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B. Psych. Sc. 

BA. Psych. Sc. (Hons), 

Masters of Psychology (Clinical),

HM.APS, AHPRA Endorsed

Clinical Psychologist


Location: Toowong

Days: Monday & Tuesday

Location:  Wynnum 

Days: Thursday & Friday



BA (Psych), BA (Hons; Psyc),

Master of Psychology (Clinical),

AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist

Location: Toowong

Days: Tuesday (Telehealth)




BPsych (Hons) AMAPS
AHPRA Registered

Location: Wynnum

Days: Wednesday & Thursday



Registered Psychologist (AHPRA Endorsed).
B. Psych. Sc. (BA).
Psych. Sc. (Hons).
Currently completing a

PhD in the area of Transcultural Psychology.

Location: Toowong

Days: Monday




Registered Psychologist (AHPRA Endorsed).
B. Psych. Sc. (BA).
Psych. Sc. (Hons).




Marthe is on leave

until 1st February 2021


Registered Psychologist

BA (Hons),

MSc Psych

(Clinical) Netherlands





Michelle Barratt​

B. Psych. Sc. (BA).

Psych. Sc. (Hons), 

Master of Psychology

(Clinical) MAPS, AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist


Location: Toowong

Days: Monday & Tuesday


Days: Thursday & Friday

About Michelle: Michelle 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


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

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 worked with Kids Helpline for 2 years. She offered her professional skills working with children, adolescents and young adults who were in crisis.  The ages ranged from children as young as 5 to young adults of 25.  

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.

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.


Marthe van Iwaarden 

Registered Psychologist

BA (Hons), MSc Psych (Clinical)

Make an online booking with Marthe

Location: Toowong

Days: Tuesday

Location:  Wynnum 

Days: Wednesday & Friday


Marthe has lived in Brisbane since early 2013. She grew up in a small harbour town in the Southwest of The Netherlands, but moved to Amsterdam to complete her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2011. After that, she worked in a range of different mental health institutions, such as a general hospital, a psychiatric hospital, and a specialised clinic for eating disorders.


Marthe is a warm and caring person. Her aim is to provide a safe space where the client will feel heard and accepted for who they are.

She strongly believes that the client is the expert on their own life and is looking forward to working with you to reach your goals and support you in obtaining a functional and healthy lifestyle. She uses a combination of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy) and mindfulness, to tailor the sessions towards the client’s individual needs.

Marthe wants to support clients of all ages and backgrounds with a wide range of issues including:

  • Eating Disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Work place bullying

  • Relationship problems

  • Career issues (workplace stress, burn out)

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Self-harm

  • Stress around life transitions

  • Migration stress

  • Work Cover Appointments


  • Marthe provides cognitive assessments, personality assessments and can assist with the facilitation of workshops

  • Marthe is able to offer therapy in Dutch, as she is fluent in both Dutch and English

  • Marthe is from a Christian background and offers Christian counselling within this context upon request

Marthe is a fully certified EAGALA (equine assisted growth and learning) professional as well, as she is very passionate about animal assisted therapy. Animals have a therapeutic influence on people, and she would love to use their healing presence in assisting people to improve their social, emotional and cognitive functioning.

If you would like to enquire about a therapy session with Marthe, feel free to call

Michelle Barratt Psychology’s administrator Wendy on 0401 924 331 or email

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.


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BA (Psych), BA (Hons; Psyc),

Master of Psychology (Clinical),

AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist

Make an online booking with Joey

Location:  Toowong only

Days: Tuesday (Telehealth sessions)


ABOUT JOEY: Joey is a clinical psychologist who has worked in private practice in Australia since 2013. Joey hails from Singapore, before moving to Australia to complete his training as a clinical psychologist. He is married with 3 children and also serves in a local church as a lay pastor.



Joey believes that the various presentations (eg. depression/anxiety, addictions etc) which people commonly experience are symptomatic of underlying, unresolved issues, often first experienced in childhood and subsequently triggered by current experiences. As such, in order to achieve true therapeutic results, the focus of therapy is on identifying these unresolved issues and helping the client resolve and understand how these issues affect them in their internal world, as well as their interactions with others.


Embarking on this journey in understanding one’s psychological makeup is a very insightful and helpful way for one to develop and improve one’s psychological health. By resolving one’s underlying difficulties, the symptoms (ie depression/anxiety, addictions etc) will subsequently reduce or go away altogether.


