Desi Theodosiou

Who is Desi and How Much Experience Does She Have?

Desi is a playful young therapist with an innate passion and flair for connecting with children of all ages. Having grown up in a big Greek family, Desi has a very family-centred attitude towards life and therapy. She enjoys working closely with children and their support systems (for example, teachers, siblings, and carers) to help them reach their full potential. Desi strongly believes that all achievements, big and small, have the potential to impact the life of a child (and their support system) enormously.

Desi has experience working with children as a carer, disability support worker, babysitter and support teacher in various voluntary and paid roles. Desi has experience working in schools, child and youth mental health services, the University of Queensland’s Life Skills Clinic, and privately with families in their homes. She has worked alongside teachers, physiotherapists, psychologists, doctors, social workers, and most importantly, families. Desi places a strong focus on collaborating with children and their support systems to enable clients to reach their full potential.

Desi graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours.

Read more information about Desi's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

For the last several years Desi has engaged with children as a carer, support worker, babysitter and support teacher in various voluntary and paid roles. Desi has experience working in schools, child and youth mental health services, the University of Queensland’s Life Skills Clinic, and privately with families in their homes. She has worked alongside teachers, physiotherapists, psychologists, doctors, social workers, and most importantly, families. Desi places a strong focus on collaborating with children and their support systems to enable clients to reach their full potential.

Desi has experience working with children with:

  • handwriting difficulties
  • sensory processing issues
  • self-regulation difficulties & behavioural challenges
  • level I Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Rett Syndrome (coordination and language difficulties and repetitive movements)
  • mental health challenges.

What approach does she take?

Desi believes that building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and their support systems (for example, parent/s) is foundational to positive therapy outcomes. She strives to connect with her young clients by incorporating their interests into sessions and using a developmentally appropriate play-based approach in therapy. Furthermore, she places significant importance on working alongside families to identify their concerns and priorities, and to address the child’s needs in the content of the family unit. Desi has a fun and engaging demeanor and tailors her therapy approach to align with the needs, wants and goals of each child and their family.

Training & Support

Desi is directly and closely supervised by senior therapists and has the support of all the other more experienced staff.

Why choose Desi and is she the right therapist for you?

Desi has well developed inter-personal skills and is passionate about collaborating with children and their families to develop session plans that are tailored to the priorities and values of each family. Desi exhibits the most recent and up-to-date knowledge around Occupational Therapy practices and processes being a newly graduated Occupational Therapist.

Desi’s Background and Culture

Desi is a nickname for the traditional Greek name “Despena”. Desi was born and raised in Brisbane; however, her family were originally from Greece.

Desi participated in many co-curricular activities at school including gymnastics, soccer, rowing, and the school orchestra. Straight out of school Desi studied a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). Halfway through this degree Desi decided to spend one day with her friend, which included sitting in on one of her Occupational Therapy lectures at the University of Queensland. That night, Desi ceased her accounting degree and enrolled into Occupational Therapy at UQ. Desi believes this was the best decision she has ever made and is looking forward to lifelong career in Occupational Therapy working with children!

A Few of Desi’s Favourite Things

Desi thoroughly enjoys baking and was running her own small business, DESIgner cakes, during her university degree. In Desi’s spare time, she can usually be found in her family kitchen baking cakes, biscuits, and all things sweet!   

Currently, outside of work hours Desi can be found:  

  • Attending Greek School to further develop her ability to speak Greek. Children often love to bond with Desi over the fact that their therapist is still going to school and learning!!  
  • Planning her Big Fat Greek Wedding. 
  • Spending time with her cousins, friends, and family.  

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. We will then offer you 50% off your first consultation with the new therapist.

 

 

 

AT A GLANCE

Locations:

Yeerongpilly

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Area of Focus:

Specific occupational concerns (e.g. handwriting, tying shoe laces, riding a bike, using a knife and fork), ASD, motor coordination difficulties, social skills, ADHD, intellectual impairment

Modalities:

Task-specific practice, child led approach, sensory modulation, play therapy

Services:

Individual session, telehealth, parent sessions, school/kindy visits, phone consults, multidisciplinary team meetings