Dr Sam Simpson
BA Hons (Psychology), Master of Clinical Psychology (Unimelb)
Psychologist & Clinical Psychology registrar
Sam is a psychologist who works therapeutically with primary-school age children (i.e. 5-12 years) who have neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism spectrum disorders. She provides individualised therapies to neurodiverse children and their families. Sam uses an evidence-based approach which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness techniques. Sam is particularly interested in autism spectrum conditions, learning difficulties, and psychological issues occurring within these populations such as anxiety and phobias.
Sam is also a skilled assessor and experienced in conducting standardised assessments, including cognitive assessments (IQ tests), educational/learning assessments, and autism assessments. Sam and Sarah work together at the clinic to conduct multidisciplinary assessments of neurodevelopmental conditions in children and adolescents. Sam has completed a PhD on a culturally adapted developmental screening tool for Aboriginal children living in remote areas of Australia. As part of her research, she lived and worked in several remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and provided training to health practitioners and educators. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and published journal articles in the area of child development.
Prior to working as a psychologist, Sam worked in various roles with children and adults with disabilities. Sam has worked with Deaf and hearing-impaired children and families and knows basic sign language (NZSL and Auslan).
Sam provides neurodiverse children with:
Counselling around emotional issues
Teaching of emotional regulation skills
Treatment for anxiety, stress and phobias
Social skills and communication skills training
Cognitive and educational assessments
Sam consults from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Seedlings Clinic. To enquire about current availability or explore whether Sam can offer assistance, please call on 9132 9831 or email us at