Spectrum House | Psychology Services based in Melbourne, Australia
Child & Adolescent Psychology

Nia Thavapalan

Nia is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA). Following her undergraduate studies, Nia completed her Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Australian Catholic University. Nia is currently undertaking the Educational and Developmental Registrar Program.

Nia has a special interest in supporting children and families experiencing a range of childhood emotional and developmental disorders including by not limited to anxiety, low self-esteem, grief and loss, social challenges, behavioural difficulties, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Nia also has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a range of settings including not-for-profit organisations, private practice, primary school settings, and early intervention services.

Nia is passionate about creating a strong therapeutic relationship with each of her young clients and families. She supports each of her clients by delivering individualised treatment plans using evidence-based treatments tailored to her clients’ needs, preferences and personalities to assist in empowering them with the skills to help them function to their fullest potential. She believes that a collaborative approach that draws on the strengths of her young clients, their parents’ expertise, as well the involvement of teachers and other allied health professionals, is integral to meeting the needs of her clients.

As well as therapeutic intervention, Nia also enjoys providing comprehensive psychological assessments including assessments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability (ID), specific learning disorders (SLD), and giftedness. Through assessment, Nia aims to provide a holistic understanding of her client’s cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and behavioural functioning and provides individualised, evidence-based support strategies to parents and school personnel to enhance outcomes for her clients.