ABOUT

our story

Full Potential Psychology was started with the vision of making therapy fun, removing the barriers to people accessing treatment, destigmatising mental health and the expression of emotions.

We use our Minecraft therapy world, Legend Land makes therapy fun and brings the evidence based session activities to life in an interactive, concrete and easy to understand way.

Our unique approach incorporates the use of Legend Land, our Minecraft therapy world, to create a fun and interactive environment where evidence-based session activities come to life. This engaging platform enables us to provide psychological treatment to individuals anywhere with an internet connection.

Initially designed to support neurodiverse people, Legend Land has since expanded its scope to support emotional regulation, social skills, flexibility in thinking, confidence, and self-esteem. You can find further information on how Legend Land can help you and your family here.

In addition to therapy, we offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic assessments that provide valuable insights into your child’s strengths and weaknesses. These assessments empower you to make informed decisions regarding treatment options, funding access, and tailored support. You can find additional information about our assessments here.

MEET THE TEAM

Luke Blackwood

Clinic Director & Clinical Psychologist
Creative Director of Game Development
BPsych, MPsych (Clin), MAPS

Luke is the founding Clinical Psychologist at Full Potential Psychology and the creator of Legend Land, the Minecraft therapy world. Luke has the mission of making therapy fun, removing the barriers to people accessing treatment and destigmatising mental health and the expression of emotions.

Luke takes a creative, engaging approach to therapy and has worked in a number of different areas including private practice, non-government organisations, youth detention centres, acute inpatient units, and schools. Luke works specialises in supporting neurodiverse people and their families, and a variety of conditions such as, conduct disorder, trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment, and mood disorders. Luke sees the importance of working with the system around the child and works with families, schools, and the broader network to help the child reach their full potential.

Luke spends his time as Creative Director adapting the evidence-based interventions he uses when working face to face with a client into fun, interactive minigames that bring the sessions to life in game. When Luke is not designing games, flying Pigzy around Legend Land, or being photobombed by his Minecraft character, you find him rock climbing, stretching on a yoga mat or at the beach.

Dom Sabrus

Clinical Psychologist
B.Psy.Sci (Hons), M.Clin.Psy

Dom Sabrus is a clinical psychologist and comes to Legend from a mixed background that includes government, with Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS), Headspace, and in a private practice setting.

He works well with clients right across the lifespan, but particularly enjoys working with young people in a positive and affirming way. He has experience working with anger and emotional dysregulation, anxiety and depression, self-esteem and identity-related concerns, and challenging life transitions. He also has experience with testing and assessment, including cognitive and achievement testing, memory, and attention, and has experience with the diagnostic processes for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Dom has a passion for serving marginalised populations and populations who face barriers to accessing mainstream services, such as people living in regional, rural, and remote settings in Australia. Dom’s research focus has been on the diverse experiences of at-risk populations who face barriers to engaging wholly with traditional therapies and health professionals.

Dom’s current research projects examines the role of gender and masculinity in non-urban men and boys, as well as attitudes toward seeking psychological support and barriers unique to regional, rural, and remote populations.

Dom has a specific interest working with sexual and gender diversity and in working with men’s issues in psychology, acknowledging the specific social and cultural factors that shape the lives of men and boys. 

Dom has more years’ experience playing computer games than he wishes to disclose publicly and is looking forward to putting his experiences as a Gamer and a Psychologist together to create a fun-based-therapy experience for the new Legends in Legend Land.

Katie Glynn
Educational & Developmental Psychologist
BPsych (Hons), M.Psy (Educational & Developmental) 
 

Katie Glynn is a registered psychologist with an endorsement in the area of Educational & Developmental psychology. Katie is passionate about her work with young people, and takes a systems approach, working with the team around the young person, whether that is home or school.

Katie has years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their parents in a range of settings, including schools and early intervention government health services. Katie’s work in schools has allowed her insight into how to effectively partner with schools to support students with additional needs in ways which work for each young person.

Katie is passionate about helping young people to identify and build upon their strengths so that they may overcome personal and environmental barriers, allowing them to thrive and learn to celebrate their unique strengths and abilities. Katie works flexibly in the therapeutic process, working with others at their own pace, and adjusting approaches as required.

With her Educational and Developmental background, Katie also has extensive knowledge and experience of assessment and reporting in areas of cognition, achievement, adaptive functioning, attention, and behaviour. Katie also has the knowledge and training to assess and diagnose Specific Learning Disorders, more commonly known as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.

