Our Practice

OUR NORTH BRISBANE PRACTICE

Brisbane Centre for Psychology is focused on specialist psychology services.

With highly qualified psychologists (including clinical psychologists), we offer psychology services to promote the well-being of young children, adolescents, adults, couples & families to maximise quality of life and a sense of fulfillment.

Our psychology services are tailored to promote safety, trust, empathy and confidentiality between our clients and us.

 

Therapy for Individuals

You may think there is something wrong with you because you’re feeling lost, out of control, overwhelmed or desperate. Take heart – you are experiencing a commonplace human reaction to the challenges in your life.

Your current situation may stem from trauma or abuse. Are you struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, poor self-esteem, anxiety or depression? Trying to lose weight but your mindset keeps you trapped in an unhealthy cycle? Do you feel that something is not quite right, but you can’t put your finger on it?

The training our Psychologists have undertaken, along with our extensive experience and our encouragement of your free expression, allow you to safely and honestly confront your issues. Right from your first therapy session you’ll be moving toward healing, growth and a life that’s in tune with your values.

 

Therapy for Couples

Despite being loving, intelligent people, you and your partner may be experiencing frustration. Often the same pattern of conflict repeats over and over and you can’t see a way out. You didn’t start out this way and you want to go back to the way you were before things took a turn for the worse.

Whether you need sensitive navigation to get your relationship back on track, help for grieving a relationship that has ended or compassionate guidance to gracefully part ways, couples’ counselling can dramatically ease this turbulent life challenge.

We apply methods of relationship therapy that are strongly backed by science including Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), neuroscience and mindfulness practices.

Don’t wait to seek help. The relief you will feel as you make progress will far outweigh the discomfort or embarrassment that makes you hesitate.

 

Funding

Referrals via the Medicare Better Access Scheme, Workcover, National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) among others are welcomed, & patients may also access services via their private health insurance.

For patients utilising Medicare rebates, please ensure you see your GP to gain a Mental Health Care Plan prior to attending your first psychology appointment.

For DVA patients, please ensure you see your GP or psychiatrist for a D904/DVA Request/Referral prior to attending your first psychology appointment.

We apply a very reasonable gap fee that enables all of our patients to access affordable services.  Please contact our practice to find out further details regarding these out of pocket expenses.

OUR NORTH BRISBANE
PRACTICE

Brisbane Centre for Psychology encompasses a psychology practice incorporating clinical and organisational psychology services.  With highly qualified and registered psychologists (including clinical psychologists), we offer assessment & treatment for children, adolescents, adults and couples experiencing a range of clinical issues including: stress, anxiety, mood, substance, sleep, grief & personality disorders –  e.g. depression, bipolar affective disorder, complex trauma, PTSD, addictions, OCD, borderline personality, insomnia, complicated grief, work-related stress, relationship discord & chronic pain.

 

Therapy for Individuals

You may think there is something wrong with you because you’re feeling lost, out of control, overwhelmed or desperate. Take heart – you are experiencing a commonplace human reaction to the challenges in your life.

Your current situation may stem from trauma or abuse. Are you struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, poor self-esteem, anxiety or depression? Trying to lose weight but your mindset keeps you trapped in an unhealthy cycle? Do you feel that something is not quite right, but you can’t put your finger on it?

The training our Psychologists have undertaken, along with our extensive experience and our encouragement of your free expression, allow you to safely and honestly confront your issues. Right from your first therapy session you’ll be moving toward healing, growth and a life that’s in tune with your values.

 

Therapy for Couples

Despite being loving, intelligent people, you and your partner are experiencing frustration. Often the same pattern of conflict repeats over and over and you can’t see a way out. You didn’t start out this way and you want to go back to the way you were before things took a turn for the worse.

Whether you need sensitive navigation to get your relationship back on track, help for grieving a relationship that has ended or compassionate guidance to gracefully part ways, couples’ counselling can dramatically ease this turbulent life challenge.

We apply methods of relationship therapy that are strongly backed by science including Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), neuroscience and mindfulness practices.

