Our Team of Professionals

We use our passion and expertise in Psychology to inspire people to turn around their thinking and their lives. To find out where and when each psychologist works, check our Appointments page to see our standard weekly schedules for each clinic.

Pia Jones MAppPsy(Health), PostGradDipPsyBHSc, DipNut, MAPS

 

Melissa Greben, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

“As for the future, it remains unwritten. Anything can happen, and often we are wrong. The best we can do with the future is prepare and savor the possibilities of what can be done in the present” – Todd Kashdan

Pia has worked for many years with clients of all ages and from all walks of life. Before joining NBP, Pia worked in community settings, educational settings, wellness retreats, within QLD health, and in private practice. Pia has a warm and funny disposition. She tailors her approach to ensure you feel heard and supported. She can work with your GP to ensure she has a thorough understanding of your health and wellbeing concerns to formulate a support plan that meets your needs.

Pia is a Health Psychology Registrar with a special interest in the connections between physical health and mental / emotional wellbeing.  She is a committed advocate for those seeking an integrative approach in achieving mental and emotional wellness. Pia has a background in Nutrition and keeps up to date with the latest scientific developments regarding the impact of gut health and unhealthy lifestyle habits on our mental and emotional health.

Pia is particularly skilful with clients with histories of disordered eating and body image issues. She will work effectively with other health practitioners to ensure all aspects of your life and health are considered.  She can help you transition from unrelenting standards of perfectionism to the pursuit of your authentic and excellent self! In this same vein, she enjoys and is experienced working with professionals at risk of executive burnout, and folks struggling with workplace stress and conflict.

Pia loves supporting people to apply psychological strategies to effectively alleviate mood disorders, chronic pain problems, addiction, poor sleep, and other mental health issues resulting from life stressors such as loss and bereavement, chronic stress, post-traumatic stress, shock trauma, developmental trauma, poor health, or unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Pia has completed training in EFT for food cravings and weight management. She is currently in the process of becoming a Psychology Board of Australia approved psychological supervisor. She enjoys the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness-based therapy in order get to the bottom of your issues and equip you with a toolbox to address your unique concerns.

Pia sees adults, adolescents, children over 10 years, and couples. If you would like to discuss your concerns and learn more about how Pia can work with you, before making an appointment, please call her for an informal discussion.

Ingrid Schults BPsychSc (Hons), Assoc MAPS

Melissa Greben, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

“Fall down seven times. Get up eight” – Japanese Proverb

As a person, Ingrid is optimistic, sensitive, empathic, and trustworthy. As a psychologist, she brings all these qualities and more to her work.

Ingrid’s work with clients over the past 15 years has taken place in various settings, including disability agencies, employment services, employee assistance services, the Lifeline Crisis Counselling service, and private practice.  Ingrid is also a qualified Life Coach. She recognises that people are people everywhere and that life can be seriously hard sometimes.

Ingrid has extensive experience using evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Vocational Assessment, Assertiveness Training, Anger Management, Positive Psychology, and Trauma-informed Therapy.

Ingrid really enjoys helping people work through anxiety, stress and depression. She can help you if you are going through grief and loss, relationship or sexual difficulties, vocational uncertainties, body image issues, and low self-esteem. She also sees clients wishing to overcome addiction, better manage chronic health or chronic pain issues, and people struggling with self-harm behaviours.

Additionally, Ingrid enjoys working with parents. She is an accredited Circle of Security (CoS) Parenting Training facilitator (a form of attachment-based therapy). Ingrid has a teenage son of her own, and knows full well the challenges of parenting.

Ingrid communicates hope to her clients. She knows people can change. She enjoys seeing people’s confidence grow. She works collaboratively with you to set goals. She is flexible and adapts psychological treatment styles and models to cater to your needs.

Ingrid maintains her own regular yoga and meditation practices to continue gaining insights into her own self. She also loves the great outdoors. Ingrid has a gentle temperament and will make you feel very safe, respected and at ease. She sees adolescents from age 12, as well as adult clients.

Lynne Rodgers MAppPsych (Counselling), BSc (Hons), GradDip (PsychSt), BA (Journalism), MAPS

“Every person is a new door to a different world”

Lynne works with adults, couples and adolescents. She gets excellent results helping people with anxiety, depression and relationship stress. Before joining NBP, Lynne worked in specialist clinics, counselling people suffering with substance use, domestic violence, anger, and complex trauma.

She has a special interest in working with older adults and issues related to ageing. Lynne also has experience and a keen interest in working with LGBTI clients and their loved ones.

Lynne is particularly interested in helping you if you are struggling with uncertainty or change, be it in your career or your relationships. She knows that these stressful changes arise in most people’s lives and how much you want to feel calm and back in control again. She loves to help anyone suffering grief and loss, whether it is the loss of someone close, a pet, a relationship, a treasured goal, job or project. Lynne treats you as unique. She knows you want to understand and make sense of your feelings. She helps you discover your true value, as well as your core values. She focuses on uncovering the unique precious qualities that reside inside you.

Lynne has skills in psychological assessment as well as counselling. Her approach to therapy is based on neuroscience principles to create a sense of safety and acceptance, support you to develop mental flexibility to cope, and show you how to flourish. She has postgraduate training in neuropsychotherapy and enjoys working with a range of evidence-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Self-Compassion therapy and Mindfulness-Based CBT.

