Child and Adolescent Anxiety – Dr Rose Gillett

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

Child and Adolescent Anxiety: Anxiety is a difficult experience for anyone no matter their age. For a young person, anxiety can be crippling and impact on their lives from home to school, interfering with ability to make friends, complete schoolwork, or sleep in their own bed. It can be difficult to recognize anxiety in a young person due to their efforts to hide it and appear “confident.” Early detection and seeking support is very important in helping young people with anxiety achieve their full potential.

Counselling Approach: Rose works with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat anxiety with children and young people. She believes understanding of anxiety and how it is maintained is vital, followed through with clear, effective skill building to treat the physical, behavioural, and cognitive symptoms.

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!

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!

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!

Autism – Cassandra Gist

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

Autism: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined as lifelong development disabilities characterised by marked difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory activities (Autism Spectrum Australia).  Even though ASD is a lifelong condition, social, communication and sensory difficulties may be remediated by methods of intervention therapy and structured support.

Counselling Approach: Cassandra is experienced in administering neurological assessments required for diagnosis of ASD. This may involve an Intelligence test (IQ test) and an adaptive functioning assessment which assesses the child’s daily functioning abilities. The diagnosis process can be guided by Cassandra, in function with the child’s GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist, the child’s school and with the family.   Following diagnosis, Cassandra utilises evidence based therapeutic methods that are proven to achieve positive outcomes.

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!

Childhood Disabilities – Susanne Gilmour

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

Childhood Disabilities: Childhood disabilities can include intellectual impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD (executive functioning difficulties), and a wide variety of congenital syndromes, however Susanne Gilmour’s special interest is in assessing and working with otherwise intelligent school-aged children with specific learning disabilities (SLD), to improve their learning outcomes. Many childhood disabilities receive support from government funding and not-for-profit organisations, but there is little support for children and teenagers who, despite being of average to above average intelligence, struggle in school with literacy, numeracy, attention and / or social functioning due to minimal neurological impairments.

Early detection and intervention is important in preventing the development of anxiety, depression, or behavioural problems at school, which often occur when a child has had a long struggle with schooling, and the  inaccurate and negative judgements (about their motivation, work habits and short concentration span) which frequently follow.

Counselling Approach: Susanne Gilmour is experienced in conducting evaluations for specific learning disabilities (SLD), to assess ability, achievement, memory, and sometimes additional assessment of executive functioning or social communication, auditory processing, and speech and language. Once detected and identified, Susanne can recommend learning strategies to compensate for SLD, and provide comprehensive reporting.

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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.

 

Child Depression – Joey Tai

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

Child Depression: Child and parent based sessions to help children overcome their sadness.

Counselling Approach: Joey is experienced in working with children, youth and young adults. Joey utilises play therapy as a way of engaging with children, and understanding their core difficulties.

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

Child and Adolescent Trauma – Joey Tai

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

Child and Adolescent Trauma: Unfortunately, no matter how we try to protect them, children and adolescents sometimes experience traumatic events. If the child or adolescent does not effectively process and manage this trauma, it can have severely debilitating effects on their level of functioning and overall quality of life. Trauma can range from abuse (emotional, verbal, sexual or physical) to witnessing other traumatic events (eg flood, fire, car accident). Professional help from a trained psychologist can help the young person buffer against the negative effects of trauma and to help them improve their quality of life.

Counselling Approach: In order to achieve therapeutic progress, there needs to be trust developed between the therapist and the client. This is particularly crucial in trauma victims, as their sense of trust has been negatively impacted. By using the therapeutic relationship to provide a positive learning experience, Joey is then able to go deeper to help the child or adolescent work through many of the emotions which have been not properly managed and processed. The aim of therapy is to allow the client to experience a greater confidence in themselves as well as their surroundings; the processing of their emotions being a crucial supporting factor.

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

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.

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!

Parenting Tips for Surviving the Teenage Years – Leia Redman

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

Parenting Tips for Surviving the Teenage Years: Parenting teenagers is one of the most challenging periods of life as a parent. Teenagers tend to come in three types: those that cause parents much less worry, change slowly and have less involvement with their peers; those that pull away somewhat and cause some worry; and those that cause serious concern, pull away from you a lot, act out, engage in dangerous behaviour and have significant emotional issues. It is useful to understand where your teenager fits amongst those categories and what you can do to help.

Psychological Therapy Approach: Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. Deciding whether to intervene (picking your battles) due to your teenagers challenging behaviour can be a tough decision. It is helpful to categorise problems into two areas: Minor but Annoying: e.g. long phone conversations with friends, messy bedroom etc.; or Serious: e.g. drugs, alcohol, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse, ADHD, family issues like divorce etc. If the teenager’s behaviour is considered serious and is impacting their functioning (i.e. drugs, alcohol, depression etc.) it is time to seek professional advice and treatment. Clinical Psychologists can help to address Parenting Strategies specific to yourself and your teenager; and also work directly with the teenager to understand what is going on for them and the triggers/causes to the problem, to learn how to manage their symptoms and to rebuild their relationships.

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