Don’t wait to seek help. The relief you will feel as you make progress will far outweigh the discomfort or embarrassment that makes you hesitate.

 

Funding

Referrals via the Medicare Better Access Scheme, Workcover, National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) among others are welcomed, & patients may also access services via their private health insurance.

For patients utilising Medicare rebates, please ensure you see your GP to gain a Mental Health Care Plan prior to attending your first psychology appointment.

For DVA patients, please ensure you see your GP for a D904/DVA Request/Referral prior to attending your first psychology appointment.

If you are in receipt of a government pension (e.g., Disability Support Pension, New Start Allowance, Seniors Pension), we bulk bill (i.e., no gap-fee) as long as you have a Mental Health Care Plan prior to attending your first psychology appointment.

Our Team

Dr Rosemary Patton

Dr Rosemary Patton (DPsychClin, MAPS, FCCLP is a Clinical Psychologist, Board Approved Supervisor, Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Full Member of the Clinical College of the APS & the Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Association of Australia (EMDRAA). I have close to 20 years of experience working in a range of organisations at all levels of management with diverse populations, including the Australian Defence Force (ADF), human resources, private practice & hospital settings & not-for profit organisations.

I am an approved Bupa ADF Provider, NDIS Provider, Workcover Provider, Medicare/DVA Provider and EAP Provider.

I thrive on providing best-practice, evidence-based clinical, health & organisational interventions to maximise the wellbeing & life satisfaction of individuals & couples & in turn, the productivity of individuals, teams & organisations.

A high quality of rapport with clients & the ability to achieve time-effective & cost-efficient outcomes would be among my strengths.

I have vast experience in both clinical & organisational settings in the assessment & treatment of a range of presenting issues including: mood, stress & anxiety disorders, substance misuse, anger management, relationship discord, work stress & communication problems, chronic pain & grief issues & personality & sleep disorders. I also have a depth of experience with psychometric testing & interpretation, recruitment & selection interviews, organisational wellbeing assessment, manager assist & critical incident management.

I utilise a range of therapeutic approaches in my interventions with clients & organisations dependent on assessment outcomes & cognisant of time frame & budget requirements. These include eye movement desensitisation & reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Brainspotting (BSP) therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing, & schema-focused therapy.

I am also a wife & mother of three children, indulge in bikram yoga & enjoy catching up with family & friends when able.

Dr Jane Austin

Jane is a clinical psychologist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The University of Queensland and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jane has over 25 years’ experience across a broad range of areas encompassing community mental health, private practice, employee assistance programs and organisational psychology.

Jane’s approach is authentic, warm and direct, allowing her to initiate and grow one-on-one relationships, navigate tough conversations and quickly grasp client needs.  Using a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, Jane can skillfully translate complex psychological theory into practical, meaningful solutions that have a transformational effect for individuals.   These include Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Solution-Focused Therapy.  The issues Jane can help you with include abuse, anxiety disorders, depression and low mood, difficult life transitions, emotional dysregulation, excessive worry and rumination, insomnia and sleep issues, grief and loss, panic attacks, marital issues and couples counselling.

When Jane’s not working she loves to walk her dogs, go to the gym, practice meditation and yoga and spend as much time as possible at the beach.  She has travelled and worked around the globe with one of the most notable trips being a trek to Everest Base Camp.

Dr Madeline Romaniuk

Dr Madeline Romaniuk is a clinical psychologist with over 13 years clinical experience in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, community government services, NGOs, and private practice. For the last 10 years, her practice has focused on the assessment and treatment of current and former ADF personnel suffering PTSD, transition difficulties and associated comorbidities.

Madeline has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and has undertaken additional training in best practice evidence-based treatment for PTSD and trauma including Trauma focused CBT/Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Madeline places trust and the therapeutic alliance at the centre of her work and appreciates that each person is unique and requires a personalized approach to treatment. Madeline has a warm, relaxed and calm manner, and has a genuine drive to understand people as best as she can, in order to help build insight, build coping skills and alleviate suffering.

