About Full Potential Psychology

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. Legend Land makes therapy fun and brings the evidence based session activities to life in an interactive, concrete and easy to understand way. Legend Land was initially designed to treat autism spectrum conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders. Since then it has been to support the development of 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.

When you enter our unique clinic you will also be entering the wonderful world of Legend Land, our therapy world that was created using Minecraft. Legend Land is used to break down barriers to people receiving treatment and makes therapy fun. It has effectively engaged children in rural and remote locations via telehealth, people who have difficulty leaving the home or who find engaging in typical therapy difficult or confronting.

We have a great team of psychologists, game developers and administrators that help bring Legend Land to life.

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Meet the Team

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

Luke Blackwood 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 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 effectively with a variety of conditions and specialises in autism spectrum conditions, conduct disorder, ADHD, 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 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.

Clinical Psychology Registrar
B.Psy.Sci (Hons), M.Clin.Psy

Dom Sabrus is a registered psychologist and Clinical Psychology Registrar. Dom comes to being a new 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.

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.

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.

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.

Educational & Developmental Psychologist
BPsych (Hons), M.Psy (Educational & Developmental) 
Currently on Maternity Leave
 

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 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.

Registered PsychologistBPsych (Hons)

Manda Isac is a registered psychologist with previous experience as a school psychologist in both primary and secondary schools, headspace and private practice. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents and their families in a collaborative, positive and fun way. 

Manda also has experience in conducting cognitive and achievement testing.

With her experience in the school system, she is familiar with communicating with schools and other health care providers to provide a holistic, collaborative plan to support young people reach their goals.

Manda is looking forward to meeting you in Legend Land!

Clinical Psychologist
B.Psy.Sci,  M.Clin.Psy
 

Racquel Mason is a registered Clinical Psychologist with experience in the NDIS sector, and private practice. She has experience working with children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, ADHD; and mental health issues such as anxiety, anger, and depression. Racquel finds it very rewarding to work with children, adolescents, and their families, and is excited to be using game-based therapy.

Racquel is a proud mother to 2 boys aged 9 and 11 (who have taught her how to play Minecraft), and enjoys horse riding, bee keeping, kayaking, and gardening.

She is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in both NDIS and private sector. Racquel completed her Clinical Masters at Newcastle University in 2017, her thesis investigated the link between traumatic brain injury and self-reported childhood trauma within a juvenile offender cohort.

Racquel has had a varied work history including Police Officer and Community Corrections Officer; and more recently working in the child disability sector for over 3 years, while also having worked in private practice since 2018. Her experience includes supporting people with disability by providing therapeutic interventions to clients, autism assessments, as well as specialist behavioural support in designing and implementing behavioural support plans.

Racquel has gained competencies in working with clients aged from early childhood to young adults, as well as providing support to parents. She has treated a range of presentations including trauma, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, obsessions and compulsions, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress, bipolar, personality disorders, drug and alcohol issues, grief/loss issues, and child behavioural issues.

She has received training and is practiced in using a range of interventions adapted specifically to work with children and adolescents including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.


Racquel has experience in administering assessments including cognitive assessments (WAIS, WIAT, WISC, WPPSI), and autism assessments (ADOS/ADIR). She is also trained in the Secret Agent Society program designed to improve social skills for children with autism. Racquel has approval for providing services through NDIS, Medicare, Private health insurance, Workers Compensation and DVA.

Registered Psychologist
BPsychSci (Hons), MPsych (Neuro)
 

Ruth is a passionate registered psychologist in her final stages of completing a Master of Neuropsychology. Ruth has experience working in various settings including family and domestic violence, disability support, job skills training and advocacy, and group psychoeducational programs.

She is committed to empowering young people and families through the use of creative, engaging, evidence-based approaches.

Ruth is a registered psychologist and clinical neuropsychology registrar. She has worked with people all across the lifespan but particularly enjoys engaging with young people using a strengths-based approach.

She has experience working with individuals with emotion dysregulation, trauma, anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol issues, and behavioural issues in childhood.

She has received training in cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based approaches, and behaviour support. She also has experience in assessment and reporting in cognition, achievement, adaptive functioning and behaviour. She is familiar with the processes involved in diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

She is passionate about supporting children and young people to understand their difficulties and celebrate their individual strengths. She takes an empathic, flexible and individualised approach to therapy, striving to understand the client within their unique personal and environmental context.

Therapy Assistant
B.Psy.Sci (Hons)

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.  

Ben is currently completing his Masters program of Educational and Developmental Psychology and looks forward to graduating at the end of 2022. 

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”.

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 12 year old son and we love to travel around Australia going to places we have never been.