Self Harm – Dr Rose Gillett

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

Self Harm: Self harm is a term most often associated with a specific behaviour known as “cutting.” Self harm is in fact a much broader set of behaviours that are negatively impacting the person and may be long-term. Addiction to drugs and alcohol can be considered self-harm, and will eventually assist in an earlier death. Self-sabotage behaviours that reduce a person’s productivity, happiness or relationships can also be considered self harming and may lead to depression or suicidality. Typically, self harming behaviours are used to help managed negative internal states and are maintained by low connections and support from others.

Counselling Approach: When working with self harm, I explore the underlying emotional pain and unconscious defences used to avoid it. With a working understanding of the pain and avoidance mechanisms, work can begin on distress tolerance, emotion regulation and support seeking skills to manage the current behaviours and prevent relapse.

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!

Self Harm – Susanne Gilmour

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

Self Harm: The apparent increase in self-harming behaviours in the young, who are not otherwise suffering from trauma or developing a serious mental illness, is of great concern to parents and those who work with young people.

Our young people are tackling the challenges of puberty and transition to adulthood in an increasingly complex world and competitive, individualistic society. Emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, self-loathing and loss can be overwhelming for some young people, so self harming may relieve, in the short-term, the build-up of inexplicable and discomforting tension in the body and may become an addictive behaviour.

Counselling Approach: Susanne Gilmour is experienced in working with young people and their families. When self harm is the presenting issue, Susanne has found that improving communication, helping the young person to identify and safely express negative feelings by implementing more helpful strategies, can greatly reduce and relieve their emotional distress.

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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.


Self Harm – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Self Harm: Sometimes, being you, being in the circumstances you are in, or remembering the things that have happened to you, can be unbearable. Sometimes, you don’t know how to manage the overwhelming feelings you experience, and you need some way to cope. Sometimes, you resort to harming your own body to make the emotional pain into something clearer, something physical, to be in cotnrol of the amount of pain your are feeling, or perhaps to punish yourself. The problem is, sometimes it can get out of control and frighten you, or frighten those around you.

Counselling Approach: I work with people who self harm in a warm and compassionate way to understand why damaging your own body has become such an important coping strategy. Together, we might explore your reasons for doing it, and look at ways to resolve those difficulties. If that is too difficult to confront at the moment, we might look at alternatives to self harm, and figure out  ways that you can achieve the same emotional goals without damaging your body. I use a flexible approach to therapy, and may draw on strategies from motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and therapy for trauma and dissociation.

Dr Catherine Hynes Psychologist

Current Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422



Self-Harm – Angela Bromfield

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

Self Harm: “Self harm” is the term used when a person intentionally injures or hurts themselves as a way to cope with emotional distress. People who self-harm have difficulty talking to others about their emotions, and instead inflict harm upon themselves – by cutting, burning, picking at their skin and similar – as a way to cope.

Counselling Approach:  The treatment for self harm may include counselling, harm minimization techniques, and learning more effective coping strategies in therapy. I tailor a treatment plan which is tailored specifically to the needs of the individual, drawing on evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT).

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

Current 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.

Self Harm – Dr Michael Free

Dr Michael Free   Quals: BA (Psych), MA, Dip Clin Psych, PhD

Self Harm: Dr Free has expertise in the psychological treatment of self harm, especially with teenagers.

Counselling Approach: Dr Free can undertake therapy in lots of different ways, usually determined by the wishes of the client. He uses therapy approaches that include  Cognitive Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness-based meditation therapies.

Fees: $170 per hour; bulk billing available for pensioners, unemployed, full-time secondary and tertiary students, and persons experiencing financial hardship, if they have been referred under the Better Access to Mental Health program. Full fee structure available on Dr Free’s website.

drfree1Availability: Chapel Hill 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday; Ipswich Fridays only.

Practice Location: Chapel Hill and Ipswich.

Appointments: Please call 0412 132 560, or leave a message on 3720 1122.