Eske Derks

Eske Derks

Provisionally Registered Psychologist


Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Amsterdam

Master of Science (Psychology), University of Amsterdam

PHD (Behaviour Genetics), Free University Amsterdam

Diploma of Couselling


Eske works with adolescents from 18 years old, adults and elderly.

Her main areas of interest include:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Grief & Loss
  4. Work and Study Stress
  5. Migration

Eske is a provisional psychologist completing the 4+2 pathway. She is originally from the Netherlands and moved to Brisbane in 2016. She completed her bachelor and master degrees at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research (2006) focused on understanding genetic contributions to childhood developmental disorder, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and conduct disorder. In 2021, she completed a Diploma of Counselling at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. In January 2021, she became registered as a provisional psychologist with AHPRA. Eske works two days a week as a provisional psychologist and 3 days as the head of the Translational Neurogenomics Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer where she leads a team of 4-6 researchers.  She has more than 20 years research experience in studying the influence of genetic risk factors on the development of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and schizophrenia. She has published more than 150 articles describing her studies on mental health. For more information on her research, this interview with ABC national radio may be of interest:

Eske is a warm and non-judgmental psychologist. She believes that the relationship between a therapist and a client forms the best basis for recovery and healing. Eske is very passionate about working with clients from different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. She uses different approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness) in her work, depending on the needs of a client.

Eske has worked with clients who experience anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship problems, and work stress. She completed a major in grief and loss counselling and completed Level 1 Training of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She is passionate about working with parents and adolescents who have questions around gender diversity and/or gender dysphoria (gender-affirmative approach).

Clinic Location


Approach to Therapy


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness



Full list of Psychology Services provided


  • Adults
  • Academic Performance
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Addiction
  • Agoraphobia
  • Alcohol Dependence
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Burnout
  • Carer Support
  • Counselling
  • Couples Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Seperation
  • Elderly
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Fertility
  • Grief & Loss
  • Idetity Problems
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Leadership/Management
  • Life/ Personal Coaching
  • Life Transition & Adjustment
  • Mindfulness


  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Self-Esteem & Self Development
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Skills
  • Substance Misuse
  • Victims of Crime
  • Workcover
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Workplace Coaching
  • Workplace Issues
  • Work Stress/ Life Balance

Eske has Psychology appointments available at Nundah