In addition to clinical work, Madeline is a leader in Australian research into veteran mental health. A Chief Investigator at the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, she has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings in the area of veteran health. She has been Principal Investigator or Investigator on successful research proposals/grants totaling over $15 million – all aimed at improving knowledge and support for the physical and mental health needs of veterans and currently serving Defence personnel.

Due to her extensive work in both clinical practice and research, Madeline is also a regularly invited keynote speaker at military and veteran forums as well as an advisor to Government. She is an appointed member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veteran Mental Health and was invited as an expert witness to provide testimony to the Parliament Senate Inquiry into Transition from the ADF. Madeline was also invited to contribute to the DVA Veteran Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit to contribute to a revised mental health strategy as well as speak at the recent Suicide Prevention Symposium convened by the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention.

Madeline has a Doctorate in clinical psychology and is currently completing a PhD focused on transition out of the ADF and the mental health and adjustment of veterans post-service. In her spare time, Madeline likes cooking, watching Netflix, spending time with family and friends and enjoying precious moments with her young daughter.

Carolyn Ireland

I am an experienced Organisational Psychologist registered with AHPRA, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Fellow of the APS College of Organisational Psychologists (COPS).

I am currently studying my Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration). I am also a full member of EMDRAA, having completed my training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Throughout my career I have progressed as a senior psychologist and through varying levels of management, up to a state management role whereby I have managed a large number of psychologists and administration staff.  As an organisational psychologist I have worked in recruitment and assessment, vocational counselling, careers coaching, coaching of managers, providing psychoeducation to staff and managers, counselling individuals experiencing workplace issues including burn out and assisting individuals with creating work life balance.

In clinical practice, my focus is on treating adults with depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, trauma exposure (incl PTSD), grief and loss, stress, and sleep disturbance. I have an interest in working with military and para-military personnel given my experience with this demographic.

I am passionate about helping people create rich and meaningful lives. My focus is to work collaboratively with the individual to create a safe space in which to develop self-awareness and explore a way forward. I pride myself on providing a professional service in a relaxed environment that is tailored to meet individual needs and achieve positive outcomes.

I believe in the importance of maintaining physical health and fitness and try and practice what I preach. I do this through long-distance running and regular yoga practice. I also try and create a work-life balance for myself and prioritise spending time with my son and family.

Cate Brooks

Cate is a compassionate Psychologist of 5 years and is currently completing a Master of Clinical Psychology.

Cate’s aim is to create a safe space for her clients to feel comfortable to share without pressure or judgement. She believes in a ‘client centred’ approach to her practice and she tailors her communication and approach to assist clients to share their thoughts and feelings in a relaxed and warm environment.

Cate is constantly striving to improve her practice and ensures the psychological treatment that is delivered is current and evidence based.

Cate also has experience with clients ranging in age from adolescence to older adults.

Cate provides treatment for a range of presenting problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, anger management, communication difficulties, pain management and grief and loss. She also has experience providing a range of evidence based interventions  such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  She also actively practices Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Schema Therapy.

Outside of work Cate enjoys running, cooking and watching rugby. She also indulges in the odd Netflix binge from time to time.

Jenna McMaster

Jenna completed her Master of Psychology (Counselling) at the University of Queensland and is currently in the process of completing the registrar program to become an endorsed Counselling Psychologist. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours from the Bachelor of Psychological Science. Jenna has experience working within multiple private practice settings, community health services, as well as non-for-profit organisations.

Jenna believes in taking a collaborative approach and values the wealth of knowledge and experience that each client brings to the therapeutic space. She sees her role as being to guide and support clients to make changes. Her motto for working with clients is “only you are the expert of your own life”.

Jenna has several areas of specialty interest including working with adolescents, individuals with substance use issues, personality disorders, and those struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with food. Jenna also has experience providing therapy for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, life transitions, and relationship difficulties.

Jenna is trained to deliver therapy using a range of modalities and chooses the modality based on client suitability and appropriateness. In particular, she utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E) and incorporates elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) into sessions, as appropriate.

Deborah Green

Debbie has 5 years’ experience practicing as a clinical psychologist overseas, where she completed her Psychology degree and Postgraduate degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In 2014 she moved to Australia with her family and completed a Master in Professional Psychology at the Australian Catholic University on 2020.

