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.

Lynne Rodgers MAppPsych (Counselling), BSc (Hons), GradDip (Psych), 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 a review of Lynne’s approach written by a former client.

Please note: Lynne works Mon & Tues evenings at Stafford Hts, and Wed, Thurs & Fri at Aspley.

Robin Fraser, MCommCounsPsych, BSocSci (Psych Hons), Assoc MAPS

Melissa Greben, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

“Between stimulus and response is a space. In that space is our power to choose a response. In our response lies our freedom and growth” – Viktor Frankl

PLEASE NOTE: Robin has a fee of $90 per hour. Robin is registered in Australia as a Psychologist having transferred from overseas, but is awaiting Medicare access. As such, his fee is equal to the Medicare gap.

Robin is a very experienced psychologist. He has worked with adolescents and adults in private practice for over 10 years. He is thoughtful and relaxed with a compassionate and empathic style in the counselling room which helps clients feel safe and accepted. He is a husband and father of two young kids. In his leisure time, Robin enjoys time with friends and family and falling off his kayak!

Robin is trained in the following therapies:

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Imago Couples Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitisation & Reprocessing) Therapy

Robin was trained in South Africa in the psychodynamic tradition and so brings deep understanding to his clients. He also employs other modern therapeutic techniques. Along with private practice, Robin has worked in acute care psychiatric hospitals, supporting people with chronic mental health challenges and has served on the Board of Directors for a substance abuse recovery program. He has a great deal of interest and experience in the field of addictions and addiction recovery.

Robin is passionate about Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based method drawing on Mindfulness traditions. He uses DBT with impulsive behaviours (e.g., aggression, substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal urges) to help clients regulate fluctuations in their emotions and perceptions.

Robins knows that much of our joy, and hurt, in life comes from how connected or disconnected we feel in relationships. Knowing this, he has trained in Imago Couples Therapy. Imago Couples Therapy focuses on collaboratively healing childhood wounds that couples share. Robin creates a safe space for couples so their communication can occur not just at an intellectual level, but at the heart level. He believes this is how and where long-term behaviour change occurs.

Robin also works with trauma. He knows that “trauma is what happens inside of you as a result of traumatic events. It is a loss of connection to oneself and the present moment” (Dr Gabor Maté). Recently Robin has completed training in EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitisation & Reprocessing). EMDR is one of the only treatments approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for survivors of trauma. If you have been through trauma and you struggle with the aftermath (such as detachment, distressing thoughts, flashbacks or nightmares), Robin can assist you.

Throughout the entire therapy process, Robin is always open to feedback on your progress and actively invites you to share your needs and experiences. His aim is to work with you in order to make your therapy journey both helpful and meaningful.

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 all walks of life. Before joining NBP, Pia worked in community settings, educational settings, within QLD health, at wellness retreats, and in private practice. Pia has a warm and funny disposition. She tailors her approach to ensure you feel heard and supported. She is passionate about integrative health care. She can work with your GP to ensure a thorough understanding of your concerns to formulate a 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 is trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for food cravings and weight management. She is an approved Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Supervisor. She is skilled in applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness-based therapies in order get to the bottom of your issues and equip you with the toolbox you need to address your issues.

Pia sees adults, adolescents, children over 10 years, and couples. If you’d like to discuss your concerns or learn more about how Pia can work with you, 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’s extensive experience using evidence-based approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Assertiveness Training, Anger Management, Positive Psychology, and Trauma-informed Therapy.

Ingrid enjoys helping people work through anxiety, stress and depression. She can help if you are going through grief and loss, relationship or sexual difficulties, vocational uncertainties, body image issues, and low self-esteem. Ingrid has Level 1 Training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. 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 is skilled at working with parents. She’s 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 12 years old, as well as adults. Note: Ingrid works Mon & Tues evenings at Aspley, and Wed & Thurs at the Stafford Hts office.

Jenny Laing MPsych (Org), BA (Hons) Psych, DipNurs, AIM, MAPS

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. Her positive approach will refresh you and give you courage to move in a better direction towards the future you want. Jenny’s 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 the ONLY accredited provider on Brisbane’s north-side for the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) which offers free assessment and counselling for perinatal and postnatal depression for parents. As a former baby health nurse, Jenny loves working with women experiencing perinatal or postnatal depression or anxiety related to motherhood.

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 $175 / 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. Listen to a radio interview Rachel did with Kelly Higgins Devine on ABC Radio about shame versus guilt. Learn more about Rachel: Listen to the ABC Radio for National Psychology Week 2017 and a very humorous 2018 ABC Radio interview with comedian Sam Bowden on family conflicts. Check out an article Rachel wrote for Provoke Magazine on challenging our beliefs in relationships.

Please Note: Rachel works Mondays in Aspley. Her other days are in Stafford. For emergency or special appointments, sms her on 0478789321.

Bobbi Paige Hopkins – LGBTQI Specialist

BPsychSci (Hons), RN, Published Author

Dr Rachel Hannam, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

“Life can be a shipwreck, but we must remember to sing in the lifeboats” (Voltaire)

Bobbi is a leading expert in the field of identity diversity and offers a 100% guaranteed confidential space to talk and help you gather psychological support and information on gender-related issues.

In her post-graduate studies, sex and gender issues leapt off the page and it occurred to her that identity diversity were reality maps in the lives of too many people to be ignored. And so she began serious research in a bid to find some consensus on the origins of all identity development.  Further life-science research into what drives sexuality has led her to understand how most individuals are in fact within the boundaries of conventional and healthy. In the case of those questioning, ‘coming out’ is aimed at quality of life and even survival itself.

Bobbi’s background includes Research Psychologist, Registered Nurse for 30 years, including 10 years as an Adult and Paediatric Nurse Unit Manager, and author of current and future life-science books on identity issues. She is not a board-registered psychologist or psychiatrist, but rather an expert in gender and sexuality issues.

She can offer support and information to people who are currently questioning or who are already identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or intersex, and are struggling.

LGBTQI individuals may have an unconventional sexuality, but they otherwise remain conventional people trying to go about their lives. Bobbi understands it is society that inflicts most of the harm and that life for LGBTQI people  can sometimes be quite difficult.

To book in with Bobbi or to ask further questions, please email her on bobbi@northbrisbanepsychologists.com.au or contact the Director, Dr Rachel, on 0478 789 321.

Learn more about Bobbi’s identity philosophies here: LGBTQI Diversity

Bobbi sees clients at Stafford Heights. Clients under 18 to be accompanied by an adult.

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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