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 Avery is an endorsed Mental Health Occupational Therapist who has experienced in both public and private health. Jayde completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle and has since worked in both paediatrics and mental health.

Jayde delivers clinical skill in psychological Occupational Therapy, including community access, functional assessment, cognitive behaviour therapy, graded exposure, coping strategies, activity scheduling and skills training. She has a special interest in working with adults who experience complex co-morbid mental health issues. Jayde also has keen interest working in forensic mental health. Jayde is able to provide assessment and interventions in clinic or community contexts in Newcastle and Central Coast as indicated for each individual’s needs. Jayde has experience liaising with the NDIS and can assist with NDIS applications.


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.


Christina Buda | Occupational Therapist | BAppSC (Occ Therpay)
Christina has completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University. she is currently part of the team responsible for the co-ordination of the daily group program at Mind Plasticity.

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


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.