Our Team

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Michelle Barratt
Clinical Psychologist

B. Psych. Sc. BA. Psych. Sc. (Hons),
Masters of Clinical Psychology,
HM.APS, AHPRA Endorsed

Location: Toowong
Days: Monday & Tuesday
Location: Wynnum
Days: Thursday & Friday

Joey Tai
Clinical Psychologist

BA (Psych),
BA (Hons; Psyc),
Masters of Clinical Psychology,
AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist

Location: Toowong
Days: Tuesday (TeleHealth)
Wednesday

Christine Burnett
General Psychologist

BPsych (Hons) AMAPS
AHPRA Registered

  Location: Wynnum
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Rachel Cleary
General Psychologist

Registered Psychologist (AHPRA Endorsed)
B. Psych. Sc. (BA)
Psych. Sc. (Hons)
Currently completing PhD in the area of Transcultural Psychology

Location: Toowong
Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Ann Dystra
General Psychologist

B. Ed. St. (U.Q); M. Sp. Ed LD (GU); P.Grad. Dip. Psy. guidance & counselling (CSU), AHPRA Registered Psychologist, M.A.P.S
Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program (STAP)
Queensland College of Teachers Registration

Francesca Marchetti
General Psychologist

B.PSych
MA. Applied Cognitive Psychology

Treating: Adolescents, Couples, Family and Adults
Location: Toowong
Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Shawn Wang
General Psychologist

BA (Double Major in Psych)
Masters of Organisational Psychology
AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Member Australia Psychological Society

Location: Wynnum Days: Fridays
Location: Toowong Days: Wednesdays
Shawn is able to offer sessions in Mandarin.

PRACTITIONER PROFILES

Michelle Barratt

B. Psych. Sc. (BA),  Psych. Sc. (Hons),  Master of Psychology

(Clinical) MAPS, AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist

Location: Toowong (Monday & Tuesday)

Location: Wynnum (Thursday & Friday)

About Michelle: Michelle is a Brisbane Clinical Psychologist who was born in Zimbabwe and immigrated to Australia in 2001. She has two adult children and has had a wealth of experience in managing complex family situations through conflict.

Her psychological practice’s main aim and her mandate to clinicians who work with her in Michelle Barratt Psychology, is to build upon the strength’s within each person, and to support them to engage effectively in therapy to develop a sound sense of self that is central to formulating their own identity. We face problems every day of our life, but if we have a high self-esteem we can invariably work through the problems that face us; by building an awareness of who we are in this world we become empowered to find hope and make our dreams and ideas become a reality. However, we also at the same time need to be mindful towards others, so that we can develop a balance that secures ourselves in this world as well as foster relationships with others; this being in our family’s, friendships, and within the workplace.​

Michelle’s private practice primarily works with the above values in mind and embraces working with adults, children, adolescents, couples and family’s.

Author: Michelle Barratt​

EXPERIENCE

Michelle has previously worked at the Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, Brisbane, Queensland in the Adult Mental Health Outpatient Centre in 2011, which included developing complex treatment plans for clients that required a range of support; these included:

  • Depression
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders (Acute Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and,
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Abuse: Psychological, Verbal, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse/Neglect, and Financial
  • Emotional abuse
  • Grief and loss
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder​

Although, this role focused on supporting the client’s overall mental health, it also ensured and involved “wrap-around-care” for the client, which meant that Michelle worked within a multi-disciplinary team that included: psychiatrists, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, other psychologists, and recruitment offices. This was to ensure that the best and most appropriate support and care for each and every client was sort for, in order they felt supported, understood and validated for their particular individual needs.​

Michelle worked with Kids Helpline for 2 years. She offered her professional skills working with children, adolescents and young adults who were in crisis. The ages ranged from children as young as 5 to young adults of 25.​

Michelle’s previous experience in Private Practice was at Vision Psychology, Mount Gravatt for two years as a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist, and has worked in total in Private Practice for 5 years. Her private practice therapy is client-focused and implements interventions that are evidence-based and primarily focused on ’empowering’ her clients to feel independent, in control of their lives and to feel a strong sense of hope and trust in themselves and a journey where they can build trust in others around them.

