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We place you at the centre of everything that we do.

About Purple Patch

When someone says you’re in a purple patch, it means you are in a good place – somewhere we want you to be!

We are led by Cindy Wieman, Occupational Therapist.  Cindy was inspired by her Grandma in her choice of name and brand.  The colour purple was Cindy’s Grandma’s favourite colour – she was a special education teacher and an inspirational person in her life, so it’s a tribute to her .

Purple Patch Therapy was established in 2019, rebranding from a previous company.  We are happy to be serving people who have NDIS plans., in the Perth Metropolitan region.

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Registrations

We are an NDIS registered organisation.  We have registration through the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission. Our NDIS provider number is 4050060227.

Our therapists have AHPRA registration (where applicable) and are members of their relevant professional bodies. 

 

Our Team

We only have the best people. We support our people to be the best they can be, so they can serve you better.  We aim to be an employer of choice so that you get continuity and consistency from us. 

CINDY WIEMAN, Clinical Director

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (OT) from Curtin University in 1999. My passion has been working with people with disability throughout my career. I have a strong sense of social justice and have had the opportunity to assist people toward greater equality through my work. I’ve been working in private practice for 10 years, with Purple Patch Therapy being my first solely owned practice. PBS and Specialist Support Coordination are my areas of special interest.

I really enjoy assisting therapists to develop skills and to provide excellent service to the people we support. I want to offer staff the same support to grow and develop skills as we offer our clients.  I am excited about supporting Purple Patch Therapy to be the provider of choice for people with disability in Western Australia.

LAUREN GANGEMI, Operations Lead

I am a Generally Registered Psychologist (AHPRA registration PSY0002175105) and completed my bachelor’s at Curtin University in 2017. Additionally, I completed a Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support at Flinders University in 2022 and am a Registered Behaviour Support Practitioner with Advanced/Specialist Standing (P1991103).  

I continue to engage in training and professional development and have completed a range of Psychological and Positive Behaviour Support training, including The Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis Positive Behaviour Support training, the WA NDS Behaviour Support Practitioner training, Adapted DBT for Intellectual Disabilities, Assessment and Diagnostics for Intellectual Disability and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, CBT, ACT, and further training within Trauma, and Leadership.

From 2020-2022, I participated in mentoring new clinicians and psychologists into the disability sector under the WA NDS Behaviour Support Practitioner Training and continue to provide clinical supervision to clinicians in both areas. I am registered as an Independent Positive Behaviour Support Specialist with the Department of Communities as part of their Quality Assurance Panel program. I am also a committee member of a PBS Practitioners Community of Practice.

I am passionate about supporting those living with challenges to build a strong quality of life. I have seven years’ experience working with complex needs and challenging behaviours in disability. The skills I have developed allow my clients to communicate their needs in functional ways and have an empowered support system around them.

I very much enjoy leadership and mentoring and managing clinicians in Psychology and Positive Behaviour Support, to ensure the disability sector has capacity to continue to provide exemplary support to those in need.

 

When I am not doing all of that you will likely find me cooking, or by the ocean – if I am not at a large Italian family event! 

FILIPPA GAUCI

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018. I have had experience in both public and private areas of occupational therapy. Previous to completing my degree I worked as a disability support worker with both children and adults. I have a wealth of experience in the disability sector, particularly with Autism, Intellectual Disability, Acquired Brain Injuries and Physical Disabilities.

I am passionate about improving the health and quality of life of people through participation and engagement in meaningful occupations, activities and tasks. I believe in inclusion and advocation for those that have significant challenges in their life and hope to prevent social injustices from occurring.

LOUISE JOHNSTONE, Senior Occupational Therapist

I graduated from Curtin University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). During my time as an occupational therapist, I have worked across a range of settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, including community mental health, neurorehabilitation, and disability. I loved each of my different roles and the varied experiences they provided.

I enjoy building relationships with individuals and their families. I believe the best therapy is the result of a collaborative approach involving shared decision-making, coordination, and cooperation.

I also have a strong interest in social justice, access, and inclusion. As a result, I always endeavour to promote fairness for individuals and the wider community. I am currently on the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group for the City of Belmont. 

LAURA CHANNON, Senior Positive Behaviour Support Specialist | Psychologist

I am a  registered psychologist and completed my Bachelor of Psychology at Curtin University in 2017 and then went on to complete my Master of Psychology (Professional) at Curtin University in 2018. I have experience in working with people with a wide range of disabilities as a support worker for five years and then later as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner.

I am passionate about supporting people to meet their goals and improve their overall quality of life. I have worked across the lifespan and have particular interests in working with people who experience anxiety, depression, or trauma related mental health conditions as well as with individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism or an intellectual disability. I enjoy adopting a strengths-based approach and creating safe, collaborative spaces when working with others.



LE-ANNE JACOBS

I am a Provisional Psychologist who is working towards becoming a fully Registered Psychologist. I studied a Bachelor of Psychology at Curtin University and graduated in 2020. I have previous experience in trauma-related counselling and disability support.

My interest in Psychology and the Disability Sector stems from my passion to work collaboratively with clients to enable them to rediscover a sense of hope and meaning in their lives. I strive to provide a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate space for clients to explore and discuss their circumstances and problems that they may be facing.

My work is based on a Positive Behaviour Support approach, where the goal is to improve a person’s quality of life. This approach allows me to work collaboratively with clients to identify barriers in their lives, and to develop strategies that will overcome these barriers and build on their existing skills and strengths. 

 

 

CHANTELLE HABIB, Support Coordinator

I have been working in the disability sector for 15 years. I began working with children in their classrooms in mainstream schools before moving to schools catering to children with special needs.   I became a support worker after moving to WA, helping young adults living day to day in their home, as well helping the older generation strive to live their best life possible. 

