Teenagers 13-17 Years – Cassandra Gist

Cassandra Gist  –  Quals: B Psych (Hons), M Applied Psychology (Health)

Teenagers 13-17 Years: The teenage years define a phase of rapid and significant psychological growth. Puberty’s impact coincides with a series of new cognitive acquisitions and social demands, making this one of the most exciting and dramatically changing phases in the lifespan. Such changes may include physical growth in stature, strength, neurobiology, physiology, reproductive maturity, cognitive, social skills, personality and emotional maturity. Erikson’s theory suggests that the development of an adolescents’ personality creates a battle between a sense of self and personal identity. The resolution of this battle generates a distinct identity that guides an adolescent through psychological development throughout their lives. However, any past traumatic experiences or issues arising during this developmental period, may create an identity which causes ongoing confusion for the individual moving into adult life. Therefore, it is a significant time for adolescents to be expressing their feelings in an open, supportive and confidential environment.

Counselling Approach: Cassandra believes that it is important that adolescents are provided with a voice and guided through this integral stage of development. She utilises evidence based therapeutic methods that are proven to achieve positive outcomes. Adolescents can be provided with psychoeducation, cognitive behaviour therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sessions may focus on relationship issues; identifying feelings and discussing underlying issues; emotional regulation; motivation techniques including goal setting; possible joint sessions with parents to increase communication paths.

Fees:
 Usually $180/hr (initial appt $220). Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship.

Availability: Usually within a week including evening appointments.

Practice Location: M1 Psychology, 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, QLD.

Appointments: 3067 9129 or book with Cassandra Gist 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.

 

Eating Disorders – Amanda Hansen

Amanda Hansen   Quals: B Psych, MAPS

Eating Disorders: Amanda has specific training in working with people to overcome problems associated with eating, food, and body image. Making the decision to enter into treatment for an eating disorder can be confronting, however Amanda’s down to earth and friendly approach helps to create a safe environment in which to begin addressing your concerns.

Counselling Approach: Amanda uses a combination of both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to tailor an approach suited to the client’s individual needs. Within this framework, she remains solution-focused in her approach to counselling, and works collaboratively with clients to achieve goals. Amanda believes in the benefits of Mindfulness and taking valued action, and assists her clients to make choices guided by their values.

Amanda Hansen PsychCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: $180 for a standard 60 minute consultation; $220 for initial consult (60 – 90 mins). Medicare and health refunds may apply; please enquire when booking.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt.

Appointments: 1800 877 924  or book Amanda Hansen online now!

Marriage Counselling – Joey Tai

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

Marriage Counselling: Joey specialises in working with individuals or couples who have relationship/marriage problems, and encourages his clients to explore and address some of the inner conflicts within themselves which may have contributed to their accompanying relational difficulties.

Counselling Approach: Sessions with Joey are open and non-judgemental in nature; you are free to share and delve deeper into your own personal life so as to understand and subsequently modify the factors which might have held you back in your personal relationships. Joey believes that everyone has a need to be listened to and in this process of attending to your personal sharing, he is able to provide helpful insights into why you may have difficulties in your relationships.

Joey Tai (2)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