Hello, I’m Kate
I’m a Generalist Psychologist (BA Psych & Soc; Bachelor of Psychology (Hons). My first career was as a Registered Nurse training in Paediatrics, but I always had an interest in psychology and so commenced my studies after a few years of working in hospitals. Fast forward 10 years and 2 children later I graduated from Griffith University as a psychologist. I was a Student Counsellor at Bond University for 12 years before going into private practice at Robina Town Medical Centre 10 years ago. I have experience in helping adults and adolescents with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, substance dependence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I also provide therapy for complex trauma; eating disorders and issues surrounding members of the LGBT+ community, as well as having a special interest in young adults transitioning from school to university/employment.
I take a caring, warm and non-judgemental approach in working with clients to assist them in managing their issues. I have trained in therapy modes including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and have a particular interest in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). I am well versed in various therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and a range of Mindfulness approaches.
I am registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority) and am also registered for the provision of services through Medicare Better Access To Mental Health Care Initiative for clients referred by their GP or psychiatrist. Clients with a current GP Mental Health Plan are eligible to obtain a rebate for up to 10 sessions from Medicare in a calendar year (January to December). This applies to individual counselling only, not couple counselling.
I am a registered provider with WorkCover and Private Health Funds and am a member of The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPI) and is also a Member of Mental Health Professionals Network.
Anxiety is normal and everyone experiences anxiety at some time in their life – before an exam, when meeting new people, going for an interview or stress at work. Sometimes it happens for no reason at all. That’s also normal.
The good news is that anxiety can be managed effectively by psychological interventions.
Most people assume that depression is simply caused by recent social or personal difficulties. However, depression is often caused by a mix of recent events (external) and other personal factors (internal). Research indicates that recent life stressors are not as important as chronic difficulties such as long-term unemployment or living in an abusive or uncaring relationship. Depression and anxiety can run in families. Some people will be at increased genetic risk. However, such genetic effects do not mean that you will automatically experience depression if a parent or close relative has had the illness.
However other life experiences such as neglect in childhood, bullying at school, giving birth, the death of a loved one or losing our job can be traumatic. The trauma experienced by an individual can overwhelm and individuals unique coping capacity causing a trauma response.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy
What is EMDR Therapy ?
EMDR is an evidence-based, 8- phase approach to therapy, that is proven effective in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and other disorders.
The mind usually heals itself naturally in the same way that the body does. Much of our natural coping mechanisms occur during sleep, in particular during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the ‘dream stage’ of sleep. However, when we experience a traumatic event, our brain’s processing system can get overwhelmed. The memory is not processed but gets ‘locked’ into the nervous system. Remembering the distressing event may feel like it is being ‘re-experienced ‘, because the images and feelings are unprocessed and therefore unchanged.
In EMDR Therapy we work with you to identify a specific issue that you would like to resolve. You are invited to call to mind a particular disturbing issue or event and notice what images, thoughts, feelings and sensations arise. I then guide you to move your eyes left to right, or instead listen to alternate left/right sounds in headphones or use tapping movements on your body. This ‘bilateral stimulation’ is repeated in sets throughout the session, with pauses and brief reflection in between. This process is believed to activate the brain’s natural healing mechanism, similar to what occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep when the eyes flicker left and right while you are dreaming. It also increases communication between the two hemispheres of the brain, which helps the brain process and resolve traumatic material. During EMDR sessions you are fully awake, alert and in control at all times.
Following an EMDR session, most people report changes in the issue or event that was previously distressing. Memories typically become less vivid and upsetting. The event can still be recalled but is no longer disturbing. Memories usually also become less intrusive, meaning that symptoms such as flashbacks and nightmares reduce or cease. A person’s beliefs about themselves, other people and the world also change, becoming more adaptive and realistic. This helps to shift issues that commonly occur in the aftermath of trauma such as fear, self-blame, guilt, shame, mistrust and anger.
Source http://emdraa.org/why-emdr-therapy-2/ Graeme Taylor
The 8 Phases of EMDR are:
1. History Taking (Getting an understanding of why you’re coming in for treatment, how trauma is currently affecting you and what your goals are for a successful outcome.)
2. Resourcing (Also known as the Preparation stage / stabilization)
3. Target Assessment (quickly preparing the memory to be worked on)
4. Reprocessing (this is the part when you are actually doing eye movements or tapping)
5. Installation (reinforcing the “good stuff”, such as new positive thoughts about the memory)
6. Body Scan (making sure there is no leftover tension in the body)
7. Closure (this happens at the end of every session, even if we’re not done working on that memory, so you can leave my office feeling calm and collected)
8. Reevaluation (this happens at the beginning of every session, so we can see what has processing in between sessions and where we need to pick up)
Is there any scientific evidence supporting EMDR Therapy?
EMDR Therapy is one of the most well-researched trauma treatment models. In 2010 the Australian Psychological Society (APS) noted it as a Level 1 treatment for PTSD; the highest rating that can be applied to a specific therapeutic approach. Medicare care benefits apply to EMDR therapy.
EMDR Therapy has been endorsed by the following organisations:
- The World Health Organisation (2013)
- The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (2013)
- The Australian Psychological Society (2010)
- The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2009)
- The National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (NHMRC, 2007)
- UK National Guidelines for Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2005)
- American Psychiatric Association (2004)
- Dutch Guidelines on Mental Health Care (2003)
- Israel National Council for Mental Health (2002)
- Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association (1998)
Source http://emdraa.org/why-emdr-therapy-2/ Graeme Taylor