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.


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!

“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?

Couple Sessions

When working with couples, I integrate ACT, FAP and wisdom from John Gottman’s approach to couples work. This evidenced based approach helps define what makes relationships work. Mindfulness and NVC help develop the practical skills needed for rich and rewarding relationships.

Couples work begins with an individual session for each party and an initial session as a couple. This gives me a good idea of the dynamics at play in your relationship. From here we can work on both people developing skills to make a successful loving relationship. Call me if you and your partner or other family member are ready to see someone.

Fees & Medicare

In November 2006, the Australian Government introduced new Medicare items for psychological treatment by registered psychologists. In order to receive a Medicare rebate under the Better Access to Mental Health, you must be referred to a psychologist by an appropriate medical practitioner (GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician) who needs to GPs need to prepare a Mental Health Care Plan. The doctor must first make an assessment that you need the services of a psychologist. Eligible clients can generally receive:

  • Up to 10 individual services in a calendar year. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions.

AND · Up to 10 group sessions in a calendar year where such services are available and seen as appropriate by your referring doctor and the psychologist.

Rates & Process

I charge $175 for the first appointment and then $160 for ongoing 50+ minute sessions. If you have a referral from your GP under Better Access to Mental Health with a Mental Health Care Plan, Medicare will rebate $84.80 for these sessions. For couples, I charge $185 for the first 90 minute session and $170 for ongoing 60 minute sessions.

For your convenience I have the Medicare Easyclaim facility at my offices.

Step 1: Full payment is required at consultation. After you pay for your consultation (using cash, credit card or EFTPOS), your Medicare card is swiped through my EFTPOS terminal.

Step 2: The claim details are entered into the EFTPOS keypad which is sent to Medicare Australia. The claim is checked and an approval is sent back a few seconds later. You then swipe your EFTPOS card, enter your PIN and your rebate is paid into your nominated cheque or savings account almost immediately. Important: Medicare rebates can only be deposited into cheque or savings accounts, even if you used a credit card to pay for your consultation.

Step 3: You have an EFTPOS receipt to confirm your rebate has been paid – always keep this receipt for your records.

What’s the difference? Get your rebate almost immediately, no need for a trip to a Medicare office. If you prefer not to use this system, you can still go to your local Medicare office or use any of the other claiming options that are available.

Private Health Funds

Alternatively you may be eligible for rebates from your private health fund. You should check with them directly. My HiCaps machine can process some of these claims as well. It is not possible to claim both Medicare and Private Health rebates on the same consultation.

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

Location – Mindfulness Practice Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast: Noosa Heads, 4567, Qld, Australia and Online

Please fill out the form on the contact page if you are interested in psychology, yoga or mindfulness or contact NeLi 0420 221 461