Michelles interventions focus mainly on Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Mindfulness. When working with couples and families, she integrates Emotion-Focused (EFT) and Gottman Couples Therapy. Overall, Michelle Barratt Psychology provides psychological therapy for:

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Parents
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals

Michelle utilizes a variety of assessment tools in her sessions to establish a baseline for symptoms, and so that progress and outcomes may be reviewed regularly. Additionally Michelle encourages clients to complete therapy satisfaction surveys, to assist her in evaluating therapeutic alliance and the client’s perceived symptom alleviation.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

1. Michelle’s Honours thesis focused on exploring the development of a new model of memory put forward by Professor Anne Tolan at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The statistical significance of these results (The Item/Order Trade-Off Explanation for the Lexicality Effect for Working Memory) have been presented at the International Researchers Memory Conference :

  • In the USA at the University of Massachusetts; October 2010, and in
  • The United Kingdom at the University of York; June 2011.

2. Michelle’s Masters Degree thesis explored the contribution of a variety of variables that underpinned the dynamics of *Emotional Self-Efficacy* and Subjective Wellbeing. The exploration of emotional self-efficacy was mainly driven by Michelle being interested in one’s ability to manage trauma. The implicit part of her study focused on someone’s perception of their ability to cope when faced with a trauma and their ‘actual ability’ when faced with a trauma.

This research found that:

High levels of self-esteem significantly supports subjective well-being and, that people who have higher levels of emotional self-efficacy, manage or cope with negative events far better than those who do not. In addition, the ability of them being able to do so was found to be mainly supported by a person having higher levels of emotional intelligence and completeing the process of ‘Identity Achievement’.

OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIONS

Michelle was the Student Representative for all Australian Catholic University Students at Masters level during the time she studied.

MEANINGS

emotional self-efficacy: one’s perceived ability to manage their emotions (either positive or negative) when faced with a positive or negative event.

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.

Joey Tai

BA (Psych), BA (Hons; Psyc), Master of Psychology (Clinical), AHPRA Endorsed Clinical Psychologist​

Make an online booking with Joey

Location: Toowong only

Days: Tuesday (Telehealth sessions), Wednesday

ABOUT JOEY: Joey is a clinical psychologist who has worked in private practice in Australia since 2013. Joey hails from Singapore, before moving to Australia to complete his training as a clinical psychologist. He is married with 3 children and also serves in a local church as a lay pastor.

JOEY’S PRACTICE AS A PSYCHOLOGIST

Joey believes that the various presentations (eg. depression/anxiety, addictions etc) which people commonly experience are symptomatic of underlying, unresolved issues, often first experienced in childhood and subsequently triggered by current experiences. As such, in order to achieve true therapeutic results, the focus of therapy is on identifying these unresolved issues and helping the client resolve and understand how these issues affect them in their internal world, as well as their interactions with others.

Embarking on this journey in understanding one’s psychological makeup is a very insightful and helpful way for one to develop and improve one’s psychological health. By resolving one’s underlying difficulties, the symptoms (ie depression/anxiety, addictions etc) will subsequently reduce or go away altogether.

In order to allow for this process to occur, a strong therapeutic rapport is required and this can only be developed in an environment of trust, warmth, acceptance and non-judgement. Joey aims to provide this setting for all of his clients and understands the position of vulnerability that clients place themselves in when presenting for therapy. Joey very much esteems his clients for their bravery in confronting their issues and taking steps to address them.​

JOEY’S SKILLS AND PRACTICE AREA

As a trained clinical psychologist, Joey is trained in different therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy, to name a few. He believes that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach and tailors the therapy provided to suit the client. His training also allows him to treat a wide range of client conditions, as well as complex presentations or personality disorders.

Joey has worked in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, community outreach programs, university clinics and private clinics. He has experience with working with clients across the lifespan.

Joey is also a committed Christian and is passionate about unveiling the truth about God’s love and grace which he believes will aid a person’s mental health immensely. He is able to incorporate Christian counselling into his treatment.

Joey is happy to see clients with all presentations and has a particular interest in the following presentations:

  • Christian Couples’ Counselling
  • Male Depression
  • Addiction to Pornography
  • Personality Disorders (Narcissistic/Borderline etc)
  • Dealing With Narcissistic Abuse or Narcissistic People
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Christian Counselling
  • Skilled in working with children and adolescents​

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.

Rachel Cleary​

Registered Psychologist (AHPRA Endorsed), B. Psych. Sc. (BA), Psych. Sc. (Hons)

Currently completing a PhD in the area of Transcultural Psychology.

