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About Us

Michelle Barratt Psychology is a Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly Clinical Psychology Practice that seeks to deliver the best Adult Therapy in Brisbane. The practice places a high importance on providing assistance and care that not only aims to make clients feel safe, heard, and understood but also aims to provide efficient care that will enable clients to gain new skills that will help them in the future. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are unsure of what you are dealing with so we can help you through the process of deciding what to do or how to schedule an appointment. Our therapeutic values are designed to assist all kids, teens, adults, couples, and families in resolving their current problems in order to achieve their long-term wellbeing.

Therapy for Women

Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Women today seem to be under a lot more pressure and stress than they were fifty years ago, despite the fact that they still manage a majority of domestic tasks at home, as well as a family and work. Therefore, it is usual for many women to report feeling down, worried, tired, and unmotivated.The mission of Michelle Barratt Psychology is to meet women , hear the truth about their journeys, and to comprehend their needs. We are committed to helping women of all ages identify their own distinctive inner qualities and learn to appreciate the path they are on. We educate women on how to use their newly discovered talents to help them overcome obstacles and create the life they want.

Based in Brisbane and the Redland Bay region, Michelle Barratt Psychology aspires to assist the numerous women who desire to be heard and understood. With the hope to serve many women in the area and community through this aspect of their therapeutic practice, which is extremely near to the core of their company principles.

The goal of Michelle Barratt’s psychological practice is to provide women with a setting where they may freely express themselves and be who they truly are, free from criticism or prejudice. For clients to start exploring this, psychological sessions provide a safe, secure, respectful, private, and totally confidential setting.

Author: Michelle Barratt

Therapy for Men

Men and Psychological Therapy

Men also experience extremely challenging mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, addictions, and more, and this is becoming more publicly recognized, accepted, and better understood. Men are no longer required to live by the rules of “quiet,” “I’m fine,” “I’m a man, I shouldn’t feel this way,” or “I’m a man, I should be tougher and be able to handle it.” Men seeking and receiving support are becoming more and more accepted. Men do not have to suffer in silence.

The fundamental goal of therapy is to give men a place and a forum where they can feel secure enough to express themselves honestly and without fear of being judged. Psychological consultations provide a private, secure, and totally confidential setting. According to statistics, both men and women in Australia experience diverse and rising degrees of stress, despair, and anxiety. According to research, the majority of this is caused by the demands of life growing more and more onerous for both men and women, which results in elevated levels of stress.

Michelle Barratt Psychology hopes that each of their clients through therapy primarily feel understood, and are fundamentally believed to be their own ‘change agent’, and that the goals they set are effective and achievable.The outline of the therapy consults are designed with careful treatment planning in mind; integrating client-centred goals and effective, efficacious intervention strategies discussed with the client. Michelle requires each client to bear in mind that therapy is a collaborative and respectful process, and that progress can be determined by the clients present circumstances and how they choose to apply themselves. No outcomes are absolute – it is a process and a journey.

Author: Michelle Barratt


The following information on Anxiety will give you some insight to what Anxiety is and how it presents.
Michelle Barratt Psychology strives to offer anxiety therapy of the highest calibre; integrating support and treatment that not only attempts to assist a person to feel heard and understood but also one that empowers their clients to work through the primary elements of anxiety or depression in order to apply preventative tactics to help protect them in the future..

What is anxiety?

We must not confuse adult anxiety with normal fears or reactions to a perceived threat. This is known as our survival instinct, and it is what we need to elicit certain behaviours in order to protect ourselves. For instance, when faced with a threatening circumstance, we become extremely vigilant. However, according to those who experience adult anxiety, real anxiety looks and undoubtedly feels extremely different. Anxiety can take many different forms and can either be specialised or generalised.

Adult anxiety can feel so crippling that it has caused people to become paralysed with fear and refrain from taking all intended action. For example, soldiers under attack may become so terrified that they are unable to move to take cover, or public speakers may find that they go blank, forget their lines, and become speechless despite having their lines meticulously rehearsed. Adults may also worry about events months in advance or years after they have occurred due to anxiousness. People will need professional assistance to process and deal with these situations.

Why am I getting anxious?

The likelihood of developing anxiety varies among individuals. It is almost always caused by a combination of issues, which may include the following, rather than just one problem.

