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.


Trauma and PTSD – Dr David Wells

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

Trauma and PTSD: Many people go through traumas in their lives. Sometimes these traumas are processed by our minds and are coped with, but at other times when processed they turn into PTSD. Talking about these traumas is important to assist with coping better with those incidents.

Counselling approach: David has been trained by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Health and has counselled many clients with PTSD. It always needs to be recognised that clients need to go at their own pace, and will have bad days as well as the good. Listening is an essential skill when helping clients deal with their traumatic incidents.

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 and PTSD – Joey Tai

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

Trauma and PTSD:  Unfortunately, traumatic events exist in life and everyone at some point will experience a traumatic event of relative severity. If one does not effectively process and manage this trauma, it can have severely debilitating effects on the individual’s level of functioning and overall quality of life and could lead to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Trauma can range from abuse (emotional, verbal, sexual or physical) to witnessing other traumatic events such as accidents or death. Professional help from a trained psychologist can often help an individual to buffer against the negative effects of trauma, and to help them improve their quality of life.

Joey Tai (2)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 and feelings of safety have been negatively impacted. By using the therapeutic relationship to provide a positive learning experience, Joey is then able to go deeper into one’s emotional psyche to help to work through many of the emotions which have been not properly managed and processed. The aim of the 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. Sessions with Joey are open and relaxed, with great emphasis on the client and what he/she experiences.

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

Trauma and PTSD – Cobus Kleynhans

Cobus Kleynhans     Quals: BA (Hons), MA (Clin Psych)

Trauma and PTSD: Not everyone who has experienced a life-threatening event will develop PTSD. In fact, research shows people with unresolved trauma from their past are more likely to develop PTSD in adulthood if are confronted with a dangerous or life-threatening event. Such people are likely to relive the event as though it were continually recurring in the present. The traumatic moment becomes encoded in an abnormal form of memory, which infiltrates consciousness as flashbacks. Small, seemingly insignificant reminders can evoke memories that return with the same vividness and emotional force of the original event.

Counselling Approach: Cobus Kleynhans is in agreement with Judith Herman that the ‘core experiences of psychological trauma are disempowerment and disconnection from others. Recovery, therefore, is based upon the ’empowerment of the survivor and the creation of new connections’.

Cobus KleynhansAvailability: Usually within one week.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Hardships rates may be available.  Please call reception.

Please note: Cobus’ books are currently closed. 

Trauma and PTSD – Dr Rose Gillett

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

Trauma and PTSD: Many people will experience a traumatic event in their lives, such as a car accident or loss of a loved one, though most will not go on to develop debilitating symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Those that do may avoid internal, negative experiences associated with the event, such as flashbacks, through attempting to suppress or distracting themselves from the thoughts, and thus strengthening their anxiety at having these negative experiences, and increasing the likelihood of them returning.

Counselling Approach: Rose works from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspectives to work with PTSD and trauma. Through fostering tolerance for internal experiences and working with the associated anxiety, Rose works to bring acceptance and moving forward for her clients.

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!

Cognitive Processing Therapy – Kelly Gall

Kelly Gall     Quals: BSc (Hons), MPsych (Health), MClinPsych MAPS  

Cognitive Processing Therapy: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy that seeks to help people with PTSD and trauma to integrate their experiences through understanding the ways in which trauma’s change their beliefs, and reducing avoidance. CPT is structured and focuses on addressing one trauma at a time for a period of approximately 12 sessions.

Counselling Approach: Kelly is an endorsed Health Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, who has found that CPT can be more useful and tolerable for people with complex or repeated traumas than other forms of therapy such as prolonged exposure. She has found that CPT helps people understand and modify unhelpful rules that have been established by their trauma experience, but which maintain their distress or limit their lives. Kelly is currently using CPT with military personnel, first responders (such as police), and clients with interpersonal traumas such as assaults and abuse.

Current Availability: Usually within 1-3 weeks.

Fees: Initial appointment $260 and standard appointments $220/hr. Hardship rates may be available to those in difficult financial circumstances. Please contact reception. Medicare and Health Rebates available.

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

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129 or book Kelly Gall online now!


First Responders – Kelly Gall

Kelly Gall     Quals: BSc (Hons), MPsych (Health), MClinPsych MAPS  

First Responders: First responders (police and emergency services) are exposed to a range of organisational stressors and potentially traumatic events unique to their employment. Cultural factors and mental health stigma within these settings often make it challenging for people to seek assistance.  When assistance is required the need maintain a standard of physical and mental health in order to remain employed, this can often complicates the treatment and recovery process.

Counselling Approach: Kelly is an endorsed Health Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, experienced in working with first responders and assisting them with coping with various personal, health, mental health difficulties (including PTSD) as well as organisational stressors.  Kelly helps people achieve relief from symptoms while working to optimise their workplace performance and limit any impact on their careers.

Current Availability: Usually within 1-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 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 Kelly Gall online now!


Trauma and PTSD – Dr Catherine Hynes

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

Trauma and PTSD: Sometimes when people become overwhelmed by an experience, their brains can record the experience in very different ways to normal. As the brain tries to process these events and store them as usual, they can be re-experienced as flashbacks to the event, uncomfortable physical sensations, or nightmares. People can feel as if they are going crazy, and end up feeling very disturbed.

Counselling Approach: There are a number of effective and evidence based treatments for trauma. I work in a warm and compassionate way to ensure that trauma survivors develop the skills necessary to soothe themselves, to ensure that therapy can proceed safely. If a person has experienced multiple traumas, or traumas beginning in childhood, this first stage can take many months or even years. Once it feels right to both of us, we may being to reprocess the difficult memories in the safety of the consulting room. I usually use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), a therapy developed for healing from trauma, because when it tends to provide the most rapid relief to clients. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is also an option for trauma focused therapy. I always negotiate the plan with my client, and develop a comfortable path for their healing.

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



Trauma and PTSD – Kelly Gall

Kelly Gall     Quals: BSc (Hons), MPsych (Health), MClinPsych MAPS  

Disaster and Critical Incident Support: Kelly has training and experience in providing screening, psychological first aid and treatment for individuals exposed to potentially traumatising events.  Kelly is able to offer her services to individuals who have been exposed to traumatic events, who are experiencing post-traumatic reactions, or who have PTSD.  Her services are also available to workplaces and organisations that wish to support their staff following accidents, natural disasters and other critical incidents.

Counselling Approach: Kelly is an endorsed Health Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist. Being exposed to a potentially traumatising event such as a natural disaster or major incident does not mean that you will experience long-term mental health problems; in fact, most people will recover fully. However, there are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing problems for those involved in life-threatening or highly distressing incidents. Kelly works with individual clients and organisations to help ensure that people exposed to potentially traumatic life events have the greatest chance of attaining a full recovery; without providing unnecessary services..

Current Availability: Usually within 1-3 weeks.

Fees: Initial appointment $260 and standard appointments $220/hr. Hardship rates may be available to those in difficult financial circumstances. Please contact reception. Medicare and Health Rebates available.

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

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129 or book Kelly Gall online now!