Teenagers – 13 to 17 years – Abra Garfield

Abra Garfield     Quals:  BPsych, MPsych (sport & exercise), MAPS.

Teenagers:  Abra has worked with children and adolescents in several capacities. He has many years experience working in childcare as a support worker, sport coach, mentor, activity facilitator, and academic tutor. Abra has travelled overseas with youth sport teams as a chaperone, coach, and counselor, and is a Queensland Academy of Sport Approved Provider for psychological services. Through his experience as a sport psychologist (registrar) he has worked with 5-19 year olds in sporting contexts to overcome psychosocial barriers to enjoyment and performance success. This work includes building coping skills and resilience to pressure (emotion regulation), developing clear communication, confidence, goal setting, concentration, and self-control. These skills are valuable not only on the sporting field but also can be generalized to everyday life to improve young people’s ability to tackle the challenges of adolescent and young adult development.

Counselling Approach:   Abra takes an innovative approach to engaging teens with therapy, incorporating music, multi-media, and sport/exercise.

Sports Psychologist Abra GarfieldCurrent Availability: Usually within 72 hours and evenings

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 for initial appointment, $180 thereafter. Medicare and health rebates may apply.

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

Appointments: Phone 3067 9129, or book online.

Website:   www.summitperformancepsych.com

Employee Assistance Programs – Ainsley Salsbury

Ainsley Salsbury       Quals: BA (Psych), PG Dip App Psych, B Bus (HRM)

Employee Assistance Programs:  Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are where an organisation or employer partners with a provider to supply its employees with access to counselling services. These counselling services are generally funded by the employing organisation and focus on promoting positive workplace behaviours, constructive and mutually respectful interpersonal interactions, employee well-being, and workplace productivity.

The focus of such counselling may include a variety of issues which are impacting, or likely to impact an employee’s job performance, job satisfaction, health or productivity eg crisis response; conflict resolution; workplace stress; family based issues affecting work; adjustment to illness or injury; grief; workplace bullying; substance use; relationship disharmony and conflict.

Counselling under an Employee Assistance Program would need to be contracted and arranged by prior agreement with your employing organisation. Usually an EAP type series of counselling sessions would involve a committment of between 3 to 6 hourly sessions of counselling designed to focus directly on the issue(s) most impacting on work life and performance.

Counselling Approach: Ainsley‘s approach when counselling under an Employee Assistance Program is aimed at addressing the issue/s most impacting on an employee’s enjoyment or ability to perform at work. In the first session she typically works with clients to help them clarify and articulate a series of short-term focussed counselling goals and an overall treatment plan for achievement of these. Counselling goals when working under an EAP should be realistic enough as to be achieveable within the scope of such a short-term, solution focussed intervention. Should a client’s goals be broader or of a longer term nature than is appropriately achieved within 3 to 6 hourly sessions; and/or the impact on work performance questionable, then this will be discussed and a more appropriate plan contracted with the counselling client and the employer (if appropriate).

Ainsley Salsbury psychologist BrisbaneCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appt.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Phone: 1800 877 924 or book Ainsley Salsbury online!

Website: www.ainsleysalsbury.com


Auditory Processing Disorder – Meggy Delaunay

Meggy Delaunay    Quals: PG Dip Psych Practice, PG Dip Dev Psych, M Genetic Psych, B Psych, MAPS

Auditory Processing Disorder: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD),  describes the inability to process the meaning of sound. Hearing is rarely impaired: the child is able to hear sounds clearly but cannot process the meaning of the sound.

Counselling Approach: Meggy uses a collaborative approach with the client, always explaining the aim of therapy, the reason why, and the potential benefits. Meggy prefers young children and their families to be part of therapy sessions when possible. Involving parents is often a good idea, in order to transfer the skills learnt during sessions to the home environment. Meggy uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with children to help them identify the connections between feelings and thoughts. Storytelling, play therapy as well as games can be used as creative applications of CBT. Depending on the presenting problem, Meggy can also use other therapy models or techniques like Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Family Therapy and Behavioural Modification.

Languages: Meggy is registered as a psychologist in Australia, New Zealand and France. She is happy to conduct therapy sessions in either English and / or French.

Current Availability:  Usually within 1 week; weekdays and Saturdays.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $240 for initial consult, $195 for standard appointment.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt

Appointments: Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online today.

Website:   www.meggydelaunaypsychologist.com

Trauma Counselling – Susanne Gilmour

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

Trauma Counselling: Trauma is often defined as complex, repeated incidents of abuse and horrific events in childhood, in relationships, or in war zones.  PTSD is the traumatic response, either to a single or several discrete yet shocking events. This response may overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope with fear, horror and pain in an effort to avoid any reminders or memories of the event/s. In doing so, individuals can often suffer from  some or all of the following symptoms: nightmares; flashbacks; hypervigilance; angry outbursts; substance abuse; anxiety; depression; dissociative symptoms.

Counselling Approach: The initial session of trauma counselling involves getting to know a client’s history and establishing a comfortable environment where she/he feels a sense of safety.  For badly traumatized clients this may take several sessions.  Susanne can then move on to some psychoeducation about trauma and simple explanations of the effects on the mind, how the brain can change through therapy to reduce and even eventually eliminate the disturbing symptoms. Susanne takes great care to understand the personality and interests of all her clients, weighing these against the intensity of trauma symptoms, in order to design the therapy plan best suited to the client.  Initially, self-calming strategies based on a neurological understanding of the stress response are taught.

