KCPSYCH NUNDAH


KCPSYCH NUNDAH

Practitioners at this location

Alicia Miles

Psychologist

Ania Harnden

Social Worker

Carolina Gonzalez

Psychologist

Carolina is a Psychologist with a Master of Mental Health (The University of Queensland). She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Talca in Chile. She has experience working in public health services, child and family services, and NGOs. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, her doctoral thesis focused on how to engage parents in the early stages of parenting programs. She is also interested in research in the areas of mental health and trauma I truly believe that people face challenges in their daily lives but they have the resources to overcome them. As a provisional psychologist, I am available to support them through their process of recovery. I believe that people who access to appropriate support when needed, we can prevent later issues. The key is how we stay mentally healthy. She has experience working with a wide range of mental health presentations, such as depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, and traumatic stress. She has worked with children, teenagers, adults, and older people
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Dr Wei Wang

Psychologist

Wei is a Registered Psychologist. Wei holds a PhD in psychology and worked as an academic for many years before he started on the path to put the theories into practice working in the private sector as a generalist psychologist (registered since 1997). Wei provides individual psychological assessment and treatment to children, teens and adults for a range of presenting issues. He also facilitates group programs on a range of topics, but has a special interest in running groups for children, parents and families on emotional health, resilience and wellbeing. Wei is interested in the psychological therapy techniques of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness. He has experience in providing school-based early intervention and prevention programs to children. He also has a special interest in helping people from other cultures deal with the stress involved with adapting to new and unfamiliar environments. Wei is eligible to provide services under Medicare, NDIS, DVA, Workcover, and many Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers.

Eske Derks

Psychologist

Eske works with adolescents from 18 years old, adults and elderly. Her main areas of interest include: Anxiety Depression Grief & Loss Work and Study Stress Migration Eske is a provisional psychologist completing the 4+2 pathway. She is originally from the Netherlands and moved to Brisbane in 2016. She completed her bachelor and master degrees at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research (2006) focused on understanding genetic contributions to childhood developmental disorder, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and conduct disorder. In 2021, she completed a Diploma of Counselling at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. In January 2021, she became registered as a provisional psychologist with AHPRA. Eske works two days a week as a provisional psychologist and 3 days as the head of the Translational Neurogenomics Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer where she leads a team of 4-6 researchers. She has more than 20 years research experience in studying the influence of genetic risk factors on the development of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and schizophrenia. She has published more than 150 articles describing her studies on mental health. For more information on her research, this interview with ABC national radio may be of interest: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/depression-and-anxiety-genetically-linked-for-the-first-time/13305484. Eske is a warm and non-judgmental psychologist. She believes that the relationship between a therapist and a client forms the best basis for recovery and healing. Eske is very passionate about working with clients from different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. She uses different approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, mindfulness) in her work, depending on the needs of a client. Eske has worked with clients who experience anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship problems, and work stress. She completed a major in grief and loss counselling and completed Level 1 Training of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She is passionate about working with parents and adolescents who have questions around gender diversity and/or gender dysphoria (gender-affirmative approach).
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Lisa Loots

