Clinical Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider
Qualifications:Kristie has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Newcastle and a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. She is a STAP Approved Supervisor, a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and an Associate Member of the APS Clinical College.
Kristie has worked in a range of settings including corporate, government, inpatient private hospital and private practice. Kristie has been working in private practice for 7 years and works predominantly with adults.
Kristie is an Approved Brisbane Minds Provider, with Workcover, Medicare and Private Health Insurance.
Kristie supports clients through her individualised counselling approach of doing “whatever works” for the client. Kristie tailors her treatment program to the individual utilising a ranges of therapy modes and techniques, including interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy and mindfulness.
Kristie believes in integrating both past and present experiences, to assist clients to gain awareness and insight to better understand their feelings, behaviours and relationship patterns. This approach is effective in promoting well being, reaching your potential and improving happiness in your life.
Kristie has substantial experience working with clients who have had traumatic experiences and may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kristie also has special interest in anxiety disorders, relationship issues and work related illness (both physical and mental). See below for a full list of services offered by Kristie.
Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Kristie has substantial working experience with clients who have had traumatic experiences and who may meet a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma may include car accidents, sexual or physical assault, loss of a loved one, workplace or school bullying and natural disasters. PTSD is most often comorbid with anxiety or depression, and relationship difficulties are common. Some common symptoms may include re experiencing the trauma through nightmares, flashbacks or intrusive thoughts, increased anxiety and avoidance of situations which trigger post traumatic memories, and low mood, agitation and anger outbursts can be commonplace. Kristie works with the patient to overcome the trauma whilst addressing the comorbid condition and addressing the areas of difficulty in the client’s life.
Kristie has special interest in treating anxiety disorders. Anxiety is an intense emotional reaction which causes significant fear and distress. A consequence of anxiety is avoiding people and places which once were pleasurable experiences. Anxiety can be debilitating and Kristie works with the client to overcome the cognitive, emotional and behavioural issues through identification of specific triggers and addressing avoidance behaviours. Kristie utilises evidence based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which addresses catastrophic thinking, how to manage the emotional and physiological symptoms of distress and how to address avoidance behaviours. Kristie finds this treatment regime effective in reducing anxiety symptoms.
Kristie also has specific interest in relationship issues. How we think and behave interpersonally can affect how we engage in relationships and how other people engage with you. Have you found yourself wondering why you are attracting the same type of person? Or why the end result is always the same? Kristie utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Schema based approaches to assist the individual to identify their past and present relationship patterns. Once identified Kristie can assist the client to change the way they relate to others to have happier, healthier and longer lasting relationships.
Work Related Injuries
Kristie has extensive experience working with individuals who have sustained a work related injury. Kristie has worked with individuals from a diverse range of occupations and has treated individuals with both physical and mental health issues. Kristie has worked with individuals with burnout, work related stress, bullying, and consequent anxiety and depressive symptoms. Additionally Kristie has worked with workers who have had a range of physical injuries and illnesses such as backs, shoulders and knee injuries, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic pain issues. Kristie works from a mutli-disciplinary framework with other treating parties, employers and Workcover, to assist the individual to return to work in their pre injury capacity. Kristie draws on clinical and health psychology models of treatment including a bio-psychosocial model of treatment. Kristie has good working knowledge of how the workplace can assist the worker to modify the work duties or environment and graduate the return to work process, to overcome the mental and/or physical condition.
For assistance with work related injuries please contact our office on 07 32566320 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 07 32566320 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting and provide your Workcover claim number and your claims manager contact details. Our administrative team will contact your claims manager to seek approval for an initial consultation so Kristie can assess your circumstances and provide a psychological treatment plan for approval by the insurer.
Kristie has significant experience in conducting medico-legal assessments regarding a client’s mental health state within the accident and workers compensation systems and is able to provide an assessment and report for compensation purposes.
For further enquiries please contact our office on 07 3256 6320.
Kristie has experience in delivering evidence based psychological group therapy. Kristie is currently developing some psycho education sessions for people who may be experiencing stress, anxiety and depression type issues.
Please visit the website later in 2015 for information on how to book into a group program or contact our office on 07 3256 6320. Medicare rebates may be available.
Kristie has appointments available at Nundah. Please call KCPsych on (07) 3256 6320 to make an appointment.
Approach to Therapy:
Main Areas of Interest:
Full List of Services Provided
- Abuse Physical
- Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Alcohol Dependence
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness Training
- Behaviour Problems
- Brisbane Minds
- Cancer Support
- Carer Support
- Chronic Illness
- Conflict Resolutuon
- Domestic Violence
- Dual Diagnosis
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Gay, Lesbian
- Grief & Loss
- Group Programmes
- Health Related Problems
- Impulsive Behaviours
- Internet Gaming, Social Networking
- Job Loss
- Life Transition & Adjustment Issues
- Marriage Problems
- Mental Illness
- Mentoring Business
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Pain Management
- Panic Disorder
- Physical Disability
- Post Natal Depression
- Psychological First Aid/Crisis
- Relaxation and Meditation
- Self Esteem & Self Development
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Victims of Crime
- Vocational Assess & Career Issues
- Weight Management
- Work Stress
- Work Stress/Life Balance
- Workplace Bullying
- Workplace Issues
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