• About ME

    Welcome!

    Compassion, empathy, communication, kindness, understanding.

     

    These are some of the key words I use over and over when working with clients. How can we learn to be kinder to ourselves? How can we learn to be more compassionate to ourselves and others? How can we understand ourselves better, find out what drives us and why we repeat certain patterns of behaviour?

     

    When working with people I take the role of a support person. Sometimes this means guiding, and other times I might provide education, but most often I ask questions. I enjoy working with people to improve their health and well being. If you are wanting to engage in change and seeking some different skills to improve your life, I would be happy to meet with you. I primarily work with individuals, but also with couples and families as needed.

     

    I initially trained primarily in cognitive behavioural therapies, and in the last five years I have developed my interest in schema therapy as a treatment model. Schema therapy really suits the way I practice, it requires warmth and investment in the people I work with. It is an holistic approach, which not only alleviates symptoms of common psychological problems like depression and anxiety, but also focuses on supporting people to live vibrantly. It gives people an understanding of themselves and what drives their unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour, and how to adjust these beliefs and patterns in everyday life.

     

    Qualifications: After completing my undergraduate training in psychology in 2005, I was awarded a postgraduate diploma in psychology in 2006, before starting my internship and receiving my full registration as a psychologist in 2009. I graduated Master of Clinical Psychology in 2014.

     

    I currently work part-time in private practice so I can be at home with my two children who are under five. In my time 'off', I enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast beaches and creeks with my husband and children, sampling delicious food at local cafes and catching up with friends and family. I enjoy being involved in my church community.

  • "Every person on this earth is full of great possibilities that can be realised through imagination, effort and perseverance ."

     

    Scott barry kaufman

  • Areas of treatment

    Common psychological problems

    - Depression and mood disorders

    - Anxiety disorders

    - Trauma based disorders such as PTSD.

    These are by far the most common referral type I receive, yet while the 'label' or diagnosis may be similar, each person's story is unique. Again this is why I like schema therapy, we can sit down together and work out which factors contribute to the depression, anxiety, or trauma based concern, and make some steps toward change together.

    Adjustment disorders

    - grief and loss

    - work related stressors

    Life is always in a state of change, but some changes are harder than others. These can include bereavement, work related stressors, illness and other types of grief and loss. I have worked with people who present with a range of these difficulties, and find it an honour to walk alongside them through some of these more difficult times in life.

    Peri-natal care

    During my clinical psychology placements I was able to work with a supervisor who was passionate about women's care in the peri-natal period of life. As I was mentally preparing to enter this stage of life myself, I was drawn to it. I have since continued this interest, and have worked with a number of woman presenting with depression, anxiety or other concerns during pregnancy or in the early years after childbirth. It is a unique phase of life, with intense challenges, but also presents opportunities for personal growth.

    Group work

    I have an interest in group work, and in particular, addressing issues like peri-natal anxiety and depression, which often have links to social isolation and a limited support network. Meeting in a supportive environment in which depression, anxiety and other concerns are normalised and treated kindly offers women a chance to feel heard, and to begin to connect and feel less alone. Watch this space for updates regarding future groups.

  • Schema training

    Schema therapy training

    • Schema Therapy - an introduction, 2014 with Dr Chris Lee
    • Schema Therapy for common psychological problems, 2016 with Dr Tracey Hunter
    • Advanced Schema Therapy – Modes , 2016 with Dr Tracey Hunter
    • Transformational Chair-work, 2019 with Dr Scott Kellogg and Amanda Garcia Torres
    • Standard Certification training including six days of training with the Schema Therapy Institute Australia, 2020 with Dr Rita Younan and Ruth Holt
  • COVID-19 & FAQs

    COVID-19 update

    I believe in the importance of psychological support for our community, and more so at a time like this. I am offering a range of appointment types to meet the various needs within our community.

     

    At our small clinic I am continuing to offer face to face appointments. We have implemented a number of measures to ensure staff and clients to the clinic are able to remain safe and healthy. These include closely following the government and health departments updates on social distancing, hand hygiene and appropriate cleaning. As we are a small clinic our risk remains low due to the small amount of client traffic. We are asking all clients who have flu like symptoms to re-schedule or attend their session via video or phone conferencing.

     

    As of the 30th of March I am offering video or phone conferencing sessions to people who have flu like symptoms, or are self-isolating for other reasons (ie returned from overseas, or in an 'at-risk' population). There is now government support in place for these sessions under medicare which can be accessed via having a mental health care plan from your GP. You would also need to meet the usual criteria for a mental health care plan to access this government support.

     

    We would be happy to discuss with you further these options, and provide what support we can at this difficult time. Please contact us on the below listed contacts to make further enquiries.

    Do I need a referral?

    Referrals are not necessary; however, if you want to access medicare rebates you will need an appropriate referral from your general practitioner or treating Psychiatrist.

    Are rebates available?

    Yes. Medicare rebates are available with an appropriate referral (known as a mental health care plan) from a general practitioner in place. There is a gap to pay above the medicare rebate.

    Private Health care rebates may also be available depending on a individual's cover.

  • Contact

    Please contact me at Understanding Minds, or via the enquiry form below.

    Shop 5, 2460 Gold Coast Hwy
    Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast
    Monday 9.30-4pm (fortnightly)
    Tuesday 9.30-4pm (fortnightly)
    Wednesday 9.30-4pm
    07 5526 1516