Social Worker

Lisa is a Mental Health Accredited Social Worker for 12 years and has extensive experience working in the mental health space for more than 25years. She worked in a variety of settings as a Social Worker overseas and in Australia. She has worked in Mental Health NGO settings, Community Mental Health, the hospital, and private practice. Lisa has been supervising Mental Health Social Workers in various Mental Health settings as well as providing supervision and field instruction to students in various levels of their academic journey in social work and often also interdisciplinary mentoring and consultation Lisa works with adults 20 years and older. Her main areas of interest include: Her main areas of interest include: General mental health Trauma Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) Couples counselling Relationship difficulties Lisa is a Practitioner who draws on many therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Lisa uses mainly DBT she also is of the opinion that an Eclectic Approach is useful to ensure a good fit between elements of the approaches and the individual person instead of relying on only one model. This enables her to use a variety of strategies and techniques e.g., psychoeducation and mindfulness strategies. She believes strongly in the Recovery Model and aims to empower people to grow and develop knowledge and skills, personal values, and find a life worth living. She is also passionate about group interventions especially aimed at skills development. Lisa works with a wide spectrum of mental health disorders (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Emotion Regulation Disorders, Suicidal Ideation and more. Lisa draws mainly on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with a strong focus on recovery aiming to develop knowledge and skills and specifically managing distress and powerful emotional reactions. Life often throws curve balls on our way. Many are not really sure how to deal with these and sometimes it feels like your life attracts curve balls. This is usually when a skills training approach can assist. Apart from individuals, Lisa also enjoys working with couples. Her preference is to work with couples where both are serious about overcoming the difficulties threating their relationship, although there might be times when one partner might be seen on their own. Lisa also prefers to do couple counselling following the DBT model to empower both to grow and develop together. Understanding and accept each other’s unique identity within the relationship limits conflict and facilitate effective interpersonal communication, improves relationship satisfaction creating a sense of belonging and connection. Lisa an empathic, authentic, and intuitive person, and a counselling session with her will feel natural, conversational and purposeful. She is a warm, kind and caring person and clinician. She aims to create an opportunity for meaningful change in the life of those she work with, and to do it by creating a space in session that feels safe, accepting, validating and nurturing. Clinic Location Nundah Approach to Therapy Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Schema Therapy Interpersonal Therapy Couples Therapy Mindfulness
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Mr Ricardo Bird

Psychologist

Rick has: Extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT] and Advanced training and experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT]. Certified training in Interpersonal Therapy [IPT] and Relationship Issues. Rick has worked in both QLD Health for 8 years in the clinical treatment teams, and most recently for the last 6 years in private practice. Rick has many years of clinical and counselling experience with adults will be of benefit if you experience any of the following: Discovering your true Identity. How to find yours Making Peace with Anxiety and being Victorious. Understanding why you have them and how to conquer them. What is the Purpose of Depression and how to overcome it. Stress/Burnout. Simple strategies that work. Trauma or Abuse. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Work Place Bullying. Discover what HR doesn’t tell you. Anger Management. It’s not always wrong to be Angry. How to feel Equal. How to be Capable, Worthy and Lovable. Finding Direction and Purpose. How to Increase Self-Esteem and Self-Worth. It is not Arrogant or Selfish. Relationship Issues. Understanding and Benefiting from the Hidden Rules. Problem Solving. Unlocking the emotional secrets that allow progress. Rick strongly believes in truly listening to your needs, helping you to feel comfortable and valued, and to instilling hope and direction, regardless of who you are and what issues you are challenged by. Rick believes that all parts of your life are interconnected and that these parts need to be considered holistically when restoring your health. Rick has vast experience in helping people to choose the correct psycho-therapy and strategies for their unique situation. He also has a strong interest in the relationship between a person’s physical and psychological health. Rick Bird – Psychologist, Husband, Parent, Student of Life, backyard Engineer – loves Latin Dancing.
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Mr Vish Chandani(He/him)

Social Worker

Vish graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2012. He joined The Do Network in 2021, first as a Social Worker and later adding the role of Executive Officer, and joined KCPsych as a Director/Social Worker. He is based in the Toowoomba area but travels widely to service metropolitan and regional clients. Vish spent more than 10 years working across the Child Protection continuum in rural and remote locations in Western Australia and Queensland before settling in Toowoomba. While working in Child Protection, Vish was elected to a leadership role with the Together Union where, as an activist, he sought to improve the working lives of Child Safety staff across Queensland and to improve outcomes for children, young people and families engaged with the child protection system. Vish has extensive experience working with first nations people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. He frequently travels across Queensland to undertake interviews and assessments for the Queensland Children’s Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. With a focus on the client’s well-being and functioning, Vish also supports private clients and NDIS participants. He has a particular interest in working with families where a person has a lived experienced of a disability or mental health illness, or other social problems. His expertise also extends to supporting older children and adolescents during their development through high school and into adulthood. Vish has a particular interest in supporting children, adolescents and emerging adults who have experienced being placed in the out of home care system. Vish is an Accredited Social Worker.

