Dr Deanne Psychologist

  • Couples Psychologist Brisbane

    Dr Deanne

    Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

    BPsych, PostGradDipPsych, MClinPsych, PhD

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • Deception Bay, QLD
    Accepted Insurance Funds

    All health funds.

    Specialised Training
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)
    • Master of Clinical Psychology
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology
    • Bachelor of Psychology
    • Treating PTSD
    • Treating Complex Trauma
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Externship in Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT) for couples
    • The Basic Schema Model, Methods, and Strategies
    Areas of Interest

    Grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, same sex couples, military couples, intimacy and attachment issues.

    Types of Therapy
    • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
    • Attachment-based
    • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
    • Compassion Focused
    • Culturally Sensitive
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Humanistic
    • Integrative
    • Interpersonal
    • Person-Centred
    • Positive Psychology
    • Psychodynamic
    • Psychoeducation
    • Rogerian Psychotherapy
    • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
    • Strength-Based
    • Trauma Focused
    About Dr Deanne

    Deanne has been registered as a psychologist for 14 years. At the beginning of her psychology career she worked in academia teaching and conducting research in psychology as well as working one-on-one with clients. After getting her PhD, Deanne worked full time as an academic for a couple of years before shifting back towards private practice.

    She started her relationship and marriage counselling journey in 2019 by training in Emotion Focussed Therapy for Couples.

    The Emotion Focussed Therapy approach to working with couples looks for the negative patterns and cycles that couples get stuck in and helps couples to find what has been missing in their relationship since it became troubled. It looks for unmet needs and helps clients to find ways to support and connect with each other.

    Her passion has always been working with people to lead happier and more connected lives, and Deanne found that relationship counselling is a great way to do this. She continues to work with both couples and individuals. She works with people with a wide variety of common concerns including Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and family troubles but has also specialised in Trauma and working with members of our Emergency Services.

    Her best qualities as a relationship counsellor are her warmth, her ability to connect with both partners equally, as well as her ability to help couples understand what patterns or cycles they are stuck in, and help them to find a way forward to better communicate and support each other.

    It is important to Deanne to work with her clients to understand their relationship, they are the experts in their experiences and their relationship, and nothing will change without first understanding how things came to be so difficult.

    Clients can expect that working with Deanne will help them to understand the cycles that they are stuck in, and how to change this. They can expect Deanne to adjust her approach to best suit the needs of her clients and the particular difficulties that they are having in their relationship.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 14 years.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. My ability to connect with both partners though empathy – it can be a scary experience to come to therapy and I work hard to make it easier on both partners.
    2. My ability to understand where couples are getting stuck in unhelpful cycles, and helping them find a new way forward.
    3. I am flexible and able to adjust to the needs of the clients and their relationship.
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    The most satisfying part of the work I do is working with couples to reconnect and seeing the moments where they find their way back to each other. These are the moments where they start to understand what they each need, and work to support each other.

    What’s an example of a couple you have helped the most?

    A couple who were feeling that they had lost the ‘spark’ in their relationship. They had stopped having fun together and instead argued a lot. They were no longer being intimate regularly. We worked together to understand that busy life got in the way of communicating well with each other, and they fell into a pattern of criticising and avoiding each other. We were able to identify that they each wanted love and support from the other partner, but didn’t feel that they were getting that. We worked on making the relationship a safe place again where they could each be vulnerable and feel supported by their partner. The arguments died down and intimacy increased.


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