Depression – Mia Olsson

Mia Olsson       Quals: BA Psych (Hons), Dip Nurs, Assoc MAPS

Depression: Depression is a recognised condition that can affect anyone at any time of life. You may not feel bad all day, however in general your mood and thinking can be very negative. You may also have trouble with sleep, appetite, and feel very lethargic and unmotivated. Trying to ‘snap out of it’ or ‘just get yourself together’ may help temporarily, however therapy and/or medication may be required for longer term results. If you are unsure why life looks and feels different, visiting your doctor or psychologist may help you to move forward and feel better sooner rather than later.

Counselling Approach: Mia believes that every client who attends the clinic has their own story, their own challenges to overcome, and a specific set of values that drive their life choices. Mia endeavours to accommodate individual differences and assist clients to reach achievable goals. She focuses on Cognitive and Behaviour therapies with an emphasis on self-empowerment to help you build a sense of control and mastery whilst regaining a strong sense of self.

Current Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $180 hr (inital appts $220). Evening  and Saturday appts available.  For information on hardship rates please contact reception.

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

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129 or book Mia Olsson online now!

Social Anxiety – Abra Garfield

Abra Garfield    Quals: BPsych, MPsych (Sport and Exercise), MAPS.

General Anxiety:   Anxiety is a three-part experience.

  1. Thoughts – Worry, obsession, sensitive to threatening information, catastrophize, can’t concentrate.
  2. Feelings – Overwhelmed, scared, not yourself, shaky, stomach ache, headache, tire quickly.
  3. Behaviour – Avoidance, withdrawal, unhealthy habits, panic attacks, ‘shut down’ or highly aroused excitable, increased heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.

Anxiety is perfectly normal in small amounts, and is a common useful emotional reaction to threats to our physical and ‘conceptual’ self, or self-image. It is a natural response to threatening information in our environment, the brain preparing our mind and body to deal with a physical threat. This is known as the ‘Fight or Flight (or Freeze) Response’. Unfortunately for us, our primitive brain that controls this response to danger does not always communicate well with our modern brain (our logical and conceptual thinking that make us such amazing creatures).

Our reasoning and ability to represent the world in our minds using language leads to thoughts and mental images triggering our fight or flight response, even when there is no real threat present to our physical body. For instance feeling anxiety before an exam or big music performance is indicative of the primitive brain reacting to an imagined threat to the conceptualized self ‘”failure will lead to repeating the class, feeling bad about myself, having my parents punish me, being humiliated, not reaching my potential”.  There is no Wooly Mammoth charging down on you, but the potential or imagined consequences of failing in an activity which is highly valued and connected to the conceptualized self appears the same to the primitive part of our brain. Hence we experience this worry and sweaty palms and increased heart rate, preparing us to run for the hills, not sit an exam or piano recital.

Some people are more vulnerable to anxiety than others, whether due to genetics or due to life experiences and thinking styles. Although psychologists cannot change your genes so to speak, they can help to unpack and correct learned or conditioned responses to the world that produce anxiety in social situations and everyday life. You can also learn helpful techniques to reduce the time spent experiencing anxiety when it is triggered, and get on with your life quickly.

Counselling Approach:  The good news is there are several effective techniques to reduce anxiety before turning to medication. In severe cases of anxiety medication and therapy together are the best way forward. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy including relaxation and Mindfulness-Based Therapy are evidence-based models for treating sub-clinical and clinically diagnosed Anxiety Disorders.

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.


Addictions – Tiegan Holtham

Tiegan Holtham      Quals: BBSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin), MAPS                         

Addictions: Addictive behaviours are problematic if they are damaging an individual’s relationships, success at work or in life, and are starting to become uncontrollable. Often addictions start off harmlessly, but develop into something unstoppable. Most often, addictions cover the pain of something the addict is trying to avoid – such as shame, past trauma, negative emotions, numbness, or mental health concerns such as depression or anxiety.

Counselling Approach: It is incredibly difficult to manage addictions on your own. For many, rehabilitation centres offer a whole of life approach to treatment which are incredibly effective. If you are willing to learn to manage your addiction and reduce the harm caused to yourself and those around you, there are also effective outpatient therapeutic approaches. Tiegan meets clients where they are at, and can offer a mix of motivational interviewing, compassion focused therapy, harm minimisation, solution-focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy to support clients to get a handle on their addictive behaviour and take back control of their life.

Current Availability: Usually within one week. Appointments available Saturdays.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $180 hr and $220 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 Tiegan Holtham online now!

Depression – Susanne Gilmour

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

Depression: Depression has many causes, types and has different characteristics, depending on possible interactions between inherent and situational factors, gender, age and individual history.

