About Us

What is Secure Start?

Secure Start® is an independent psychology practice that provides psychological services to children of all ages and their parents and caregivers. Secure Start is dedicated to enhancing the welfare and wellbeing of children and families through the promotion of strong family relationships and resilience.

Principal Clinical Psychologist, Colby Pearce, started the practice in 2002 after eleven years working in the public sector in child and adolescent mental health research (1991 – 1995) and child protection (1995 – 2002).

Secure Start Psychologists offer diagnostic and treatment services for a range of psychological conditions and circumstances, including:

  • Children’s emotional and behaviour problems
  • Tantrums and Meltdowns
  • Trauma
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Post-Adoption Difficulties
  • Attachment Difficulties
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • School Refusal
  • Disruptive Behaviour Disorders (e.g Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder)
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Self Harm
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Secure Start Psychologists have experience working with diverse family types, including;

  • Natural Families
  • Adoptive Families
  • Foster Families
  • Grandparents caring for their grandchildren
  • Separated Families
  • Asylum-seeker Families
  • Families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Secure Start Psychologists are mindful that children’s behaviour and emotions can be affected by conditions  that fall outside the expertise of Psychologists. Where necessary, Secure Start Psychologists refer to Audiologists, Paediatricians and Occupational Therapists for further assessment and treatment of conditions such as:

  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Disorders.

Important Information:

Secure Start is a psychology service that consults from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. All contact with our service outside of these times will be responded to as soon as we are able to during normal business hours. If you need urgent help outside of these hours, we suggest that you consider contacting the following services:

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Mental Health Triage Service (SA) – 13 14 65 (Adults)