Psychology Sunshine Coast & Noosa

Psychology Sunshine Coast

Individual Sessions offered Online and in person at Noosa

I integrate Psychology training and many years of Buddhist Dharma mindfulness study and practice together with Yoga teaching and practice and dance practice.

In my psychology work, I primarily use evidence-based Acceptance & Commitment Training/Therapy (ACT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and additionally, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

These are part of the 3rd wave, Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapies which have a strong research evidence base for effective treatment for a range of clinical conditions.

GPs and Psychiatrists

Referrals may be faxed to 07 5345 5206

If you have any queries about making referrals, or would like to meet with me in person to discuss how I can help your patients, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

0420 221 461

Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there – Rumi

About ACT

The aim of ACT is to help people create rich, full and meaningful lives, while effectively handling the pain and stress that life inevitably brings. It increases psychological flexibility by:

  1. Teaching psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively so that they have less impact and influence (i.e. mindfulness skills).
  2. Clarifying what is truly important and meaningful to people (i.e. values). Then uses that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate change for the better.

A key part of this therapy involves you learning mindfulness and relationship skills in session. We can use our therapeutic relationship as training ground for your life situations. To make the most out of consultations with me, you will need to practice these Mindfulness and relationship skills between sessions. More about ACT here.

Meet Mindi

To help understand how this works, in 2012 I developed this short 3 minute animation, based on the original metaphor from Steve Hayes, to help people understand the nature of the psychological work I do.

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is part of the 3rd wave of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies that uses Mindfulness. It’s not a model of pathology, but understands that our human suffering stems from the way we use normal human processes like thinking and language. Mindi shows us how we can relate to our internal private events like thoughts and feelings, memories and sensations. Watch the Mindi Video here.

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Russ Harris says “ACT takes the view that most psychological suffering is caused by ‘experiential avoidance’, i.e. by attempting to avoid or get rid of unwanted private experiences (such as unpleasant thoughts, feelings, sensations, urges & memories). Clients’ efforts at experiential avoidance might work in the short term, but in the long term they often fail, and in the process, they often create significant psychological suffering. (For example, think of any serious addiction: in the short term it makes you feel good and helps you get rid of unpleasant thoughts and feelings – but in the long term, it destroys your health and vitality.”

Rob Archer, UK Psychologist, made this short 3 ½ minute animation to explain experiential avoidance as well as towards and away moves… It’s jolly good!

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“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. Without Maitri (complete acceptance of ourselves as we are) any attempts at renunciation or change are abusive”
Pema Chodron

About FAP

FAP focusses on improving interpersonal relationships as a means to achieve healthy and fulfilling lives. It is grounded in contextual behaviour science and emphasises the core importance of the therapist-client relationship.

FAP encourages me as a clinician to walk my talk in awareness, courage and love, whilst staying grounded in strong values of contextual behavioural science. More about FAP here.

About EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. When a person is distressed, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. Trauma moments become “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad and difficult as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.

See What is EMDR TherapyWhat is the actual EMDR session like?