Separation and Divorce – Claire Pang

Claire Pang    Quals: B Psych Hons, Master of Clinical Psychology

Separation and Divorce: Separation and divorce can be highly stressful and often leaves the separating couple, their children and family members on an emotional roller coaster. When one partner has decided to leave and the other does not, the initiators may seek relief from feeling guilty of hurting his or her partner. On the other hand, the non-initiators often respond with a sense of shock, disbelief and helplessness over the decision process when they first hear that their relationship is over.

Counseling can offer a chance to examine the relationship without blaming each other. Once both parties acknowledge that their relationship is over, mourning the loss can leave both feeling profoundly lonely, sad and angry. In addition to the grieving process, the separating couple also faces many transition challenges ahead such as custody arrangements, financial settlements, re-establishing social networks and learning to be single again.

Counselling Approach:  Claire is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist training in treating depression, anxiety, trauma and complex mental health conditions. She is result-orientated, practicing a wide range of therapeutic approaches with great success. In the case of separation counselling, she adopts an integrated approach with a range of effective relationship counselling techniques to help couples and individuals defuse emotional distress, enhance effective communication with their spouse, facilitate co-parenting, enhance decision-making abilities and develop self-confidence in being single again.

Claire Pang Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneCurrent Availability: Usually within a week.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr and $260 for initial appointments. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship. Higher rate clinical psychologist rebate available for those with mental health plans.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 or book online 24/7.

Website: www.clairepangclinicalpsychologist.com

Addictions Counselling – Dr David Wells

Dr David Wells      Quals: B Psych (Hons), Dip Prof Couns, D Psych (Clin Geropsychology).

Addictions Counselling: Behaviours that are not good for us are easy to acquire. Alcohol is legal, so is tobacco smoking. But it is very simple for these behaviours and others to become bad for us. Bad for our health, relationships, work lives and for the individual. We may drift into behaviours that are not legal or socially outdated. When these behaviours become a problem, we need help.

Counselling Approach: First up is admitting that there is a problem. Many clients find this a problem, although other people telling you it is a problem is a good sign. Having admitted the issue, it is important to recognise that you have done well already, and that changing behaviour is the next goal. It may be small steps to begin with, but with a good therapist by your side, anything is achievable. Work in this area of human behaviour is about noticing the good work that has been done, and learning from any backward steps that are taken.

Dr David Wells Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr; $260 for initial appointment. Please call reception to discuss hardship rates.

Current Availability: Usually within a week inc after hours.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!

Employee Assistance Program – Dr. Jan Philamon

Dr. Jan Philamon    Quals: BA (Hons) Psychology, D Teaching, JP (Qual) Qld, PhD, MAPS.

EAP: An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work-based confidential intervention program designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological well being of all employees, including management. It also includes services for immediate family members.

The aim is to provide preventive and proactive interventions for the early detection, identification and/or resolution of both work and personal problems that may adversely affect performance and well being. These problems and issues may include, but are not limited to, work-related or personal relationships, health, trauma, substance abuse, gambling and other addictions, financial problems, depression, anxiety disorders, communication problems, and coping with change.

Counselling Approach: EAP’s typically provide a limited number of sessions with a psychologist, usually three to start. The first session is used to identify the issues and set goals that will be achievable in the time frame provided by the work-place. Because of the short time frame, an eclectic approach is used with emphasis on a positive, solution focused approach to treatment. Other therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion focused therapy are all used as required to meet the needs of the client.

Current Availability: Usually within 1 to 2 weeks.

Fees: There is no out of pocket cost for approved EAP appointments. General costs run along a sliding scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 for standard appointments. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Please contact reception if you require reduced rates.

Practice Location: 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, Brisbane.

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 to book Dr Jan Philamon now!

Adjustment to Change – Yu Takizawa

Yu Takizawa    Quals: B Sc (Hons), M Couns, M App Psych                                 

Adjustment to Change:  We experience “Changes” throughout our lives (e.g. changes in physical conditions, family structure, relationship, workplace, school, society and country/city of living). Changes demand people to make adjustment in new situations and environment. While changes can become valuable opportunities for people to learn useful skills and abilities, the process of adjustment can become overwhelming and stressful and this can result in people to suffer from a wide range of biological, social and psychological issues. Professional support can be valuable resource for people to make effective adjustment in new life situations.

Counselling Approach: Yu welcomes each client with warmth and respect, providing a safe place for them to talk about even the most sensitive issues in their personal life. Yu is non-judgmental and acknowledges the uniqueness in values and opinions of each client, including the values from different cultural, spiritual and religious backgrounds. Yu’s preferred therapeutic approaches include Person-Centred Approach, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based approaches, and Neuropsychotherapy.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 for initial appointment, $180 thereafter. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Please contact reception if you require reduced rates.

