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About BSSA

Who We Are

Behaviour Support SA (BSSA) is a small but dedicated team of Positive Behaviour Practitioners.

We aim to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of participants of all ages with disability or integration difficulty through building the capacity to live an ordinary life.

Our therapy services offer support in challenging behaviour, social interaction and empowering people and families to manage challenges as they arise.

We believe in a person first approach that is tailored to individual needs and requirements to encourage the outcomes you want.

Meet Our Team

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Esther Bechara – Team Leader

Esther has a background in psychology and counselling, with training and experience across Applied Behavioural Analysis, Functional Behavioural Assessment, Positive Behaviour Support, Rehabilitation Counselling, and recently gained accreditation with her dog, Danae, as a Pet Therapy team.

She is dedicated to providing education and support for clients, their families, and teachers, and is passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their social, emotional, and physical goals, so they can engage with all aspects of life, and live life to the fullest.

Outside of work Esther enjoys writing music and playing the piano, when she is not having fun with her family which includes four teenage children.

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Tamsin Petzer – Team Leader

Tamsin has a background in the special education and disability field within early intervention for children with Autism and Global Developmental Delay and also has experience with behaviours of concern (BOC), Functional Behaviour Assessment, Positive Behaviour Support.

She is passionate about working within the person and family-centred frameworks, to ensure the person is at the centre of all decisions and believes that providing information, and strategies, about improving mental health and wellbeing is crucially important for people with disabilities, incorporating this into her behaviour support practice.

When Tamsin is not working, she enjoys spending time with her indoor cats; Mitzi and Milo and being the silly Aunty to her niece, Amelia. She also loves coffee, playing social netball and spending time at the beach.

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Jessica Howe

Jessica has a background in psychology with experience in Functional Behavioural Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support and is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University.

She is passionate about working alongside individuals and their carers to support inclusion within their communities and reach their goals. Jessica works with clients in an understanding and encouraging manner to develop a safe therapeutic relationship, as this is fundamental in moving towards positive change, tailoring her approach to the individual needs and goals of each person.

Jessica loves to spend her free time with her pack of Chihuahuas, Vaydah, Gimli and Chase.

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Nick Dunn

Nick has Masters’ Degrees in Counselling & Psychotherapy as well as in Primary School Teaching and has worked with children with ADHD and ASD in both school and counselling settings, including four years as a counsellor at a Summer Camp in California.

He is passionate about empowering people to achieve their desired goals and using mindfulness and expressive strategies to support his clients. Nick also loves working with schools and teachers, using his substantial knowledge of the classroom setting to support the needs of students.

When not working, he loves listening to music and going to concerts, as well as finding adventurous activities to do around Adelaide.

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Denise Aistrope

Denise has a background in psychology and counselling and is currently undertaking her Honours in Psychology at Flinders University. She specialises in designing, writing and delivering programs for people on the autism spectrum and is a passionate supporter for living your best life.

Her advocacy and active support for self-determination and autonomy is a life-long passion that is guided by the experiences and lives of her two adult sons who are on the autism spectrum.

Outside of work, Denise is a keen runner and fitness enthusiast who enjoys spending time outdoors.

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Caitlin Doyle

Caitlin has a diverse professional background with experience across both the legal and science sectors as well as recently completing her Honours in Psychological Science at Flinders University.

She is passionate about utilising best practise and tailored support strategies to ensure that individuals and their caregivers achieve meaningful outcomes and accomplish their chosen goals.

Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys running and keeping abreast of Australian and US Politics.

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Abbey Fraser

Abbey holds a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills) and is currently completing her Graduate Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support at Flinders University.

She has a background working with participants with disability and mental health challenges with a passion for fostering empowerment and increasing quality of life through person centered practice in a fun and safe environment.

When she’s not at work, Abbey enjoys spending time at the river, camping and exploring outdoors with her two dogs Dennis and Hugo.

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Allie (Jieying) Xie

Allie (Jieying) has a Master of Social Work from Flinders University and a Bachelor of Social Work from China. She is trilingual, being fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese and has experience in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds with mental health challenges and disabilities within community, residential facilities and school settings.

She is passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives through building the participant’s capacity and improving connections between the person, the environment and community around them.

Outside of work, Allie enjoys hip-hop dancing, swimming and spending time with friends and her cat Peachy.

Learn More About Behaviour Support SA

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Get in contact with our therapy team about accessing services.

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Further information and guidance compiled by our team for individuals, families and caregivers.

Keeping with the government’s regulation, all events have been postponed until further notice.

Find information on service costing and accessing NDIS funding for BSSA services here.