Deception Bay

  • Christopher W

    Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

    B Sc (Pscyh) (Hons), M. Clin Psych

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • Deception Bay, QLD
    • Milton, QLD
    About Christopher W

    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.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    16 years

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Extensive training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
    2. Experience with a wide range of mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression, grief, drug and alcohol use and acute mental illness such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder)
    3. Special interest in marital conflict and its resolution
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Receiving feedback from couple’s that their relationship is less acrimonious and that they’ve greatly improved their ability to negotiate recurrent problems that were impasses to their happiness.

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

    A recent couple who were referred to me by a previous couple said that their friends felt my intervention saved their marriage. This shows the power of Emotion Focused Therapy as an intervention for marital/relationship conflict.

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  • Dr Deanne

    Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

    BPsych, PostGradDipPsych, MClinPsych, PhD

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    • Deception Bay, QLD
    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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