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Individual Counselling

Individual Counselling & Therapy

If you are looking for a therapist in Brisbane that can help with the emotional and psychological challenges that life brings, Psychology Consultants offers a large and diverse team of female and male Clinical Psychologists to choose from. Our therapists use evidenced based therapies to help clients achieve personal goals and implement strategies outside of the therapy room. Our Brisbane based therapists draw from a number of therapeutic strategies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Psychologists are trained and experienced in using evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to achieve the best outcomes for people of all ages, as well as couples, families, and larger groups and organisations.

Generally speaking, Psychologists focus on thoughts and beliefs, behaviours and actions, and the emotions or feelings related to a person’s specific problem. This begins with an assessment phase, where the psychologist builds an understanding of a person’s problems. Following this is a treatment phase, where specific exercises, techniques and strategies are developed and practiced.

The amount of time spent in treatment varies. For some, it is useful to meet for several sessions to allow a thorough assessment and effective treatment approach. For others, ongoing therapy might not be necessary, with just a few sessions assisting greatly in helping you work through a specific change or problem that you are experiencing.

Individuals, couples, and families commonly work with a psychologist to help:

  • Manage depression;
  • Cope with anxiety or stress;
  • Improve sleep;
  • Manage anger;
  • Assist with goals and direction in life;
  • Manage addictions;
  • Manage acute and chronic pain;
  • Adjust to personal loss or trauma;
  • Manage eating disorders;
  • Deal with child behavioural and emotional concerns such as anxiety and fear, sadness, and ADHD;
  • Improve parenting skills;
  • Cope with life transitions;
  • Make career decisions;
  • Enhance relationships;
  • Manage health concerns; and
  • Manage dealing with disabilities.

An individual counselling appointment with a psychologist generally lasts for 45 – 60 minutes.

During the first appointment, you will have an opportunity to explain your current concerns. Your psychologist will work to understand your concerns by exploring thoughts, emotions and behaviour, asking about the background of the problem, and asking you to fill out questionnaires where appropriate.

In subsequent appointments, you and the psychologist will work together on strategies to improve problem areas.

A referral is not necessary to see a psychologist.  Private health insurance rebates are available for those individuals with eligible health funds and can usually be processed on the spot.

Medicare does rebate for psychology, however, clients must be referred by their GP in the context of a GP Mental Health Care Plan, or by their psychiatrist or paediatrician. We require clients to pay our full fee upfront and then claim a rebate from Medicare which can be processed at the practice. See our FAQs for further information regarding the Medicare scheme.

For appointments to be covered by a third party such as WorkCover, insurance claims, or rehabilitation programs, referral details must be provided when booking the appointment.

To find out more about each psychologist’s specific skills, background and qualifications, view our team profiles.

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Couples Counselling


Couples Counselling & Therapy Brisbane

Practicing at both Morningside and Newmarket, Psychology Consultants have many Clinical Psychologists who are experienced in relationship counseling in Brisbane.  We counsel couples who are experiencing relationship difficulties and provide practical strategies to improve positive behaviours, effective communication and resolve conflict.

View our relationships page for more articles like the one below on marital satisfaction.

Want a long and happy relationship?

Research indicates that for many, marital satisfaction decreases within the first two to three years of marriage.

“There are many factors that can impact on marital satisfaction in these early stages including the birth of a child, changes in employment, sexual problems, financial pressures or other day-to-day hassles,” says clinical psychologist Dr Stan Steindl

“Some couples find it difficult to resolve problems when they arise. Unresolved issues can lead to ongoing conflict in a relationship and a continuing decline in marital satisfaction.”

It is a well-known fact that very low levels of marital satisfaction are linked with increased likelihood for divorce. In Australia , the rate of divorce is rising. The likelihood that any marriage will end in divorce is estimated at 32% (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001).

But, the outlook is not all doom and gloom. Researchers have also investigated factors that will enhance marital satisfaction and stability. Couples that are satisfied in their relationship usually can:

  • Engage in positive exchanges with each other regularly;
  • Effectively communicate with each other;
  • Solve problems adequately;
  • Manage their own negative thoughts and emotions; and
  • Resolve conflict.

These factors have been found to enhance couple satisfaction and lead to a longer marriage.

Relationship Tips

Here are some tips to help you with these factors in your relationship.

Increase positive behaviours

  • Sit down and develop a list of positive behaviours that you would like to do for one another (e.g. sharing a cuddle or kiss, or asking about their day). Behaviours must be positive, specific, small and not a source of recent conflict.
  • Put the list up in a noticeable place like on the fridge or in the bedroom.
  • Choose a positive behaviour to do for your partner every day.
  • When receiving a positive behaviour, make sure to thank your partner in some way. This will increase the likelihood that your partner will engage in this behaviour again.

Effectively communicate

  • Express your feelings with I statements (e.g. I feel upset when you don’t say hello when you come home from work ).
  • Show you are paying attention with your body language.
  • Use verbal encouragement (e.g. OK, Yes ).
  • Try to understand your partner’s feelings.
  • Summarise what your partner has said.
  • Use insults.
  • Blame your partner for something.
  • Say you always, you never, you should.
  • Bring up the past.
  • Interrupt when your partner is talking.

