About Us

VISION AS A TEAM

Our vision is to deliver evidence based and individualised programs, tailored to meet every need. Sydney Therapy & Co work collaboratively with parents and teaching professionals to ultimately see your child succeed in therapy as well as in the classroom.

Why a Speech Pathologist?
As speech language pathologists, we work on helping children and young people to:

use clear speech sounds
follow directions and concepts to understand others in every day environments
use vocabulary that is appropriate for their age to express themselves in thoughts and feelings
manage their social thinking skills for better social interaction with peers and in their community
use a family based stuttering therapy to manage fluency
improve their literacy skills for reading, writing and spelling
improve their skills in written expression for sentences, stories, and expression at all ages of school
access learning in their environments by working closely with schools and other educators
 build life skills in planning, organisation, time management, monitoring, self control and working memory.

The ability to communicate effectively is often taken for granted but is essential in all aspects of everyday life.

The specialists in Speech, Language, Literacy & Life Skills

MEET THE TEAM

Vanessa Leaver

Founder, Owner, Principal Therapist
Speech Pathologist Certified member of Speech Pathology Australia + medicare provider.

Vanessa founded the Lane Cove location in July 2014. Prior to this, she has worked cross culturally over the last 10 years as a Speech Pathologist in Auckland, Tokyo and Sydney. Initially employed with the Ministry of Education in Auckland, the role included working with culturally diverse needs across a variety of speech and language disorders. In 2011, Vanessa started a private practice in Tokyo, Japan, working with expat schools, teachers and families on speech, literacy, and adolescent language difficulties.

Vanessa’s professional experience includes the depth and breadth of working with speech disorders, stuttering, delayed language, coupled with coaching skills in organisation, planning, time management and self-monitoring. She has a professional interest in literacy and sound therapy for reading, spelling and writing. ​ Vanessa is actively involved with Speech Pathology Australia, the national body for the profession, volunteering as North/ North West NSW Private Practice Leader. She enjoys blogs and networking with like-minded professionals. Outside running a business and clients she enjoys running, flower art, inspirational books, design and spending time with people.

Rosy Lloyd

Certified member of Speech Pathology Australia and a medicare provider.
Speech Pathologist – Adolescent focus.

Rosy studied at the University of Birmingham, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies with honours. After arriving in Sydney in 2004 Rosy worked as a graphic designer before completing a Masters of Speech Language Pathology at the University of Sydney. ​ Rosy has worked in paediatric private practice assessing and treating children with a range of difficulties including speech disorders, language delays/ impairments, social skill difficulties, fluency and literacy difficulties and is trained in the Spalding Method.

Alongside private practice work, Rosy also works as a Witness Intermediary in the Sydney Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot that commenced in March 2016. This position involves assessing the child victim’s communication needs and informing police and the court on the best ways to communicate with the child giving evidence. Rosy is passionate about incorporating creative ideas into therapy: using drawing, art and play to make therapy both fun and relevant to children and adolescents. When she is not working with other peoples children she spends that time with her own three children, creating, reading and managing life!

Rachel Curran

Speech Pathologist -Certified member of SPA and medicare provider

Rachel undertook the Master of Speech and Language Pathology and Graduate Diploma of Speech and Communication at Macquarie University. Rachel has been interested in language, with her Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Linguistics as well as spending 6 years teaching English as a Second Language.

Rachel is passionate about assisting children and adolescents who have speech or language difficulties. As a mother of two she understands the challenges and variables that can impact a child’s speech and language acquisition. Rachel strives to ensure therapy sessions are tailored to each child’s individual needs and interests yet also incorporate strategies found effective in evidence-based studies. Rachel’s former work in television production means she is motivated to run engaging, creative and fun sessions.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys tennis, cooking with her children, live music and dining out with friends.

Olivia Clark 

Speech Pathologist  – Certified member of SPA and medicare provider

Olivia completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. Prior to this, she spent 5 years teaching English as a Second Language to students within Australia and internationally. Olivia has worked in paediatric not for profit organisations assessing and treating children with a variety of communication difficulties.

These include; language delay, speech delay, social skill difficulties, stuttering and literacy. Olivia has worked with children with disabilities and is passionate about educating others to better understand children with disabilities. Olivia has worked with high school students, developing literacy programs and oral language groups at high schools.

Olivia enjoys working with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and speaks Spanish and French.

Olivia is trained in “Hanen It Takes Two to Talk” and enjoys working with parents and educators.

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys dancing salsa and Zumba, cooking at home and walking her dog.