Vanessa Kay
“Self-awareness is the agent for change” At InnerWise we reduce parenting stress by bringing more awareness and understanding to your child’s unique sensory and motor needs, and through the program build their understanding and capacity to not only recognize their own states but the ability to choose the appropriate tool/strategy to support them, in a fun and safe way.

About Vanessa

Vanessa Kay is a dedicated Self-regulation Consultant based in Perth, Western Australia, living with her two sons and dog Jessie. With a wealth of experience working with young people and families, Vanessa has served as a teacher, behaviour and early intervention support specialist, school counsellor, and youth counsellor and has operated her private practice.

Passionate about building young people’s capacity to self-regulate, Vanessa believes in a collaborative, integrative, holistic, and science-based model of health. She works closely with caregivers and other professionals to share knowledge and understanding of self-regulation. Vanessa was honoured to have the opportunity to introduce Dr Stuart Shanker, Canada’s leading expert in the psychophysiological theory of self-regulation, for the “Hello Self-Reg: Australia and New Zealand” webinar series.  

Other Qualifications
Professional Development
  • Master of Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate Early Childhood Studies
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Post Grad Certification. Shanker Self-Reg®. Foundations and Facilitators.
  • Registered Circle of Security Parenting (COSP). Facilitation.
  • Alert Program ® for Self-Regulation. Certification.
  • Alert Program® Facilitation. Certification.
  • Certification in Professional Kinesiology.
  • Extensive knowledge of mindfulness practices.
  • PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of WA)
  • TRBWA (Teachers Registration Board of WA)
  • WWC (Working with Children)

At Innerwise we are committed to ongoing professional development to best meet our clients’ needs.

  • 2023
    • ALERT Program® for Self-Regulation – TherapyWorks Int. (March)
    • Yoga and the Traumatised Body – PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) (April)
  • 2022
    • Protective Behaviours Workshop – Parkerville Children and Youth Care. (Albany, November)
    • ALERT Program® Facilitation Course – TherapyWorks Int. (September)
    • Circle of Security International Parenting Facilitator Course (July/August)
  • 2021
    • Child and Youth Mental Health – PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) (February)
  • 2020
    • Facilitators Course: Shanker Self-Reg®
    • Working with the Intelligence of the Body to Strengthen the Gut-Brain Connection. PACFA.Online. EFT & TFT Practitioner Certificate. Udemy. Online.
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), CBT for Children and Adolescents. CBT Australia. Online.
    • Foundations Course: Shanker Self-Reg® The Five Domains of Self-Reg. The Merit Centre. Online. The Bio Domain – Body-Brain Connection, Stress, Self-Reg. The Merit Centre. Online.
  • 2019
    • GateKeeper Suicide Prevention Workshop – Department of Education. Denmark.
    • Mightier Certification for Professionals. Bio-responsive technology to build automaticity and self-regulation in kids.
    • Keeping Child Mental Health in Mind across Service Delivery in Albany. Emerging Minds.
    • Keyworker: Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Skills training for mental health clinicians Workshop 1: The Heart and Healing world of Child-Centred Play Therapy.
    • Child Mental Health eLearning course. Emerging Minds.
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid. Great Southern Grammar.
    • Expressive Therapies. Youth Focus
    • Red Dust Healing Workshop. Palmerston, Albany.