PRACTITIONERS

All our psychologists are members of the Australian Psychological Society and our practictioners are fully qualified professionals

Kylie Lavers BPsych (4yr)., P.G Dip. C. Psych, MAPS

Works with adults, adolescents, groups and workplaces.  Kylie is on personal leave until further notice.

Approach

Utilises an evidence based approach. Has been trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy(CBT), Interpersonal Therapy(IPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Recent Training

Cognitive Processing Therapy
Currently undertaking a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society.

Psychologist

Areas of interest include

  • Defence
  • Forensic
  • Mental illness
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Post natal depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Psychometric assessment and report writing.
  • Supervision of Intern Psychologists.

Alix Gibson B.A (Psych), P.G. Dip. Psych, AMAPS, Member ANZICA

Works with adults and groups.

Approach

Alix utilises a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions which include; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psycho-education, Relaxation and arousal reduction, Trauma Therapy including exposure, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic therapy and Mindfulness strategies.

Recent Training

EMDR training (stage one)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Currently undertaking a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis endorsed by the APS
Psychological Treatment following trauma and disaster – (Adults) ACPMH Level 3

Previous experience

Alix has been working in private practice for ten years. Previous experience includes working as a Psychologist in Social Services and community health settings as well as facilitation of groups.

Psychologist

Areas of interest include

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma/ PTSD
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Bariatric surgery counselling
  • Self esteem
  • Memory Clinic

Dr Jenny Promnitz BA(Hons), PhD, MBA, FAPS

Works with children and adults.

Memberships

Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society
Member of PsyBA list of approved persons for panel appointments
Member APS National Advisory Committee on Private Practice
Member Qld Mental Health Review Tribunal
Member APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists
Member APS College of Clinical Psychologists
Chair Continuing Professional Development Committee, National Committee, APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.
International Society for the Study of Human Development

Accreditations

APS Autism referral specialist
EMDR [level 2]
ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
Irlen Screener
Accredited Intern Psychologist Supervisor and Program evaluator.

Previous Experience

Jenny was previously a prep teacher in schools before becoming a psychologist. As a psychologist Jenny has worked in support and counselling services at a University and held an academic position for a number of years, lecturing in child development and clinical psychology. She has also worked for non-government agencies both in management and service provision.

Psychologist

Therapeutic Approach

  • CBT and Exposure Therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Therapy for trauma in Children
  • 1-2-3 Magic Parenting program
  • Psychometric Assessment of Children

Casey Channon B.Psych (Hons), AHPRA General Reg, AMAPS

Works with adults, adolescents and children, individually and in groups.

Therapeutic Approach

Casey utilises a number of evidence based therapeutic interventions with clients, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, motivational interviewing, stress management and social skills training.

Recent Training

ADOS- Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
Emotion Management for Children and Teens with ASD – Prof Tony Attwood
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – Dr Marsha Linehan
Advanced Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Dr Russ Harris
Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Paul Rushton

Previous experience

Casey has previous experience working as a senior psychologist in a correctional facility, where she supervised the risk management and mental health of prisoners and delivered rehabilitation programs. She also previously worked as a sexual assault counsellor for a non-government organisation supporting women and children.

Psychologist

Areas of interest include;

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Domestic violence
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Offending behaviour
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Behaviour management
  • Parenting support.

​Jessica Cuddy B. Psych, P.G. Dip. Psych, AMAPS

Works with adults, adolescents, children and families and couples..

Approach

Jessica utilises a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions which include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychosocial skills training; Trauma Therapy including In Vivo Exposure Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Strengths Based Approach

Recent training

Treating PTSD with Dr. Leah Giarratano
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Skills for Psychological Recovery – Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

Psychologist

Jessica utilises a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions which include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Psychosocial skills training;
  • Trauma Therapy including In Vivo Exposure Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing and Strengths Based Approach

Kylie ThomasB.Psych, AHPRA General Reg, AMAPS, Member SAS

Works with adults, adolescents and children, individually and in groups and is LGBTIQ friendly.

Therapeutic Approach

Kylie utilises a number of evidence based therapeutic interventions with clients, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Sex-Positive, Psycho-education, Trauma Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, stress management and social skills training.

Recent Training

Gottman Couples Therapy, Level 1
Trauma-focused Therapy – Working with Children and Adolescents
Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Sexology

Previous experience

Kylie has previous experience working in correctional facilities, where she supervised and delivered rehabilitation programs and completed sexual offending risk assessments. She also has experience working as a psychologist for a non-government organisation supporting children and families affected by trauma and neglect.

