PsyCare Consultants

Brisbane, Mt Gravatt and Northside

David Whittingham

BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Forensic) MAPS
Partner
Registered Psychologist

David Whittingham

David has extensive experience in organisational health risk management, and leadership. His postgraduate qualifications are in forensic and clinical psychology and he has worked across local and state government and for the NHS in the United Kingdom. His areas of speciality are people systems, safety and risk, legal obligations for managers, workplace behaviours and investigations, supportive leadership and occupational violence. David also provides individual specialised assessment services including fitness for duty evaluations, psycho-legal evaluations for criminal and civil purposes, including mitigation, personal injury, psycho-social stress claims and occupational violence.

David has delivered leadership and team interventions to Queensland Health, Queensland Corrective Services, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Department of Communities, and Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Regional Councils.

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Dr Lee Hearn

BBehSci (Hons) DPsych (ClinPsych/ClinNeuro) MAPS MCCP MCNP
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Lee Hearn

Lee is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who specialises in child and family behavioural assessments and interventions; assessments and interventions for people with disabilities, neuropsychological assessments; and the psychological treatment of adults and children with a range of psychological disorders. She has extensive experience providing assessment and intervention for adults and children with psychological disorders, neurological conditions, acquired brain injury, intellectual and physical disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and physical illnesses such as cancer.

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Dr Simone Shaw

BA (Hons) DPsych (ClinPsych/ClinNeuro) MAPS MCCP MCNP GAICD
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Simone specialises in the field of workers’ compensation and rehabilitation and has extensive experience in conducting independent clinical psychological assessments, workplace factual investigations and combined comprehensive assessments. She also provides expert advice on complex rehabilitation and case management issues for leaders. Simone’s expertise also encompasses comprehensive clinical psychological and neuropsychological fitness for duty assessments and she has a special interest in safety critical workers within the transport, utilities and mining services industries. Additionally, Simone has extensive knowledge and experience in the identification and management of psychosocial risk profiles within teams and organisations and has an in-depth understanding of group dynamics and facilitation skills, enabling her to implement group interventions to improve these profiles.

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Jo Karabitsios

BPsySc(Hons) PhD(Cand.) AMAPS GAICD
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Jo KarabitsiosJo practices across both the corporate and counselling domains of psychology. She has extensive experience in the treatment of a range of common psychological problems, specialising in the use of cognitive behavioural therapy and solution focused therapy for anxiety and mood disorders, with a specific interest in work-life balance, stress and time management, relationships and self-esteem and confidence building. Jo's consulting work within the corporate domain includes executive and leadership coaching, team building and wellness, conflict resolution, organisational health and hazard management. She is currently completing her PhD, investigating Organisational Health and Psychosocial Hazards in Australian workplaces.

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Dr Alison Bocquee

BBehSc BPsych(Hons) PhD (Clin) MAPS MCCP
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Alison BocqueeDr Alison Bocquee is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders that impact on children, adolescents, and families. Alison has worked in mental health services both in the community and inpatient settings, educational settings, and general practice services, and provides treatment from cognitive behavioural, acceptance and commitment (ACT), and family therapy frameworks. Alison has experience in writing comprehensive family assessment reports, comprehensive assessment of mental health reports, court reports, and providing evidence in court.

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Dr Simone Baker

BA (Hons) DipTeach PhD (ClinNeuro/ClinPsych) MAPS MCCN MCCP
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Simone is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist with over 25 years experience in delivering high quality psychological and psychometric assessment, treatment and supervision across education, health and disability sectors. Simone specialises in the assessment of capacity and complex case management. Simone has expertise in the assessment and treatment of child, adolescent, adult and geriatric mental health and neuro-behavioural disorders in community, hospital and forensic settings. Simone has worked in statewide programs to deliver psychological and disability services in remote, rural and indigenous communities. Simone specialises in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment issues), pain management and cognitive rehabilitation (e.g., memory, planning, problem solving).

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Janice Johnston

BA (Psych) GradDipPsych MPsych (Org)
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Janice is a management consultant with extensive experience in the public sector, change management, team facilitation, strategic planning, executive coaching and staff training and development. Janice has extensive experience working across a range of industries including health, finance, defence, telecommunications and rural and regional public sector services. Janice’s areas of consulting expertise include: mentoring and coaching, facilitation skills, coping with organisational change, strategic planning, personality profiling, recruitment and selection, training for staff and executives, critical incident stress debriefing, management support of the critical incident process and planning, outplacement services, mediation and performance enhancement with elite military shooting teams.

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Matt McFarlane

BPsych (Hons) MOrgPsych BA (Criminology)
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Matt McFarlaneMatt is a psychologist with experience consulting to a range of public and private organisations in the areas of leadership development, organisational health, team building, work-related stress management, conflict resolution and safety psychology. Matt is experienced facilitating group-based interventions and working one-on-one with individuals and he is passionate about helping people and organisations maximise their potential. Matt has completed a Master of Organisational Psychology at University of Queensland, specialising in the opportunities and challenges presented by workplace diversity.

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Dr Jasmine Rijnbout

BPsySc (Hons) PhD AMAPS
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Jasmine is a registered psychologist who specialises in organisational health and effectiveness, with particular interest and experience in leadership development and coaching, team facilitation and training, change management, work-life balance and stress management. Jasmine consults to both public and private organisations and completed her PhD at the University of Queensland focusing on the effects of dissent in organisational decision-making, both in terms of improving staff wellbeing and organisational outcomes.

