Young Family

Services for Children, Adolescents, Parents and Families.


Thank you for visiting the website of Dr Eliza Ahmed, an Educational and Developmental Psychologist based in Canberra.

Eliza’s Mission is to actively contribute to the community by empowering children and families to reach their maximum potential in terms of social, emotional and behavioural functioning. She is passionate about providing early intervention services to young children and she believes it is important to intervene early in the life of an issue before small issues become large ones.

Eliza’s strengths are working with children and families in the assessment and diagnosis of developmental delays, learning disorders, attention and behavioural difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder, conducting and reporting on cognitive, learning, behaviour and adaptive assessments. Eliza prides herself on the establishment of best-practice, evidenced-based assessments and treatment approaches in her practice.

Therapeutically, Eliza is particularly experienced in supporting clients to manage a range of difficulties including separation anxiety, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, OCD, and challenging behaviour. Parental support is a valued part of her work.

Eliza is also skilled in various evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused approaches, and programs such as Cool Kids, Secret Agent Society, and Tuning into Kids. She has additional qualifications in art therapy, sand / play therapy, relaxation and breathing, and has a special interest in the areas of attachment and complex childhood trauma.

Eliza undertakes regular Professional Development to ensure that the services provided at the practice are up-to-date with the latest evidence-based practices in the field. She places a high value on conducting therapy in a way that is flexible and relevant to the unique needs of children.


Eliza is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia/Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (CEDP). Eliza is a registered Medicare Provider and is listed on the Autism and PDD Identified Practitioners list by the Australian Psychology Society 


She is recognised provider with most private health funds.Eliza is also a registered provider under NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).  If you are self-managed under the Scheme, you can make an appointment and pay privately using your funding. If you are not self-managed, you can make an appointment and we organise payment.

As an Authorised Exception provider for Victim Support ACT, Eliza provides children and their families with the therapeutic support required to heal from their traumatic experiences and achieve optimal development. Eliza uses a variety of creative and expressive therapies to address the symptoms of trauma, grief, and loss. These include sand tray, drawing therapy, play therapy, relaxation, narrative therapy techniques, expressive writing, and mindfulness approaches, trauma focused cognitive behaviour therapy, and EMDR.

Eliza earned her Ph.D. degree in Psychology from Australian National University in 2000. Her research focuses on improving socio-emotional and behavioural outcomes for children, particularly how they can be influenced by family and school dynamics. Eliza has published academic papers in national and international journals, and has presented her research in both Australia and internationally. For details visit her ANU site here.

Eliza is married and has three beautiful adult children. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr Eliza Ahmed



All information and records regarding you / child are kept strictly confidential. We will not release any information about you / child to anyone except with your authority. There are some exceptions to this, which will be discussed in your initial session.

If you attend sessions with a referral, we need to provide regular reports of your progress to your referrer.

If there are particular issues that come up in your therapy that you do not wish to have written about, please indicate this as soon as you can.