Anna Satharasinghe

Who is Anna and How Much Experience Does She Have?

Anna Satharasinghe graduated in Occupational Therapy in 1992.  Since then she has worked as an OT in hospitals in Brisbane, Sydney , Melbourne and the United Kingdom.  Upon returning to Australia in 2000 after work and travel overseas, Anna combined working as an OT part time with study and a career in the Arts.  Anna lived and worked in Alice Springs from 2011 to 2019, where she worked in Disability Advocacy, and as a Creative Arts Psychosocial Therapist working with adults and children, at an Indigenous not-for-profit organisation.  Anna’s family relocated to Brisbane in 2020, where she has been practicing as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in private practice.

Read more information about Anna's skills and training.

What Approach Does Anna Take and Is She Right For You?

Anna draws on her broad experiences, both professionally and personally to work with children and their families holistically and intuitively.  While assisting children to fulfill their potential, she is always sensitive to positively influence a child’s self esteem and sense of self, believing that their occupational growth and achieving their potential stems from this.  Anna uses goal-directed training with arts therapy techniques to support the child and importantly, also the people around them whose relationships are integral to their child’s happiness and wellbeing.

Anna’s background and culture

Anna grew up in Brisbane, and spent time with family in rural Queensland as a girl. The country life and blood are in her, as she adores the open wide spaces out of the city.  Anna with her husband and 4 children enjoy camping, and hiking, especially in Australia’s beautiful and fascinating Red Centre where they lived for 9 years. Their time there sharing wonderful experiences with many indigenous people was important to her family – they are drawn back regularly to see friends and put their feet in the red soil.

Interesting fact about Anna

Anna’s husband is Sri Lankan, so now the family also enjoy safaris in the wild SriLankan national parks where you can spot leopards and elephants.

What happens if you don’t like your therapist (or they don’t feel best equipped to help you)?

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, you or the therapist may find that you are not a good fit. If your therapist feels that he or she is not best suited to you, he/she will discuss this with you and recommend a more appropriate therapist. We will then offer you a discounted first session with a new, more appropriate therapist at Kids Matters. 

If you feel that your therapist is not a good fit within the first three sessions, simply discuss this with our admin team who will find a more suitable therapist.

 

 

AT A GLANCE

Locations:

Yeerongpilly

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy, Diploma of Studio Textiles and Design

Area of Focus:

ASD, ADHD, trauma and attachment, anxiety or depression, emotional regulation,  play, engagement and interaction 

Modalities:

Trauma informed Guided Drawing and Clayfield Therapy (body-oriented sensorimotor techniques), Art Therapy, play therapy, goal-directed training 

Accreditations:

Guided Drawing, Initiatic Art Therapy 

Services:

Individual sessions, Telehealth