Katie loves her work with young people and their families in the real world and is excited to take this exciting and rewarding work into Legend Land!

Outside of her professional life, Katie can often be found doing yoga, exploring new bushwalk trails, or at a local café with a latte and her two puppies.

Ben Aitken

Registered Psychologist.
B.Psy.Sci (Hons), M.Psych (Educational & Developmental)

Ben has over 5 years of experience working with children and adolescents in schools, not-for-profit organisations, and private practice. He is passionate about applying a systems approach to work alongside those who play a central role in supporting the children and adolescents he works with.

Ben has worked to support young people with a wide range of developmental and mental health disorders. He enjoys applying a client led approach to his practice which aims to identify and utilise the unique interests and strengths that everyone possesses.

He also has experience administering and interpreting psychological assessments in the areas of cognition, achievement, adaptive functioning, attention, and behaviour. 

Ben’s gaming experience started from a young age, gaming across numerous consoles such as Sega Genesis, PlayStation 1 &2, Xbox, Xbox360, and PC. He currently uses a PlayStation 5 and enjoys playing co-op games with friends and solo adventure games. Ben values the potential that technology and gaming have to offer to the field of psychology while advocating for practical and healthy application to support wellbeing.  

Registered Psychologist
BPsych (Hons), PGDip (Applied Psychology), PhD

Dr Nicole Lees is a registered psychologist, Legend Land therapist and, in addition to coming up with cool, new skins for her therapist avatar, she offers a PhD in psychology and over 20 years combined academic and clinical experience.

Nicole has managed developmental surveillance research that examined early detection of neurodiversity, and she is trained in autism-specific early intervention therapies. She has a diverse clinical background and has worked in areas including general practice, out of home care, parenting programs, family and domestic violence, educational settings, and crisis triage. Nicole has worked with people of all ages, including supporting children and adolescents, and their families, in the contexts of neurodiversity, mental health and trauma.

The part of therapy that Nicole loves most is discovering creative ways to incorporate the unique interests and strengths of the individual child into playful activities that provide opportunities for them to learn new things, cope better, make more sense of the social scene and find new ways of being in the world with others – at their own pace. Nicole looks forward to meeting you in Legend Land, and supporting you and your family to enjoy life even more.

Jesse Wearne

Educational & Developmental Psychologist
BBehav Sci, PostGradDipPsych, M.Psy (Educational & Developmental)

Jesse has been working as a psychologist in private practice since 2017 and is experienced with the NDIS. Through private practice work, Jesse has gained experience in providing evidence based psychological interventions for children, adolescents and adults in a wide range of areas including autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, emotion dysregulation and mood disorders (e.g. depression and anxiety).

Jesse is an endorsed educational and developmental psychologist.  An endorsement by the National Board recognises that a person has an additional qualification (a master’s degree in educational developmental psychology and two years supervised practice), as well as general psychology registration.

An Educational and Developmental Psychologist has specific training and experience in providing evidence based psychological interventions and assessments for children and adolescents, as well as specific training for developmental disorders (e.g. ADHD and Autism) and learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia).

Jesse joined full potential psychology due to a genuine love of Minecraft.  Jesse is also interested in Japan, Japanese language and anime. Before becoming a psychologist, Jesse taught English to children in elementary school and junior high school in Japan. In sessions, Jesse focuses on building a connection with his child and adolescent clients through their (often) mutual interests of Minecraft and gaming, YouTube and anime.

Jesse believes that a connection with his clients is one of the most important factors in therapy and it is through this relationship that healing takes place.

James Evans-Mcleod

Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class Honours)
Psychology (Honours).

James’ interest in psychology started at age 17 when he became a disability support person. After graduating with First Class Honours from The University of Waikato in New Zealand (2008) he continued his education in Australia at Central Queensland University (2010).

He completed his internship towards board registration with ‘Bushkids‘ child development centre in outback-Mt Isa (2010-2012), from there he joined the Department of Education in Melbourne (2012-2015) before taking a similar role at a private school in the Gold Coast (2015-2021). In these roles he worked with individuals and their families attending to various mental health and developmental needs

He currently works with mental health service ‘AnxietyNZ’, and with ‘The Unplugged Psychologist’, assisting with digital wellbeing and video game addiction.