Psychologist

Areas of interest include;

  • Sexuality and sexual concerns
  • offending behaviour, depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Relationship counselling,
  • Behaviour management and parenting support.

Brendon Earl Sparg B.Com (Hons), MSc, AHPRA

Brendon has experience in Non-Government organisations, government (forensic) and the private sector. Brendon takes a particular interest in the following areas; Depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse, PTSD, trauma, anger and grief, career orientation, motivation and coaching.

Therapeutic Techniques

Brendon is skilled in a wide range of therapies including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Strengths Model and Coaching Psychology.

Psychologist

Interests include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Resilience Training
  • Career Guidance
  • Coaching Psychology

Charlotte Martin B.Psych Science, B.A (Hons), M. Prof. Psychology

Primarily works with adults and older adolescents

Approach

Charlotte’s approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a focus on Motivational Interviewing, Behavioural Activation and Strengths Based Coaching.

Previous experience

Charlotte has previous experience within the ADF rehabilitation sector prior to moving into private practice. Charlotte has also worked within the ADF/DVA sector with career coaching approaches and adjustment to injury interventions. Prior to working with ADF, Charlotte completed her internship placements through Headspace and the QLD Police. Charlotte also has experience with Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) interventions. ​

Psychologist

Areas of interest include;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Stress Management
  • Panic
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Anger Management and Adjustment

Lena Hewitt B.Psych (Hons)

Lena has worked across a variety of settings including as a provisional psychologist at Konekt Occupational Health Service, the Townsville Correctional Complex and Cleveland Youth Detention Centre. She has experience working with children and adolescents as well as adults.

Therapeutic Approach

Lena uses evidence based therapeutic interventions with clients; some of which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Social Skills Training.

Professional Training

Positive Practices in Behavioural Support- Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis
Aggression Replacement Training
QCMHL At-Risk Suicide Prevention and Management
QCMHL At-Risk Youth Suicide Prevention and Management
QCMHL Administering and Interpreting the Mental State Exam
LGBTI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Mental Health Training
Aboriginal Mental Health Assessment- Indigenous Psychological Services​
Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD – Phoenix Australia

Psychologist

Areas of interest include:

  • Psychometric and psychoeducational assessments
  • Mood disorders
  • Behaviour Management and Anger
  • Forensic

Donna LapwoodB.Psych, P.G Cert C. Psych, MAPS

Donna has over 10 years’ experience working with children and adolescents. She has worked at Catholic Education for 9 years and now full time private practice; she also spent 12 months in New Zealand working for the Ministry of Education for the Severe Behaviour Initiative.

Professional Training

STAP
ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Fundamentals – Australian Psychological Society
Children’s Mental Health Fundamentals – Australian Psychological Society
Beyond the Manual – How to do Family Therapy Really Well – Mark Dadds
Emotion Management for Children and Teens with ASD – Prof Tony Attwood

Psychologist

Areas of interest include;

  • Psychometric and Psychoeducational assessments
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Behaviour Management
  • Eating Disorders and Child Development

Silvi BarettaB.Psych, AHPRA

Silvi has 6 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults, primarily in a forensic setting, where she supervised the risk management and mental health of persons involved in the Criminal Justice System. Silvi also has experience working in youth detention centres where she worked with young people with low cognitive abilities, complex childhood trauma, substance abuse, significant criminal behaviour and challenging behaviour patterns.

Therapeutic Approach
Silvi uses a number of evidence based therapeutic interventions with clients, including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Social Skills Training, Behaviour Modification, Narrative Therapy and Trauma-Focussed Therapies.

Professional Training
Suicide Risk Assessment for Aboriginal Clients – Tracy Westerman
Complex Trauma – ASCA

Psychologist

Areas of interest include:

  • Behaviour Management & Parenting Support
  • Psychometric Assessments
  • Child Development
  • Offending Behaviour
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Psychotic and Personality Disorders and Trauma

Tamsin Wallace B.Psych (Hons), AHPRA, General Reg, Assoc MAPS

Works with children, adolescents, adults individually and in groups. Tamsin has worked across a variety of settings including as a program delivery officer with the Townsville Correction Complex as well as a Behaviour Support Clinician providing positive behaviour support plans.

Therapeutic Approach
Utilises an evidence based approach. Some of which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), psychoeducation, motivational interviewing and social skills training.