Availability: Usually within a week.

Practice Location: 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt Central, Brisbane

Appointments:  Freecall 1800 877 924  or book Yu Takizawa online now!

Clinical Psychologist – Joey Tai

Joey Tai     Quals: BA Psych (hons), Master of Clinical Psychology.

Clinical Psychologist: Joey primarily works with individuals or couples who have relationship/marriage problems, however he is also experienced in working with children and adolescents around a variety of issues. He has a particular interest in working with people affected by Narcissistic Personality Disorders, and providing faith-based counselling to those from the Christian community.

Counselling Approach: Joey aims to first of all listen to your difficulties, and then work alongside you to understand and resolve your inner conflicts. Sessions with Joey are open and non-judgemental in nature; you are free to share and delve deeper into your own personal life so as to gain valuable insight and subsequently modify the factors which might have held you back in your personal relationships.

Joey Tai (3)Availability: Usually within a week; evening appointments are also available.

Fees:  Initial appointment $260, standard appointments $220 – please note that higher Medicare rebates apply to Clinical Psychologists. Bulk Billing may be available for clients with a pension/health care card or to fulltime students; please enquire when booking or full fees will apply.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 or book Clinical Psychologist Joey Tai online.

Website: Joey Tai Clinical Psychologist

Bipolar Disorder – Amanda Hansen

Amanda Hansen   Quals: B Psych, MAPS

Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder causes intense shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels and significantly affects the ability to carry out day-to-day activities. You may experience episodes of feeling high, over-excited and reckless which can then shift to feeling extremely low, helpless and depressed with a drop in motivation.

Counselling Approach: Using a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) we can work to reduce the impact of Bipolar Disorder in your life. Emotion regulation and assistance managing the effects of medication are also important aspects of the treatment process.

Amanda Hansen PsychCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: $180 for a standard 60 minute consultation; $220 for initial consult (60 – 90 mins). Medicare and health refunds may apply; please enquire when booking.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt.

Appointments: 1800 877 924  or book Amanda Hansen online now!

Trauma and PTSD – Dr David Wells

Dr David Wells      Quals: B Psych (Hons), Dip Prof Couns, D Psych (Clin Geropsychology).

Trauma and PTSD: Many people go through traumas in their lives. Sometimes these traumas are processed by our minds and are coped with, but at other times when processed they turn into PTSD. Talking about these traumas is important to assist with coping better with those incidents.

Counselling approach: David has been trained by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Health and has counselled many clients with PTSD. It always needs to be recognised that clients need to go at their own pace, and will have bad days as well as the good. Listening is an essential skill when helping clients deal with their traumatic incidents.

Dr David Wells Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr; $260 for initial appointment. Please call reception to discuss hardship rates.

Current Availability: Usually within a week inc after hours.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!

Emotion Focused Therapy – Claire Pang

Claire Pang    Quals: B Psych Hons, Master of Clinical Psychology

Emotion Focused Therapy:  Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically-based approach to help people accept, express and regulate emotions. The process of working experientially with emotions in therapy helps clients heal their emotional pain. Emotion-Focused Therapy has been proven effective for depression, childhood trauma and distressed couples.

Counselling Approach:  Claire’s preferred therapeutic approaches include Emotion-Focused Therapy, Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She is experienced in helping adults and couples to deal with a range of different life challenges such as grief and loss, relationships, workplace issues, parenting, pain management, migration, and depression and anxiety.

Claire Pang Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneCurrent Availability: Usually within a week.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr and $260 for initial appointments. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship. Higher rate clinical psychologist rebate available for those with mental health plans.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 or book online 24/7.

Website: www.clairepangclinicalpsychologist.com

 

Phobias – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Phobias: People can develop an intense and overwhelming fear of a specific thing, and this can be very disruptive to people’s lives. Common phobias include public speaking, snakes, spiders and other animals, and germs, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. People with phobias will often go to great pains to avoid that phobic object or anything that makes them think about it.

Counselling Approach: I work with people with phobias to understand the history of the phobia, and figure out when it developed, and when it became a serious problem. I will often use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) to treat phobias, because if it works, it tends to bring relief quickly. EMDR involved identifying key memories associated with the phobia, and reliving those memories in the safety of the therapy room. CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is another option for treatment, and involves gradual exposure to the feared object, broken down into manageable steps.

Dr Catherine Hynes PsychologistCurrent Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422