Solve problems

  • Pick an appropriate time to discuss the problem (both parties should be relaxed and have time to talk).
  • Define the problem and brainstorm all the possible solutions.
  • List the positives and negatives for each solution and work together to find the best solution.
  • Implement the solution.
  • Set a time to review the outcome of the action taken. If the problem has been resolved, fantastic! If not, implement the next best solution.

Manage thoughts and emotions

  • Take some time out for yourself each week and do something that you find positive and fulfilling.
  • Use slow breathing or other relaxation strategies to calm yourself down in times of tension.
  • Identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns.
  • Seek professional support if you are experiencing significant emotional problems like depression, anxiety or substance abuse problems.

Resolve conflict

  • Identify high-risk times for conflict and high-risk argument topics.
  • Regularly engage in some relationship planning sessions where these topics are discussed before the problem arises.
  • If an argument does arise, take time to calm down. Then communicate effectively about the issue.
  • Sometimes communicating feelings is all that is needed to diffuse an argument. But, if a problem needs to be solved, then you may want to use your problem solving skills.

If the conflict continues despite these efforts, it may be necessary for both people to agree to cease the discussion. Make sure that a time is set in a day or two to resume the discussion.


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Family Counselling


Family Counselling & Therapy Brisbane

Family life can present many challenges and sometimes professional advice is needed to help you and your children through difficult times. We have Clinical Psychologists at both Morningside and Newmarket that can assist with parenting and family issues such as:

  • Children with ADHD and other behavioural problems
  • School bullying
  • Children with anxiety, fears and depression
  • Families going through separation and divorce
  • Children with emotional and development issues
  • Assessment and intervention

To view our full team of Psychologists and their specialisations click here.

For more information on family related topics visit our relationships page.



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Towards Better Sleep

Can’t Sleep? Try Towards Better Sleep

Please note that due to current (5.5.20) COVID19 social distancing restrictions, Towards Better Sleep is on hold until further notice. To see one of the Psychologists at Psychology Consultants about your sleep concerns, visit our team page. 

If you suffer from insomnia or long term sleep problems, you may benefit from our group programme, Towards Better Sleep. To register for the next programme call (07) 3356 8255 or email tbs@psychologyconsultants.com.au Groups runs with 9 people or less so places are limited.

Towards Better Sleep (TBS) is a proven six session group program assisting people who suffer from insomnia and other sleep related problems. Conducted by consultant psychiatrist, Dr Curt Gray and clinical psychologist, Kathryn Smith, in groups of 9 or less the sessions run over six weeks and provide participants with proven techniques to effectively improve sleep.

TBS is a cognitive behavioural treatment programme that has been effectively treating insomnia for over 15 years. The Brisbane based programme uses evidence based techniques meaning they have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating insomnia. Focusing on education, behavioural techniques, correcting faulty thinking and relaxation strategies, the programme runs on demand throughout the year at Psychology Consultant’s Morningside practice, located at Level 1, 18 Thynne Road, Morningside, Brisbane.

Each session costs $100.00 to attend, however we request full programme payment of $400.00 prior to the programmes’ commencement. The medicare rebate currently stands at $43.25 (as at 1 Nov 2011). GPs can refer by downloading the direct referral form and more information can be found in our Client Information Brochure

About TBS Facilitators

TBS Facilitators: Kathryn Smith & Dr Curt Gray

Kathryn Smith
 graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1994 having obtained a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Education, and a Masters of Clinical Psychology.  She has worked in outpatient, community and inpatient settings within the public sector in Tasmania and Brisbane.  Her areas of interest include cognitive behavioural therapy, testing, and the treatment of anxiety disorders.  She moved to Queensland in 1999 and worked for both Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in senior positions.  She is now in full time private practice and co-director of the firm Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd. She is a fully registered psychologist, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and a full member of the College of Clinical Psychologists.

Dr Curt Gray completed his medical degree in 1985 and began specialist training in psychiatry in 1988.  He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a registered psychiatrist with the Medical Board of Queensland since 1993.  From that time he ran a successful Brisbane private practice in general adult psychiatry and attended the Princess Alexandra Hospital as a Visiting Medical Officer.  From early 2007 to late 2010 he held the position of Clinical Director, and Senior Specialist, at the Gold Coast Hospital Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service, before he moved to be Senior Specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital until the end of 2014. Since then he has been in private practice.  He has a major clinical interest, and considerable experience, in the area of Sleep Disorders Medicine, especially the assessment and management of insomnia disorders.  He is a recent member of the RANZCP Federal Committee for Examinations and is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association, where he is involved in the Special Interest Group on Insomnia.

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For further information visit www.towardsbettersleep.com.au or to register your interest in the next available group, please phone (07) 3356 8255 or email tbs@psychologyconsultants.com.au

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