Ian Macdonald

Ian Macdonald

Accredited Mental Health & Clinical Social Worker


Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Certificate Mental Health and Neuroscience

Accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker (AASW)

Accreditation as a Clinical Social Worker (AASW)

Member of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience



Ian has been practising since 2004 and is accredited as both a mental health and clinical social worker through the Australian Association of Social Workers. Ian has experience working with adolescents and adults in the format of individuals, couples and/or families, in both government and community sectors. Ian has clinical and non-clinical experience in adolescent and adult counselling, youth work, adult counselling, hospital and health care, family therapy and has former defence force experience.

Ian does not have a “one size fits all approach” with his clients but practices from the perspective that most people have an inner expertise waiting to be unlocked through therapeutic engagement. Ian has a particular interest trauma informed practices and neurobiological psychoeducation. Ian has a down to earth approach with his clients and tailors his therapeutic style to suit each individual and is passionate about ensuring every opportunity is provided for his clients to experience meaningful change. Some of the approaches Ian may use include, but are not limited to; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Attachment Theory Approaches and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing.



Experience and Main Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Personal development
  • Self-esteem issues


Approach to Therapy

Systems & Relationships

Attachment Psychotherapy


Neurobiological approaches

Insight orientation

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Interpersonal therapy

Clinic Location






Full list of services provided


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying & Cyberbullying
  • Burnout
  • Carer Support
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Life/Personal Coaching
  • Men’s Health
  • Military, Police and Emergency Services


  • Panic Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Development
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Workplace Issues
  • Work Stress/Life Balance


  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
  • Mindfulness 
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Solution Focused Therapy 
  • Interpersonal Therapy 
  • Couples Therapy 
  • Narrative Therapy 

Ian Macdonald has appointments available at Nundah