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Dream opening a family affair

CLINCIAL psychologist Cassie Xintavelonis is delighted to finally open the doors of her own private child psychology practice, something she has dreamed of after 20 years of working in the field.

Cassie’s Place is a centre for children and adolescent services and is designed for multi-disciplinary practice, with other services coming into the space when required.

Opening the centre has been a family affair, with Cassie’s father, a retired carpenter, heading up the fit out and renovations.

Her husband, actor John X, was part-time receptionist in the early days while the couple juggled caring for a new baby.

Ms Xintavelonis said opening her own facility was the natural next step in her career and something she had always dreamed of doing.

“Having my own space has provided me with the opportunity to provide services I am most passionate about,” she said.

“The benefit of having a space like this is I have been able to bring other like-minded allied health professionals into the space to compliment my services.

“Centres of this kind are important for Tasmania and, as well as providing employment opportunities and supervision of new graduates, Cassie’s Place strives to be a centre of excellence, providing effective and evidence-based intervention for young people and their families.”

Cassie’s Place is a registered NDIS Service Provider and specialises in therapeutic services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Clinicians at the centre work with a range of young people with other mental health conditions including anxiety and depression, eating disorders and behavioural issues.

Caption: From left, Kate Stephens, Georgina Taskunas, Paige Edmunds, Cassie Xintavelonis, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, Alexandra Haddad and Emily Chalmers at the opening of Cassie’s Place.