About Us

Our Story

Zeal & Co Consulting is committed to delivery of services and supports that make a genuine and meaningful difference to those we work with.

 

We are a multi-disciplinary team, experienced at working with adolescents and adults whose ability to live their best life has been impacted by mental health difficulties, brain injury, developmental or neurological disability or experience of adversity. 

Our work is underpinned by an unwavering belief in the potential for positive change and growth for all individuals and their support systems. We believe in the power of effective collaboration and pride our work with individuals and teams, navigating steps, big and small, on pathways of exploration, growth and recovery.

In 2017 we moved into our new office space in Bondi Junction. The team continued to grow, built on a mission to establish a company that not only provides reputable services to others but also promotes a supportive work environment that encourages all employees’ professional growth and wellness.

Meet Our Team

Lisa Battersby

Director

Lisa is an occupational therapist and mental health clinician with over sixteen years experience working with people whose ability to do the things they want and need to be able to do is impacted by difficulties with their thinking, behaviour and mental health.

Lisa has unwavering belief in the potential for all people to progress towards a more satisfying and meaningful life – a belief that has been tried and tested time and again with individuals considered “too complex”, “too institutionalised” and “beyond help”.

Lisa has a strong commitment to learning and development for herself as well as building the capacity of those working with individuals with complex support needs. She continues to enjoy roles of clinical supervision, training and education for both individuals and teams.

Career Snapshot

Lisa graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 with a Bachelor Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and started her career working with people with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Lisa moved to the United Kingdom in 2004 completing a number of locum positions in neurological rehabilitation before accepting a role in a medium security psychiatric hospital where she worked until her return to Australia.

Between 2009-2013 Lisa held senior clinical roles at Justice Health, working with individuals with a history of severe mental illness and problem behaviours.

She completed a post Graduate Certificate (Health & Social Care) at Salford University in Manchester, United Kingdom in 2008 and a Masters in Forensic Mental Health at University of NSW in 2012. Since commencing private practice in 2013 Lisa has continued to work predominantly with people whose life participation has been interrupted by mental health conditions along with any number of other factors affecting the body and mind.

Professional associations

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Current Registration: OCC0001727961
  • Australian Association of Occupational Therapists, Full Member
  • Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Current Member
  • Indigenous Allied Health Association (Associate Member)

You can find out more about Lisa on LinkedIn

Linda Hoare

Occupational Therapist

Linda’s a registered occupational therapist with over 8 years of clinical experience in general mental health and forensic mental health. This has included helping clients identify barriers to their occupational wellbeing and collaboratively developing strategies that assist them to overcome challenges in areas such as: independent living skills, self-care, health and fitness, and community participation.

Linda has a genuine enthusiasm and zeal for developing innovative and creative solutions to care needs and supporting people to live their best quality of life. Her passions lie in social inclusion, occupational justice, early intervention, trauma informed care, and working with marginalized populations.

Career Snapshot

Linda graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2009 and followed her passion for mental health by starting her career in an acute psychiatric facility. She soon specialized in forensic mental health working with people with criminal offending backgrounds. Linda’s experience working in high secure settings have lead her to be resourceful and innovative. She has experience delivering individual and group interventions as well as providing staff orientation and training programs (such as clinical risk assessment and management for violence). Her skills include cognitive assessment, sensory profiling, activity scheduling, functional skill development, falls prevention and management, and specialized report writing.

After working in public health for many years, including brief period acting in a health management position as a Rehabilitation Coordinator for a high secure forensic hospital, Linda joined the Zeal & Co Consulting team in 2017 bringing with her a creative, strengths based and client centered approach to the services she offers.

Linda is registered with The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and holds memberships with Occupational Therapy Australia.

Linda was a co-winner of 2016 NSW Health Award for ‘Enhancing Patients’ Experience through the Arts’ for the implementation of a Rhythm and Rhymes Adult Program (RRAP) in a high secure forensic hospital.

She’s a co-author of the research article ‘Occupation-Focused Practice in Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health: Using a practice-based enquiry approach’ published in 2015 and she continues to be part of a practice scholar group promoting practice based enquiry approaches.

You can find out more about Linda on LinkedIn

Dewi Shah

Forensic Psychologist

Dewi is a forensic psychologist with over 8 years of combined clinical experience working as a psychologist and applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist.

As a psychologist she has worked primarily in the forensic disability area, working with adults with complex support needs including disability, mental health issues, behaviours of concern and contact with the criminal justice system. The majority of people she has worked with present with behaviours of concern that have hindered their ability to achieve their goals and engage safely with carers and members of the community.

Dewi believes in taking a holistic approach to supporting people to achieve their goals and participate safely in meaningful activities and their communities. She has a particular passion for working closely with support systems to maximise the opportunity for long-term and sustainable change. Dewi joined the Zeal and Co Consulting team in June 2018, where she brings enthusiasm, optimism and warmth to her work with people and their support systems.

