Nikola Sterling is a registered psychologist and counselling psychology registrar. Nikola is an open-minded LGBTIQA+ friendly, neurodivergent-affirming psychologist who values diversity, individuality, radical compassion, and endless learning.
Nikola works with older teenagers and adult clients.
Nikola works from our Red Hill practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
I have a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Queensland.
I come from a background of working with young people in various community and educational services in Australia and the U.K. As a psychologist, I have gained experience working in rural and regional areas in Queensland and Melbourne with clients of all ages.
Outside of my working life, I am a lover of music, nature and running. I appreciate learning about strengths, interests and passions and believe they are important to helping us live our lives with purpose and meaning.
I am focused on developing a warm and collaborative therapeutic space. I believe in being flexible in our sessions and responding to your needs. I appreciate feedback during our work together to inform and support how we move forwards in therapy. I believe it is really important to have a good connection and I am committed to providing a safe space for us to work together towards your goals.
I draw from a range of therapies including:
Tasneem Fataar has a Bachelor of Social Work for Griffith University and is currently working to complete Medicare Accreditation and become an accredited Mental Health Social Worker.
Taz works with toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, adults and older individuals.
Taz works Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings from Morningside.
After obtaining my Bachelor of Social Work, I went on to explore social work practice opportunities in different settings. I have previously been a community development worker within a Refugee and Asylum seeker community hub, homelessness support worker, mental health intake officer, mental health counsellor, child protection officer, group psycho-education facilitator and principal wellbeing advisor. I enjoy working with people from all different walks of life, across all ages and cultures. I place high importance on attending varying needs in all domains to ensure a holistic and individualised approach is used to improve quality of life.
I enjoy being able to understand and connect with the experiences, emotions and challenges of my clients. I believe in assessing each clients' needs and working together to develop an personalised plan that will work best for them as an individual, while being able to adapt and adjust treatment plans and my approach as needed. I am passionate about creating a safe and supportive space for clients to share their experiences and providing support that is non-judgemental and non-stigmatising.
I employ evidence-based therapeutic modalities in counselling and use Focused Psychological Strategies such as:
Leigh Hale is a registered Psychologist with a special interest in perinatal and infant mental health, from pre-conception into parenthood including birth trauma and parent-child attachment issues. She is also passionate about using art and expressive therapies as a framework for creative self-expression and healing.
Leigh works with adults, children, infants and perinatal clients.
Leigh is available at Morningside on Tuesdays and Red Hill on Fridays.
I am a proud mother of two amazing young people, who both inspire and challenge me every day and it is this ongoing journey through motherhood that has fuelled my passion for supporting new parents. Through my own experiences, I have found art to be a powerful tool for self-expression and exploration and love using it as part of my practice to create an extension of self.
I have a history of supporting clients of all ages experiencing general mental health concerns including mood disorders (depression and anxiety), stress, interpersonal challenges, grief and loss and adjustment to change and life events. I have professional experience working in community, government and private practice settings, initially working as a youth worker and woman’s health advocate before becoming a Psychologist. I also have several years’
experience working with ex-military veterans, which has given me a greater appreciation for the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
My aim is to be a gracious practitioner, adopting an integrated and collaborative approach to therapy in the spirit of ubuntu- the belief of a universal bond of sharing connecting all humanity.
I am client-centred, creating a safe and non-judgemental environment that encourages self- exploration, understanding and acceptance. I draw upon a variety of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), alongside other creative, solution and strength-based approaches, to help people harness their own individual strengths and resources.
Courtney Wilton is a registered Psychologist with additional accreditation (Masters) in Educational and Developmental Psychology. She works for our service primarily seeing clients in the perinatal space, as well as adults and teens.
Courtney works on Wednesday mornings from Red Hill.
I am a dedicated Psychologist with a profound commitment to the well-being of mothers and families. With a specialised focus on maternal mental health, including conception; fertility struggles; and postpartum issues, I bring compassion, expertise, and empathy to my practice. I am deeply passionate about helping mothers rediscover themselves amidst the challenges of raising children, fostering resilience and empowerment in my clients. In addition to my expertise in maternal mental health, I also address a range of related issues, including body image concerns, disordered eating, and fertility challenges.
