Anita

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My approach to counselling is relationship focused. The style of counselling is taylored to the needs of each individual person, with particular emphasis on an approach called Acceptance and Committment Therapy (pronounced "act"). The goal of ACT is to help people live rich and meaningful lives while dealing with the inevitable pain and stress that life brings. I have found ACT to be very effective in treating depression, anxiety, and long-standing emotional difficulties. Acceptance and Committment Therapy is a relatively new form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which integrates mindfulness components. Mindfulness is an state of mental alertness which allows you to engage fully in what you are doing in any moment, to reduce the impact of difficult thoughts and feelings. There are some wonderful hand-outs available on the ACT website which I sometimes use during the counselling sessions.

In addition to ACT, I am also trained in CBT, brief solution focused therapy, dialective behaviour therapy, critical incident debriefing, motivational interviewing, nature guided therapy and existential therapy.

Often clients are nervous about seeing a Psychologist for the first time. It is important to me that people feel understood, validated and comfortable in sessions. For most people, the experience is reassuring, and can certainly lead to enhanced emotional well-being.

 

Bronwyn

 bronwyn-300high-2I have completed my Bachelor of Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).   After this, I completed my two year internship program (thus 6 years in total).

I worked in the employment services industry for 10 years, before moving into private practice.

In the employment services industry, for many of those years I worked for a community services organisation as their North Brisbane Psychologist. This work involved me working with a wide range of clients with different presenting issues including: Mental health, Drug and alcohol issues, Grief and loss, trauma, Homelessness, financial difficulties, family and relationship stress, clients at risk of suicide, and vocational issues (such as uncertainty about vocational direction and vocational goals).

Since then, I have moved into private practice working as a psychologist with clients of various ages (including children) again with a various range of presenting issues. I have also worked with VVCS (Veteran Affairs Counselling Service), ATAPS (Brisbane Minds), Workcover, CTP (Compulsary Third Party Insurance Claims) and Medicare referrals. I use a range of treatment options including CBT and ACT. I believe the most importance aspect of counselling is ensuring the client feels comfortable to discuss their concerns in a supportive environment, where they will be listened to and heard.

 

Sharon

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Sharon has practiced as a counselling psychologist in the areas of trauma and children and families with complex needs, women’s health, mood and anxiety disorders, domestic violence, and sexual abuse and assault. She has substantial experience in providing Employee Assistance and supervision as well as developing and delivering training.

Sharon has managed a range of community programs in Queensland and spent two years managing a number of clinical and family programs in Victoria.

Sharon has been involved in the development of models of practice aimed at best addressing the needs of individuals and enhancing their abilities and coping skills. Sharon has a strong practice and research background and a commitment to combining research and practice with a focus on articulated models of practice and measurable outcomes.

 

Jessica

 

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 I completed my four year Psychology degree in 2007 and completed a further two years of supervised practice to become a fully registered psychologist. Since this time I have worked with both individuals and groups in primarily private practice and occupational rehabilitation settings.

I enjoy supporting people with an individualised and relationship-focused approach, collaborating together to discover ‘what works’ for each person. My preference is to tailor a treatment program to the individual, utilising a range of therapy modes and techniques including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.

I have experience working with many different issues including anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, unresolved grief, drug and alcohol, assertiveness training, communication skills, chronic illness, conflict resolution, internet gaming addiction, adjustment difficulties, pain management, work stress, vocational direction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to name but a few.

It is important to me that people feel our sessions provide them a safe, positive and non-judgemental environment to explore issues and achieve positive change and growth.