Counselling Approach: Susanne Gilmour will thoroughly assess all possible causal factors before deciding with the client what therapeutic approach to take. The client and their treating GP or psychiatrist might decide that medication will be helpful, but extended psychological treatment has been shown to significantly reduce the intensity and reduce the possibility of depression recurring. Susanne provides empathic counseling to explore client experiences and background, and utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy if the depression is long term and resistant to other approaches, to help clients return to good health.

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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.


Childhood Anger – Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper    Quals: B Psych (Hons), M Psych (Clinical), MAPS

Childhood Anger: Dealing with aggression, anger and non-compliance in children is one of the most challenging aspects of being a parent. Anger in children can manifest in a number of different ways, including frequent temper tantrums, persistent stubbornness, refusal to follow instructions, unwillingness to compromise and verbal and physical aggression. While for many parents, it can seem hopeless, childhood anger is often remarkable treatable and counselling can be a great way for both the child and the parents to explore these difficulties and get back on track.

Counselling Approach: Ashley believes that even the most difficult of problems can benefit from ongoing counselling. Sessions with Ashley are warm, non-judgemental and solution focused. Research has shown that there are a wide variety of treatment approaches which can be used to help children who experience difficulties with anger. Two of the most effective methods include teaching emotion regulation techniques and collaborative problem solving. As anger issues can impact on the whole family, Ashley believes that getting the whole family involved and making it a “family problem” rather than a “child problem” can be helpful in facilitating change. Rather than blaming children for feeling angry, what is often more constructive is to have open discussions with parents and children around anger, and to try to help children learn how to express their anger in more appropriate ways.

Ashley Cooper PsychologistFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $180/hr (initial appt $220). Medicare and health rebates may apply.

Availability: Usually within a week.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments: 1800 877 924  or book Ashley Cooper online now!

Japanese Counselling – Yu Takizawa

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

Japanese Counselling:  It is easier for people to talk about personal issues in their own language with a therapist who has extensive experience in supporting Japanese people who struggle with life challenges in Australia. Japanese counselling provides a safe place for Japanese people to confidentially discuss and find ways of dealing with a wide range of social and psychological challenges.

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!

Addictions – Dr Megan Broughton

Dr Megan Broughton   Quals: BA Hons (psychology), PhD (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MAPS, MCCLP, MCCN

Addictions: Behaviours such as substance use, gambling and sexual risk-taking can become addictions if they continue compulsively and interfere with responsibilities such as work, relationships, or health. Often addictions are a way of coping with negative feelings like depression, anxiety and stress.

Counselling Approach: Megan provides a collaborative and supportive client-centred approach to help individuals cope with the challenges that they face. She uses harm minimization strategies, motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques.

Current Availability: Usually within a week, evening appointments available.

Fees: $260 per hour for an initial appointment, $220 per hour for subsequent appointments.
Medicare and health fund rebates may apply. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship.

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

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 or book Dr Megan Broughton online now!


Child Depression – Angela Bromfield

Angela Bromfield      Quals: B Sc (Hons Psych), B Ed (Primary), M Ed Psych.

Child Depression: Childhood depression occurs when a child feels persistent feelings of sadness which interferes with their level of functioning (eg. socialising, school, interests and family life). Symptoms vary from individual to individual but may include: intense feelings of sadness, withdrawal from social activities, loss of appetite, fatigue, change in sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, irritability, physical complaints (stomach pains) and thoughts of suicide.

Counselling Approach: When working with clients, Angela only uses evidence-based therapies including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy and Play Therapy. With young clients games may be used to reinforce concepts and keep young clients engaged in the therapeutic process. When working with children Angela involves parents in the sessions as much as possible so that any new skills learnt can be worked on at home.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $180 for a standard consult ($220 for initial appointment).

psychoogist Angela BromfieldCurrent Availability: Usually within 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924, or you can book Angela Bromfield online.

Marriage Counselling – Matthew Ryan

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

Marriage Counselling: Although quite common, conflict in a couple’s relationship is very distressing and if ongoing and unresolved can lead to eventual relationship breakdown, depression and anxiety conditions. The great majority of troubled relationships and marriages can be assisted to regain the openness, joy and flow that are the hallmarks of healthy relationships.

Counselling Approach: Matthew has been supporting and assisting couples to work through their personal and relational problems for over 25 years. He is skilled in helping couples to sort through the issues and dysfunctional patterns that prevent them from enjoying each other. He believes that what keeps most couples ‘stuck’ is their great difficulty in seeing their own participation in the problems that plague them. Most people tend to blame the other for their unhappiness, which is only natural, but it is this tendency of blame and counter blame that usually keeps the relationship ‘stuck’. As a couple’s therapist Matthew helps each person to see how they contribute to maintaining their dysfunctional ways of relating, and how each needs to change.

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!