- Deception Bay, QLD
- Milton, QLD
Christopher is a Clinical Psychologist in Brisbane with a special interest in Relationship and Marriage Therapy. Early in his career he provided telephone based counselling to children, adolescents and parents (including child behaviour management programs) and later worked in acute mental health settings with Queensland Health. He then moved into private practice and currently works with individuals as well as couples.
For couples, Christopher focuses on the underlying needs that are typically unmet when relationships become distressed. These needs may include a desire to be truly heard and responded to by the individual’s partner, the need for connection, safety and intimacy and sometimes the need for greater autonomy in the relationship. These personal needs are explored in great depth as when they are unmet relationships become battlefields of characterised by arguments, verbal attacks and withdrawal which leaves both individuals feeling hurt and hopeless about the future. Christopher typically sees positive results from therapy after a few initial sessions and he primarily follows an Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) approach in his work with couples. Christopher also uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) approaches.
Christopher also sees clients for anger management, narcissism, pre-marriage counselling, phone and skype counselling.
Clinical Psychologist Brisbane
BPsych, PostGradDipPsych, MClinPsych, PhD
Hart Centre Certified
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.