What is it

Australia’s population like the rest of the world is ageing, and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is anticipated that by 2064 about 9.6 million people will be aged 65 and over, and 1.9 million aged 85 and over. Therefore, people are living longer, and as health problems are cumulative throughout life, they are more likely to be present also in older age. Currently, older adults are defined as those adults over the age of 65 years. A common myth associated with ageing refers to Depression and Anxiety being seen as a normal part of ageing which should be expected. This is not true, and interestingly, most older adults seem to report higher levels of well-being than younger adults. 

What it includes

For some people however, growing older can be anxiety provoking. Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Psychosis, Adjustment and Death Anxiety are some common psychological problems that can present at any stage of life including in older age, and can adversely affect physical health and ability to function, especially in older adults. Some late-life problems that can result in depression and anxiety or difficulty in coping include acute and chronic physical health problems, insomnia, changes in memory and memory loss, caring for a spouse with a physical disability or dementia, changes in social support, grieving the death of loved ones including pets, adjusting to life changes, and managing conflict with family members.

What we do

Psychologists play an important role in addressing the mental health needs and supporting the strengths of our growing population of older adults. The research shows that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most efficacious approach for assisting older adults and the elderly with symptoms of anxiety and depression. CBT can help to reduce the intensity of symptoms via education, learning to relax, behavioural activation, problem solving, identifying and developing more realistic and helpful interpretations of events and thinking styles, and exposure therapy. Interpersonal Psychotherapy has also been shown to be effective for addressing interpersonally related problems, and life changes and transitions that can be associated with later life. 

Our Practitioners

Bernadette Sharry

"Psychologist ( child and family focus)"

Bernadette has appointments available at Nundah on Saturdays. To book an appointment please call KCPsych on (07) 3256 6320 or book online now. A profile on Bernadette is coming soon. Please call KCPsy...

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Dr Bronwyn Massavelli

"Clinical Psychologist"

Dr Bronwyn Massavelli, Clinical Psychologist B.Psych Sc (Hons 1), M.Clin Psych, PhD (Psychology). MAPS, MCCLIN, MPAIG, MPAWS Dr Bronwyn Massavelli is a registered Clinical Psychologist and provider wi...

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Dr Richard Alexander


Richard Alexander BA (Psych) M. Psych. PHD (Psych)Psychologist Richard has a long and varied career in psychological research and practice.  Originally qualifying through an honours degree where he ...

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Marion Sullivan

"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"

Marion Sullivan BSc (AppPsych), PGDipPsych GradCertDAlcDrugSt AssocMAPSPsychologist Marion completed her Bachelor of Science (Applied Psychology) through the University of Southern Queensland, and h...

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Melissa Herdy

"Clinical Psychologist"

Melissa Herdy is a Clinical Psychologist with 18 years of professional experience. After completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology at the University of Queensland, Melissa worked as ...

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Sam Tan


I have completed my Masters of Applied Developmental Psychology with a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Western Australia in 2002, where I also previously completed a Bachelor of Art...

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Dr Bronwyn Massavelli