Make an online booking with Rachel

Location: Toowong (Tuesday)

ABOUT RACHEL:

Rachel Cleary is a registered psychologist, with 15 years experience.Rachel has worked for over ten years as a psychologist in university settings
and in private practice for 4 years. Rachel has an integrative therapeutic approach, having been trained in a number of diverse therapeutic modalities (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation, Solution-focussed, Sandplay and ExpressiveTherapies).​

RACHEL’S PRACTICE AS A PSYCHOLOGIST

Rachel finds each modality offers different strengths and points of focus for therapeutic work. Rachel is happy to see clients with all presentations. Working collaboratively with a client, therapy can be tailored to address the client’s specific personality, issues and context.

Rachel offers counselling to young adolescents, adolescents, young adults, adults and couples. She will work with children as young as 11 years old.​

Some of the issues Rachel is able to provide support and guidance for include:​

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief and loss
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anger management
  • Health related issues
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Stress around life transitions (including adolescence, career change, change in marital or relationship status, pregnancy and motherhood, parenting, migration, cultural adjustment, retirement and end of life issues)
  • Coping with work pressures (workplace stress, bullying, burn out).
  • Relationship issues, including separation and divorce.
  • Parenting and family issues
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Work Cover Appointments.​

RACHEL’S SKILLS

Rachel is an ardent lifelong learner and has a commitment to continuing professional development in diverse therapeutic modalities and in treating diverse life issues.

Rachel is also currently completing a PhD at QUT in the area of Transcultural Psychology. Within Australia’s multicultural context, we live in a time of exciting and challenging integration of peoples, cultures and knowledges. This has an impact on the provision of mental health services, and Rachel is passionate about the provision of culturally responsive therapy and mental healthcare for culturally and linguistically diverse clients.

Rachel’s professional practice as a psychologist has been enhanced by previous studies in the humanities, in the areas of culture, language, history and literature. Rachel additionally considers her continuing work with culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and communities (from indigenous, refugee and migrant communities) to be a primary source of her education.

Rachel believes there is much to learn about the art and science of human happiness and mental and emotional wellbeing from diverse cultural and spiritual/wisdom traditions. She is excited by recent, neuroscientific, evidence-based validation for such ancient practices of mental health and wellbeing as mindfulness, meditation and yoga, for the “medicine” or healing potential of storytelling and narrative and for therapeutic work with sand, play and symbol as in Expressive Therapies.

The original Greek meaning of the psyche in psychology is “soul” or “spirit,” and Rachel has found the spiritual dimension to be of central importance for many clients as they navigate life transitions and challenges.​

If you would like to enquire about a therapy session with Rachel, feel free to call

Michelle Barratt Psychology’s administrator Wendy on 0401 924 331 or email barrattcontact@gmail.com.

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.

Christine Burnett

BPsych (Hons) AMAPS, AHPRA Registered

Honours Thesis – Anxiety & Depression in Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome.

Accreditation – Triple P Positive Parenting Program.

Accreditation – Supervisor Training & Approval Program – STAP approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Make an online booking with Christine

Location: Wynnum (Wednesday & Thursday)

ABOUT CHRISTINE:

Christine offers therapy from a person-centred, holistic approach and has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. Christine respects that you have your own views, values and priorities in life, and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you.

Christine works with individuals, children, adolescents, couples and families. As a mother of five beautiful children she has a deep and personal understanding of the ups and downs of parenting and family life. Informed by her training, lived experience, clinical experience, values and beliefs, Christine tailors her service to suit your individual needs.

CHRISTINES’S PRACTICE AS A PSYCHOLOGIST

Christine’s therapy approach is drawn from a range of modalities that include:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which derives its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control and commit to action that improves/enriches your life. ACT uses a range of experiential exercises to undermine the power of unhelpful/destructive cognitive, emotive, and behavioural processes. The aim is to maximise your potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an approach to the treatment of many types of problems. The application of CBT varies according to individual need but is essentially a collaborative and individualised program that helps you identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier habits and skills. 

