Panic Disorder – Melanie Green

Panic Disorder: Many people experience some mild sensations when they feel anxious about something, but a panic attack is much more intense. Panic attacks are characterised by a sudden escalation of extreme fear and anxiety and physical symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness and breathlessness. Many people experience a panic attack once or twice in their lives, however panic attacks in and of themselves do not constitute a disorder. Panic disorder involves the presence of recurring and unexpected panic attacks, worrying for at least a month after having a panic attack that you will have another one, worrying about the implications of a panic attack (such as thinking the panic attack is a sign of a medical problem) and significant changes in behaviour that relate to the panic attacks (such as avoiding activities like exercise because it increases the heart rate).

Counselling approach: Melanie is passionate about helping clients to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. She uses approaches from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help her clients understand the disorder and better manage their behaviours, thoughts and physiological symptoms.

Current availability: Usually within one week

Fees:  $60 for initial and subsequent sessions. Hardship rates are $30 per session. PLEASE Melanie-GreenNOTE: There are no Medicare or Health rebates available for seeing a provisional psychologist.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt- 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt
Loganholme- Unit 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Mt Gravatt – Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now!

Anxiety Disorders – Melanie Green

Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety is a normal reaction to a stressful situation and is characterised by feelings of worry, nervousness or a sense of apprehension. Anxious feelings are often accompanied by physical sensations such as heart palpitations, nausea, muscle tension and shortness of breath. For some people, anxious thoughts, feelings or physical sensations can become so frequent and severe it interferes with their daily life. This is typically considered an anxiety disorder and is one of the most common mental conditions diagnosed in Australia.

Counselling approach: Melanie is passionate about helping clients to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. She utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques such as education, problem solving, cognitive restructuring, exposure therapy and relaxation to help clients change the unhelpful thoughts and behaviours contributing to their anxiety disorder.

Current availability: Usually within one weekMelanie-Green

Fees:  $60 for initial and subsequent sessions. Hardship rates are $30 per session. PLEASE NOTE: There are no Medicare or Health rebates available for seeing a provisional psychologist.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt- 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt
Loganholme- Unit 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Mt Gravatt – Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now!

Marriage Counselling – Dr David Wells

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

Marriage Counselling: Marriages have good times – but they also have not so good times. It is important that couples seek assistance from counsellors when they are going through those stressful times. Sometimes it is just everyday conversations or actions that are taken negatively that need addressing, but sometimes it can be bigger issues such as affairs that should be counselled.

Counselling Approach: David is trained to Level 3 in Gottman Couples Therapy and will draw on these techniques in counselling sessions. However other techniques such as CBT will also be used where considered necessary. It is important that couples recognise that there is work involved in therapy, but that the work can have benefits to all parties when undertaken.

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!

 

Mens Health Counselling – Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan      Quals: B Psych (Hons), MA (Marriage & Family Therapy)

Men’s Health Counselling: Matthew Ryan has a strong background in working with men of all ages. He is experienced in assisting teenagers facing the challenges of stepping into young manhood; creating and running programs for young men in indigenous communities; as well as helping older men struggling with Motivation, Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Workplace issues.

Counselling Approach: Matthew is a Senior Psychologist with over 25 years experience, primarily working with married couples and families, as well as men of all ages. In his work with clients, Matt has found that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is particularly effective and leads to great outcomes. Matt believes that therapy is a collaborative process; essentially a contract between therapist and client.

Current Availability: Usually within 1 week. Weekday and evening appointments.

Fees: Initial appointment $240; standard appointments $195. Hardship rates may be available to those in difficult financial circumstances. Please contact reception.

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

Phone: 1800 877 924 or book Matthew Ryan online today!

Pregnancy Counselling – Lauren Burrow

Lauren Burrow       Quals: B. Psychological Science (Hons); Grad. Cert. Health Promotion

Pregnancy Counselling: Pregnancy can be a time of many concerns for an expectant mother, which can range from concerns about your parenting ability, dealing with a diagnosis of a pregnancy-related health condition (such as Gestational Diabetes or Pre-Clampsia), through to wanting to explore termination or adoption options. Lauren has experience working with pregnant clients with a range of presenting issues, including depression, stress, marital issues, difficulty bonding with their unborn baby, through to fear of childbirth. Pregnancy counselling with Lauren provides women with an opportunity to work through any fears, stressors or concerns during pregnancy with a compassionate, empathetic Psychologist.

