Our team is so important and we accomplish a lot together. Our practice had adopted a 'multidisciplinary team' approach, meaning we take a strong collaborative approach with clients. We work together and ask advice of each other while supporting and encouraging each specific discipline. We believe this provides our clients with a more effective service and better outcomes.

our clinical team

Mrs Tess Riley

I completed my Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours in 2005. Following this I completed an internship at a rural child health service for 2 years - and this is where I developed a strong interest in child and adolescent Psychology. I have since worked at the Department of Child Safety, Disability Services Qld as well as in private practice. I love working with kids and helping children and adolescents  to achieve their true potential is a passion of mine. I’m a creative therapist and enjoy modifying formal treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Behavioural Therapy in a creative manner so that children and teens are more interested and engaged in the therapy process. I’m particularly interested in treating anxiety disorders, teens who self-harm, children who school refuse and children with ASD.

Mr James McManis

B Psy (HONS)

m fmh

Assoc. MAPS

I have completed a Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) and a Master of Forensic Mental Health, have undertaken 3080+ hours of supervised practice as a psychologist with Disability Services Queensland.

I have experience working with children, adults, and the elderly and have worked in rehabilitation, disability, addiction and mental health fields.

I have also completed professional development with:

  • Dr Daniel Siegel
  • Dr Gary LaVigna (IABA)
  • ... and many others

and in the fields of:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Disability Support
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Forensic Risk Assessment
  • Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Pregnancy Options Counselling
  • Employment Readiness
  • Attachment Theory
  • ...and many others

I am also a volunteer lifesaver at Coolum Beach SLSC, competed at the state and national titles of IRB racing for the club, and am a recreational pilot.


dr andrew wood

b psy

b beh sci

phd (clinical Psychology)

Andrew is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer of Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Ms Michelle Flaherty 

b bus

grad. M Occupational Therapy

Michelle has been practicing as a paediatric occupational therapist for the past 8 years. She has experience working in a variety of settings within QLD and overseas including non-profit organisations, special schools, health, disability and community services. She relocated to the Sunshine Coast over a year ago and was previously working for an early intervention team who provided services for children with disabilities and complex needs.­­­­

Michelle is an enthusiastic and committed Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working collaboratively with children and their families.I love getting to know the kids, especially learning about their strengths and interests. This is valuable when working on their goals. There is something special about being given the opportunity to be a part of a family’s journey in supporting their child to be the best that they can be.

MS tara jane edmonds

I am a fully qualified and licenced Speech Pathologist with over 20 years experience.  I grew up on the Sunshine Coast and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992. I have spent my career working with children and their families in early childcare settings, queensland health, early intervention, education settings, private schools and private practice. I recently returned to the Sunshine Coast with my husband and two boys after living and working overseas. I am excited to share my broad range of experiences and knowledge with the members and families of All Abilities Child & Family Therapy


ms nicole owers

Provisional Psychologist


Ms Jo Vella


Ms emily silverman