Career Snapshot

Dewi graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Psychology and Physiology. During and after her undergraduate degree she worked as an applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist.

In 2013 she completed the Master of Psychology (Forensic) at the University of New South Wales, and soon after obtained her general registration as a psychologist with AHPRA. In 2016 she completed the AHPRA Psychology Registrar Program to become a forensically endorsed psychologist.

Dewi has worked in a range of roles in both the community, custodial and secure inpatient settings. Her roles have focused on capacity building of families, carers or staff who support people with a disability, complex needs, multiple diagnoses, behaviours of concern and offending behaviours. She is experienced in the provision of psychological assessment and intervention for people with a mental illness or intellectual disability and a history of contact with the criminal justice system.

Her assessment skills include the assessment of risk, cognitive function, personality and behaviour functional analysis. She takes a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach with her interventions, with additional interests in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She has a particular clinical interest in moderate-mild intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, severe mental illness and mood disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. She has experience creating and delivering staff/carer training programs in topics such as Motivational Interviewing, Complex Trauma, and Challenging Behaviours. Dewi is committed to ensuring her practice is evidence-based and current through her ongoing professional development.

Professional associations

• Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Current Registration: PSY0001627647
• Australian Psychological Society, Member since 23/11/2016

Steve Zavilensky

Occupational Therapist   

Steve is an occupational therapist with a passion for helping others and assisting people to live more fulfilling lives. Steve brings his award winning personality, New Yorker accent and positive outlook everywhere he goes as he tries to brighten the day of all those around him. He is also a fluent Russian speaker.

Before joining Zeal and Co Consulting Steve spent time working in community mental health, rehabilitation and as a personal trainer. Steve has experience working with a variety of clients, and has helped create personalised programs to assist people to improve their day-to-day lives.

Career Snapshot  

In 2015 Steve graduated from Syracuse University in New York with a Bachelor’s degree in health science.  Steve then worked as a personal trainer assisting clients to become healthier and stronger. In 2016 Steve moved to Sydney to complete a Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Sydney. In 2018 Steve graduated and shortly after began working in a community mental health setting.

Following his experience in community mental health, Steve then spent some time working in an inpatient and day rehabilitation private hospital. Here Steve worked with inpatients and assisted in developing an OT day rehabilitation program.

Professional associations

– Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Current Registration: OCC0002170612

 

Wing Chi “Gigi” Leung 

Occupational Therapist  

Gigi graduated from the University of Sydney with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2019. She has clinical experience working with adults experiencing traumatic injuries and mental disorders, children with developmental delay and learning difficulties, their families and support systems. She is committed to helping individuals to identify their strengths, and enabling them to develop skills to support independent living and social participation through individual and group programs.

Gigi believes in the potential and capacity of all individuals to learn and grow. She is passionate to support people with complex needs to engage in their life roles, achieve their goals, connect to the community and make positive changes to their wellbeing. She is committed to continuous personal development as well as supporting families and carers to essential skills and knowledge development to people who provide support to their beloved ones.

Career Snapshot  

Prior to completing her occupational therapy training Gigi had a background working in a management role in manufacturing and production where she excelled in organisation, problem solving and consultation with multiple stakeholders to achieve outcomes. She is also a fluent Cantonese and Mandarin speaker and continues to work as a volunteer professional visitor supporting people from non-English speaking backgrounds in residential facilities.

Gigi currently holds registration with The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and membership with Occupational Therapy Australia.

 

Loren Weber

Art Therapist  

Loren is a registered Art Therapist with over three years clinical experience in the mental health and disability sectors. She has a passion for the power of art to transcend cultural, social and communication barriers and has experience working with a variety of creative mediums. Loren believes in working with individuals within a person-centred framework to identify what is most meaningful to them and working towards pursuing opportunities to achieve personal happiness.

Loren has experience working with individuals with complex needs including major mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual and learning difficulties. She has experience in delivering programs in a variety of contexts, including day programs, therapeutic communities, hospital settings, community groups and focused open studio groups.

Loren holds a Masters of Art Therapy, Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling and a Bachelor of Arts(Humanities; Social Psychology, Fine Art) from Western Sydney University and a Masters Media and Production (Film) from University of Technology, Sydney. 

Over the past three years Loren has worked developing and implementing group and individual programs within a special needs day programs for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, mental illness and behaviours of concern; tailoring programs to individual and group needs and providing opportunity for development of social skills, exploring identity, increasing self-esteem, anxiety reduction and relaxation. She has also enjoyed working in a therapeutic community with clients recovering from addictions, and supporting them to address associated issues such as grief and loss, family breakdowns and trauma. 

 She holds a current registration as Professional Member of ANZACATA. 

Florence Gray-Weale 

Psychologist  

 Profile coming soon!

 

Stephanie Iturria

Administration Officer 

 Profile coming soon!