In order to allow for this process to occur, a strong therapeutic rapport is required and this can only be developed in an environment of trust, warmth, acceptance and non-judgement. Joey aims to provide this setting for all of his clients and understands the position of vulnerability that clients place themselves in when presenting for therapy. Joey very much esteems his clients for their bravery in confronting their issues and taking steps to address them.


As a trained clinical psychologist, Joey is trained in different therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy, to name a few. He believes that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach and tailors the therapy provided to suit the client. His training also allows him to treat a wide range of client conditions, as well as complex presentations or personality disorders.


Joey has worked in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, community outreach programs, university clinics and private clinics. He has experience with working with clients across the lifespan.


Joey is also a committed Christian and is passionate about unveiling the truth about God’s love and grace which he believes will aid a person’s mental health immensely. He is able to incorporate Christian counselling into his treatment.


Joey is happy to see clients with all presentations and has a particular interest in the following presentations:

- Christian Couples’ Counselling

- Male Depression

- Addiction to Pornography

- Personality Disorders (Narcissistic/Borderline etc)

- Dealing With Narcissistic Abuse or Narcissistic People

- Depression & Anxiety

- Christian Counselling

- Skilled in working with children and adolescents

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.


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Rachel Cleary

Registered Psychologist (AHPRA Endorsed).
B. Psych. Sc. (BA).
Psych. Sc. (Hons).
Currently completing a PhD in the area of Transcultural Psychology.

Make an online booking with Rachel

Location: Toowong

Days: Tuesday


Rachel Cleary is a registered psychologist, with 15 years experience.Rachel has worked for over ten years as a psychologist in university settings
and in private practice for 4 years. Rachel has an integrative therapeutic approach, having been trained in a number of diverse therapeutic modalities (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation, Solution-focussed, Sandplay and ExpressiveTherapies).


Rachel finds each modality offers different strengths and points of focus for therapeutic work. Rachel is happy to see clients with all presentations. Working collaboratively with a client, therapy can be tailored to address the client’s specific personality, issues and context.

Rachel offers counselling to young adolescents, adolescents, young adults, adults and couples.  She will work with children as young as 11 years old.

Some of the issues Rachel is able to provide support and guidance for include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and panic

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Grief and loss

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Self-harm

  • Substance Abuse

  • Anger management

  • Health related issues

  • Chronic illness and pain

  • Stress around life transitions (including adolescence, career change, change in marital or relationship status, pregnancy and motherhood, parenting, migration, cultural adjustment, retirement and end of life issues) 

  • Coping with work pressures (workplace stress, bullying, burn out).

  • Relationship issues, including separation and divorce. 

  • Parenting and family issues

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Work Cover Appointments.


Rachel is an ardent lifelong learner and has a commitment to continuing professional development in diverse therapeutic modalities and in treating diverse life issues.


Rachel is also currently completing a PhD at QUT in the area of Transcultural Psychology. Within Australia’s multicultural context, we live in a time of exciting and challenging integration of peoples, cultures and knowledges. This has an impact on the provision of mental health services, and Rachel is passionate about the provision of culturally responsive therapy and mental healthcare for culturally and linguistically diverse clients.


Rachel’s professional practice as a psychologist has been enhanced by previous studies in the humanities, in the areas of culture, language, history and literature. Rachel additionally considers her continuing work with culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and communities (from indigenous, refugee and migrant communities) to be a primary source of her education.


Rachel believes there is much to learn about the art and science of human happiness and mental and emotional wellbeing from diverse cultural and spiritual/wisdom traditions. She is excited by recent, neuroscientific, evidence-based validation for such ancient practices of mental health and wellbeing as mindfulness, meditation and yoga, for the “medicine” or healing potential of storytelling and narrative and for therapeutic work with sand, play and symbol as in Expressive Therapies. 


The original Greek meaning of the psyche in psychology is “soul” or “spirit,” and Rachel has found the spiritual dimension to be of central importance for many clients as they navigate life transitions and challenges.

If you would like to enquire about a therapy session with Rachel, feel free to call

Michelle Barratt Psychology’s administrator Wendy on 0401 924 331 or email

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Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.


Christine Burnett

BPsych (Hons) AMAPS
AHPRA Registered

Honours Thesis – Anxiety & Depression in Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome.

