MICHELLE BARRATT PSYCHOLOGY

35 Wondall Road

WYNNUM WEST

Qld 4178

Tel: 0401 924 331 

Fax:  (07) 3009 0553

MICHELLE BARRATT PSYCHOLOGY

Suite 37, Level 1 Benson House,

No. 2 Benson Street, TOOWONG,

Qld 4066.

Tel: 0411 731 516

Fax: (07) 3009 0075

 

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Michelle Barratt is a Fellow of the Clinical College at the Australian Psychological Society. 

 

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CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING

CHRISTIAN PARENTING

CHRISTIAN COUPLES COUNSELLING

 

Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to provide Christian Counselling at the highest standard; implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support a person feel heard and understood, but a treatment plan that empowers their clients to reverse and work through the causal factors of anxiety or depression in order that they can implement preventative strategies to help protect them in the future.  We aim to support all children, all adolescents, and all adults, couples and family's work through their concerns and to succeed in their ultimate wellbeing. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don't hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

 

As a Christian psychologist, Michelle Barratt offers not just her professional skills and experience in psychology, but believes she is able to come alongside not just Christians but all people, and therefore adds a different dimension to her therapy sessions. She believes her therapy sessions can offer a greater and deeper connection with her clients as she walks beside them on their journey. She believes that understanding the spiritual beliefs of a person can be of great assistance in the therapeutic setting as clients work their way through distress, pain and confusion.

 

Michelle’s main priority as a psychologist is to offer a therapeutic environment; psychological sessions that are based on a foundation of confidentiality, trust, empathy and validation. This is fundamental in her practice, as she believes that this foundation will allow clients the best chance to explore further what’s behind their presenting issues and therefore understand more fully what could be hindering their lives going forward. Through this understanding, any goals reached will be clearer to the client.

 

Psychological journeys are set at the client's pace, and Treatment Plans incorporate the client's own goals with smaller goal posts set up along the way. Psychological journeys are not a race, but a discovery process.  However, the journey is yours and evidence-based psychological interventions are implemented with facilitation and support by Michelle Barratt as your own exclusive physician.

 

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Research has found that psychology sessions bring a wealth of support and reprieve to many individual’s lives, and that inevitably these have long-lasting effects.

 

In addition, Michelle’s psychological practice focuses on a wide range of issues:

 

Family therapy for situations such as:

  • Assisting parents in a time of confusion on how best to ‘Parent’ their adolescents – developing a keener sense of insight to what is really going on in their teenage lives

  • How to manage behaviour of children that can seem strange and at time distressing for some parents.

  • How to improve family communication, respect, build and shape more appropriate behaviour and develop a shared understanding between parents and children; especially adolescents. appreciation and understanding.

  • Supporting a family in preparation for separation and/or divorce;

  • Adjusting to divorce and separation

  • Supporting families best manage families who a single/step or blended families: How do parents juggle everything they have to do? It’s not easy!!!

 

Supporting people through any type of trauma:

A trauma is any type of extraordinary frightening event – that meaning: any type of event that is unexpected,frightening, transforming and or overwhelming causing. Thus, causing the person to experience feelings of helplessness, terror and a huge sense of vulnerability and insecurity.

  • Not only experiencing the actual event itself, but just witnessing a traumatic event, can be traumatic – seeing a person being hit by a car.

  • Any type of sudden traumatic loss of a loved one can be debilitating (Parents, siblings, grandparents, the loss of a child or a baby).

  • Going through a divorce can be traumatic.

  • Those who feel they might be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and believe they might be experiencing flashbacks, panic attacks or avoidance of any particular situation, can have long-lasting debilitating affects.

 

Overall, when an individual is suffering mental health issues, or has experienced a trauma in their lives, it can often leave a person feeling a range of emotions such as self-blame, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and low levels of self-esteem. These types of emotions are very powerful and will more often than not only obscure how we see ourselves, but how others are behaving and therefore perpetuate issues that we might think are going on in ones life, but actually are not – experiencing distorted realities.

 

Meeting with a Christian psychologist can often support individuals by helping them to feel like they are truly being understood in their spiritual journey, and therefore better be able to reach their goals. Furthermore, sessions will implement interventions that focus on evidence-based treatments and outcomes will be monitored.

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Taking on the job of parenting is probably one of the hardest things we will ever ever do. Some parents have reported that in a world so far from Christian morals and values, parenting teenagers has become very difficult indeed.

 

Most parents present that they love their children unconditionally, however, no matter how much we love our children, and while it can be a rewarding and wonderful experience, realistically many parents are presenting to therapy that they are tired, no in actual fact exhausted, exasperated and worse still, confused as to what to do next.

 

A parents feelings of confusion can be a very frightening feeling as often they are experiencing a whole series of emotions: helplessness, confusion, anger, frustration, little support from their family or their partners leading to isolation and sometimes feelings of desperation. When exploring what is leading them there, most of the time, although parents love their children or teenagers, it’s during negative behavior that is a struggle for them.

