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.