35 Wondall Road


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

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Melanie Green


Joey Tai


Marthe Van Iwaarden

Michelle Barratt

B. Psych. Sc. (BA).

Psych. Sc. (Hons), 

Master of Psychology (Clinical) MAPS,

AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist

To make a booking with Michelle Barratt, please use our email contact form below. 

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Registered Psychologist 

B Psych (Hons), Cert Comm Services,



Melanie Green - At Wynnum every Wednesday and second Thursday

Please note:  All online bookings must be paid within 3 days of your appointment to avoid cancellaton.  Please contact us to make payment 3 full days prior to your appointment. Thank you.




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

Master of Psychology (Clinical),

AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist


Joey Tai - At Toowong every Monday and Wednesday 

Please note:  All online bookings must be paid within 3 days of your appointment to avoid cancellaton.  Please contact us to make payment 3 full days prior to your appointment. Thank you.





Registered Psychologist

BA (Hons), MSc Psych (Clinical)


Marthe van Iwaarden - At Wynnum every Wednesday & Friday

Please note:  All online bookings must be paid within 3 days of your appointment to avoid cancellaton.  Please contact us to make payment 3 full days prior to your appointment. Thank you.


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.

Melanie Green

Registered Psychologist 

B Psych (Hons),

Cert Comm Services, AMAPS

Make an online booking with Melanie

Location:  Wynnum 

Days: Wednesday & Friday

ABOUT MELANIE: Melanie  is a Registered Psychologist who has previous experience in private practice working with adults and adolescents experiencing a range of life challenges.

She IS passionate about working with clients to identify, explore and address the factors that are preventing them from achieving their work, family and life goals.


Melanie is a warm and caring person who offers treatment programs tailored specifically to the needs of the individual. She frequently draws on a range of therapeutic techniques with her clients including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).


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


Melanie is also passionate about animals and has a special interest is the therapeutic health benefits that pets can provide for people.

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

Make an online booking with Melanie

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 barrattcontact@gmail.com.

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


Make an online booking with Marthe



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

Master of Psychology (Clinical),

AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist

Make an online booking with Joey

Location:  Toowong only

Days: Wednesday

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.


Make an online booking with Joey