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Meet our Team

  • Ana Nikibin


    Ana is a registered counsellor who has worked with a diverse range of clients including children and adults. She has over 6 years of experience in working with children with developmental difficulties, delivering behavioural therapy and providing parent and teacher training on behaviour management. Ana has also worked with adults presenting with mood and personality disorders delivering one on one therapy and facilitating group therapy sessions. Ana is passionate about supporting individuals in achieving their goals and improving their quality of life.

  • Jessica Brunskill

    Speech Pathologist

    Jessica is a Speech Pathologist with experience in both paediatric and adult service delivery across community health, educational, acute, and rehabilitative settings. She is committed to ongoing professional development, and endeavours to use evidence-based practice to inform clinical decision making. Specific areas of interest include early intervention, adult dysphagia, and complex communication needs. Jessica enjoys contributing to the greater clinical team at Ability Options.

  • Peter Le

    Occupational Therapist

    Peter is an Occupational Therapist who has a keen interest in mental health, and mobility equipment prescription. Peter is of Vietnamese background and is extremely passionate in advocating for families from a culturally-diverse background. Peter aims to keep up to date with latest in evidence-based practice and assistive technology. Peter strives to support people of all ages and ability to live life with maximum independence.

  • Thomas Merchant

    Rehabilitation Counsellor

    Thomas is a Vocational Counsellor based on the Central Coast and Hunter. He has experience working with a diverse range of clients who are experiencing mental health issues or challenging personal circumstances, and is passionate about helping people realise their potential. Thomas has previous experience in occupational rehabilitation and assisting injured workers return to the workforce.

  • Tom Xia

    Registered Psychologist

    Tom is a Registered Psychologist with 3 year of experience delivering clinical support in corporate, vocational and clinical settings. Tom is experienced in providing therapy for mood disorders, anxiety (social phobia, generalised anxiety, panic disorder etc), low-self-esteem and skills building. Tom is skilled in administering a range of cognitive, academic, diagnostic and risk assessments. He maintains an active interest in neurobehaviourial sciences, specifically, attention, consciousness, learning systems and behaviour and trauma related psychological disorders. Tom has experience working across different cultural backgrounds and has competent Mandarin speaking skills.

  • Lily Smolinski

    Behavioural Specialist

    Lily is a vocational counsellor and a Behavioural Specialist working with teenagers and adults. She has experience working with people searching for employment who have barriers that make finding work difficult such as anxiety, low self-esteem, depression or unclear career goals. Lily also works with clients through the NDIS by developing Behaviour Support Plans and therapy to develop individual skills. Lily has an interest in forensic mental health and researching mental health and its relation to behaviour.

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