He has also been gaming since a young age. He played on the Sega master system and mega drive as a young child and watching the original PlayStation and Xbox consoles come onto the scene. He has attended the ‘Game-masters exhibition’ and was recently involved in the FUSE cup school e-sport initiative. Without any formal qualification in video games available, he pursued any opportunity to combine his passions throughout his education and employment. As such, he is an advocate to the various benefits of gaming yet is well aware of its risk to wellbeing.

He is excited to bring all his passion for psychology and gaming to the team at Full Potential Psychology and Legend Land.

Martin Fraser

Forensic Psychologist.
BA-Psych (Hons), M.Psych (Forensic).

Martin Fraser is a registered psychologist with a practice endorsement in the area of Forensic psychology. Martin has a passion for working with children and young people, alongside work with parents and adults. Martin focuses his practice on the principle of early intervention in developing the skills and resources that young people need to thrive both now and in later life, through a holistic approach that focuses on the individual, their family and support network, and school and community environments.

Martin has over 10 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including schools, community services, custodial and community forensic settings, research agencies, and in the disability sector. Martin’s background has supported him to develop an advanced approach targeting the overall wellbeing needs of young people and the importance of tailoring a creative approach that is both engaging and effective for those he works with. Martin has extensive experience in the educational setting in supporting children and young people diagnosed with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, complex trauma, social anxiety, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. This has been through individual and group intervention/therapy, systemic and environmental support planning, consultation, and the use of a range of assessments including cognitive, behavioural, and academic.

Martin utilises a positive psychological approach which is strengths-focused and works flexibly around the goals and values of the young person to work together to provide a valuable support environment. This is heavily relationship-based and offers a safe, non-judgmental and creative space for young people to promote their daily functioning and quality of life. This is adaptable to the ever-changing needs of young people and the ways in which they are comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings.

Martin values and appreciates the opportunity to be part of supporting children and young people to be their best selves and to develop confidence and comfort in their abilities to manage life’s daily events. Martin is privileged to be able to offer this support through the Legend Land Minecraft therapeutic platform!

Outside of the workplace, Martin values spending as much time as possible with his young family. He is an enthusiastic sports fan, has a healthy appreciation for video games and technology, enjoys listening to old records, loves old comedy films, and is passionate about cooking and trying new foods..

Manda Isac

Registered Psychologist
BPsych (Hons)

Manda Isac is a friendly and passionate AHPRA registered psychologist specialising in diagnostic assessments. With her background as a school psychologist, headspace practitioner, and private practice clinician, Manda brings a wealth of experience from multiple domains to her assessments.

She offers a range of assessments, including cognitive, educational, and adaptive functioning assessments. Manda’s expertise includes utilising well-established tools such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC-V), Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III), and Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales.

With Manda’s dedicated focus on assessments, she provides valuable insights to support individuals in understanding their strengths and areas for growth.

Kayla Forno

Registered Psychologist
BSocSci (Psych) (Hons), MAPS, MAAFT

Kayla Forno is a passionate psychologist who brings a wealth of experience from diverse roles in both private practice and allied health care settings. Throughout her career, she has dedicated herself to enhancing the mental wellbeing of children, employing client-centred approaches to address an array of mental health challenges, ranging from anxiety to self-harm and suicidal ideation.

Witnessing the transformation in children and observing the joy when they recognise their own growth is a daily source of fulfilment for her. While her primary focus lies in child psychology, a passion for working with couples and families was rooted throughout her educational background.

This has become a cornerstone in her current practice, enabling her to effectively formulate holistic strategies for children. By actively involving parents and extended family members, she creates a collaborative and supportive environment that encourages each child’s unique journey towards improved wellbeing.

When she is not working, Kayla enjoys spending time with her two children, taking their dog Bonnie to the beach for a wild run around, playing board games, or working together on a craft project. They often play online games together like Fortnite and Minecraft, but especially loves showing them whose boss in Mario Kart or Mario Party.

Sashelle Aitken

Registered Psychologist
BPsych, GradDipPsychSci

Sashelle Aitken is a registered psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents, parents, and young adults with a range of disabilities such as autism, ADHD, developmental delay; and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment difficulties, conduct difficulties, and emotional dysregulation.