  • Genetics: Stressful conditions at home and at work
  • Traumatic events in one’s life; Moving, losing a loved one, and having poor self-esteem (low self-worth, loneliness, little support, lack of achievement)

People who experience anxiety may have negative thought habits, such as perfectionist ideals.

When to seek treatment?

Fundamentally, you should get treatment if your anxiety is so distressing that it interferes with your ability to fully and/or successfully function at home, job, school, university, or in social contexts.

Symptoms Of Anxiety

What are the symptoms of anxiety in reference to:

  • Behavioural Symptoms
  • Cognitive Symptoms
  • Physical Symptoms

Behavioral symptoms of anxiety:

  • Agitation/restlessness
  • Pacing
  • Pressured speech
  • Fidgeting with ones hands
  • Avoidance of feared situations or objects

Cognitive symptoms of anxiety:

  • Confusion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Mind going blank
  • Recurrent thoughts

Physical symptoms of anxiety:

  • Blushing
  • Sweating
  • Shaking/trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Tachycardia, rapid heartbeat
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Numbness or tingling in arms, hands or legs
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Butterflies in the stomach


What is Depression

It is important to treat depression as soon as possible once it is identified, regardless of age or gender. Men, women, children, and teenagers have all been proven to struggle with depression, according to research. It is common to refer to depression as an insidious illness since its symptoms can gradually manifest in a person without many people being aware of it. Depression is not a condition that just appears out of nowhere. A child, adolescent, or adult may one day awaken feeling gravely depressed. People have been known to claim that they cannot recall the exact moment that it all started but simply know that something doesn’t seem right. (see Symptoms of Depression Below).

Overall, there are predominantly three different types of depression and namely these are:

● Melancholic depression
● Non-melancholic depression
● Psychotic depression
● Atypical depression.

Assessment Of Depression

● The type of depression the person is experiencing, whether it be for men, women, children, or adolescents, must be determined through a thorough clinical assessment; without this information, it will be challenging for any practitioner to provide an effective treatment plan to effectively treat the depression.
● It is strongly advised that anyone you know who is experiencing depression, or if you feel as though you are struggling with depression, speak with their doctor first. If you would like additional support, they will probably refer you to a psychologist for ongoing treatment of depression and possibly to a psychiatrist who can effectively prescribe the right medication to treat the depression.
● Once the necessary data has been gathered, the practitioner must determine, to the best of their ability, what psychological, biological, or environmental factors, as well as any other elements in your life, may be “maintaining” your depression. It will be challenging to predict and prepare for your therapy without clear and accurate information regarding intervention strategy and anticipated outcomes.

Symptoms Of Depression

  • Lowered self-esteem and self worth
  • Change in sleeping patterns – ‘struggling to fall asleep’ ‘waking up’ at night and not being able to fall back to sleep
  • Change in appetite. Appetite is usually reduced, and may individuals feel that they have to force themselves to eat.
  • Loss of weight or weight gain
  • Less ability to control emotions: e.g., increased levels of pessimism, anger, guilt, irritability and anxiety.
  • Lower levels of tolerance than usual; in either themselves or towards others.
  • Emotions experienced during the day are incredibly variable: for example, feeling better in the morning but increasingly unhappy as the day progresses.
  • Reduced capacity to find pleasure in doing things or in what one ‘used to’ find pleasure in
  • Hobbies tend to bring any joy
  • Reduced pain tolerance: you are less able to tolerate aches and pains and may have a host of new ailments.
  • Changed sex drive: absent or reduced.
  • Poor concentration and memory.
  • Reduced motivation: it doesn’t seem worth the effort like it did before to do anything – a real sense of ‘meaninglessness’
  • Lowered levels of energy.
  • Social impairment – difficulty dealing with work or relationships, and not wanting to engage. There is a real sense of social withdrawal.
  • There may be frequent reference to death, suicide ideation, or suicide attempts (when depression has been left untreated). These thoughts can range from a belief that others would be better off without them, and for men in particular they can often seriously contemplate suicide if they feel that they are a burden to their family or relationship.
  • Behaviour can become impulsive and thoughts/thinking patterns become irrational.

Please note: that in regards to any thoughts of suicide – that immediate support is recommended, please dial 000 or go to our Crisis Support Section on our Contact page.

Author: Michelle Barratt

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