Susanne considers listening to the client to be of paramount importance, as well as the continuous incorporation of physiological techniques to down-regulate the stress response and increase cognitive functioning.  This work may include Trauma Focused CBT, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Schema Therapy, Emotion Freedom Techniques (incorporating eye movement and acupressure points). Susanne works to adapt the therapeutic techniques to suit each individual, depending on the client’s  values,  lifestyle and preferred mode of learning. Susanne always encourages her clients to deepen their understanding with recommended readings or electronic resources according to their preference.

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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.


Personality Disorders – Joey Tai

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

Personality Disorders: Narcissistic Personality Disorder affects 1% of the population. The term Narcissistic is originally derived from the mythical character Narcissus, who saw his own reflection in the river and fell in love with himself as a result. He was fixated on himself and his own beauty and thus was unable to have any meaningful relationships with anyone else.

People who have Narcissistic Personality Disorders are similar – they have a preoccupation with themselves, and their focus is on maintaining their perfect perception of themselves. They come across as extremely entitled or grandiose; and will constantly put others down, with little or no ability to empathise. This is of course, highly dysfunctional and unrealistic and in turn, will impact anyone who tries to start or maintain a relationship with them.

Counselling Approach: Joey Tai is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive knowledge in the area of Narcissistic Personality Disorder – one of the diagnoses which a majority of psychologists regularly avoid treating. He has a keen interest in working with people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or with supporting those who are living with or having to interact with such an individual on a regular basis. Joey aims to help you to understand more about the underlying factors which cause someone to have this personality type, as well as how to improve your relationship.

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

Burnout – Kelly Gall

Kelly Gall       Quals: BSc (Hons), MPsych (Health), MClinPsych MAPS

Burnout: Modern work environments can lead to a phenomenon known as ‘burnout’.  While technically burnout is a form of workplace/life stress, the contributing factors individually do not seem to be outside of a person’s capacity to tolerate. Rather it is the chronicity of work and other non-leisure commitments, often but not always combined with limited satisfaction which leads people to ‘hit a wall’.  Burnout can have a variety of presentations and can overlap with various mental health conditions, particular anxiety and depression.

Counselling Approach: Kelly is experienced in helping people to recover from burnout and reduce the impact their careers, family and individual well being.  Kelly uses a variety of techniques to tailor sessions to the needs of the individual, their symptoms, the demands of their work.  She ensures that there is a considerable focus on exploring her client’s values to help them understand their previous behaviours and help them to establish a more fulfilling and healthy work-life balance, and effective career goals.

Current Availability: Usually within 1-3 weeks.  After hours Thursdays only.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment.  Medicare and Health Rebates available.

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

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129 or book Kelly Gall online now!

Website:  www.healthyinsideandout.com.au

Executive Coaching – Helen D’Silva

Helen D’Silva       Quals: MA of Psychology (Sport & Exercise), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Small Business Management                                

Executive Coaching: It can be lonely at the top and the pressures and the pressures and responsibilities which come with senior ranking positions can have a gross impact on our mental well-being.

We can have business coaches and analysts who assist business improvement and growth strategies. However, our unique set of skills, abilities (or lack thereof for the role we’re in), beliefs, values and attitudes can stop us from forging ahead.

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the best advice he ever received was to get a coach. From gaining greater awareness of yourself, how you’re perceived and where you can improve, you can strengthen your ability to achieve faster progress with better focus and greater precision.

From working with an executive coach you can benefit from the following:

  • Gain support and confidence to “lean in”and make bolder moves
  • Develop clarity on your values; your actions will be integral to you and will be perceived and received with stronger conviction
  • Emotional support, empathy and encouragement – feels less lonely and hear the cold truth that others won’t tell you, in a safe space
  • Gain 360 degree feedback, strategic planning for self-improvement
  • Support for improving specific skills – communication, delegation, conflict management, team building, persuasion etc.

Counselling Approach: For over 10 years, Helen has worked with business owners and senior leaders, consulting and coaching with them on human resources strategies, tools and processes. Having supported both the employer and employee in varying situations, Helen understands the types of conflicts and challenges that can arise at these levels. With first-hand experience of such challenges, Helen can deeply empathise with the struggles clients face. Helen engages a variety of techniques and strategies from Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to support her clients.

Recommended reading resources: The Third Space, by Dr Adam Fraser.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 for initial appointment, $180 thereafter. Medicare and health rebates may apply.

Availability: Usually within a week.

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

Appointments:  Freecall 1800 877 924  or book Helen D’Silva online now!

Men’s Health Counselling – Dr David Wells

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

Men’s Health Counselling: Men suffer from all the emotional issues females suffer from, but males are programmed to behave differently to those emotions, to hold them in. It is important that men are allowed to express their emotions in a constructive and safe way. Men also suffer from illnesses such as prostate cancer that need care and assistance the same as any other illness as they travel through that scary world.

Counselling Approach: I believe that the major need for men in counselling is to be heard and understood. Talking about and/or learning to talk about issues is an essential part of any therapy with men. Also, allowing men to express their feelings in their own way indicates that their feelings are genuine and cared about. I believe a good session is just that: talking and caring.

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!


Anger Management – Dr David Wells

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

Anger Management: Anger is normal, but sometimes the behaviours that go with that anger are damaging to ourselves, others or property. It is these wrong behaviours that we seek to alter in anger management.

Counselling Approach: Awareness and the earnest desire to change are important factors in anger management. It is about learning to behave in the way that we want to behave, not the way we behave by default. The key is: STOP – Think – Then do or speak; and by thinking can we soften the response to the situation that has made us angry.

Dr David Wells Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

Fees:  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!