Beyond my work with mothers, I also find fulfillment in working with
adolescents and young adults, supporting them through the journey of self-
discovery, identity formation, and personal growth. My nurturing and insightful
guidance empowers young individuals to overcome obstacles, cultivate self-esteem, and embrace their authentic selves.
My client-centred approach prioritises the unique needs and experiences of each individual, providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment for parents navigating the complexities of parenthood.
I also practice a holistic approach to therapy which considers the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical well-being, guiding clients towards holistic healing and self-discovery. I am passionate about self-growth and helping my clients achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
I use the approaches of CBT and ACT along with forms of narrative, expressive and solution focussed therapy to help my clients feel fulfilled throughout their therapy journey.
Kieran Eaton is a warm and empathic psychologist who sees adults and older adolescents. Kieran is a fantastic fit for young adults, and those who experience life challenges in addition to psychological distress.
Kieran is available on Mondays at Morningside and every Friday and alternating Tuesdays at our Red Hill practice.
As part of my psychology training and clinical experience, I have enjoyed being able to work with individuals from all walks of life. I have worked with Disability Employment Services and not-for-profit organisations. I have been lucky to be able to find person centred organisations, where values of respect, care and integrity are celebrated. I really enjoy listening and learning about the lives of the people I meet, and hearing that we all have our own tales of sorrow, loss, triumph and resilience.
When I’m not at work, I have to answer to some very bossy dogs, and I’m usually working on never-ending renovation projects.
My primary therapeutic framework is working from a Cognitive Behavioural lens. This means that we explore the interplay of thoughts and actions upon our emotional experiences. In my work, I emphasise being able to tailor my approach to each client, which means that I also draw skills from other perspectives such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. These approaches are powerful in helping you to enact important change in your life, to set and achieve goals, and achieve progress.
In our sessions together, I aim to provide you with an opportunity to feel supported and safe to enact positive change in your life.
Anastasia Ivleva is a Registered Psychologist and she works with adults, young adults, adolescents and couples. Aptly having found her calling with psychology, Anastasia is a warm and empathetic presence to have around.
She works on Wednesdays and Thursdays at our Red Hill location.
After exploring a corporate career for 10 years, I have finally arrived at psychology full of life experiences and travel insights. Since 2020, I have worked in private and public sectors, with focus on collaborating with innovative, values-driven organisations such as Pop Psychology. I am passionate about providing support to teenagers and young adults through turbulent times, while remaining an authentic and relatable professional.
I especially enjoy supporting neuro-diverse clients under NDIS self managed or plan managed funding and working with and providing relationship therapy to LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, and neurodiverse communities.
As a self- diagnosed nerd, I enjoy science fiction and fantasy, dabble in philosophy and politics, and often stay up late talking to friends over a glass of wine.
In my sessions we laugh, we cry, we create and explore. Drawing on my eclectic collection of lived experience and professional development, I seek to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, the LGBTQIA+ community and clients who experienced family difficulties growing up. My purpose is to help my clients live a life in line with their values, while strengthening their connections with friends, family and the wider community. My modalities include:
Ben Bushing is an experienced psychologist with over 20 years of practice across various settings. He returns to our practice again after having a few years working in public mental health.
You can catch Ben at our Red Hill location, offering late afternoon appointments on Mondays. He works with older teens and adults, and is a particularly great fit for those wanting a male perspective, and those with complex and longstanding mental health concerns.
Ben works on Tuesdays and Thursdays from our Red Hill practice.
My foray into psychology began with the need to get a “real job” alongside exploring my love of film. I studied psychology and then a Clinical Masters degree at Griffith University in the early 00s, and since then I have enjoyed working for mental health teams with acute and chronic psychiatric conditions. I have spent the last 12 years working within the intersection of homelessness and mental health. My days at POP! are a reprieve from the high intensity of this sector, but I really do enjoy working with complex presentations.
I take a casual and eclectic approach. Most of my caseload at POP! consists of older teens and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and life transitions, however my background experience also puts me in good stead with those clients who have complex trauma, personality conditions, a history of psychosis, substance use, and Bipolar disorder. I work systemically to problem solve outcomes for stabilising complex psychiatric conditions, and will use CBT/ACT for those with emotional conditions and adjustment. I enjoy having a yarn and will always also dispel solid information on where to get the best coffee in Brisbane.
