Aspley, Clayfield and Stafford Heights


Ever Felt Embarrassed About Your Tears? Welcome Them!

“It is a grave hypocrisy of this society, which lets a man laugh but not cry” – Nitya Prakash Tears of Distress & Pain Sometimes words are not enough to express gripping emotions. Occasionally, you gotta cry. Emotional tears release endorphins and oxytocin, neurochemicals which lessen pain and help us to bond with others. They […]


Meet the Practitioners: Lachlan Murray

When did you start at NBP? And what were you doing before that? I started practicing at North Brisbane Psychologists in early November 2021. Before that, I was completing my Masters degree. The final placement for this degree involved providing one-on-one psychological support for job seekers, plus some consultation work. Prior to this – and […]


Meet the Practitioners: Zameer Esmail

When did you start at NBP? What were you doing before that? I started at NBP in November 2020. Before that I spent some time in rural NSW where I was doing assessments and intervention mostly with kids in the neurodevelopmental area. Before that I was in Perth, and before that Zambia, and before that Canada and […]


Meet the Practitioners: Sharna Giammichele

When did you start at NBP? What were you doing before that? I started at NBP in May 2021. For some years now, I have worked with individual adult and adolescent clients across a range of government and private settings. Why did you get into psychology/therapy in the first place? Originally, it was never to be a psychologist. I […]


What is Religious Trauma Syndrome?

Guest Blog by Brendan Turner A large body of research has tied being religious with better well-being and overall mental health. Devout religious people tend to have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as a better ability to cope with stress. Certain religious practices may even change the brain in a way that […]


Meet the Practitioners: Anne-Marie Van Duin

When did you start at NBP? What were you doing before that? I started practicing at North Brisbane Psychologists in early October 2021. Before that, I was working in the recruitment and selection field as a psychologist. My role there involved developing psychometric assessments (e.g., cognitive ability, emotional intelligence, and personality tests) for use in […]


What to do if you can’t find a Psychology appointment

Blog Post by Sabina Nowak, member of NBP’s Admin Team. Around the world – the need for psychology services has been growing to unprecedented levels, even before the COVID Pandemic hit.  North Brisbane Psychologists has tripled its size since 2019 in an effort to meet demand (while not compromising on quality service), and it saddens […]


What If My Partner Is The Problem?

Blog by Jeremy Gates (Couples Therapist, North Brisbane Psychologists) Struggling in your relationship? Reluctant to attend couples counselling because your partner is the problem, not you?  Good news: Your partner is the problem and we’re going to fix them for you! Just kidding 😉 Life would be so much simpler if everyone could just agree that they are the […]


Meet the Practitioners: Dr Eske Derks

I started at NBP in June 2021, very recently! I still work as a senior scientist at QIMR Berghofer, where I study genetic risk factors of mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. I have presented my research at national television and radio. One of the key messages that I wish […]


Meet the Practitioners: Dr Rachel Hannam

When did you start at NBP? I set up NBP in 2012 with my friend and colleague Karen Nixon who retired and moved to Maleny in 2016, leaving me the sole Clinical Director. Since 2012, NBP has grown from our little partnership to a large team of awesome Practitioners! It has been an interesting and fun ride. […]


Not waving but drowning: Are we leading lives of quiet despair?

This blog was written by our friends at Uncommon Knowledge and has been reposted with permission. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” – Henry David Thoreau Not waving but drowning Nobody heard him, the dead man,But still he lay moaning:I was much further out than you thoughtAnd not waving but drowning. Poor […]


You’ve Heard Of PTSD – But What Is cPTSD?

Most people know of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, which is characterised by symptoms of anxiety or depression as well as distressing flashbacks and intrusive thoughts. But have you heard of cPTSD or complex post-traumatic stress disorder? cPTSD arises in response to chronic traumatisation over a period of time. This is a diagnosis which is […]