Occupational Therapists

Ms CuttenMs Heather Cutten | Mental Health Occupational Therapist | BAppSc (Occ Therapy)
Heather Cutten is a Clinical Director at Mind Plasticity and our Principal Occupational Therapist. She is an endorsed Mental Health Occupational Therapist who has worked in and around Sydney in public and private health since 2003. Heather has professional affiliations with Brain and Mind Centre at Sydney University, headspace, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Heather delivers clinical skill in physical and psychological Occupational Therapy, including community access, environmental modification, equipment prescription, functional assessment, cognitive behaviour therapy, and solution focused brief therapy. She has a special interest in working with young people and adults who experience complex co-morbid mental health and medical problems. Heather is able to provide assessment and interventions in clinic or community contexts in Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle, as indicated for each individual’s needs. In addition to her work at Mind Plasticity, Heather tutors in psychological strategies for Masters of Occupational Therapy students at the University of Sydney and has guest lectured at the University of Western Sydney.

Ms Jayde Avery | Occupational Therapist | BAppSc (Occ Therapy)
Jayde is a qualified Occupational Therapist who is responsible for co-ordinating the Mind Plasticity group program. Each week day she runs skill building sessions for small groups of young people across both our clinics. Jayde also offers clinic and community based Occupational Therapy for individuals.

Mr Lachlan BestMr Lachlan Best | Mental Health Occupational Therapist | BAppSc (Occ Therapy)
Lachlan is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in public health across a range of settings and locations, with a particular focus on mental health and employment. Lachlan has assisted in the establishment of evidence-based practices and partnerships across NSW, working alongside clinical and employment services to integrate care for people with mental difficulties who have goals to gain open, competitive employment.

Lachlan is a guest lecturer for Southern Cross University teaching the Mental Health and Productivity Unit since 2011 and has taught the Mental Health unit for the Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney. Lachlan has extensive experience in clinical rehabilitation settings working with people who have chronic mental illness, providing clinical interventions for people wishing to explore and improve their participation in education and employment.

Lara Murray | BA Public Health | MAppSc (occ therapy)
Lara has completed an undergraduate degree in Public Health and completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Sydney. She is currently responsible for the co-ordination of the group programs run through Mind Plasticity.

Lara has a background in community services, working with children and adults of varying abilities. Through this work she has developed a strong passion in advocating for adolescents and adults experiencing mental illness.

Celia Sizzi | Occupational Therapist
Celia has completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney. She is currently part of the team responsible for the co-ordination of the daily group program at Mind Plasticity.

Celia also offers community and clinic based Occupational Therapy services with individuals. Celia found her passion working as an Occupational Therapist in mental health through working as a support worker and allied health assistant in the community.