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 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 – 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 – 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!

Trauma and PTSD – Vivian Jarrett

Vivian Jarrett    Quals: B Psych (hons), GCert Res Com, MAPS, MAICD

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Trauma and PTSD:  Vivian has provided trauma counselling in private practice and supervised health professionals in the use of trauma-focused counselling. Traumatic events such as natural disasters, health conditions, accidents, birth and sexual trauma and domestic violence.

Counselling Approach: Trauma counselling involves initially improving self-care and strategies to manage with stress related to recent traumatic events.  Talking through the events that have caused trauma are useful to help with “processing”‘ images or memories around events.  Many individuals report nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety and depression.  Counselling has been found to be very effective to treat trauma that has occurred in the past.

Fees: Vivian no longer will be able to accept Medicare referrals due to travel and business commitments. Her books may be closed for extended periods.

Practice Location:

Mt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.
Loganholme – Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.


For details on speaking fees and availability please call Vivian’s personal assistant Kaitlyn on 0431 283 845

Mt Gravatt –  book online.
Loganholme – book 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 – Paul Carver

Paul Carver    Quals: BSc, MSc, PG Dip Hlth Psych

Trauma and PTSD: Trauma can occur through early childhood experiences of neglect, physical or sexual abuse; or as a result of experiencing a horrifying event and not being to escape it.

Early childhood aversive experiences can leave us feeling unstable, unable to feel good, full of self hatred and guilt, and unsafe in the world.

Other trauma can lock us into the past, putting us on the lookout for danger, or make our future look bleak.

Counselling Approach: Paul works at a number of levels, depending on need. Work may involve building a self  that is worthy of love, learning how to meet one’s own needs, and learning how to feel safe in the world. It may involve learning how to make oneself feel good rather than distressed all the time. Sometimes it involves making sense of what happened, working through feelings, and releasing emotions that get trapped in one’s body, making us behave automatically in response to certain triggers.Paul uses CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) originally developed for trauma relating to sexual abuse, but also very effective for PTSD, and  sensorimotor therapies, which work at a more physical level (but don’t involve touch).

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195/hr and $240 initial appt. Reduced rates may be available for those on a pension. Appointments available Sundays.

Availability: 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments:  (07) 3088 5422  or book Paul Carver online



Trauma and PTSD – Dr Michael Free

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

Trauma and PTSD: Anxiety can be a distressing, complex, and debilitating phenomenon. Dr Free has extensive experience in treating a variety of presentations of anxiety, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder and various combinations of the associated symptoms and underlying causes.

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.

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

Practice Locations: Toddington Clinic, Chapel Hill and 100 Warwick Road, Ipswich.

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



Trauma and PTSD – Greg Turner

Greg Turner  Quals: B App Sc, Grad Dip App Sc (App Psych), Cert GMH, MAPS

Trauma & PTSD: What constitutes trauma is culturally and individually based and is something which tends to overwhelm a person and their normal coping mechanisms and results in that person feeling very anxious and distressed.  There are physical and psychological components of trauma reactions which people can experience from a single event, or from multiple events (complex trauma). The stress from trauma is natural and normal and is not a disorder or deficiency within the person, however it can be debilitating and it is something that can be addressed with counselling. Some people can go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but the good news is that trauma and PTSD can be successfully treated using a combination of therapies suited to the trauma context and the individual person.

Counselling Approach: Greg has been practicing psychology for almost 20 years and takes a practical and pragmatic approach to counselling utilising a relaxed and informal approach which recognises that as human beings we all have times in our lives when things don’t go well, sometimes we fall down, and sometimes we need a bit of help. Greg is committed to helping his clients find solutions to their problems, to improve their situations in life, and to recover from the nasty things that life sometimes throws at us. Greg utilises humanistic approaches such as existential therapy (Logotherapy), interpersonal therapy, and Mindfulness, as well as practical approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Brief Therapy. For single event trauma Greg has achieved many successes with Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) techniques.

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

Fees: Greg charges $195 for 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 Greg Turner online now!