Teenagers 13-17 Years – Cassandra Gist

Cassandra Gist  –  Quals: B Psych (Hons), M Applied Psychology (Health)

Teenagers 13-17 Years: The teenage years define a phase of rapid and significant psychological growth. Puberty’s impact coincides with a series of new cognitive acquisitions and social demands, making this one of the most exciting and dramatically changing phases in the lifespan. Such changes may include physical growth in stature, strength, neurobiology, physiology, reproductive maturity, cognitive, social skills, personality and emotional maturity. Erikson’s theory suggests that the development of an adolescents’ personality creates a battle between a sense of self and personal identity. The resolution of this battle generates a distinct identity that guides an adolescent through psychological development throughout their lives. However, any past traumatic experiences or issues arising during this developmental period, may create an identity which causes ongoing confusion for the individual moving into adult life. Therefore, it is a significant time for adolescents to be expressing their feelings in an open, supportive and confidential environment.

Counselling Approach: Cassandra believes that it is important that adolescents are provided with a voice and guided through this integral stage of development. She utilises evidence based therapeutic methods that are proven to achieve positive outcomes. Adolescents can be provided with psychoeducation, cognitive behaviour therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sessions may focus on relationship issues; identifying feelings and discussing underlying issues; emotional regulation; motivation techniques including goal setting; possible joint sessions with parents to increase communication paths.

 Usually $180/hr (initial appt $220). Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship.

Availability: Usually within a week including evening appointments.

Practice Location: M1 Psychology, 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, QLD.

Appointments: 3067 9129 or book with Cassandra Gist online now!

Self Harm – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS.

Self Harm: The apparent increase in self-harming behaviours in the young, who are not otherwise suffering from trauma or developing a serious mental illness, is of great concern to parents and those who work with young people.

Our young people are tackling the challenges of puberty and transition to adulthood in an increasingly complex world and competitive, individualistic society. Emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, self-loathing and loss can be overwhelming for some young people, so self harming may relieve, in the short-term, the build-up of inexplicable and discomforting tension in the body and may become an addictive behaviour.

Counselling Approach: Susanne Gilmour is experienced in working with young people and their families. When self harm is the presenting issue, Susanne has found that improving communication, helping the young person to identify and safely express negative feelings by implementing more helpful strategies, can greatly reduce and relieve their emotional distress.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.


Eating Disorders – Amanda Hansen

Amanda Hansen   Quals: B Psych, MAPS

Eating Disorders: Amanda has specific training in working with people to overcome problems associated with eating, food, and body image. Making the decision to enter into treatment for an eating disorder can be confronting, however Amanda’s down to earth and friendly approach helps to create a safe environment in which to begin addressing your concerns.

Counselling Approach: Amanda uses a combination of both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to tailor an approach suited to the client’s individual needs. Within this framework, she remains solution-focused in her approach to counselling, and works collaboratively with clients to achieve goals. Amanda believes in the benefits of Mindfulness and taking valued action, and assists her clients to make choices guided by their values.

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!

Marriage Counselling – Joey Tai

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

Marriage Counselling: Joey specialises in working with individuals or couples who have relationship/marriage problems, and encourages his clients to explore and address some of the inner conflicts within themselves which may have contributed to their accompanying relational difficulties.

Counselling Approach: 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 understand and subsequently modify the factors which might have held you back in your personal relationships. Joey believes that everyone has a need to be listened to and in this process of attending to your personal sharing, he is able to provide helpful insights into why you may have difficulties in your relationships.

Joey Tai (2)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

Mens Health – Yu Takizawa

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

Men’s Health Counselling: Traditionally, men are often brought up to “be tough and strong”. Men often feel that we are expected to handle issues by ourselves without seeking for help from others. This can make us to feel embarrassed for seeking help and support. But, in reality, men should actively seek for support when it is necessary because nobody can hand every issue by himself.

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!

Panic Disorder – Nicole Wimmer

Nicole Wimmer    Quals: B Sc (Psych), MA (Psych), PG Cert Mgmt, Grad Dip Safety Science, MAPS.

Panic Disorder: Panic attacks are episodes that come “out of the blue”. They peak within a few minutes and cause feelings of terror and alarming physical symptoms that may include: pounding heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, choking, chest pain, nausea or abdominal discomfort, “jelly” legs, dizziness, a feeling of being detached from oneself, fear of losing control, going crazy, fear of dying, numbness or tingling sensations, or chills or hot flushes.

People have often sought medical attention only to be told that there is no medical reason for their symptoms. People often dread the next attack and sometimes avoid places or situations where they have had panic attacks.

Counselling Approach: Nicole has a relaxed and engaging approach to therapy, and draws on a variety of evidence-based approaches to individually tailor a plan to suit each client. Her therapeutic orientation is a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Fees:   Usually $180/hr and inital appointments $220 hr. Medicare and health rebates may apply.  Evening appointments available.  For reduced rates please contact reception.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.

Nicole Wimmer psychologist

Practice Location:

Brisbane – 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt


Brisbane(07) 3088 5422 or book online

Social Anxiety – Jim Adsett

Jim Adsett   Quals: B Psych (Hons)

Social Anxiety:  “Should I go to that party?”
“There will be lots of people there that I don’t know. I will feel really anxious, maybe embarrass myself”
The vicious cycle of social anxiety revolves around inner conversations like this. If you don’t go to the party, then in the short term you don’t feel anxious, but in the long term it gets worse. You don’t meet new people, don’t practice talking to people, often feel ashamed of yourself for not going.

Counselling Approach: I use acceptance and commitment therapy and Cognitive behaviour therapy. I use a lot of humour in my sessions because being able to laugh at yourself is a really helpful skill when it comes to dealing with anxiety. I help people develop strategies to handle their anxiety in the short term so that they can break out of the cycle of social anxiety.

Current Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $180 hr and $220 initial appointment. Medicare and Health Rebates available. Reduced rates may be available, please call reception for details.

Practice Location: Suite 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road, Loganholme.

Appointments: To make an appointment with Jim Adsett try Online Booking – Loganholme or call M1 Psychology (Loganholme) on (07) 3067 9129


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!