny and in early child care and before and after school programs before working as a disability support worker and programs coordinator. I then completed my masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology's and worked as a school Psychologist, before working for the WA disability services specialising in autism assessment and early intervention. I then changed role to work at Headspace with those aged 12-25years. Through these roles I gained invaluable learning and also became frustrated by many of the limits and gaps in the services available.

I began Spark for Life Psychology with the aim to help families communicate and engage with each other, increase their well-being and resilience. I believe in using a strengths based approach to help people find their Spark through identifying what is important and meaningful to them and use this to inspire and motivate positive change in their life, while also teaching skills and strategies to help tackle the life's challenges. 

When not at work I love doing Yoga, playing with my kids, gardening, going camping and playing board games.

Therapy Styles

  • Attachment Based Therapy

  • Thera play

  • Play based therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Psychological Education

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Positive Psychology

 

Expertise and Interest

  • Perinatal period

  • Parenting across the lifespan

  • Neurodiversity

  • Developmental and learning difficulties

  • School Issues; School Issues:  Stress, Bullying, Organisation, Perfectionism, Goal-setting 

  • Children, adolescents and young adults

  • Assessment and Diagnosis

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Roberta Dawson
Provisional Psychologist

BA (honours) Psychology (Canada) 

PGCE – Secondary Teaching (UK) 

Professional Certificate in Positive Education (Australia) 

Masters of Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology degree candidate; anticipated completion September 2022 (UK) 

I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults and parents/carers and for the past 15 years I have worked in secondary schools as a pastoral care leader and registered teacher.  Trained in both education and psychology, I have worked with young people and their parents/carers to build positive relationships, improve student wellbeing and teach tools and strategies needed to navigate various challenges and difficulties that life can throw at us.  I work in a holistic and person-centred style where I take a proactive, pragmatic and responsive care approach to working with clients and their families.  I am especially committed to building trust, rapport and meaningful engagement and will use tailored evidence and strengths-based interventions that best suit the client’s needs in order to optimise therapeutic outcomes and inspire positive change. 

My other passions include being a mum, travelling & exploring new cultures, spending time outdoors with my dog and swimming in the ocean. 

Therapy Styles

  • Thera play 

  • Play based therapy 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

  • Motivational Interviewing 

  • Mindfulness 

  • Positive Psychology 

  • Positive Coaching Psychology 

 

Interest

  • Parenting across the lifespan 

  • School Issues:  Stress, Bullying, Organisation, Perfectionism, Goal-setting 

  • Children, adolescents and young adults 

  • Educational Psychology 

  • Positive Education 

  • Positive Psychology 

  • Neurodiversity 

  • Assessment and Diagnosis 

  • Developmental and learning difficulties 

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Samuel Moorby
Provisional Psychologist

BA Science (Psychology)

Masters of Professional Psychology

AssocMAPS, APACS

I am a Provisional Psychologist currently completing my intership year to meet the standard requirements for general registration as a Psychologist. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the Univertity of Canberra and then went on to complete a Master of Professional Psychology at the Australian National University. I am passionate about supporting the wellbeing and resilience of young people. I believe in a collaborative, compasionate and empathic approach to helping young people and famillies I work with. I have a keen interest in working with neurodivergent presentations and strive to be neurodiverse affirming in my therapeutic approach.    

I am a Husband and a Puppy Parent to a fluffy, energetic Groodle (golden retriever x poodle) called Timba. I have worked in schools as a Learning Support Officer and I am a current committee member and Secretary of the local branch of a national professional association, the Australian Psychological Society. Before starting my journey to becoming a psychologist, I was a road cyclist racing for team in the national road series. I learned a lot about teamwork and trust within teams, and the importance of taking small, consistent steps to reaching goals.  I enjoy being active through running, walking the dog and playing tennis. I am also a passionate gardener and enjoy how nature changes through the seasons. When I get the chance, I love heading to coast and swimming in the waves.

Therapy Styles

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

  • Mindfulness 

  • Psychological Education 

  • Play based therapy 

 

Interests

  • Children, adolescents and young adults 

  • Educational Psychology 

  • School Issues:  Stress, Bullying, friendship difficulties

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Neurodiversity 

  • Assessment and Diagnosis 

  • Developmental and learning difficulties 

Erica Boulter
Clinical Psychologist
 

I am an identical twin, which I did not find easy. I was often compared to my sister by teachers in ways that often made me feel that I was not as smart or as clever as she was.  My sister found it easier to learn and tended to get high marks in every subject.  As a child, I found learning difficult.  I had the most difficulty with English and Maths.  Even in primary school I remember having to do remedial classes.  I found it hard to write legibly.  I wrote too quickly, which didn’t help.  In addition to these difficulties—and quite possibly on account of them, at least in part—I was an anxious and shy child.  For obvious reasons, that made my time at school even harder.  My parents were unable to help, as neither of them was particularly confident and both had left school early.  High school was no easier.  My anxiety got worse, and I decided it was easier to just leave school. After I left high school, I sought help for my anxiety and returned to my studies when I was older.  

But things did turn around for me and university was a completely different experience for me.  With the right kind of support from my partner at home and staff on campus, I was able to complete my studies with honours. Slowly but surely, I was able to overcome the fear and lack of confidence that made my time as a child and high school student so unhappy.  I came to believe in myself and my ability, not just to get by, but do well and to be rewarded for that.  With each success I grew stronger and happier.  I think my academic success is one of my biggest personal achievements.  I have certainly become more proficient in English, although I still find maths difficult.  And my writing is still illegible (sometimes I even find it hard to read it!).

My other big personal achievement is being a mother to 7 ½ year old triplets.  They are bright, smart, confident, outgoing, resilient and, most importantly, happy children.  I am proud that they have turned out to be so different to me as I was at their age, and to know that they are growing up believing in themselves.

I have a bachelors degree with honours in psychology and a masters degree in clinical psychology.  As a psychologist I have worked primarily with adults in a range of roles in the community sector and public service.  This has included trauma as well as acute and chronic mental health.  Earlier on in my career, my interest focused on children, and my goal was to specialise in child psychology.  As a student, I always enjoyed seeing my younger clients the most.  For some time now I have worked in adult mental health and I would now like to return to my earlier passion working with children and young people.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work with children and families at Spark for Life. 

When I work with children, I like seeing them develop the confidence in themselves they need to overcome their difficulties.  I believe, and I know, that every child can learn and thrive given the right tools and support.  It is important that we find ways to empower children so that they can develop the skills they need for a rich and rewarding life, recognising their personal strengths.  Children have an innate curiosity to learn, and we need to encourage and nuture that curiosity so that they can reach their full potential.  I am strongly commited to the wholistic development of children to enable them to cultivate their emotional, physical, cognitive and social abilities.  I believe it is equally important that they have fun and that I can connect, develop rapport and build trust with them in the process.

Therapy Styles

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills

  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness

 

Expertise and Interest

  • Neurodiversity

  • Group Therapy

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Mania and Psychosis

  • Family Therapy

  • Assessment and Diagnosis