Debbie has a diverse professional experience working with children, adolescents and adults in different settings. Her experience includes working with depression, anxiety, behavioural problems, social and academic difficulties and family conflict, as well as conducting psychological assessments including cognitive and academic testing.

Debbie has been trained and works with several evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Throughout her practice she has always preferred a gentle approach and building a relationship with clients in order to, through trust and respect, build the best strategy for each individual.

HANNAH LUPO

Hannah is a psychologist providing assessment, treatment and support to individuals with a variety of psychological health presentations and experiences. With over 14 years of experiences her practice has been developed within a number of settings including government health services, not-for-profit organisations, private practice settings; and tertiary education institutions.

Working with adults and young people (14 years and above), Hannah believes in building a collaborative therapeutic relationship that assists individuals to understand their health presentations and experiences, to best aide them in their recovery.

Hannah welcomes a diverse range of health presentations and focus therapy on providing best-practice for Mood disorders, Trauma, Anxiety and Stress disorders, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, personality disorders, work-related stress and study difficulties, chronic pain, sexuality, identity and esteem concerns, adjustment and transition difficulties, substance use disorders, sexual assault and sexual abuse experiences.

Hannah’s therapeutic approach is grounded in a trauma-informed framework drawing from Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Motivation interviewing (MI), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

DAVID SHORT

David is an approved service provider for Private health care, Medicare and EAP clients. David has over 20 years of experience working in public, private, and corporate roles in psychology and has a passion for assisting people with insights into self-defeating behaviors’ and strategies to move forward towards a more fulfilling life.

David adopts a client-centred, clear, compassionate, and cooperative approach, supportive and non-judgmental ensuring a positive therapy experience. David’s focus is Men’s and Women’s mental health including: Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety/Panic attacks, Communication Skills, Depression and Low Mood, Difficult Life Transitions, Excessive Worry/Rumination/fears, Executive wellbeing, Insomnia and Sleep, PTSD and OCD, Relationship work, Self-esteem/confidence, Separation and Divorce, Parental support, Stress and Burnout, Student support, Trouble with saying no and setting limits.

David tailors’ individual solutions for his clients drawing from traditional and contemporary evidence-based therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Supportive Counselling and Psych-education. David places an emphasis on stress management and active lifestyle as corner stones of good mental health.

David has an interest in ancient mythology, has a fascination for the diversity of cultures, places and people of the world, reads maritime fiction, enjoys leisure time with his family including time at the beach, sailing, bush walks and cooking up with the kids on the weekends.

CHRIS BARALLON

Chris is a Psychologist with a Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) who specialises in supporting children and young people. She is also a Board Approved Supervisor with extensive experience in supporting the development of provisional psychologists.

Since 2001, Chris has worked in a variety of early intervention and therapeutic settings with children, youth and their families in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

Chris has significant experience in child and youth mental health (CYMHS), including specialist services for school refusal, outreach and providing professional development for education staff. She has training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). She adapts her style to meet the needs of each individual client.

With 20 years of experience as a Psychologist, Chris continues to feel inspired through helping others to be empowered and to reach their goals. She brings a calm, compassionate and practical approach to helping children and families. Her interest areas include autism, anxiety, parenting and developmental disabilities.

Chris is a wife and mother to two primary school aged children. When she has free time, she enjoys coffee breaks, going to the beach, swimming, and spending time catching up with her family and friends.

DR NIRMAL SARASWAT

Dr Nirmal Saraswat is a Clinical Psychologist and has AHPRA practice endorsement in the field of clinical psychology.  She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCLP). She has a PhD in clinical psychology, a MPhil in medical and social psychology and a MA in applied and clinical psychology.

Nirmal has over 20 years of experience as a psychologist and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Nirmal currently provides treatment for adolescents (15 years and above) and adults with a range of clinical problems including Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)), stress and adjustment problems.