Christine can offer support for a wide range of issues that include:

  • Anger management,
  • Addiction,
  • Depression,
  • Grief/loss,
  • Family issues,
  • Marital and pre-marital guidance
  • Parenting
  • Relationship issues,
  • Self-esteem,
  • Self-harm,
  • Suicidal ideation,
  • Work-life stressors,
  • Workplace issues,
  • Workcover appointments,
  • Youth alcohol and drug issue​

If you would like to enquire about a therapy session with Christine, feel free to call

Michelle Barratt Psychology’s administrator Wendy on 0401 924 331 or email barrattcontact@gmail.com.

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.

Ann Dykstra

B. Ed. St. (U.Q); M. Sp. Ed LD (GU); P.Grad. Dip. Psy. guidance & counselling (CSU), AHPRA Registered Psychologist, M.A.P.S

Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program (STAP)

Queensland College of Teachers Registration

Make an online booking with Ann

ABOUT ANN:

Ann is a general psychologist who has dual professional registrations with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Before commencing in private practice, Ann worked as a School Psychologist/Guidance Officer for  16 years in regional, rural  and metropolitan areas of Queensland supporting students, their families and community members including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands cultural heritage.

During this time Ann also participated as an Examiner in standardisation projects undertaken by Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment to develop Australian and New Zealand norms & adaptations for the Wechsler Intelligence Scales and achievement tests.(WPPSI-IV (A & NZ);  WISC-V (A & NZ); WIAT-III (A & NZ).

Ann’s experience includes primary and secondary students experiencing learning and adjustment difficulties and with special education needs, teaching communication skills to prevocational TAFE students, as well as developing teacher education courses at a US accredited college in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

On a personal level, Ann has a grown-up family and grandchildren, has travelled widely, and lived and worked in various roles interstate and overseas in the UK, France and Republic of the Marshall Islands. 

Ann is committed to using her knowledge skills and experience to support clients to face difficult times and to enhance their wellbeing.

ANN‘S PRACTICE AS A PSYCHOLOGIST

Ann’s psychological practice is based on developing a strong therapeutic partnership and alliance, working according to the ethical code of the Australian Psychological Society and is underpinned by Christian values. 

A biopsychosocial framework is used for case conceptualisation and intervention planning.

Therapeutic approaches include cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, brief solution-focussed therapy, person centred and narrative therapies.

Ann works individually with adults, children and adolescents using evidence-based focussed psychological strategies and skill development to assist clients to address, manage and ameliorate common high prevalence Mental Health concerns of mild to moderate presentation.

  • Stress, adjustment, transition and career issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional regulation difficulties

Selected focussed psychological strategies may include:

1. Psychoeducation

2. Cognitive and behavioural interventions including:

  • Activity scheduling
  • Use of visualisation and gradual exposure to and tolerance of anxiety provoking situations
  • Analysis of and modifications to maladaptive behaviour sequences
  • Identifying, challenging and replacing unhelpful thinking patterns with more helpful and adaptive ones
  • CBT based programs for children and young people.

3. Relaxation strategies including controlled breathing and mindfulness -based practice

4. Skills training

  • Problem solving and coping skills
  • Emotional awareness, self-management and regulation
  • Social and communication skills
  • Parent management support​

If you would like to enquire about a therapy session with Ann, feel free to call

Michelle Barratt Psychology’s administrator Wendy on 0401 924 331 or email barrattcontact@gmail.com.

Medicare rebates are available with a Mental Health Plan from your Doctor.

Francesca Marchetti

B.PSych

MA. Applied Cognitive Psychology

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ABOUT FRANCESCA:

I completed my Bachelor and Master’s degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology in Bologna (Italy). While in Italy, I gained experience in working in the rehabilitation area assessing and treating patients dealing with the consequences of brain injury and stroke.  Fundamentally, the treatment focus was supporting my patients in dealing with adjusting to a new reality, grieving activities they could no longer do, deal with anxiety, depression, and supporting them to build a new identity once they were back in the community. Ultimately, the goal of our treatment was also to improve client’s functional adaptation, promoting an increased awareness and participation in rehabilitative therapy. 

In recent years I have  worked  in an aged care setting with adults dealing with adjustment, grief, isolation, self-harm, anxiety and depression, as well as developing programs to help  at risk teenagers in underprivileged high schools.  These programs focused on developing problem solving skills, managing anxiety and anger, encouraging  emotional regulation and other activities that promote self competence. Furthermore, the program focussed on improving communication and social skills, in order to assist  young people to establish or reestablish meaningful, supportive and enjoyable relationships with peers , family and the community.

