Our Team of Professionals

Check our Appointments page to see the psychologists’ standard weekly schedules for each office.

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

Melissa Greben, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

“The two most important phrases in therapy are “Notice that” and “What happens next?”. Once you start approaching yourself with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts”. — Bessel Van Der Kolk

Melissa brings a genuine curiousity and caring to her work. She sees adults and adolescents of all ages and backgrounds. Melissa’s approach is warm and non-judgemental. She understands that seeking therapy is a nerve-racking step so she will take her time to assist you to feel safe and explore what is most important to you in each session.

Melissa has a strong love of learning and seeks regular personal and professional development and supervision. She draws on a range of therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness and body-centred approaches. She works with children and their parents from an attachment informed perspective and is a trained Circle of Security Parenting group facilitator. 

Melissa has a committed meditation practice and attends regular meditation retreats in a Buddhist tradition. She decided to become a therapist during a meditation retreat in 2008 when it became clear to her that helping people to suffer less would be the most worthwhile use of her time, energy and skills. Her meditation practice helps her to be with each person in a wholehearted and present way. 

Melissa values your experience and knowledge of yourself and will assist you to draw on your own resources during the therapy process. She will think with you about what has brought you to therapy and your hopes for the therapy process. Your treatment will be based on your own goals, preferences and a shared understanding of your difficulties.

Melissa thinks about beginning therapy as a bit like starting a puzzle: “Each piece represents a facet of yourself and your life. First we need to turn over the pieces to know what’s there. Then with curiosity we can build a picture out of these seemingly disconnected pieces. Taking time to deeply understand your difficulties in this way leads to a treatment that can offer lasting change”.  Feel free to contact Melissa directly (via the Contacts page) to discuss the suitability of her style and expertise for your situation.

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  PhD, BSocSc(Hons), GradDipEd, CertIV TAA, MAPS
Dr Rachel Hannam, Psychologist with North Brisbane Psychologists

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

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, six 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), 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.

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.

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

Karen is no longer working at North Brisbane Psychologists as she has moved to Maleny. If you would like to contact her, please email her at KarenJoyNixon@gmail.com

 

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