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 $195 for a standard consult ($240 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.