I have always loved helping people find their “Happy” and making ways for their best life to happen. There is no greater reward than seeing their joy and hearing their stories.

I have experience in ABA therapy, Support Work and Positive Behaviour Support.

Supporting people, and working together with their support team, is what I strive for. Making changes for the positive is my “Happy”.

 

JARED BALD, positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

I graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling, with further studies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Since I graduated, I have spent the last 7 years working in the disability sector, from ABA, to DES, and now PBS. I have been registered with the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission as a Core Practitioner.  I have completed additional training with National Disability Services to learn more about how PBS can contribute to the quality of life for people who receive services.

I am passionate about improving people’s quality of life and use this passion to help others achieve their goals. I have worked across the lifespan and have interests in working in mental health as well as those who have been diagnosed with Autism or intellectual disabilities. I enjoy working with my clients and their supports to create ethical and appropriate support networks and behaviour support plans.

 

ARYA ABISHEK, Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner | Social Worker

I am an AASW accredited Social Worker, with qualifying Master’s in Social Work from University of Western Australia, and Bachelor’s in Management Studies from Mahatma Gandhi University. I am grateful to be a Social Worker and always felt destined to be working in this role. I am passionate about working with vulnerable people and determined to support and bring positive changes.

I have got a diverse background, working in both corporate and community sectors have given me greater systemic understanding and I value micro level work. I have got exposure working with- children in care, high-risk families, age-care, youth work, disability, therapeutic case management, and behavior support. I come from a multi-cultural background, which empowers me to be sensitive with different cultures and safe practices. My area of interest includes trauma, mental health, neurological and intellectual disability, and sensory/ physical impairment.

LAUREN MAUNDERS, Specialist Support coordinator

I graduated from Swinburne University, Melbourne in 2006, with a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Psychology and Sociology.  Since graduating I have worked in a number of diverse roles within the Community Sector in both Perth and Melbourne and have also had the opportunity to undertake many further training opportunities to support continued learning.

 

I have held positions within the sector working with people with a disability, people with a mental health issue, people who are socially and economically disadvantaged, children’s services, and alongside people from the Culturally and Linguistically diverse and Aboriginal communities. I have also provided training to the general community, families, volunteers, prison staff and organisations around topics of mental health, safety, emotional regulation, parenting and communication.

 

I am passionate about working alongside people, and believe that the keys to best outcomes are strength based, collaborative, holistic and from a place of understanding.  

NICOLA WATT, Specialist Support coordinator

I am a Social Worker, having completed my Bachelor of Social Work at the University of New South Wales in 1986. I have worked in a range of social work roles with a particular focus on working with people with severe and complex mental health issues, families requiring specialised support to keep their children safe, and with people socially and economically disadvantaged.

I have also held positions of Sessional Academic at Curtin University, Trainer with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health, Community Appeals Member (Department of Housing), Independent Standards Monitor (Disability Services Commission), Member – Social Security Appeals Tribunal, and Member – Mental Health Review Tribunal (NSW).

I have always enjoyed my work in the range of roles I have held as a Social Worker. I see my role as being to support people to have the life they wish, to assist them to overcome barriers to this, and to access whatever is required to have this life. My person centred approach means that I take time to get to know people, and to find out what is important to the individual.

I am strongly committed to a just and fair society and will work alongside individuals, services and communities to achieve this.

 

 

SANDRA GONZALEZ, Allied Health Assistant + Administration Assistant

Sandra is our amazing Allied Health Assistant and our whizz bank Administration Assistant – look out for her bio, coming soon! 

sIMONE FONCECA, Positive Behaviour Support Practitoner | Provisional Psychologist

I graduated from Curtin University, with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations) in 2018, then obtained my Bachelor of Psychology in 2019. I am now a Provisionally Registered Psychologist  undertaking the 4+2 pathway and a Registered Behaviour Support Practitioner at Core Level with the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission. 

I have been fortunate enough to have a wide range of work experiences in the area of mental health care, including working in: psychosocial recovery-oriented support work; suicide prevention within a crisis line; early intervention co-facilitating play-based therapy workshops for children; inpatient mental health care within acute settings, facilitating both inpatient and day-patient group therapy programs; and within the NDIS providing both Positive Behaviour Support and Psychological services to individuals (both disability and children in care) with complex needs and behaviours. 

 

  

ANDREA ZAELL, Support Coordinator

I have a certificate 4 in disability and been working within the disability sector for over 8 years. Majority of my experience has been as a support worker. I saw challenges on a regular basis that the people I supported faced with NDIS and wanted to be in a role to assist and make changes.

That brought me into the role as a support coordinator in May 2021. I have experience working with a wide range of ages and different diagnosis both as a support worker and a coordinator. I bring my diverse experience while supporting people.

 

One of my special interests are working with children and supporting them and their families where I can. I enjoy working from a person centered approached and have vast experience working in a multistakeholder team. I really enjoy working collectively and encourage independence along with choice and control. I have experience working with rural communities and thinking creatively with limited resources.

 

When I am not working, you’ll find me walking my dog, doing arts and craft or in the kickboxing studio.

Purple Patch Therapy

Work With Us

Talk to us today to see how you can become a part of Purple Patch Therapy. We offer an exceptional salary and benefit package to our staff, including mentoring, supervision, paid professional development and training, permanent part time and full time contracts.  You’ll get your birthday off as a bonus day of annual leave.  At six months, 12 months and every year after you will enjoy ‘thanks for staying with us’ cash bonuses.  We aim to support all our staff have a work / life balance that allows them to be their best for their clients and for their families.  Join our supportive and fun team and enjoy your work life again. 

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Get in touch to find out more about our services, we are happy to have an obligation free conversation to help you to find your own purple patch!
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