Lynne has also facilitated substance use groups in correctional settings, assisting people recover from past addictions so they can build positive futures. Her psychological research explored the goal-setting and planning of older people in later life and investigated the psychological needs of carers. Before becoming a psychologist, Lynne worked in senior policy and program roles in the state government and began her professional working life as a journalist and magazine feature writer.

Lynne has an adult son as well as a daughter in high school. She loves working with young people and is very interested in parenting issues. She is the custodian of a mischievous moodle and a slightly overweight cat. She has all but given up on her over-planted sub-tropical garden, which now falls to her partner to chop back so they can find their front door!

Lynne is very approachable and non judgmental and she would love to be of help to you. Read an online review of Lynne’s approach written by a former client.

Please note: Lynne works Monday and Tuesday evenings at Stafford Heights, and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the main Aspley office.

Jenny Laing BA (Hons) Psych, M.Psych (Organisational), MAPS, AIM

Jenny Laing, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

“When the other person is hurting, confused, anxious, alienated, or doubtful of self-worth, then understanding is called for. The gentle support of an empathic presence provides insight and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.” 

 As a workplace psychologist and a counselling psychologist over the past 15 years, Jenny has gained a wealth of experience in counselling and coaching individuals to realise their full potential in both their personal and professional lives.

Jenny has always had a passion for guiding and supporting people’s health and wellbeing. Before getting her Masters in psychology, she spent many years working as a registered nurse, midwife and baby health consultant, often helping people to successfully navigate grief and loss, life changes, stress, depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship and parenting issues. Jenny is also a mother, partner, friend and the proud owner of laugh lines.

Jenny offers you a safe place to express your private thoughts and feelings. She enjoys working closely with you to address your current concerns and to equip you with skills and effective strategies that will allow you to bounce back from future difficulties and challenges.

Jenny loves to see and help couples to support them through a rough patch. She is Level 2 trained in the Gottman Method of relationship counselling by the renowned Gottman Institute. She also has training in Emotion-Focussed Couples Therapy (EFCT).

Jenny helps you discover your real self and your inner strengths. Her positive approach will refresh you and give you courage to move in the direction where you see yourself in the future. Jenny’s therapeutic techniques are flexible, accommodating, and respectful of your personal needs and comfort. She incorporates techniques from a variety of evidence-based approaches rather than relying on a single method. She particularly embraces acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness techniques, solution focused therapy, positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Jenny is also an approved Brisbane MIND provider. Brisbane MIND is a Department of Health Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program. Ask your GP about your eligibility.

Jenny is also the ONLY accredited provider on the north-side of Brisbane for the Parent-Infant Research Institute which offers free assessment and counselling for perinatal and postnatal depression for parents.

Jenny is a friendly and perceptive therapist who offers a warm and non-judgemental environment in which you can comfortably communicate, gain insight, and develop new skills. She listens to what you say in order to help you clarify your concerns, confront barriers, and confidently reach your goals. Former clients of Jenny’s have left online reviews of Jenny’s approach here and here.

Dr Rachel Hannam – Director PhD, BSocSc(Hons), GradDipEd, MAPS

Dr Rachel Hannam, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

Note: Rachel has a new professional fee of $185. The other psychologists’ fee is $165 / hour.

Mostly, when I sit with clients, I have no concept of myself as a psychologist or of them as clients. We are just two people in a room, collaborating and exploring what it is that is going to strengthen their psyche and restore a sense of wholeness“. Rachel has been a registered psychologist since 2002.  She consulted to various organisations for several years, working with doctors, nurses, teachers, pilots, lawyers, managers and executives, and gained broad experience in coaching individuals and groups. She is skilled at helping people cope with stress and trauma, relationship conflict, and personal change. In 2006, Rachel was awarded her PhD on the topic of psychological burnout and resilience.

Rachel has also worked previously as a researcher, a school teacher, and a weight-loss counsellor. She loves her job, quite simply because she loves people! To her, helping individuals and couples feels like the best use of her talents. She is passionate about self-awareness and personal growth. She is an avid reader. She and her husband have four children, five chooks, and a lazy cat!

Rachel helps you understand yourself and others in new ways and offers techniques and strategies that draw heavily upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, emotion-focussed couple therapy (EFCT), neuro-psychotherapy, nonviolent communication (NVC), cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), positive psychology, and mindfulness techniques.

Rachel’s focus is on understanding your unique self to gain awareness of what triggers you, what drives you, and what holds you back. Rachel is relaxed. She uses humour and questioning to help you to reclaim your power and take responsibility for your own life.

In addition to private practice, Rachel works with Brisbane Workplace Mediations where she enjoys helping people transform conflict into connection. Find out more about Rachel: Listen to a radio interview Rachel did on ABC Radio on 15/11/17 for National Psychology Week. Read an article Rachel wrote for Provoke Magazine on questioning beliefs in relationships.

Please Note: Rachel works Mondays in Aspley. She works Fridays in Stafford Heights. She works Wednesday mornings by special arrangement. For emergency or special appointments, sms her on 0478789321.

Melissa Greben BA/Bsc(Hons), GDipPsych, BBehavSc(Hons)(Psych), MPsychClin, MAPS

Melissa has now left NBP. Former clients can contact the Director, Dr Rachel Hannam, on 0478789321 for Melissa’s details. 

Karen Nixon B.A.(Psych), Dip.Psych. Dip.CorpMgt. Cert.IV Clin Hypnosis.

Karen has retired and moved to Maleny. Any former clients who would like to contact her, please email her at KarenJoyNixon@gmail.com

 

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