Zoie Jenkyns

Who is Zoie and How Much Experience Does She Have?

Zoie is a warm and passionate therapist who strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families. Her strengths lay within her ability to adapt her therapy style to complement each individual, as well as naturally communicate and build trust and rapport with children. 

Zoie graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

Read more information about Zoie's skills and training.

Experience with Children’s Issues

Zoie has worked with individuals and groups of various ages and their families in private clinics, schools, hospital settings, correctional facilities, and community-based settings.  She is experienced in working collaboratively with other health professionals including Psychologists, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Doctors and school faculty with the aim to achieve the best outcome.  Zoie also engages with the child’s parents, carers, educators and teacher aides to ensure strategies are being reinforced outside of therapy hours.  Previous work as an Academic Tutor, Music Teacher and Personal Carer has assisted in developing Zoie’s understanding of managing behavioural and learning challenges. She has experience with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Intellectual Impairments
  • Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Social skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Home Modifications and Adaptations
  • Feeding/Food issues
  • Attachment issues
  • Self-care related issues:
    • Toileting
    • Showering
    • Dressing
  • Mental Health difficulties
  • Youth Justice and Forensic Mental Health
  • Self-Regulation difficulties

Additional Training & Certifications

  • Extensive clinical training, supervision and work shadowing at Kids Matters (2019 and 2020)
  • Sensory Processing and Anxiety Workshop (2019)
  • Adolescent Forensic Risk Assessment and the Good Way Model Training (2019)

Zoie is directly and closely supervised by the principal of the practice, Vivienne Williams, and has the support from the Yeerongpilly team of therapists.  Vivienne highly recommends Zoie for her skills, knowledge and approach.

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

Zoie strives to be person-centred, occupation-centred, theory-driven and evidence-based in her practice. 

Zoie is a strong believer that we must first understand the person before we address the issue. She uses relevant theoretical models and frameworks to consider all areas of a child’s life, considering environmental factors, occupation factors and person factors to understand what’s meaningful to the individual person.  This person-centred approach enables Zoie to individualise therapy.  She recognises that no two children, conditions or experiences are ever the same, therefore adapts her therapy to acknowledge the individual needs of the child. 

Occupations, simple or complex, are those things we need, want, or are expected to do in our every-day life.  Zoie’s unique lens allows her to highlight the barriers and enablers to achieve these occupations and draw from these to apply a strengths-based approach to therapy.  Furthermore, Zoie aims to maintain her currency in literature and evidence to ensure her therapy techniques are relevant and appropriate in all situations. 

Zoie’s holistic approach includes collaborating with teachers, parents and carers, which is important for transferring the skills and strategies discussed and practiced in therapy to be encouraged and implemented in other contexts.  Zoie aims to work collaboratively with her clients, so they can best work toward achieving their occupation-centred goals. 

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.