For example, some of this might be:

  • High levels of conflict

  • Verbal or emotional abuse

  • Tantrums

  • Stonewalling: Refusing to talk, staying in their room all the time, not eating with the family, not answering when spoken to, etc

  • Not being responsive to discipline

  • Not following through with instructions

  • Not completing tasks.

 

Without a doubt parenting children and adolescents is a tricky and complex business, but you can parent the way you want to through God. Parents who wish to parent alongside God, has a big responsibility as the Word of God instructs mothers and fathers to model mature Christian behavior, to love their children, to care for their needs, to teach the young, and to discipline fairly. (Deut. 6 1-; Prov 22:6; 2 Corin 12:14 )

 

However, no one can ignore that life’s difficulties can make child-rearing/parenting feel almost impossible some times. Christian Counselling can help guide and support parent/s as they explore any difficulties that may have arisen for them and/or their children; and may include parenting skills training to support the family find its equilibrium again.

 

It is further re-iterated that Christian Counselling is a safe, non-judgemental and trusting environment, where parents can openly explore their own parenting techniques, as well as identify and build upon the strengths they already have. It is a collaborative process, enabling parents to have a new understanding and perspective, allowing them to raise their children with more clarity and purpose on their journey with God.

 

Michelle Barratt offers not just her professional skills and experience in psychology, but believes she is able to come alongside not just Christians but all people on their spiritual journey.  

 

She believes her therapy sessions can offer a greater and deeper connection with her clients as she walks beside them on their psychological journey. She believes that understanding the spiritual beliefs of a person can be of great assistance in the therapeutic setting as clients work their way through distress, pain and confusion.

Meeting with a Brisbane Christian psychologist can often support to a person simply by helping them feel like they are truly being understood on their spiritual journey.   Including the spiritual context in counselling can sometimes be more holistic for that particular person, especially if God places an integral part in how they conduct and make decisions in their lives.  Having someone understand and explore this with you can be truly healing and touching. 

In addition, Michelle’s psychological practice focuses on a wide range of issues:

 

Family therapy for situations such as

  • Assisting parents in a time of confusion on how best to ‘Parent’ their adolescents – developing a keener sense of insight to what is really going on in their teenage lives

  • How to manage behaviour of children that can seem strange and at time distressing for some parents.

  • How to improve family communication, respect, build and shape more appropriate behaviour and develop a shared understanding between parents and children; especially adolescents. appreciation and understanding.

  • Supporting a family in preparation for separation and/or divorce;

  • Adjusting to divorce and separation

  • Supporting families best manage families who a single/step or blended families: How do parents juggle everything they have to do? It’s not easy!!

Supporting people through any type of trauma:

‘A trauma is any type of extraordinary frightening event – that meaning: any type of event that is unexpected,frightening, transforming and or overwhelming causing. Thus, causing the person to experience feelings of helplessness, terror and a huge sense of vulnerability and insecurity.

 

  • Not only experiencing the actual event itself, but just witnessing a traumatic event, can be traumatic – seeing a person being hit by a car.

  • Any type of sudden traumatic loss of a loved one can be debilitating (Parents, siblings, grandparents, the loss of a child or a baby).

  • Going through a divorce can be traumatic.

  • Those who feel they might be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and believe they might be experiencing flashbacks, panic attacks or avoidance of any particular situation, can have long-lasting debilitating affects.

 

Overall, when an individual is suffering mental health issues, or has experienced a trauma in their lives, it can often leave a person feeling a range of emotions such as self-blame, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and low levels of self-esteem. These types of emotions are very powerful and will more often than not only obscure how we see ourselves, but how others are behaving and therefore perpetuate issues that we might think are going on in ones life, but actually are not – experiencing distorted realities.

 

 
 

A marriage relationship can be challenging, with all the various factors in family life that can often bring about stress. These factors can include raising children, balancing finances and managing in-laws, just to name a few. However there is a secret to having a healthy Christian marriage.

 

Having a happy Christian marriage actually involves more than the two people in the marriage. It needs a third party, with that party being Jesus. To understand that further, one needs to explore how their beliefs of God, impact on the way to view their spouse, and family. It also affects how they view life in general and wrong beliefs can often lead to negative results in a relationship.

 

If you are interested in improving your marriage, or are going through seemingly insurmountable conflict with your spouse, seeing a psychologist can be a highly beneficial experience, as one is able to uncover the unhealthy core beliefs that one has, as well as understand how that affects one’s partner.

 

Joey is very keen to help Christian couples who need support in this area and incorporating one’s Christian beliefs into the therapeutic intervention.

Author: Joey Tai - Clinical Psychologist,Michelle Barratt Psychology, a Brisbane and Redland Bay Psychology Practice - Promoting effective couples counselling.