An Interview with… Dr. Kate Jacobs

At Kids Like Us we deeply value our community – the staff that work for us, our volunteers, our KLU family, and also the friends we’ve made across the years. No matter where these friends come from – government, Lions and Rotary Clubs or other organisations, we’re truly grateful for the friendship they offer, and for the incredible work they do.

One of our most treasured friends is Dr. Kate Jacobs of Raise the Bar Psychology. Kate is a long-time friend of ours, and we’re always happy to see her!

Kate is an incredibly busy person with lots to do, so we’re very grateful to her for taking the time to talk to us for our latest KLU Q&A…

 

Q: Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Kate: I’m an Educational and Developmental Psychologist with a practice called Raise the Bar Psychology. The clinic is in Moorabbin, though we also provide services in Collingwood. The focus at Raise the Bar Psychology is on learning assessments and interventions for students experiencing learning difficulties. I also lecture in educational psychology at Monash University and I have a nearly 2 year-old named Abbey.

Q: What inspired you to go into Psychology?

Kate: I see psychology as being fundamentally about helping people to understand themselves. I think this is incredibly important as self-understanding is the first step towards self-acceptance. Human beings are wonderfully complex and unique, and we need to celebrate and embrace people’s uniqueness rather than try and squeeze them into predetermined categories or boxes.

Q: How did you get to know Kids Like Us?

Kate: A mutual colleague suggested we get in touch with each other, so about 2 years ago I went down and had a chat with Catherine and Anne. It was very clear right from the start that we shared a passion for supporting students with their learning and that our services very much aligned and complimented each other in a number of ways. I feel like I have been working with KLU for far longer than 2 years. I see KLU as a very dear old friend.

Q: What do you do in your down-time?

Kate: I like spending time with family and friends, either playing with the kids or having a nice meal.

Q: Can you describe yourself in one word?

Kate: Inquisitive.

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Kate: Hermione from Harry Potter. I can be a little bit of a know-it-all!

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Kate: In Primary School for the longest time I only ever wanted to read Enid Blyton books. Harry Potter was first released just as I was finishing school, and I have read the whole series countless times.

Q: Finally, what’s been the best thing so far for you about 2017?

Kate: Raise the Bar Psychology has continued to grow since we opened the new clinic location in Moorabbin just over a year ago and the team has expanded over this time to five psychologists. I am very privileged to be able to work so closely with people who are as passionate as I am about supporting students and families with learning.

 

If you’d like to know more about Kate and Raise the Bar Psychology, you can visit their website at http://www.raisethebarpsychology.com.au. Thanks again for everything, Kate!

Alex Ashcroft

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