Karen Wong

Karen Wong
Clinical Director and Psychologist

Karen is one of the most experienced ABA and autism clinicians in Australia; having spent more than 21 years in the field, teaching children, adolescents and adults to learn, grow and succeed.
Karen is a registered psychologist and the inaugural and sitting president of The Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA). She started working in the field of ABA in 1994, having the privilege of working with one of the ‘founding families’ who brought ABA to Australia from America. She began working for the Center  for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) when they opened the Australian office in 1997 and quickly moved her way up the ranks until 2002 when she was promoted to the role of Senior Managing Supervisor and successfully managed the clinic for over a decade. In 2013, she took over ownership of CARD Australia and The Learning Clinic was founded.
Karen designs custom programs and provides consultation, training, one-on-one behaviour therapy, diagnostic and ongoing assessments and counselling services to families throughout Australia and Asia. She also leads our high calibre clinical team, ensuring TLC programs meet our clinical standards and core values.

Karen maintains an active role in the autism and ABA community by presenting to parent and professional groups; and is regularly asked to speak to university graduates about her role as a psychologist. Karen continually updates her skills and knowledge by attending conferences and workshops, which have also allowed her to cultivate her special interest in teaching Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning skills to her clients.

Aarathy Kumar

Aarathy Kumar
Managing Director

Aarathy started her ABA career with CARD Australia in 2001 and has a background in Early Childhood and Education, with a minor in Psychology from Macquarie University. Aarathy became a consultant in 2004, providing program consultation and therapy to children, adolescents and adults. She became a director of The Learning Clinic in 2013.
Aarathy is responsible for recruiting and training TLC’s high calibre team of therapists, coordinating training and events and team and client management. Aarathy is a regular conference attendee and presenter, placing high value in strengthening her clinical and administrative skills to ensure TLC families always have access to the best treatment options and experiences available.
Michelle Valero
Michelle Valero

Behavour Consultant

Michelle Valero is a registered psychologist with 19 years of experience working with families and individuals with additional needs. Michelle began working as an ABA therapist in 1996, eventually joining CARD Australia (now TLC) in 2002 as a Senior Therapist, providing services in Sydney and the United Arab Emirates. She became a Supervisor and worked with CARD…

David Lin
David Lin

Administration Officer

David joined TLC in 2015 as an administration assistant. David developed his passion for ABA whilst working at a not for profit disability service. He strives to provide outstanding customer service and ensure families feel well supported. He is excited to be working at TLC as their values and philosophies in grounding all their programs in…

Melissa Colusso

Intern Behaviour Consultant

Melissa joined The Learning Clinic (formerly CARD Australia) in 2010. She is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology with Specialist 4th Year from the University of Western Sydney and a Master of Professional Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland. Melissa’s first experience with children on the spectrum was doing work experience at Aspect when she was…

Thomas McKee
Thomas McKee

Clinical Liaison

Thomas began working at TLC in 2015. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from The University of Pittsburgh and previously worked for over 2 years as an ABA therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Thomas also spent 5 years as an English as a second language teacher; he has taught children, teenagers,…

Alexander Chemuel

Admin Liaison

Alex joined TLC in 2015. He is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology with Specialist 4th Year from the University of Western Sydney and a Master of Professional Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland. Alex has experience providing neurofeedback therapy with a broad range of clients and disorders and using psychological assessments and interventions with children, adolescents and adults.…

Salina Tong
Salina Tong

Senior Therapist

Salina joined TLC in 2014. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales and has previously worked with disability care services. Salina has grown a strong passion for helping people and her vision is simply to bring the many joys of life to those she helps and to let them radiate the…

Jacqui Cheyne

Therapist

Jacqui joined TLC in 2015 and will complete a Bachelor of Science – Psychology at Macquarie University this year. Working as a Nanny for the past 3 years has confirmed her passion for working with children, and she takes great pride in seeing how kids develop into stronger, more independent young people. She can’t wait…

Clement Wong
Clement Wong

Therapist

Clement joined Team TLC in 2015. He is currently finishing the second year of his bachelors in psychology, at the Western Sydney University, with the goal of becoming a child psychologist. Clement is passionate about seeing kids grow, learn and have fun. He has worked and volunteered with kids for the past eight years and loves every bit…

Hannah Freedman-Smith

Senior Therapist

Hannah joined The Learning Clinic in 2016. She has a degree in music and is currently working towards her Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Hannah has been passionate about working with children for many years, having taught instrumental music in schools in Sydney and Canberra.Hannah is excited to be working at TLC and loves to see kids learn and have…

Subahari Ravindran

Therapist

Subahari joined The Learning Clinic in 2016. She has a degree in Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Occupational therapy. Subahari has also spent 5 years teaching her community language to children on a weekly basis and enjoys working with children and helping them achieve their goals.

Emma Finn

Senior Therapist

Emma has completed her Bachelor Degree in Counselling from Bond University, Queensland. She has joined the team at TLC because she is passionate about assisting individuals and their families to achieve their goals through fun and effective ABA practices. She believes in the importance of early intervention to help strengthen the family unit and assist…

Aileen Chen

Therapist

Aileen joined TLC in 2016. She is currently finishing off the third year of her psychology degree at the University of New South Wales. Aileen has previously volunteered as a research assistant at Centre for Parent-Child Studies whilst on exchange at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. She is passionate about developmental psychology and seeks…

Cynthia Calaitzopoulos

Therapist

Cynthia joined TeamTLC in 2016 and is completing her undergraduate degree of a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Child and Community at Western Sydney University. Her career with children has stemmed from her passion and love for being a role model and a friend to these kids. She believes that no matter the age,…

Eunjee Hong

Therapist

Eunjee joined TLC in 2016 and has completed her bachelor degree in psychology at the University of Sydney. She has experience with teaching primary school children and loves to see her children learn and grow. She joined the TLC team as she is passionate about developmental psychology and helping children and their families through early…

Shally Zhou

Therapist

Shally joined TLC in 2016 and is currently completing her Bachelor of Advanced Science – Psychology at the University of New South Wales. She has experience teaching English to children in Japan whilst on exchange in Tokyo. Through this she discovered the joys of working with children and seeing them grow. She believes that every…

Joshua Cox

Therapist

Josh joined TLC in 2017 after completing his certificate in education support. Prior to this he has had a variety of experience working with children including working as a teachers’ aide for children with various challenging behaviors, 1:1 work with children with ASD in various school environments and with very unwell children who have been delayed in…