Accreditation – Triple P Positive Parenting Program.

Accreditation – Supervisor Training & Approval Program - STAP approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Make an online booking with Christine

Location: Wynnum

​Days: Wednesday & Thursday


Christine offers therapy from a person-centred, holistic approach and has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. Christine respects that you have your own views, values and priorities in life, and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

Christine works with individuals, children, adolescents, couples and families. As a mother of five beautiful children she has a deep and personal understanding of the ups and downs of parenting and family life. Informed by her training, lived experience, clinical experience, values and beliefs, Christine tailors her service to suit your individual needs.


Christine’s therapy approach is drawn from a range of modalities that include:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which derives its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control and commit to action that improves/enriches your life. ACT uses a range of experiential exercises to undermine the power of unhelpful/destructive cognitive, emotive, and behavioural processes. The aim is to maximise your potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an approach to the treatment of many types of problems. The application of CBT varies according to individual need but is essentially a collaborative and individualised program that helps you identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier habits and skills. 


Christine can offer support for a wide range of issues that include:

  • Anger management,

  • Addiction,

  • Depression,

  • Grief/loss,

  • Family issues,

  • Marital and pre-marital guidance

  • Parenting

  • Relationship issues,

  • Self-esteem,

  • Self-harm,

  • Suicidal ideation,

  • Work-life stressors,

  • Workplace issues,

  • Workcover appointments,

  • Youth alcohol and drug issue

If you would like to enquire about a therapy session with Christine, feel free to call

Michelle Barratt Psychology’s administrator Wendy on 0401 924 331 or email

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.

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Ann Dykstra

B. Ed. St. (U.Q); M. Sp. Ed LD (GU); P.Grad. Dip. Psy. guidance & counselling (CSU) 

AHPRA Registered Psychologist


Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program (STAP)

Queensland College of Teachers Registration

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Ann is a general psychologist who has dual professional registrations with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Before commencing in private practice, Ann worked as a School Psychologist/Guidance Officer for  16 years in regional, rural  and metropolitan areas of Queensland supporting students, their families and community members including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands cultural heritage.

During this time Ann also participated as an Examiner in standardisation projects undertaken by Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment to develop Australian and New Zealand norms & adaptations for the Wechsler Intelligence Scales and achievement tests.(WPPSI-IV (A & NZ);  WISC-V (A & NZ); WIAT-III (A & NZ).

Ann’s experience includes primary and secondary students experiencing learning and adjustment difficulties and with special education needs, teaching communication skills to prevocational TAFE students, as well as developing teacher education courses at a US accredited college in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

On a personal level, Ann has a grown-up family and grandchildren, has travelled widely, and lived and worked in various roles interstate and overseas in the UK, France and Republic of the Marshall Islands. 

Ann is committed to using her knowledge skills and experience to support clients to face difficult times and to enhance their wellbeing.


Ann’s psychological practice is based on developing a strong therapeutic partnership and alliance, working according to the ethical code of the Australian Psychological Society and is underpinned by Christian values. 

A biopsychosocial framework is used for case conceptualisation and intervention planning.

Therapeutic approaches include cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, brief solution-focussed therapy, person centred and narrative therapies.

Ann works individually with adults, children and adolescents using evidence-based focussed psychological strategies and skill development to assist clients to address, manage and ameliorate common high prevalence Mental Health concerns of mild to moderate presentation.

-Stress, adjustment, transition and career issues



-Emotional regulation difficulties

Selected focussed psychological strategies may include:

1. Psychoeducation

2. Cognitive and behavioural interventions including:

-activity scheduling

-use of visualisation and gradual exposure to and tolerance of anxiety provoking situations

-analysis of and modifications to maladaptive behaviour sequences

-identifying, challenging and replacing unhelpful thinking patterns with more helpful and adaptive ones

- CBT based programs for children and young people.

3. Relaxation strategies including controlled breathing and mindfulness -based practice

4. Skills training

-Problem solving and coping skills

-Emotional awareness, self-management and regulation

-Social and communication skills

-Parent management support

If you would like to enquire about a therapy session with Ann, feel free to call

Michelle Barratt Psychology’s administrator Wendy on 0401 924 331 or email

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.

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Qld 4178

Tel: 0401 924 331 

Fax:  (07) 3009 0553


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.