Dr Catherine Hynes Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)
Personality Disorders: Although it is not a term that I personally favour because there is so much prejudice associated with it, “personality disorder” is so commonly used that I have included a listing under this term. For some people, mental health difficulties are long-standing, and have their origins in adolescence, childhood or infancy. These difficulties may be associated with patterns in relationships and life circumstances that play out repetitively throughout adulthood. People who have suffered in this way may have developed a number of unhelpful and even self-destructive coping strategies that sometimes provide temporary relief, but at other times make the situation worse.
These people may have difficulties starting or keeping friendships and romantic relationships, although they may desperately want close connections with other people. Others have decided that maintaining distance is the only safe way to exist. People who have these experiences often suffer greatly, and are often desperate for help.
Counselling Approach: I work with people with long-standing difficulties in a calm, patient, and compassionate way to establish a trusting relationship; I don’t expect this to come straight away, but I hope that over time, after seeing that a therapist can be reliable and kind within the necessary bounds of therapy, that a person will begin to take the risk of trusting me. I work with the person’s goals and values to help them to create a worthwhile life, and I always prioritise the person’s safety, since it is not possible to create a worthwhile life if you aren’t here to live it. I use a flexibly approach to therapy, and may draw on strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and therapy for trauma and dissociation.
Fees: $230 per hour, negotiable based on financial need. Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.
Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.
Appointments: Call 1800 877 924.