Therapy To Blow Your Mind
Dr. Rach is a Clinical Psychologist and she works with children, teenagers, families, couples, and adults in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems. 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.
I am a mum to 3 early-waking children under 9, and being mum to them has been my greatest education! I have been a psychologist for 17 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.
Psychologists are trained to help people who are experiencing mental health problems, or to help intervene early to prevent the escalation of emotional, behavioural, and social problems. A Clinical Psychologist has additional training in the field of clinical mental health practice. We can take whatever you throw at us! All psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner's Registration Authority (AHPRA) and are bound by an ethical code governing our practice.
I use the following evidence-based therapies:
Kieran is a warm and empathic psychologist who sees adults and older adolescents at our West End office. She is available on Thursdays (afternoon and evenings) and Fridays (day time only).
Kieran is a fantastic fit for young adults, and those who experience life challenges in addition to psychological distress.
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.
Marlies 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.
Marlies works on Fridays at our Indooroopilly location (at Kids Chatter Speech Pathology). She is available to see adults, children, adolescents and families as well as providing perinatal home visiting.
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. Marlies is a mother to two girls with whom she enjoys 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).
Ben works on Saturday mornings and is a great fit for busy people who work full time. He particularly likes seeing adult clients with depression and anxiety issues, and those who are struggling with the impacts of trauma. As a Dad, Ben also works well with male clients who are expecting a child or struggling with the transition to parenthood.
Ben has spent most of his career working with adults with severe and complex mental health problems, and is very experienced in liaising with psychiatry professionals and offering compassionate care for those with multiple or complex concerns.
I have been a psychologist for over 15 years, having worked mostly with adult clients in multidisciplinary settings and clinical teams in the public health system. I have a lot of experience in understanding the case management needs that can present when you have a few different things going on which complicate your mental health issues. This could be things like substance use, relationship concerns, trauma, or stage of life issues.
Some clients prefer to see a male counsellor, especially with issues related to fatherhood, masculinity, mate-hood, and sometimes it takes another man who gets the need to express ourselves in ways that feel natural for us.
I would consider Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to be the main framework from which I work, and this is usually the starting point for clients experiencing emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, or anger. This method helps clients to understand the mechanisms that underpin the emotional triggers, and helps to explore strategies that can disrupt these patterns.
I also like to draw upon narrative and creative lenses, personalising our conversations into ones which help transform and re-contextualise what you are going through, in order to make constructive changes. I have a personal interest in writing, fiction, and film, and I enjoy drawing upon this in order to make therapy conversations more interesting and more likely to fit for you and hour interests.
Freya is a psychologist who has a special interest in working with families, particularly those encountering mental health and emotional challenges in the early years of pregnancy and parenting.
Please contact Freya directly on 0449 788 556.
Liz is our friendly clinic receptionist (and also happens to be a psychology graduate!). Liz will greet you at the front desk and provide assistance with scheduling appointments.
Tom is your admin point of contact for scheduling appointments, taking payments, and fielding any questions you have about your appointments.
Jodie helps out on reception from time to time. Her speciality is in setting the right mood for our clinic using essential oils. And teas of course!
We support placement provisional psychologists who provide clinical support for our group sessions. University placement officers are able to contact the practice manager Dr. Rachel if they have students interested in this role.
If you are a Provisional Psychologist interested in gaining child and perinatal experience, please email Dr. Rachel at email@example.com