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DR CARINA CAPRA

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

BOccThy Hons1  PhD(psychology)

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ABOUT CARINA

Carina is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist and is qualified to provide specialist assessment and intervention for children, youth and adults with psychosocial, mental health, developmental and academic difficulties.

Carina has a special interest in:

  • Neurological difficulties - ADHD, tic disorder, functional seizures, ASD and processing sensory input. The nervous system, neurosciences and emotional regulation skills (i.e., the ability to modify arousal and to make adjustments necessary to stay in control of challenging situations and to functioning in life

  • Coaching work for Adults with ADHD and support for neurodiverse work places. Coaching and evidence-based practice to manage higher arousal levels and feeling overwhelmed with managing multiple roles in life.  I focus with managing arousal levels and developing executive functioning strategies  to improve functioning and focus at home and work.

  • Coaching to maximise sports performance and anxiety, and managing stressful work environments and situations

  • School / Work skills - Emotional regulation and executive functioning skills, including: maintaining attention and concentration, following instructions, planning and sequencing, shifting between tasks, mastering motivation,  minimising procrastination, and impulse control

  • Managing anger and anxiety

  • Developing and managing friendships and relationships

  • Young people having unusual or odd thoughts (Psychotic-Like Experiences) and/or experiences that cause distress

  • Sensory processing disorder and difficulties with how sensory information can result in regulation, behavioural and emotional difficulties.

  • Neurofeedback sessions to support functioning

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Carina has a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy and has completed a PhD in Psychology and Counselling. Carina is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Carina’s area of expertise is in neurodevelopmental psychiatry, i.e., underlying developmental and neurological difficulties that impact on social and emotional wellbeing, and, importantly, functioning.

Carina is passionate about helping people reach their potential. Therapy is focused on enabling children, youth and families to live satisfying and meaningful lives, regaining a sense of achievement, self-esteem and wellbeing that may have been affected by acute and life events.

Carina addresses emotional and behavioural needs as they relate to everyday activities and social interaction. She can help you or your child develop the ability to cope with challenges, calm down when frustrated, defuse anger, and manage impulses in order to succeed at individual tasks and collaborative interactions at home, school, work and in the community. Carina has a focus on ways to support executive functioning skills.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Honours Class 1, University of Queensland

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Psychology and Counselling

General (Occupational Therapy) Registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA); OCC000174659

Occupational Therapy Australia, Member

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