Nirmal has pursued advanced training in a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy (ST), Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based approaches. Nirmal’s approach to treatment is integrative in nature and she strives to offer evidence-based treatment tailored to your unique needs. She is a bilingual clinician and offers therapy in English and Hindi.

DR SARAH HAMPTON

Sarah a Clinical Psychologist with over 11 years of experience working in a variety of settings including hospital (inpatient and outpatient), private practice, and research settings.

Much of Sarah’s experience involves working with the assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, stress and trauma disorders, substance misuse, eating disorders, insomnia and sleep problems, anger, resentment and regret issues, struggles with identity and purpose, grief and loss, and distress related to major life transitions and adjustments.

She uses a range of approaches in her therapy with clients, always taking into account client preferences as well as time and budget restraints. These include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), trauma focussed CBT, prolonged exposure therapy (PE), cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), imagery rehearsal therapy for nightmares (IRT), schema therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), and compassion focussed therapy (CFT).

Sarah is passionate about building trust with her clients and ensuring they feel heard, understood and supported in our time together. She gently checks in regularly to ensure she is on the same page and working effectively together towards the same goals. Her goal is to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel relaxed and cared for, while at the same time delivering a high quality and efficient therapeutic intervention.

In addition to clinical work, Sarah is a Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation. As part of her role, she is involved in the application of veteran mental health research, such as the development of programs and initiatives that aim to improve the health and well-being of current and ex-serving ADF members and their families. She has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist on several national veteran mental health research trials by Phoenix Australia and Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation delivering a number of novel therapeutic interventions to the current and ex serving ADF personnel and their families.

Sarah has a special interest in working with current and ex-serving ADF members, as well as members of the emergency services, given her extensive experience with these groups.

Sarah is a wife and mother to two young children as well as a German Shepherd (who likes to remind them she is also an important part of the family!) and in their spare time they love to keep active and enjoy the outdoors together!

JENNIFER APEL

Jennifer is a Registered Psychologist with a Master of Clinical Psychology and a Master of Professional Psychology. She is currently pursuing further study through a Clinical Registrar program, to gain Clinical endorsement.

Jennifer has experience supporting people from across the lifespan experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), stress and adjustment issues, low self-esteem and confidence issues, and interpersonal issues. Jennifer currently works with older adolescents and adults of all ages, though she has a special interest in working with young adults experiencing difficulties with stress and adjustment.

Jennifer recognises the importance of a strong and supportive client-therapist relationship in creating meaningful and lasting change. She drives this by providing a space of warmth and acceptance for her clients to share their story. Jennifer’s therapeutic approach acknowledges the significance of our unique histories and early experiences in shaping who we are. In line with this, she works collaboratively with her clients to support insight and understanding into their current behaviours and ways of thinking with respect to their past, and to support positive change as they work towards their therapeutic goals.

Jennifer utilises a foundation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), whilst also drawing on her experience and training across a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), to meet clients’ unique therapeutic needs.

RAJI JAYAMOHAN

Raji is a Clinical Psychologist with a Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. She has close to 10 years of experience working as a psychologist in a range of diverse clinical settings, including the provision of psychology support to individuals and groups as in-patients and out-patients in hospital and rehabilitation centres (alcohol and drug), community mental health services, correctional centres, and an ADF veteran counselling centre.

With a warm and compassionate manner, Raji fosters a positive and safe therapeutic space for clients to navigate challenging situations. She ensures treatment goals are aligned with each client’s unique needs and circumstances by drawing from various evidence-based treatment frameworks. These include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy (ST), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT).

Raji has experience in the provision of psychology support across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, attachment issues, unresolved trauma, substance abuse and neurodevelopmental disorders. Raji speaks English, Hindi, and Tamil at native-level proficiency and welcomes linguistically/culturally diverse clients.

In her spare time, Raji enjoys long walks, swimming, tuning in to podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.

Raji is passionate about promoting mental wellbeing and providing her clients with the tools to become the best version of themselves.

LARA PATTY

Lara is a Registered Psychologist deeply committed to fostering therapeutic connections grounded in empathy, authenticity, and trust. She brings creativity, humour, and kindness into her work, ensuring a collaborative experience that aligns with each individual’s unique needs.

