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, 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, 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.

Dr ALESSIA COELHO

Alessia is a Registered Counselling Psychologist that has been practicing psychology for 15 years.

Alessia is a psychologist who has earned a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in the United Kingdom (University of Wales), where she practiced from 2007 to early 2019.  She gained clinical experience within the National Health System (UK), the charity sector and private healthcare services, providing short and long term weekly psychological treatment to a wide variety of client groups.  For five years she practiced in a bereavement service, an area of ongoing interest.  For three years Alessia was the lead psychologist in a mental health hospital, providing assertive rehabilitation for service users with complex mental health needs.  Alessia also ran a private practice in central London, working with a wide range of issues, typically including life stress and crisis, anxiety, depression, bereavement and relationship problems.  Australia is now home and Alessia been busy working with clients in Brisbane since 2019.

Alessia is trained and experienced with existential, humanistic, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive-behavioural approaches, holding particular interest in mindfulness and the third wave of behaviour therapies.  Alessia believes in the therapeutic process as being a collaboration, a unique piece of work that is jointly created between the therapist and the client. Although the practitioner’s experience, education, and credentials are important, therapy is a person-to-person relationship before it is anything else.  No matter how the problem or issue initially presents itself, therapy can be an opportunity to connect us to important life questions about what is meaningful to us, and how we want to live.

Alessia’s clinical areas of special interest include: bereavement counselling (and other significant life losses), trauma, working with migrants, sexual orientation, life transition and adjustment issues and postnatal depression.

In addition to English, Alessia can also work with clients in Portuguese or Spanish.

Tania Murrray

Tania Murray is a Clinical Psychologist (BBSc, Hons, MAPS, FCCLP, A/M ISST), Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Fellow of the APS Clinical College, and Associate Member of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).  I have more than 20 years of experience providing patient-centred treatment and support for peopleexperiencing a wide range of life problems and emotional difficulties, including private practice, public health sector mental health and alcohol and drug services, and general practice settings.

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

I pride myself on providing high quality, best practice treatment for teenagers, adults and seniors experiencing a range of emotional difficulties.  I use a friendly, warm and down-to-earth approach while also being open and direct in communication.

Areas of expertise include providing people with strategies to assist with stress, anxiety and panic, depression, frustration and anger, sleep problems, complex trauma, chronic disease, bipolar affective disorder, grief and bereavement, pain management, alcohol and drug use problems, and transition and adjustment to changing life circumstances.  Specialty areas include treatment and support for people who have experienced complex trauma, women’s health issues, and workplace stress and rehabilitation.

A range of best practice, evidence-based treatment approaches are used which are tailored to best meet a person’s unique needs and personal style with compassion, care and understanding.  They include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, interpersonal therapy, and schema-focused therapy.

Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit, time with my dog, gardening, spending time outdoors, sports, relaxing at the beach, and getting together with family and friends.

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.

Michelle Alexander

Michelle has worked in a range of settings including corporate, not for profit organizations, medical settings and in private practice. Michelle has been working in private practice for over 14 years and works with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Michelle works with children as young as 5 years old and provides supportive and collaborative parenting strategies.

Michelle is an approved NDIS Provider, Brisbane Minds Provider, WorkCover Provider, Medicare and Private Health Insurance Provider and also provides employment services to EAP Providers.

She has a special interest in working with people of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions. She also has considerable skill and experience providing treatment with ADHD, LGBTIQ issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, women’s wellness, and parenting issues.

Michelle has a humanistic or a client centered approach to therapy.  She believes each client is unique and customises her treatment approaches to meet the client’s needs. She is a warm and professional psychologist who wants you to live the full and happy life you deserve.

She is trained in best practice evidence based treatment methods such as cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behaviour therapy, compassion focussed therapy, applied behaviour analysis, relaxation training & mindfulness, behaviour management,  and adjustment to injury counselling. Michelle is continually striving to improve her skills to be the best psychologist she can be to help you achieve the results you are looking for in your life.

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.

Deborah Green

Nicole has worked as a counselling psychologist for over thirty years in a range of clinical and occupational settings (including hospitals, the Queensland Police Service, FireCare, the Australian Defence Force and other government agencies).  A primary focus of her clinical practice and been working with individuals in their recovery from both physical and psychological injury.

Nicole has completed a number of post graduate qualifications in diverse areas such as pain management, hypnosis and career transition (Masters of Educational Psychology).  She is able to utilise a number of therapeutic modalities and interventions within her clinical practice including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Prolonged Exposure (for trauma), schema-focused therapy and motivational interviewing.

Nicole prefers to work with adults who are experiencing mood or anxiety disorders or adjustment disorders.  Her practice has focussed on individuals who have experienced physical or emotional trauma and thus she has developed a strong interest in working with people who have chronic conditions (including physical pain; adjustment to injury and complex trauma reactions).

Deborah Green

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).

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