Professional Training

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
Succeeding with Teens with ASD
Working with Young People who Self-Injure
Positive Practices in Behavioural Support
Writing Reports for Court
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy E-Course provided by APS
Registered Behaviour Technician

Psychologist

Areas of interest include:

  • Forensic
  • Psychometric and psycho-educational assesments
  • Behavioural management and parenting support
  • Child development
  • Mood disorders
  • Post-natal depression
  • Substance abuse

Ashlee Wells B.Psych

Ashlee is an experienced Provisional Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the non-government organisation industry. She completed a Diploma of Counselling in 2013 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Cook University in 2014. Ashlee has since worked in Drug and Alcohol as a counsellor and support worker, as well as youth mental health recovery as a Mental Health Practitioner. Skilled in Counselling, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Case Management, Conflict Resolution, Child Development and AOD. Ashlee also has experience working with NDIS clients of all ages.

Professional Training

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Mental Health First Aid Certificate
CORES Suicide Intervention
Working with Young People and Cannabis
Suicide Risk: Assessment and Management Workshop
Key Word Sign Basic Workshop

Writing Positive Behaviour Support Plans (WPBSP)

Provisional Psychologist

Areas of interest include;

  • Psychometric and Psychoeducational assessments
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Behaviour Management
  • Substance misuse
  • Depression and Anxiety

Naomi Francis B.SpPath, MSPA, CPSP

Naomi graduated from James Cook University in Townsville in 2014. She completed multiple placements within the JCU Speech Pathology Clinic, Community Rehab NQ, Queensland Health hospital settings, Cerebral Palsy League and private practice while at university. Since graduating, Naomi has worked in private practice working primarily with children however also enjoys working with adults. She has experience working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech delays, language disorders, literacy difficulties, fluency disorders, and feeding difficulties.

Professional Training

  • Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
  • Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering
  • Basic Key Word Sign Workshop
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2)
  • It Takes Two to Talk Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

Areas of interest include;

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Early childhood development
  • Tongue ties
  • Youth justice and/or trauma related communication difficulties

Taylor Smit

Taylor graduated her Bachelor of Speech Pathology Degree from James Cook University. Taylor has completed placements working with adults at the JCU Clinic and within hospitals where she gained experience working within a rehabilitation setting. This has lead Taylor to develop and interest in working with adults who require speech therapy for difficulties associate with their voice, speech, language and literacy skills.

Professional Training

  • ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition)
  • It Takes Two to Talk Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

Areas of interest include;

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Speech Impairments
  • difficulties experienced with Literacy and Phonological Awareness skills
  • Voice

Lauren Radley

Lauren graduated from James Cook University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Lauren previously worked with the ADF population in Townsville, gaining experience with how both physical and psychological conditions impact one’s ability to engage in daily activities.
Lauren completed a number of placements at university, including but not limited to residential aged care, acute rehabilitation and neurosurgery.

Professional Training

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
Key Word Signing
ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Sensory Defensiveness Training: The Wilbarger Protocol (Tactile and Oral Techniques)   

Occupational Therapist

Areas of interest include:

  • Enabling independence within the home and community.
  • Exploring sensory needs and the impact this has on engagement in daily occupations;
  • Developing fine motor skills to enable one to engage in everyday activities;
  • Completing task analyses to aid intervention planning and/ or prescription of appropriate assisstive technology

Andrea Bufi

Andrea graduated from James Cook University with a bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Andrea has completed previous clinical placement experience in residential and community aged care settings and hospital rehabilitation. These placements gave her the knowledge and skill to assist with post-surgical rehabilitation, home modifications, hand therapy and, task analysis and intervention.

Professional Training
ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition)

Occupational Therapist

Areas of interest include:

  • Enabling activities of daily living within the home and community
  • Home assessment and modifications
  • Task analysis, education and intervention
  • Development of gross and fine motor skills
  • Assessment and provision of assistive technology and mobility equipment

Madeline NowakB.Sc, DipNutrDiet, APD, AN

Dietician

Areas of interest include;

  • Weight reduction
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol lowering
  • High blood pressure
  • Food sensitivities
  • Healthy lifestyles and sports nutrition.

Allied Health Team

Katelyn Radley – Senior Allied Health Assistant

Lucy Penny – Allied Health Assistant

Caitlin Goodwin – Allied Health Assistant

Ricky Francis – Allied Health Assistant

Riley Campbell – Allied Health Assistant

Matthew Norman – Support Worker