Sashelle has experience with psychological testing in the areas of cognition, memory, attention, adaptive functioning, and behaviour. Sashelle is passionate about client-led intervention and recognises the power of a strong therapeutic alliance when implementing evidence-based interventions.

Beyond her professional life, Sashelle enjoys a variety of personal interests. Having grown up playing video games with her family, she has a particular fondness for classics like Bomberman on PlayStation 1, as well as Nintendo Dogs and Spyro the Dragon. Outside of work, you’ll find Sashelle at the beach, spending quality time with her little dog Naia, or at the gym.

Meet the Administration Team

Office Administrator
Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Amy has 10 years experience working in music education as both a teacher and owner of an independent music school.

After studying a business degree at Uni, she became passionate about helping other businesses achieve their goals and grow online.

Amy also has experience working in the music industry building a successful ecommerce business in the space, where she was fortunate enough to work with record labels from the US, UK, Asia and Europe.

When Amy isn’t working on admin at Full Potential Psychology, she can be found dabbling in digital illustration. Her songs can be heard in the Netflix series “white lines” and “sweet magnolias”.

Team

Office Administrator
Graduate Certificate Project Management and Diploma of Business

Mel is an experienced administrator that has worked in the field of administration across multiple sectors including Tertiary Education and Healthcare for over 20 years.

In recent years, adding website and graphic design as well as Telehealth administration to her skills. 

Mel enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage son travelling to new places.

Registered Psychologist
BPsych (Hons), PGDip (Applied Psychology), PhD

Dr Nicole Lees is a registered psychologist, Legend Land therapist and, in addition to coming up with cool, new skins for her therapist avatar, she offers a PhD in psychology and over 20 years combined academic and clinical experience.

Nicole has managed developmental surveillance research that examined early detection of neurodiversity, and she is trained in autism-specific early intervention therapies. She has a diverse clinical background and has worked in areas including general practice, out of home care, parenting programs, family and domestic violence, educational settings, and crisis triage. Nicole has worked with people of all ages, including supporting children and adolescents, and their families, in the contexts of neurodiversity, mental health and trauma.

The part of therapy that Nicole loves most is discovering creative ways to incorporate the unique interests and strengths of the individual child into playful activities that provide opportunities for them to learn new things, cope better, make more sense of the social scene and find new ways of being in the world with others – at their own pace. Nicole looks forward to meeting you in Legend Land, and supporting you and your family to enjoy life even more.

Office Administrator
Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Amy has 10 years experience working in music education as both a teacher and owner of an independent music school.

After studying a business degree at Uni, she became passionate about helping other businesses achieve their goals and grow online.

Amy also has experience working in the music industry building a successful ecommerce business in the space, where she was fortunate enough to work with record labels from the US, UK, Asia and Europe.

When Amy isn’t working on admin at Full Potential Psychology, she can be found dabbling in digital illustration. Her songs can be heard in the Netflix series “white lines” and “sweet magnolias”.

Registered Psychologist
BPsych (Hons), PGDip (Applied Psychology), PhD

Dr Nicole Lees is a registered psychologist, Legend Land therapist and, in addition to coming up with cool, new skins for her therapist avatar, she offers a PhD in psychology and over 20 years combined academic and clinical experience.

Nicole has managed developmental surveillance research that examined early detection of neurodiversity, and she is trained in autism-specific early intervention therapies. She has a diverse clinical background and has worked in areas including general practice, out of home care, parenting programs, family and domestic violence, educational settings, and crisis triage. Nicole has worked with people of all ages, including supporting children and adolescents, and their families, in the contexts of neurodiversity, mental health and trauma.

The part of therapy that Nicole loves most is discovering creative ways to incorporate the unique interests and strengths of the individual child into playful activities that provide opportunities for them to learn new things, cope better, make more sense of the social scene and find new ways of being in the world with others – at their own pace. Nicole looks forward to meeting you in Legend Land, and supporting you and your family to enjoy life even more.

Office Administrator
Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Amy has 10 years experience working in music education as both a teacher and owner of an independent music school.

After studying a business degree at Uni, she became passionate about helping other businesses achieve their goals and grow online.

Amy also has experience working in the music industry building a successful ecommerce business in the space, where she was fortunate enough to work with record labels from the US, UK, Asia and Europe.

When Amy isn’t working on admin at Full Potential Psychology, she can be found dabbling in digital illustration. Her songs can be heard in the Netflix series “white lines” and “sweet magnolias”.