Infant Mental Health – Cassandra Gist

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

Infant Mental Health: Infant mental health is very important for young children as it is the baseline for their future mental health. Research shows that children’s abilities to effectively manage their emotions is one of the most important factors for success in school, work, and relationships in the long-term. Babies are influenced by genetics from their biological parents and by the environment they are born into. For example if the baby’s mother has mental health issues, this can increase the likelihood that the child will be at risk of mental health issues. Additionally, how the child is raised, what they are exposed to during developmental stages, can also effect their mental health. This infers that the mental health of the parent is critical factor in the mental health of the child. Studies show that early childhood trauma left untreated for long time periods, can increase the intensity of a mental health condition later on in life.

Counselling Approach: Cassandra believes that it is important to integrate therapy with both the parent and the child, especially a young child. Cassandra provides a warm, empathetic approach to explore the issues with the whole family. She utilises evidence based therapeutic methods that are proven to achieve positive outcomes. Quite often, treating a parent’s mental health condition or distress, can have a positive effect on the child. Ideally, if the psychologist can provide skills to the parent across some therapy sessions, then the parent can interact and manage their child on their own using these new techniques. As we know it is the parent who spends a greater amount of time with their children and can pass on their skills to their children. Parents can be provided with psychoeducation, cognitive behaviour therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), while play therapy and Cognitive behavioural therapy can be integrated between the child and parent.

Fees:
 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!

Clinical Psychologist – Dr David Wells

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

Clinical Psychologist: Dr David Wells is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with expertise in the field of Geropsychology – that is, working with older people and their families, to help them maintain wellbeing, overcome problems and achieve maximum potential during later life. In addition to several years of experience working as a psychologist overseas, David brings much life experience to his professional role.

Counselling Approach: David strives to provide a safe environment for his clients where they can explore their issues and, with assistance, develop new techniques which will help them change their unproductive behaviours. The aim is for clients to have a happier life, as they reach their relationship, personal and life goals.

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!

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.

 

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!

Multicultural Counselling – Yu Takizawa

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

Multicultural Counselling:  Every person is unique and has different preferences and needs. Every person has unique cultural values, beliefs and different ways of dealing with situations, which come from the unique combinations of racial, ethnical, sexual, professional, and personal backgrounds. A therapy can be most effective when a therapist understands the unique needs of people and is able to tailor the process of counselling accordingly.

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!

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Leia Redman

Leia Redman   Quals: B. Psych; M. Psych (Clinical); MAPS; CCLIN

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be debilitating and frustrating for children and teens. It is defined by obsessions and compulsions that are time consuming and cause distress. Obsessions are the thoughts that go around and around in the mind, almost as if there is a glitch and they get stuck on repeat. Compulsions are the behaviours your child/teen does in an attempt to get rid of the negative thoughts (Obsessions) and feelings. For example a child may wash their hands over and over not because they want to, but because they feel they have to.

Counselling Approach: Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. For the treatment of OCD, understanding contributing factors can help parents and children/teens work on alleviating pressure from their lives. Treatment specifically for children/teens will combine Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. A key component to treatment is Gradual Exposure Therapy, whereby the child/teen gradually exposes themselves to the feared stimuli while utilising Anxiety Management Strategies to help them cope. After repeated exposure, symptoms reduce. Children/teens will also gain a better understanding of emotions and thoughts during Treatment, and will learn how to deal with them in an effective way; learn coping strategies to manage their anxiety such as Mindfulness and Deep Breathing; and they will also learn Relapse Prevention. Leia provides Parenting Strategies to parents and they may also be included in the therapeutic process with their child/teen, where necessary.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.Leia Redman Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply.

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

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book online now.

Website:  leiaredmanclinicalpsychology.com

Panic Disorder – Joey Tai

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

Panic Disorder:  If you have panic attacks (such as feeling faint, nauseous or have difficulty breathing for no explainable reason), you would know that this condition can be very stressful and debilitating. Someone who has frequent panic attacks might not be able to enjoy their life as they avoid certain places, events or situations for fear of having a panic attack there and then.

Panic disorder can be symptomatic of deeper psychological and emotional difficulties within a person. Seeing a psychologist can not only help you to manage these panic attacks, but to address the underlying issues which are contributing to the disorder.

Counselling Approach: Joey adopts an open approach to dealing with panic disorder – he focuses on the whole psychological makeup of a person rather than just the external symptoms. This usually includes an exploration of some of the unconscious turmoil within the individual, and seeking to address and improve on these internal struggles. Joey utilises a range of different techniques and strategies to manage the panic disorder so that the individual is able to remain functional during the therapy process. Sessions with Joey are also relaxed and non-judgmental in nature.

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

Childhood – 5 to 12 years – Rose Gillett

Rose Gillett      Quals: B Psych (Hons), D Psych (Clin), MAPS

Childhood – 5 to 12 years: Parenting a young child is not easy, parenting a young child with difficulties which impact the child, their parents, extended family, and outside environments such as school. These challenges can interfere with daily life, making it hard to go on holidays, or even have friends over. These difficulties may include but are not limited to: anger or aggression expressed as tantrums or rage, grief and loss, Autism, ADHD, oppositional behavior, bullying and social problems, anxiety, toileting issues and fussy eating.

Counselling Approach: Rose likes to provide a warm, open approach to explore the difficulties with the whole family, utilizing evidence-based therapeutic methods to achieve good outcomes which are sustainable over time. Treatment approaches Rose is experienced with include Cogntive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, family therapies and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Dr Rose Gillett Clinical psychologistCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220 hr and $260 initial appointment.

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

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129 or book Rose Gillett online now!

Phobias – Claire Pang

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

Phobias: A phobia is an intense fear of an object or situation that affects your whole well-being. At a physical level, you experience a rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, dry mouth and sweating. Behaviourally, you start avoiding the situation that has evoked fear and your life becomes more limited. Strong fears also cause great emotional distress. If the intense fear seem irrational and inexplicable, it would be natural to raise the question “why”.  Genetic imprints, personality, upbringing or recent life stresses can partly contribute to the development of a phobia. Learning about the causes of phobias is not enough to overcome your particular difficulty; a comprehensive treatment addresses physiological, behavioural and emotional aspects of fear by introducing:

  • Relaxation techniques to calm your body
  • Exposure to fear stimuli to eliminate avoidance behaviour
  • Positive self-talk

Counselling Approach:  Claire is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist training in treating depression, anxiety, trauma and complex mental health conditions. She treats adults and couples, and is result-orientated, practicing a wide range of therapeutic approaches with great success.

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