Lara works with adolescents and adults of all ages, integrating various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-informed Therapy, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Attachment Theory, to address a wide range of presenting issues. Her main interest areas include anxiety, depression, issues of identity and self-esteem, personality difficulties, attachment and relationship dynamics, grief and loss, spiritual/religious conflict, childhood trauma, and adjustment and transition difficulties, in addition to more.

Lara approaches each individual with sensitivity and a commitment to fostering a safe and supportive environment for exploration and growth. She strongly advocates for the value of long-term counselling and the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship, offering a consistent and reliable space for individuals to check in as needed.

Beyond her work in psychology, Lara finds joy in cooking and baking, walking in nature, practicing yoga, and spending time with her partner, family and friends.

SUZANNE SUTTON

Suzanne is an experienced Registered Psychologist & Board Approved Supervisor with AHPRA. Her focus is on creating an authentic & collaborative relationship with her clients through a curious & compassionate approach. Suzanne has a special interest & demonstrated expertise in treating complex trauma & has worked with children, youth & adult survivors who have endured many forms of abuse such as sexual assault, domestic & family violence & institutional abuse (e.g., Redress Scheme), & more.

Suzanne is competent in the assessment & therapy for a broad range of mental health presentations, providing gold standard therapy for Complex Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety and Stress disorders, interpersonal difficulties, work-related stress, adjustment & transition difficulties, children with problem sexual behaviours, adolescents with harmful sexual behaviours & parenting challenges, & more.

Suzanne tailors her therapeutic approach dependent on assessment findings from integrative & eclectic therapeutic frameworks drawing from evidence-based practices, individualised to client specific goals & needs. This includes but is not limited to Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for Adults & Children, Brainspotting (BSP) therapy, Trauma Informed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy (ST), Ego State Therapy (EST), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IP) & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP).

She is a wonderful human & talented psychologist & a valued member of our team at BCP.

PETA MAYNARD

Peta Maynard

Peta is a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Peta is also a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).

Peta is experienced in administrating a range of assessments, including assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Difficulties, and intelligence. Peta has formal training for ADOS-2 assessments and promotes a multidisciplinary approach for diagnostic assessment. She provides assessment from the age of 6 years and above.

Peta is passionate about building a trusting, and supportive therapeutic relationship; and strives to create a safe, warm, and relaxed environment for clients to explore and achieve their goals. Peta draws upon a range of therapeutic modalities based on the needs of the client. These include, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Evidence Based Emotional Freedom Techniques (EBEFT). Peta also utilises attachment theory, as well as play-based and creative therapy approaches.

Peta has experience supporting children, youth and adults from diverse backgrounds, and has gained experience from various settings, including foster care, child and family services, disability services, and corrections. Her main interest areas are anxiety, mood disorders, early childhood and complex trauma, attachment and relationship dynamics, low self-esteem and confidence issues, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders.

In her spare time, Peta enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, swimming, and going for walks.

CHRLEE MANALEY

Charlee has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioural Science (Psychology), and she is presently pursuing her master’s degree in counselling at the Australian Institute of Professional Counselling (AIPC).

Her professional background is in clinical relations, and she places considerable importance & value on the therapeutic relationship in her practice. Charlee has a warm and inclusive approach to her clinical counselling which depends on client presentations and goals and is characterised by an eclectic blend of therapeutic approaches. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as the utilisation of techniques from Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)  and Narrative Therapy (NT).

In her counselling sessions, where appropriate, Charlee likes to draw upon humour to foster connection with clients as well as to lighten the load of counselling on clients, with the overarching goal of ensuring that her collaborative approach resonates with clients, ensuring they know they are heard, validated, are not alone, and their therapy goals are achieved. Charlee derives satisfaction from working with young adults facing challenges related to anxiety, self-confidence issues, and the pressures of work or study burnout and more. She receives regular clinical supervision from her employer to maximise client outcomes and satisfaction, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Dr Rosemary Patton.

When not working or studying, Charlee enjoys catching up with and cooking for her family and friends.

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