I am a Clinical Psychologist based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland who specialises in supporting people who have been impacted by cancer and other challenging life events. I am experienced in providing treatment for anxiety and depression, and adjustment to stressful life events. I help people and their loved ones to find meaning and purpose in difficult times.
I provide individually tailored and evidence based treatment in a warm, safe and relaxed therapeutic environment.
I obtained a first class Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Queensland and then went on to complete my Clinical Master’s Degree at the same university. I have undertaken further extensive training required to become endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist. I am registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and am a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
I am formally trained and very experienced in delivering Cognitive-Behaviour therapy (CBT) as well as Mindfulness Based therapies, including Mindfulness group therapy. I have also completed courses and draw on many of the tools that come from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.
For many years I was part of the leadership team of the Cancer Counselling Service at Cancer Council, Queensland, where I was responsible for a team of psychologists delivering services throughout the state to people requiring support as a result of a cancer diagnosis.
Although my first love is providing therapy, I have also contributed to a number of research papers and continue to provide supervision and training to other psychologists and health professionals in my specialist area.
"it’s how we react to adversity, not adversity itself, that determines how our life story will unfold"
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the sessions be face-to-face?
The sessions are delivered either face-to-face or via tele-health depending on what is easiest and most comfortable for you.
How do I make an appointment?
For any questions or to book your first appointment please call Call (07) 5625 3010 or email . If you are calling outside of the reception hours, please leave a message and the team will get back to you within one business day. Please be advised that I do not provide an emergency service and that calls and emails are not monitored outside of business hours.
What happens in therapy?
My approach is to really listen and help you to make sense of your thoughts and feelings. I will also offer you a range of tools and techniques to help you address those issues that might be increasing your distress or keeping you feeling stuck.
Because stressful events, such as a cancer diagnosis, impact on loved ones I will normally offer for your partner or other key family members to attend at least one session so that we can ensure you are supporting each other as best you can.
What happens in our first session?
In our first session, I will ask you questions to help me to understand you as a person, the circumstances that brought you to therapy and how you are feeling and coping. I will also ask you about aspects of your history that might be relevant to how you are feeling right now. By the end of the first session my hope is that you and I will have a shared understanding of what is happening for you and a plan as to how therapy might help you to feel better.
How long do sessions last?
My sessions usually last about 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions that people need varies from person to person. Many people gain benefit from between 3 and 5 sessions spaced weekly to fortnightly apart. If your distress was higher to start with, or if you are facing an ongoing stressful situation, you may find it really useful to have more sessions, including regular “top up” sessions.
What type of problems can you help me with?
Although I have a specialisation in helping people and couples who are distressed as a result of cancer I am also very experienced working with people experiencing a range of other issues. These include:
. Adjustment to major life changes
. Grief and bereavement
. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
. Making difficult decisions
. Relationship challenges
. Making healthy lifestyle changes
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist
Both psychologists and psychiatrists can provide psychological therapy. Whereas psychiatrists have initially trained as medical doctors and will often prescribe medication, psychologists rely on providing talk and/or behavioural therapy that does not involve medication.
What does it cost?
The standard fee for a 50 minute consultation is $215. If you get a Medicare referral from your GP (Mental Health Care Plan) you will get a rebate of $137.05 which leaves an approximate gap fee of $78.
If you are experiencing financial distress, please discuss this at the time of your initial appointment and there may be scope to temporarily reduce your fee. My fee is below the Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended fee of $280.
Do I need a referral to see you?
You do not need a referral to see me however in order to gain a rebate from Medicare you will need to be referred by a GP or Psychiatrist under a Mental Health Care Plan (enabling a rebate of $129.50 for up to 10 sessions each year) or a Chronic Disease Management Plan (enabling a rebate of $55 for up to 5 sessions each year).
In order for your GP to complete a referral they will need to complete a mental health assessment. This will usually require you to book a longer appointment time with your GP.
Can I use Medicare or private health?
Many private health funds provide rebates for psychological services. The conditions and level of rebate vary considerably between funds and plans. I encourage you to check with your fund before your first visit.
You cannot claim both a Medicare rebate and one from your private health insurance as private health funds are not allowed to offer gap cover.
Do my gap fees count towards the Medicare Safety Net?
If you have a Medicare referral then your gap fees do count towards your Medicare Safety Net. The Medicare Safety Net is designed to protect high users of health services from large out-of-pocket expenses. Once you have reached the Safety Net threshold most of your gap fee will be reimbursed by Medicare. Visit the Medicare website for more information on the Medicare Safety Net.