Family based therapeutic support and psychoeducation
A safe space for children, teens and adults who are experiencing challenges. We are a Registered NDIS Provider providing programs and experiences for all family members to grow and express themselves.
AB Consultancy is committed to our families and recognise that families and informal supports are central to the well being of all. We are endorsed by the Office of the Guardian for Young People in Care.
Working together with individuals, families and their children
AB Consultancy provides individual programs for children and teenagers who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural, and/or educational barriers in their lives.
We are experienced in delivering therapeutic supports and strategy plans to individuals who are neurodiverse and display challenging behaviours.
AB Consultancy delivers high quality social work and therapeutic supports to adults in the areas of social, emotional and trauma using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and evidence-based current theory work to allow individuals to overcome barriers in their lives.
How we work
After our initial consultation, AB Consultancy formulates an individual person-centred program for each client that is tailored to their needs. We provide a range of materials, analysis and report services to assist you in implementing the methods and techniques needed to support the person seeking assistance.
This is a dual process where the plan is completed with the involvement of the individual to identify realistic and clear goals to enable everyone to reach their full potential.
Utilising a multi-disciplinary team approach, we will also work with other agencies, schools and job placement agencies to gain a clear picture of what your child/children need.
We are a registered NDIS Provider and work with you to make the most of your NDIS Plan.
AB Consultancy works with children, teens and adults who are neurodiverse.
We provide trauma and grief counselling to children, teens and adults who may not have a disability but need trauma and grief counselling services.
The services and support provided at AB Consultancy are based on our core values of Commitment, Collaboration and Community.
We are a practice that is focused on the unique needs of the whole family, providing practical and hands-on strategies that are simple and effective.
Built from a desire to create a safe place for individuals, their parents, caregivers and siblings, and out of personal experience of living with a sibling with a disability, AB Consultancy is now focused on delivering unique community based programs, support and training for the whole family.
Our Principal Disability Consultant and Founder, Kathy Roberts, has an extensive background in education and social work, specialising in disability services, children’s education and the application of evidence-based practice.
Kathy completed her Bachelor in Early Childhood Education in 1997 and started her career in Special Education at Kilparin Teaching and Assessment Unit for vision and learning. She won a scholarship for a Bachelor in Special Education and taught in various special schools throughout South Australia, with a focus on autism and behaviours of concern. Her work during this time included being a specialised support teacher for the Department of Education based in the Felixstow District Office.
In 2004, Kathy returned to Victor Harbor to assist with the care of her family, and brother Mark who had Down Syndrome. Kathy spent several years teaching at Victor Harbor Primary School and Goolwa Primary School until opening AB Consultancy in 2013.
Since opening AB Consultancy in 2013, Kathy has completed her Masters in Social Work, Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice, and a Graduate Certificate in Grief, Trauma, Loss and Counselling.
Kathy was born in Victor Harbor and loves the community she works in. She also volunteers at the Encounter Centre monthly, at their Aktion Club Meetings and is a State Leader for Siblings Australia.
In her spare time, she spends time with her two German Shepherd fur babies, loves to cook, read and spend time in the garden. Kathy is also currently completing her Masters in Autism and is a corporate member of the Women in Business Regional Network.
Jackie Volkman is our main support worker with over 7 years’ experience. She provides personal and home care and has created our school holiday program. Jackie likes to think outside the box and is involved in a range of community programs, enjoying getting people out and about.
Julie Irwin is our office manager guru! She is the first person you will meet when you come in for a meeting or for therapy. We would be lost without her many years of experience and her caring nature!
James Rogers brings his substantial computer knowledge and works with our participants developing new computer programs to suit each child’s likes and interests. He has a Certificate 3 in Media, Certificate 3 in Education and Certificate 2 in Creative Industries.