Specialised training and experience enable us to offer effective outpatient, individualised, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders to improve functioning in adults and youth, and we facilitate increased understanding in families and couples.
We use a powerful new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research into how the human mind works (3rd wave CBT) called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy . It has been clinically proven to be successful in a wide range of psychological problems such as Anxiety, trauma, self/shame, depression, stress, bullying, emotions/anger/grief, sleep, and suicidal thoughts.
Our aim is help create a rich, full and meaningful life (perspectives and values) whilst teaching/ practicing a set of practical skills (committed actions) to handle difficult situations.
This involves offering a 100% customised treatment plan, combining specific self-exploration and mindfulness, with the result of feeling less stuck and being able to move forward in life using inner strengths. In this discovery, we promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
Sandy is a Psychologist who originally completed her degree in Business, and later trained in Psychology in Queensland and NSW. Her main therapeutic approach uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (like advanced CBT)*, developing mental health strength, skills, flexibility and meaning in life. Aside from clear therapeutic guidance, she is opened to spiritual conversations in dealing with loss and change.
She has also acquired specific training in Chronic pain, Gambling, Family and couple therapies, and through her work in the public and private mental health, youth and welfare sectors, also developed specialities in mental health promotion/education (Post Graduate qualification) and Suicide Prevention.
Sandy prides herself in being approachable and practical throughout the treatment offered.
Sandy is also interested in improving mental health through healthy behaviours and relaxation, and looks after her own wellbeing through her own ‘intermittent’ yoga practice.
To organise a specialist Psychology appointment, please contact us with your time and location preferences.
All practices offer bulk billing and private sessions.
IN-PERSON appointments (might have a 1 month+ waitlist):
Thursdays - Pimpama Junction (shopping centre) 5543100
Fridays - Varsity Lakes (near Bond University) 55622910
Saturdays - Varsity Lakes (near Bond University) $40 but less waitlist
TELEPHONE/ VIDEO (no gap with a MHTP, and reasonable wait time):
Tuesdays - TELEHEALTH bookings
Feeling stuck or experiencing suffering can happen even after people have tried many solutions. Whilst coping techniques are helpful, only a commitment to several therapeutic sessions provide long lasting results by addressing relevant core issues that have built up.
Once the Psychologist assess all aspects of a problem, over time they can also help build up self understanding and committed actions for change. The use of of yo6-20 Medicare supported sessions allows for that sustainable change.
Please organise your Doctor’s letter of referral and a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) if using Medicare funding. Bring the forms with you.
Allocate time to complete the clinic's Psychology Treatment Consent and Intake forms prior to session starting.
A session with the Psychologist lasts typically 40-50 minutes.
Whilst a practical and targeted approach is used in each session, the Psychologist will also initially establish a treatment plan over the 6 sessions course. Feedback from client enables to adjust topics to prioritise at each stage of progress.
Fee is pending Medicare cover through GP's referral to the Psychologist:
This no gap session usually applies to concession card and Doctor's recommendation. Some of the clinics are bulk billing during some weekdays.
Added contribution to the session cost by employed clients.
For employed clients who wish not to use the Medicare cover, or use their private health cover.
NDIS service is costed separately.
New federal funding enables psychology sessions over the telephone or video (We have a special encrypted system easy to use, with a simple link emailed that starts the video session).
Due to long waiting lists and 1 hour reserved appointment time, a fee tends to apply to cancellation within 24 hours or No shows.
We are looking forward to share the journey
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