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Birgitta Osterberg is the founder and principal psychologist of Healthy Minds, Happy Kids. She has specialisations in Clinical, and Educational and Developmental Psychology. She founded the practice in 2009 and has made it our practice’s mission to provide caring, personalised, exceptional, evidence-based, psychological services to young people, their families and people working with young people. In addition to her role as a clinician, she is also responsible for the management of our practice and our team. To ensure that your family receives the best possible service, she acquaints herself with your child and family, even if she is not personally responsible for treating your family. She also manages the creation of all of the group programs being delivered by other members of our team.
Birgitta is devoted to improving the lives of young people. She is friendly, caring and enthusiastic. Her empathy, positive attitude, determination and motivational skills help her to understand and engage with very young children, children and adolescents. She uses a range of treatments, depending on your child’s individual needs, including: cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioural interventions (including parenting skills and exposure therapy), emotional recognition and regulation skills’ development and social skills’ development.
Birgitta has extensive experience assessing and treating children for a wide range of psychological and educational concerns, including, but not limited to: anxiety (including fears/phobias), depression (including grief/loss), anger, self-esteem, abuse/trauma, challenging behaviours (including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder), emotional recognition and regulation, social skills concerns (including social skills deficits, bullying, social anxiety, assertiveness, and making and keeping friends), learning disorders (including dyslexia and dyscalculia), Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disability, giftedness and school refusal. She also offers comprehensive services for more challenging and complex presenting concerns that involve dual diagnoses, significant mental illnesses and environmental factors that significantly impact children’s functioning.
In past roles, Birgitta has worked as: a school psychologist in an independent school, a psychologist in Community Health, an educational psychologist advising numerous primary and secondary Catholic schools, a tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and a guest lecturer for postgraduate psychology courses. She has presented a professional development workshop at a conference for Educational and Developmental Psychologists on evidence-based assessment of and treatment for children with Dyslexia. She has presented a number of professional development workshops for psychologists on topics such as, cognitive behaviour therapy for young people and assessing and treating anxiety disorders.
Birgitta obtained her Masters of (Clinical) Psychology (with Distinction) in 2011 and her Masters of (Educational and Developmental) Psychology (with Distinction) in 2008 from the University of Western Sydney. Her focus for both of her Masters’ theses was Dyslexia. She obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University in 2006. She also obtained a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Human Movement from Charles Sturt University in 2005.
Birgitta is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with endorsed areas of practice in Clinical Psychology and Educational and Developmental Psychology. She is a full member of the Australia Psychological Society (APS). She is a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychology and the College of Educational and Developmental Psychology. She is currently the Chair of the NSW College of Clinical Psychologist and the treasurer of the NSW College of Educational and Developmental Psychologist.
Birgitta is a registered service provider under the Australian Government’s Better Outcomes for Mental Health Care Program, the Australian Government and Aspect Australia’s Helping Children with Autism program and the Australian Government's National Disability Insurance Sceme.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Birgitta, please contact us.