As a psychologist, I am very passionate about providing a safe space in which a client feels secure and safe to express him/herself in a real, true and open way. Through my sessions with you, I would like the opportunity to engage with you in a way that we build a rapport so that your psychological journey in your treatment, enhances your life and enables you to confidently build new skills.

I strongly believe in a multidisciplinary treatment approach, in order to gain/achieve the best treatment outcomes for my clients. I graduated from a Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) course and believe in the practice of mindfulness  and how mindfulness can shape the brain and help regulate emotions and attention in adults and children. 

Alongside being a therapist I am a mother of two. As a parent, I understand the pressures of modern family life as well as the unique needs, trials and challenges children and adolescents face growing up in a digital world. I am also a tennis instructor and  in my spare time I like to play tennis, cook, hike, meditate and most importantly, have 1:1 quality time with my daughters and husband.

Other areas of interest are psychology & culture and philosophy. I lived in Italy for 27years and moving to Australia was a wonderful personal experience which has strengthened/enriched  my understanding of  how cultural factors can shape our identity. 

My intervention approaches (CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy, ACT, IPT) have gained me the confidence to work in the following areas:

  • Anxiety (Dealing with Panic Attacks, Flashbacks and Nightmares)
  • Adjustment
  • Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Building Parenting Skills
  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Build Emotional Regulation Skills
  • Chronic Illness
  • Deal with Stress
  • Dementia, Delirium (Neurocognitive Disorders)
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Isolation
  • Marriage/Relationship Counselling
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Complex Trauma (PTSD)

Treating:  Adolescents, Couples, Family and Adults

Shawn Wang

BA (Double Major in Psych)
Masters of Organisational Psychology
AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Member Australia Psychological Society

About Shawn:

I am a registered psychologist who has a dual interest in offering therapeutic support to clients experiencing challenges with life and developing cutting-edge psychometric assessments that are accessible, frictionless, and fair.

I have worked in clinical teams and helped developed intervention programs that have attracted multi-million grants. I also developed award-winning psychometric assessments that received recognition globally for being innovative and best in class.

Born in Singapore, I first arrived in Brisbane in 2005 for my undergraduate psychology training. Upon graduation, I spent two subsequent years working in general hospitals in Singapore, offering support to patients who experienced crisis and traumatic events. In addition to this, I also worked in a multi-disciplinary team to provide holistic care to patients with chronic conditions and who are living with compromised life outcomes. In 2010, I returned to Brisbane to complete my Masters of Psychology (Organisational) and has kept up with new techniques in therapeutic approaches.

I am married to my supportive wife (whom I met in my Neuroscience for Psychologist class), a doting father to two little boys and a captive servant to three; four-legged fur babies (two rescued cats and a Labra doodle).

Shawn’s practice as a psychologist

My therapeutic approach is predominantly client-led and non-judgmental, and I draw on Motivational Interviewing and Compassionate Enquiry techniques. I engage in a highly interactive process to arrive at a point of compassionate presence and connection. I believe that my sessios’ effectiveness hinges more on who I am (rather than what I know) and how connected and supported my clients feel (rather than the type of intervention that I use).

I think of therapy as an opportunity to focus on yourself to improve your overall well-being. At the same time, it can require you to step into vulnerability which can be scary. I’ve worked with clients who access therapy for specific concerns, unwilling clients (obligated by doctors or families), and clients who don’t know why they have presented themselves for therapies.

My areas of interest include:

  • Anger management
  • Career transitions
  • Childhood issues
  • Cultural sensitivity / racism concerns
  • Eating disorders
  • Identity and self-esteem concerns
  • Loss and Grief
  • Migration stress
  • Parenting challenges
  • Relationship issues
  • Survivor’s guilt
  • Trauma
  • Working with teens

By nature, I am caring, detailed-oriented and sensitive. My personality obliges me to connect with compassion and to listen with empathy. I will strive to create a safe space for you to explore and process your thoughts. While I tend to adopt a client- led and conversational approach to my sessions, I will be analytical, strategic and targeted where required.

If my therapeutic approach resonates with you, I’ll be here when you are ready to take that first step. Together, we can go on a journey to uncover the issues that hold you back from leading a fulfilling life. We can explore what those issues are, where they originated, and guide you to the possibility of letting go of those issues or letting go of the hold that these issues have on you. I look forward to working with you.

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