Mrs Nicole Bugden

Social Worker

Nicole is a Social Worker and registered Circle of Security facilitator. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001 and began her career as a social worker with social services in the U.K. Here she enjoyed working across the fields of aged care, disability and mental health. Moving back to Australia, Nicole gained further experience supporting people in inpatient and community mental health, with a strong focus on psychosocial recovery. Family therapy, parenting and carer support have always been core elements of her practice, as well as maintaining a passion for improving access to mental health services for everyone. More recently, Nicole has worked in primary education, supporting children to have positive learning and social experiences at school. Nicole is enthusiastic about helping people to create the life they want, with meaningful activities, and richer interpersonal and community connections. As part of The KCPsych team, Nicole sees clients in the clinic on Monday and Friday's, and in her role at The Do Network she visits clients at home in the North Brisbane area and can also schedule sessions in the community.
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Ms Mary Kedwell

Psychologist

Mary gained her qualifications at the University of Queensland. She worked for 5 years in Child and Youth Mental Health settings, before moving to a P-12, co-educational school, where she worked for 14 years. Working with children and young people has highlighted the impact of systems: Our family system, workplace, school and society play a huge part in how we experience the world, and ourselves. Thus Mary adopts a systematic/family approach to understanding each person’s story. When working with children, Mary considers it necessary that parents attend appointments of their own, given their significance in bringing about change within the family system. Like many psychologists, Mary has integrated her experiences and knowledge into a framework that can be applied to a broad range of presenting concerns. She believes that anxiety is at the core of most difficulties, and that our response to our anxiety determines what happens next. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy invites us to sit more comfortably with our human discomfort, and to come to view it as our guide. Mary’s approach to therapy, therefore, invites clients to ‘get better at feeling worse’ which, ultimately, will amount to getting better. Getting better at ‘doing feelings’ is good for both our health, and our relationships with others. Whilst it can be daunting to ‘run towards the roar’, there is evidence to suggest that such bravery – even in small steps – builds our resilience. Being brave, with the support of a therapist you can trust, can make the journey forward easier. Mary works with teenagers 14years plus, adults and families. Approach to Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Emotion Focused Therapy Humanistic Internal family Systems Narrative Therapy Rogerian Psychotherapy Alderian / Individual Psychology Existential Integrative Interpersonal Psychoeducation
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Rachel D'Alessio

Psychologist

Rachelle Lillyman

Psychologist

Tasya Afonso

Psychologist

Vincent Conway

Psychologist

Vince completed his Bachelor of Behavioural Science in 1990 at USQ, and Postgraduate Diploma in 1991. He has worked in a variety of settings including relationship counselling, child and youth outreach, drug, alcohol and dependency services, spiritual and pastoral care, forensic mental health settings, mental health and disability services. he has also worked in mental health support and mental health coordinator roles with serious mental health. Vince is a Registered Psychologist working with children, adolescents, people with disabilities, adults of all ages, with particular interests in men’s issues and older adults. Main Areas of Interest Depression Anxiety Disorders Stress Management Anger Management Offender behaviour (forensic) Approach to Therapy Vince is an empathic, compassionate, and dedicated professional. His approach is client-focused and collaborative in assisting clients to meet their goals. Vince is passionate about working with individuals who lives are affected by anxiety and depression. He understands how these conditions have significant impact on individuals in aspects of one’s life. Vince’s experience working with clients with anxiety and depressive conditions has helped him develop an understanding in providing a holistic approach, seeking therapeutically guide the individual in recognising and building their strengths. Vince utilises a cognitive behavioural, a strengths based and solution focused approach. Vince’s work with anger management has involved working in groups and with individuals. His approach is to work from a non judgemental perspective and focuses on working with the individual to assist them to understand behaviour, underlying thinking and how past experiences have impacted their present. Approach to Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Solution Focused Therapy Psychoeducation Psychotherapy Spiritual and Pastoral Care
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