Psychologist, Brisbane Mind Approved Provider
Marianna Masiorski has been practicing as a Psychologist since 1997. She obtained her Honours degree in Psychology from James Cook University in North Queensland. Marianna has found that her growth and development as a person is not based solely on education, but on the quality of relationships and connections that are built with people.
mens sana in corpore sano –
This Latin saying from the 1600's translates to "a sound mind in a sound body".
Marianna sees herself as a student of life, as well as formal education and professional development, continually studying and deepening her understanding of herself and the world around her. Marianna is a woman in her early 40’s and lives her life with a focus on being as present, sharp and in tune with people and the work she does. This means that her lifestyle is completely free of drugs and alcohol, has a focus on good nutrition and sound daily routines. She has a young family and knows first hand the pressures that can be felt in raising a child in today’s modern world.
“It has become increasingly important to address the physical health of the body, through loving and supportive nutrition, sleep and exercise – to treat ourselves with loving care and respect in every way, in order to experience the mental health and well-being that we truly deserve”.
Marianna has worked in a variety of health, community and private practice settings, proving evidence based psychological interventions and counselling services for many years. Marianna is currently on the committee of the Sunshine Coast Branch of the Australian Psychological Society and is a member of various interest groups related to health and spirituality within the APS. She and has received an Australia Day Commendation for her psychological work with emergency services. Her love of her work is clearly evident in her everyday, practical, deeply caring and supportive approach to people and psychology.
“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth”?
Marianna provides focused psychological strategies within the context of a humanistic, Rogerian or a person centered approach to psycho-therapy. This approach was developed by people such as Carl Rogers and Albert Ellis. According to Rogers, each person has within them the inherent ability to know and understand themselves and to grow and develop. Providing an accepting, non-judgmental, genuine and supportive environment within the therapeutic relationship is said to facilitate this growth. (4) Marianna bases her work on the premise that we all have an innate wisdom, essence or knowing and that reconnecting with this aspect of ourselves is an integral part of the success of evidence based psychological therapies. (11). Marianna also encourages self-care and self responsibility within the therapeutic process.
Mental Health Disorders
There can be no doubt that mental illness is a huge global problem. The World Health Organisation indicates that depression alone will be the leading cause of illness and disease by the year 2020. (3).
A question that is often asked is how can there be such a exponentially growing problem in mental illness, when there is such an abundance of information, education, technology, medical science and research?
Marianna provides psychological interventions for people experiencing mental health disorders such as; depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, PTSD and substance abuse issues, stress, relationship and family concerns and behavioural issues.
Marianna works in a holistic and comprehensive way, considering the lifestyle or bio-psychosocial spiritual factors that impact on mental health and well-being. She provides evidence based psychological interventions and highlights the need to address general health and lifestyle issues such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, work, social and community connections and spiritual or religious affiliations. This approach is considered the gold standard in psychological care and is supported by research from a range of sources such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the National Sleep Foundation, the Department of Health which suggests that addressing biopsychosocial-spiritual elements of health and well-being may be protective factors in mental health issues. (1)
IPT is an evidence based psychological therapy that is said to be as effective for the treatment of depression as medication. (7). IPT is influenced by psycho-dynamic psychotherapy and theories about communication. IPT involves talking about and exploring your innermost thoughts, beliefs and feelings about a range of life issues and interpersonal relationships. IPT allows you to address those personal and often very private concerns through non-judgmental and supportive discussion. IPT addresses interpersonal relationships, strains and difficulties and can support people going through transitions in their life, such as:
• Children leaving home or
• Young adults leaving high school/university
• Grief and loss issues
• Stress and anxiety
• Workplace stress
• Relationship issues
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
The Australian Psychological Society describes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT as “an evidence-based psychological approach which operates on the basic premise that thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and behaviours are interconnected”.
“CBT can refer to a group of psychotherapeutic modalities united by common principles, including cognitive therapy (CT), rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), problem solving therapy (PST), schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)”. (8)
Marianna readily utilizes these tools to support people to address mental health concerns.
Psycho-education focuses on sharing information, research and experience about what affects mental health and well-being. It is an open discussion conducted in a supportive, person-centered way. The aim of psycho-education is to support the person to have greater understanding of their condition. Providing people with information has the effects of increased understanding of a situation and reduced stress and worry. Psycho-education can make diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options clearer and support in the decision make process. (9).
Motivational interviewing or MI is a person-centered approach to understanding a person’s language of change and eliciting their reasons for change with the aim of supporting a person’s own motivation and commitment for behavioural change. Motivational Interviewing can help to change a range of habits and support a person that may feel “stuck”. (10)
Children and Families
Marianna Masiorski works with children and families to offer support in understanding and regulating behaviours and emotions.
Relationship and Couple
Marianna enjoys working with couples – supporting people to work through stressors and tensions within relationships, and in developing communication and emotional intimacy.
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3. Mental Health Action Plan 2013 – 2020. (2013) World Health Organisation.
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6. Plante, T. (2007). Integrating Spirituality and Psycho-therapy: Ethical Issues and Principles to consider. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 63: 891 – 902.
7. Robertson, M., Rushton. P. and Wurm. C. (2008). Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An overview. Psychotherapy in Australia. 14:3.
8. Kazantzis. N. (2013). Cognitive Behavior Therapy Overview. APS Website.
9. Lukens. E. and McFarlane. W. (2004). Psychoeducation as Evidence Based Practice: Considerations for Practice, Research and Policy. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention. 4:3 Oxford University Press.
10. Prochaska, J.O. & DiClemente, C.C. (1982) Transtheoretical therapy: Toward a more integrative model of change. Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, 19: 276-288
11. Sulmasy,. D. (2002). A biopsychosocial- spiritual mode for the care of patients at the end of life. Gerontologist. 3:24 – 33.
12. Rutter.M. (2005). How the environment affect mental health. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 186 (1): 4-6
Marianna Masiorski has current availability at North Lakes United Medical and Caboolture United Medical Centre . To book an appointment please call KCPsych on (07) 3256 6320 or book online now.
Approach to Therapy:
Main Areas of Interest:
Full List of Services Provided
- Alcohol Dependence
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness Training
- Behaviour Problems
- Cancer Support
- Carer Support
- Chronic Illness
- Conflict Resolutuon
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Grief & Loss
- Health Related Problems
- Impulsive Behaviours
- Internet Gaming, Social Networking
- Internet Pornography
- Life Transition & Adjustment Issues
- Life/Personal Coaching
- Mental Illness
- Motivation in Sport
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Pain Management
- Panic Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Physical Disability
- Post Natal Depression
- Psychological First Aid/Crisis
- Religious Issues
- Self Esteem & Self Development
- Self Harm
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Difficulties
- Shyness & Social Skills
- Sleeping Disorders
- Smoking Cessation
- Terminal Illness
- Victims of Crime
- Weight Management
- Work Stress
- Work Stress/Life Balance
- Workplace Bullying
- Workplace Issues
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