Carly Hughes is passionate about developing therapeutic relationships that empower and encourage personal strength and growth. She is experienced working with children, adolescents and adults. An area of particular interest for Carly is supporting teens and their families to navigate these highly important but, at times challenging, years. Carly understands the importance of viewing challenges through the lens of the individual, no matter their age or neurotype. Carly works from a trauma- informed perspective and is trained in the use of the Three Phased Approach. An emerging interest for Carly is perinatal psychology and advocating toward a contemporary approach to parenting.
Carly works from Red Hill on Thursdays.
I obtained my degree in the UK before emigrating to Australia in 2009. I have previously worked in community mental health where I managed and supported a team of mental health workers and assisted people who experience long-term mental health difficulties, to increase their independence and quality of life.
I have two beautiful children who keep me on my toes, and who have sparked a passion in me to learn and practice positive parenting and to support others in their perinatal journey. In my spare time, I love to spend time with friends and family, to read and learn, and to travel.
I have a warm, friendly and compassionate approach and enjoy bringing my down-to-earth nature to each relationship. I believe it is important to engage young people and children in a fun and interactive manner, to ensure comfort and openness and to enhance therapeutic work. I believe in a holistic and individual approach to wellbeing and use an integrated therapeutic approach which often incorporates:
Marlies Rodriguez has worked with children and families for over 20 years. In her recent work as a school psychologist, Marlies has formed effective and meaningful connections with students due to her warm, playful, and engaging approach. She has a special interest in school related issues (including school refusal, anxiety, bullying), the toddler years and supporting families experiencing transitions and change. She is available to see adults, children, adolescents and families, as well as providing perinatal home visiting.
Marlies works on Fridays at our Red Hill location.
I have worked as a counsellor and psychologist with children, teenagers and families in an extensive range of settings including out of home care and adoption, primary and high schools and NGO mental health settings for over 20 years. I am passionate about collaborating with the whole family to understand the emotions and challenges each child or young person is facing and finding practical solutions to the challenges that life throws up. My passion for travel has meant I have enjoyed living and working in The Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom and I have worked extensively with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. I am a mother to two girls with whom I enjoy days at the beach and walks with a view.
As well as integrating a number of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, ACT, Narrative & Solution Focused into her sessions, I have have completed extensive additional specialist training in non-directive play and creative arts therapies. Using a fun, play-based approach makes most sense to children (and to me!) and means that therapy is fun and engaging. I support children and young people with emotional regulation, social skills, school or social concerns, bullying, anger management, grief, developing resilience, anxiety, managing worries, adjustments and depression. Marlies is registered as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Authority (AHPRA) and is an Associate Member of the Australia Psychological Society (APS).
Michelle Reynolds has a Master of Counselling degree from QUT. Michelle is working in the perinatal space with clients who are experiencing perinatal mental health issues, pregnancy loss, infertility and transition to parenthood challenges.
Michelle works with adults and perinatal clients.
Michelle works on Wednesday afternoon & evening and Thursdays at Morningside.
After obtaining my Master degree I began working for a not-for-profit service that supported pregnant people with unplanned pregnancies. This work sparked my passion for working in the perinatal space and I continue to enjoy supporting others through the joys and challenges of becoming a parent.
I have a 13 year old transgender son and we are on our own journey through this transition. I am a cat person (with three cats) and love to socialise with friends. Once a year I thoroughly enjoy the spectacle that is Eurovision.
I believe that every individual has the capability and resources to achieve the goals that they identify. My aim is to help people discover their strengths and create their preferred future.
I am a Solution Focused and Narrative Therapist, with a specific interest in the area of perinatal mental health. My passion is in supporting pregnant people and new parents through the ‘uncharted territory’ of becoming a family. I have supported clients with perinatal mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, and those grappling with the transition to parenthood.
Jo Butler is a registered psychologist who is completing her Health Psychology Registrar Program. She works with Adolescents, Adults and Perinatal clients.
Jo is working on Mondays through Thursdays at Morningside.
