Meet: Michelle Payne

Meet Michelle, Irabina’s Family Counsellor

(BPsychSc, M.Couns)
Michelle is a strong advocate for autism awareness and inclusion, with a distinct passion for parental & caregiver support.

After her experience of raising two boys with ASD, Michelle decided to change direction in her career. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Master of Counselling with the intent to support parents & caregivers of children with autism of which she saw a community need for.

In 2020 Michelle started working in the Specialist Services branch at Irabina, supporting parents of children in the Severe Behaviour Day Treatment Program and Feeding Programs. Michelle is now spreading her scope by offering counselling services with a specific focus on the impact that autism has on individuals, couples and within a family.

Michelle's Services

Parent/Carer Education & Support Group

This 8-week program provides access to educational workshops and a safe space where parents and carers can learn share and grow together.


Family Counselling

Our family counselling program aims to educate and support parents in managing stress, frustration, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.


Archie’s Club

Designed to be fun and engaging, our sibling support program provides opportunities for open discussions about the good and the challenging.


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