Brisbane Clinical Psychologist - Michelle Barratt

Michelle Barratt is a Brisbane Clinical Psychologist who was born in Zimbabwe and immigrated to Australia in 2001. She has two adult children and has had a wealth of experience in managing complex family situations through conflict.


Her psychological practice’s main aim and her mandate to clinicians who work with her in Michelle Barratt Psychology, is to build upon the strength's within each person, and to support them to engage effectively in therapy to develop a sound sense of self that is central to formulating their own identity.    We face problems every day of our life, but if we have a high self-esteem we can invariably work through the problems that face us; by building an awareness of who we are in this world we become empowered to find hope and make our dreams and ideas become a reality.  However, we also at the same time need to be mindful towards others, so that we can develop a balance that secures ourselves in this world as well as foster relationships with others; this being in our family's, friendships, and within the workplace.   

Michelle's private practice primarily works with the above values in mind and embraces working with adults, children, adolescents, couples and family's. 

Author: Michelle Barratt

B. Psych. Sc.,  B. Psych. Sc. (Hons), Master of Psychology (Clinical) 



Michelle has previously worked at the Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, Brisbane, Queensland in the Adult Mental Health Outpatient Centre in 2011, which included developing complex treatment plans for clients that required a range of support; these included:

  • Depression

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders (Acute Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and,

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Separation and Divorce

  • Abuse: Psychological, Verbal, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse/Neglect, and Financial

  • Emotional abuse

  • Grief and loss

  • Schizophrenia

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Bipolar Disorder

Michelle Barratt:  Clinical Psychologist



Although, this role focused on supporting the client’s overall mental health, it also ensured and involved “wrap-around-care” for the client, which meant that Michelle worked within a multi-disciplinary team that included: psychiatrists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, other psychologists, and recruitment offices. This was to ensure that the best and most appropriate support and care for each and every client was sort for, in order they felt supported, understood and validated for their particular individual needs. 


Michelle has also worked with children in both the Child and Mental Health Services (CYMHS) in Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, and at Kids Helpline (KHL). Her role at CYMHS mainly focused on working with children up to the age of 18, who were suffering a mental illness, or just struggling either behaviourally, psychologically or emotionally within themselves, and or from coping with family life. However, her work as a psychologist endeavored to provide psychological support/interventions not only to her immediate client, but also to her client’s family to improve family functioning, living environments and relationships. Most of all, this role focused on fostering a supportive and validating environment where children, adolescents and young adults could develop a relationship of trust with their psychologists.


Michelle Barratt has gained a wealth of experience through working at Kids Helpline (KHL) for two years. Her role at Kids Helpline has been to foster a therapeutic relationship with children, adolescents and young adults between the ages of 5 to 25 years old. This role exposed Michelle to a wide range of issues that included supporting:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Family break-downs and subsequently either going through Divorce, Separation, Parent-Child Conflict/Relationship issues, & Blended-family issues

  • Bullying

  • Peer relationship conflict

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Managing coping with a variety of addictions such as eating disorders

  • Abuse (psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and verbal)

  • Child Neglect

  • Family Conflict

  • Adolescent Identity issues and crisis

  • Crisis Care and Suicide Risk Management

Michelle's previous experience in Private Practice was at Vision Psychology, Mount Gravatt for two years as a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist, and has worked in total in Private Practice for 5 years.  Her private practice therapy is client-focused and implements interventions that are evidence-based and primarily focused on 'empowering' her clients to feel independent, in control of their lives and to feel a strong sense of hope and trust in themselves and a journey where they can build trust in others around them.  


Michelles interventions focus namely on Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, schema therpay, diablectical behaviour therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness.  When working with couples and families, she integrates emotion-focused and Gottman Couples therapy (EFT).  Overall, Michelle Barratt Psychology provides psychological therapy for:


 - Children

 - Adolescents

 - Parents

 - Couples

 - Families

 - Individuals 


Michelle utilizes a variety of assessment tools in her sessions to establish a baseline for symptoms, and so that progress and outcomes may be reviewed regularly. Additionally Michelle encourages clients to complete therapy satisfaction surveys, to assist her in evaluating therapeutic alliance and the client’s perceived symptom alleviation.



1.  Michelle's Honours thesis focused on exploring the development of a new model of memory put forward by Professor Anne Tolan at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The statistical significance of these results (The Item/Order Trade-Off Explanation for the Lexicality Effect for Working Memory) have been presented at the International Researchers Memory Conference :


  • In the USA at the University of Massachusetts; October 2010, and in

  • The United Kingdom at the University of York; June 2011.


2.  Michelle's Masters Degree thesis explored the contribution of a variety of variables that underpinned they dynamics of *Emotional Self-Efficacy* and Subjective Wellbeing. The exploration of emotional self-efficacy was mainly driven by Michelle being interested in one’s ability to manage trauma.  The implicit part of her study focused on someone’s perception of their ability to cope when faced with a trauma and their 'actual ability' when faced with a trauma.


This research found that:

High levels of self-esteem significantly supports subjective well-being and, that people who have higher levels of emotional self-efficacy, manage or cope with negative events far better than those who do not. In addition, the ability of them being able to do so was found to be mainly supported by a person having higher levels of emotional intelligence and completeing the process of 'Identity Achievement'.



Michelle was the Student Representative for all Australian Catholic University Students at Masters level during the time she studied.



emotional self-efficacy: one’s perceived ability to manage their emotions (either positive or negative) when faced with a positive or negative event.


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Qld 4066.

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