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.


Teenage Self-Harm – Leia Redman

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

Teenage Self-Harm: Self-harm is used by some teenagers to cope with emotional pain. Self-harm is when a teenager intentionally harms themselves and the most common method is cutting or burning the skin. Teenagers who self-harm often feel ashamed and keep it a secret. Self-Harm occurs with both males and females.

Psychological Therapy Approach: Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. For the treatment of Self-Harm, understanding contributing factors can help parents and teenagers work on alleviating pressure from their lives. Therapy specifically for teenagers will focus on an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, that will include: Understanding why they self-harm; addressing any trauma that is associated with the self-harm; learning to process the emotional pain in more helpful ways; learning to deal with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings rather than using self-harm as a distraction tool; Emotional Regulation Skills; building a positive self-image; values and goal setting; rebuilding relationships through communication which may involve joint session/s with the teenager and their parent/s. Specific Parent Strategies are an important component of therapy and will be provided during the sessions.

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.


Self harm – Tiegan Holtham

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

Self harm: Self harm is a blanket term which refers to when a person hurts themselves intentionally, to relieve some form of psychological suffering. Although often misunderstood by others as a suicidal act or attempt to end their life, those who self harm typically hurt themselves in an attempt to cope with difficult, negative, or numb emotional states. Both children and adults engage in self harm, and those who do so often struggle to voice their emotional pain, and instead inflict it upon themselves. It is important that these individual’s find someone with whom they can confide in, and learn more helpful ways of managing their emotions.

Counselling Approach: Tiegan explores the individual reasons and circumstances behind what leads a person to harm themselves, and develops a treatment plan to address these specific issues. Often Tiegan will draw upon cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focused therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, skills training and compassion focused therapy to support individuals struggling with self harm.

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.

Please note: Tiegan’s books are currently closed. 

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 – Greta Neilsen

Greta Neilsen       Quals: BA (Hons), M Psych (Clin), Grad Dip Soc Sc (Psych), MAPS.

**Please note that Greta is no longer consulting at M1 Psychology.**

Self Harm: Suicidal behaviour is a form of self-harm but it is important to understand that many of those engaging in self-harming behaviours do not intend or expect to die. Skin cutting is the most common form of non-lethal self-harm, but self-harming behaviours can include a wide range of behaviours including burning, hitting or banging body parts, scratching, skin picking, ingesting toxic substances and so forth. The reasons people engage in non-lethal self-harm are also varied and can include; to relieve tension, to distract from painful feelings, self-punishment, decrease dissociative symptoms, block upsetting memories and to communicate distress to others.

Counselling Approach: Treating self-harm relies on understanding the motivations and functions of the behaviour. For example, if someone self-harms because they feel they cannot cope with strong emotions, treatment focuses on teaching skills to cope with these emotions and building self-confidence in the individual to cope without self-harm. Greta helps her clients identify the function of their behaviour and then works with them to develop new skills to replace the problem behaviours. Risk is carefully managed throughout treatment to manage dangerous behaviours. The main evidence based treatments Greta uses for this problem are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Current Availability: Usually within 1-2 weeks. Works evenings and Saturdays.

Fees: Initial $240 and standard appts $195.  The rebate under Medicare is around $84 or higher if you have reached your medicare safety net limit.


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.