I obtained my Masters in Health Psychology in Adelaide and have recently moved back to Brisbane to be closer to family. I have worked with clients from a range of backgrounds, and enjoy working with mothers, young adults, LGBTQIA+ folks and neuro-divergent people. I have experience working with SA health, in rural schools, and at NGOs providing therapy in disadvantaged regions. I have seen the positive impact that psychology can have on someone's life and strive to work with you to achieve this in your own life.
In my spare time, I love to enjoy the company of my family and friends. I particularly enjoy spending time playing games, listening to podcasts and audiobooks and getting out in the nature.
I am passionate about helping my clients to achieve their goals and work in the intersection of physical and mental health. I have a down to earth approach to therapy and work to meet clients where they are, to achieve their goals. I believe that there is no one size fits all approach to therapy and enjoy the process of tailoring my approach to suit your individual journey.
I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. I love getting to learn and explore new areas alongside my clients. I work from a neurodiverse affirming perspective and my therapy room is a safe space regardless of gender or sexual identity. I can help with a variety of concerns, including anxiety and stress management, adjustment issues, perinatal clients, parenting challenges, chronic physical health concerns, medical trauma, neurodiversity and LGBTQIA+ clients.
Dr. Rachel Bushing is a Clinical Psychologist and she works with children, teenagers, and families. She is passionate about bringing out the good in people and she likes to bring fun and creativity into the therapy setting. Rach's special interest areas are in postnatal mental health, parent-child relationships, the demands of adolescence, unpicking the impacts of trauma, and infant and toddler emotional development.
Rach works at our Red Hill location on Tuesday morning and our Morningside location on Wednesday evenings and Thursdays.
I am a mum to 3 early-waking children, and being mum to them has been my greatest education! I have been a psychologist for 20 years and in that time I have worked in mental health and counselling services in Australia and the United Kingdom, across government, NGO and private practice settings.
My foundational psychology training (Bachelors, Honours, Masters) was with the University of Queensland. Since then I have been continuing to learn and grow, picking up several therapy approaches and a bunch of techniques along the way. My job is to make all that "book knowledge" fit with what you're experiencing. Most importantly, I want to find a way to make therapy individualised so that it works for you.
It is really important to me that you feel comfortable and at home in our space, and that is the atmosphere we try to create in our practice. As a Clinical Psychologist, I have additional training in the field of mental health diagnoses, and constructing individualised treatment plans based on wholistic needs. I can take whatever you throw at me!
I use the following evidence-based therapies:
Rhiannon is a Psychologist and works with families helping them to prepare for and adjust to the early years of parenthood. Rhiannon values a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, conceptualises parents’ experiences holistically and incorporates broad socio-cultural influences on your parenthood journey.
Rhiannon works at Red Hill on Saturdays.
Please contact Rhiannon directly on 0413 306 561.
Sherwynna is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest working with clients and their families in their journey to create a life worth living.
She is passionate about supporting the learning and reflective practices for fellow psychologists. Sherwynna supports our Senior Psychologist with learning and clinical skill development activities at Pop! Psychology, providing supervision and upskilling for our clinicians.
Please contact Sherwynna directly via her website: www.drsherwynnalee.com
Peta is the Practice Manager at Red Hill. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the practice to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that your experience at POP is positive. She is always aware of the Who, Where and How's of our office. You will also find her providing reception assistance from time to time.
Ashlee is one of our Practice Assistants and you will be greeted by her friendly nature on the phones and reception desk. Ashlee assists clients with payments, scheduling appointments, general enquiries and ensuring your clinicians are fully supported and resourced for your sessions.
Palak is one of our Practice Assistants. As well as providing reception assistance, Palak helps keep all our clinicians up to date and well resourced. She also assists on our programs - Pop The Kettle On, Be:Hold, Seeds of Sunshine, and Into The Woods.
Charlotte is one of our Receptionists. Charlotte is a Provisional Psychologist currently completing her Masters in Health Psychology at the University of QLD. You will find her assisting with payments, scheduling appointments, general enquiries and supporting your clinicians.
POP! Psychology operates on Turrbal and Jagera land. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Peoples. We acknowledge the continuing connection with the community, land and water on which we work.
POP! welcomes all the members of the LGBTQIA+ community.