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Far North Kids focuses on providing psychological intervention to children, young people and their families residing in Cairns and the surrounding regions.

 

We provide both assessment and treatment for kids experiencing a range of difficulties. Currently we can see Private, Medicare & NDIS participants who are self-managed or plan managed.

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About

ABOUT us

Nicholas Chizzoni

Director & Psychologist (MAPS)

AHPRA No: PSY0002178238

A Queensland boy originally hailing from the Sunshine Coast, Nick has over 8 years experience in the mental health industry and 6 years as a registered psychologist in rural, remote and now regional Australia. Nick maintains an active interest in providing services to rural and remote areas and services the communities of Weipa and Mt Isa on a rotating monthly schedule. Nick believes where you live should not be a barrier to receiving high quality psychological intervention and assessment and is passionate about early intervention.  

 

Nick has worked with predominantly children and adolescents in non-government, government and the private sector including tertiary mental health services in NSW and QLD servicing children and young people with more acute and complex mental health presentations. Nick is skilled in a multitude of evidence based psychological interventions including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Nick has also recently completed training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Theraplay (Level 1 accredited). Nick’s practice framework is informed by attachment theory and trauma neurobiology. His clinical interests include working with children and young people who are neurodivergent (ADHD and ASD) as well as those with relational trauma caused by adverse experiences in their early development.

 

Nick is also skilled in psychometric assessment and is trained in a range of assessment tools to assess for Autism (ADOS-2, ADI-R, MIGDAS), ADHD (Conners 4), Intellectual Disability (WISC-V, WAIS-IV, UNIT-2 and CTONI-2). Nick can also assess for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and complete functional capacity assessments (FCA) for participants under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

Nick holds a Master of Clinical Psychology (Advanced Entry) from the University of Southern Queensland and regularly attends training to upskill as a psychologist. Nick is currently completing a 2 year registrar program in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy under the supervision of Professor Robert Schweitzer with a long term plan to work with adults and those who wish to engage in more longer term and deeper psychotherapy.

 

Notable Training/Professional Development Recently Attended:

 

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy Weekend 1 - Sigmund Burzynski (Psychologist).

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy for working with Children and Adolescents – Dr. Sarah Schubert (Clinical Psychologist)

  • Theraplay Level 1 & MIM - Alison Saxton (Psychologist)

  • Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Model: Introductory and Advanced Course – Dr. Ross Greene (Clinical Psychologist)

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families, both introductory and advanced training – Dr. Tania Kalkidis (Clinical Psychologist)

  • Emotion Management for Autistic Children and Adolescents (Online Course) – Professor Tony Attwood and Dr. Michelle Garnett (Clinical Psychologists)

  • Autism and ADHD (Online Course) - Professor Tony Attwood and Dr. Michelle Garnett (Clinical Psychologists)

  • Fun with Feelings Training in a CBT programme for Young Autistic Children with Anxiety (Online Course) - Professor Tony Attwood and Dr. Michelle Garnett (Clinical Psychologists)

 

 

BOOKS CLOSED FOR THERAPY CLIENTS. REFERRALS OPEN FOR ASSESSMENTS.

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Services

how we can help

Psychotherapy

For children, adolescents, and their families.

Comprehensive Psychometric Assessments

Including those screening for Autism, ADHD, Cognitive Impairments, learning disabilities and behavioural disturbance.

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Contact

contact us

Address - Suite F16/12-14, Lake Street, Cairns City, 4870 (1st Floor of the Conservatory Building).  ​ 

Fax: (07) 4027 9475

admin@farnorthkids.com

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