Counselling Approach: Lauren has completed Medicare accreditation to undertake Non-Directive Pregnancy Counselling with clients (3x 30 min sessions funded by Medicare with a “pregnancy counselling” referral from your GP). Lauren’s approach follows the lead of the client; what their therapy session needs are is the direction the session will go. So much can seem out of a pregnant woman’s control in this period, so she feels that it is important that pregnancy counselling sessions revolve around what is important for the pregnant woman at that time. Evidence-based therapeutic techniques including those from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in addition to non-directive counselling skills are incorporated to achieve this.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 for initial appointment, $180 thereafter. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced rates may be available please call reception.

Availability: Usually within a week.

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

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422 or book Lauren Burrow online now!

Grief and Loss Counselling – Lauren Burrow

Lauren Burrow       Quals: B. Psychological Science (Hons); Grad. Cert. Health Promotion

Grief and Loss Counselling: A life without loss is a life without love – so if we have loved something, be it a person, an animal/pet, a marriage or relationship, a job, or a lifestyle, we will all end up experiencing loss and associated grief during our lives. We will all respond in our own way to these losses; there is no set way or timeframe that we should adhere to when grieving a significant loss in our lives. If you or someone you care about seems to be stuck and not able to move through the stages of grief, then you may find it helpful to talk to a professional who can gently guide you through these stages, who will respect you as an individual and what is meaningful to you in regards to whom or that which you have lost.

Counselling Approach: As with all her clients, Lauren approaches grieving clients with respect and empathy, and listens to their needs first and foremost. Lauren incorporates active listening, building on strengths/achievements, positive psychology techniques as well as some Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques where appropriate in sessions with these clients. Lauren’s aim is to encourage her clients to grieve in their own meaningful way, offering them a compassionate and supportive space to work through their grief at their own pace.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 for initial appointment, $180 thereafter. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced rates may be available please call reception.

Availability: Usually within a week.

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

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422 or book Lauren Burrow online now!

Positive Psychology – Lauren Burrow

Lauren Burrow       Quals: B. Psychological Science (Hons); Grad. Cert. Health Promotion

Positive Psychology: You just have to watch the news these days to realise how proliferating the negatives are in our world – each evening, we are bombarded with stories of woe and pain. It’s not surprising that people start seeing the negatives then all around them in their regular life: Positive Psychology’s aim is to study how things go RIGHT in the world, and to assist people to flourish in their lives and achieve optimal functioning. Positive Psychology is able to  complement traditional, medically-based models of what is “wrong” with someone, and it is something that influences my own approach with all of my clients. Positive Psychology aims to help people rise to life’s challenges (making the most of setbacks and adversity), to help people engage with and relate to others, to find fulfilment in creativity and productivity, and to look beyond oneself and help others (Keyes & Haidt, 2004).

Counselling Approach: The aim of Positive Psychology, and of my own work with clients, is to understand and build human strengths, and this can be done through refocusing on what is going well (for example through the use of Gratitude Diaries), identifying activities where clients feel “flow”, setting meaningful goals, and helping others. These tasks and other tasks for creating more meaningful and fulfilling lives are woven into the other therapies I practice, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 for initial appointment, $180 thereafter. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced rates may be available please call reception.

Availability: Usually within a week.

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

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422 or book Lauren Burrow online now!

Chronic Medical Conditions – Dr Lauren Brockie

Dr. Lauren Brockie     Quals: B Beh Sc, PG Dip Psych, M Psych (Sport & Exercise), M Psych (Clinical), MAPS.

Chronic Medical Conditions: Lauren is experienced in working in the whole area of pain management, including adjustment to injury and/or disability, as well as physical and psychological WorkCover claims.

Counselling Approach: Lauren is a highly qualified practitioner with a warm and practical approach, and works with couples, adolescents, and families. By supporting and challenging her clients, Lauren enjoys assisting them with reaching their goals.

Lauren Brockie PsychologistCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: Sliding scale, Usually $180 hr and $220 inital appointment. Reduced rates may be available please call reception.

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

Appointments: You can book psychologist Lauren Brockie online or call (07) 3067 9129.

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!