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Nicole Prendergast

Bach of Nursing, BPsych (Hons) AMAPS
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Nicole PrendergastNicole is a psychologist based on the Gold Coast and provides clinical treatment services of a range of common psychological problems impacting upon adults, couples, families and children including depression, anxiety and stress disorders. Nicole also has experience in clinical assessment services, vocational rehabilitation and job seeking support, employee assistance counselling, early intervention and medico legal assessments.

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Lauren Davis

BPsych(Hons)
Partner
Psychologist

Lauren is a registered psychologist practicing across the clinical and corporate psychology portfolios. Lauren has extensive experience in both clinical and corporate settings within the government sector. Lauren specialises in child and youth mental health and has experience in writing comprehensive family, social and mental health assessment reports for court and child protection services. Lauren has extensive experience in the development and implementation of statewide strategic plans, policies, resources and programs, particularly in the areas of suicide prevention, mental health reform, mental health literacy, as well as mental health promotion, illness prevention and early intervention. Lauren has worked closely with a range of government, non-government and private organisations in clinical and corporate settings, and has experience in training, education and group facilitation with a wide range of stakeholders.

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Dr Jonathan Mason

PhD DClinPsych(Hons) BSc(Hons) MAPS
A/Partner
Clinical Psychologist

Jonathan MasonDr Jonathan Mason has a PhD in Applied Psychology from the University of Kent and a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (London). He has worked as a clinical psychologist in both inpatient and community settings, and with clients from across the age range. Prior to leaving the UK, Jonathan was the Head of Psychology and a Consultant-grade Clinical Psychologist in a large hospital in the South of England. Since moving to Queensland in 2009, he has held a number of senior clinical roles in the Department of Communities, including Director of Clinical Practice on the Sunshine Coast and Centre Director for Queensland's flagship Forensic Disability Service. His areas of interest include working with offenders, people with autism & intellectual disabilities and people with complex social and personality problems , as well as working with clinical services to develop evidence-based policies, procedures and staff teams to improve their organisational performance. He has published widely in a range of scientific journals and books.

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Cameron Elsworthy

BSc(Psych) AMAPS
Senior Associate
Registered Psychologist

Cameron ElsworthyCameron is a registered psychologist with specialist training in occupational and rehabilitation psychology, assessment and treatment of clinical disorders, relationships and family issues and interventions with disability and special needs clients. Cameron has had extensive experience in complex case management, managing multiple stakeholders, negotiation and training in delivering interventions within a team based environment in the public sector environment.

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Dr Alex De Young

BPsychSc (Hons) PhD (Clin) MAPS
Senior Associate
Registered Psychologist

Alex de Young

Alex is a clinical psychologist who has extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of trauma as well as other anxiety and mood disorders that impact on children, adolescents, adults and families. Alex provides treatment from cognitive behavioural and acceptance and commitment therapy frameworks. Alex has completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland and works in both a clinical and research capacity. Her expertise lies within the area of medical trauma in young children. She has published several papers in this area and regularly presents at national and international conferences.

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Joanne King

BBus (Comm) BPsych (Hons) PhD (Clin) Cand.
Senior Associate
Registered Psychologist

Joanne KingJoanne is a Psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of a range of psychological and behavioural problems in children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. Joanne is experienced in clinical, intellectual, vocational, and drug and alcohol specialist assessments. She also specialises in workplace rehabilitation and medicolegal assessments including workers’ compensation independent clinical assessments and factual investigations, workplace mediation, and complex case advice and consultancy. Joanne is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland with her thesis examining vocational rehabilitation of individuals with psychiatric disorders.

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Dr Tamara White

BJ BA(Psych) BA(Hons - Psych) DPsych(Clinical) MAPS
Partner
Registered Psychologist

Tamara White

Dr Tamara White is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked across a broad variety of community and private practice settings with children, adolescents, adults and cross-cultural clients. Tamara has provided psychological treatment for children and adolescents who presented with challenges such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression and relationships problems. Tamara has treated adults presenting with issues such as Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Tamara utilises Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including mindfulness and forgiveness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Tamara also has experience working with individuals who have a disability. She provides positive behaviour support assessments and interventions for adults and children, and education for families of children who have a disability. Tamara has also been accredited in the Triple P Stepping Stones Program. Tamara has worked internationally and domestically with humanitarian agencies providing training, and psychological support to staff, or individuals from a variety of cross-cultural clients. Tamara White completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology specialising in forgiveness, mindfulness and posttraumatic growth. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

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Dr Brooke Dougan

BComm BA(Hons) PhD (ClinPsych/ClinNeuro) MAPS MCCP MCCN
Senior Associate 
Registered Psychologist

Brooke is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist who specialises in the assessment and client-focused treatment of a range of psychosocial, neurocognitive, and medical conditions, including delivery of comprehensive neuropsychological reports evaluating emotional, behavioural, cognitive, intellectual and academic functioning. Brooke's clinical practice is informed by evidence-based therapeutic models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (including Mindfulness and CBT for psychosis), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Brooke's areas of interest include neurobehavioural disorders and acquired brain injury, cognitive rehabilitation, psychiatric, anxiety and mood disorders, parenting skills and strategies, and optimisation of sleep, lifestyle and other health-related behaviours. In particular, Brooke is passionate about the assessment of concussion (also known as mild Traumatic Brain Injury) and adjustment to injury, to support timely recovery and return to play, study or work. Brooke enjoys working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, individually and in group-based therapeutic programs.

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Dr Roisin Jack

BSc(Hons) DClinPsychol PGDip
Senior Associate
Registered Psychologist

Roisin is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, who moved to Queensland from Scotland in 2012. She has significant experience working across both inpatient and community settings with a complex range of clients from across the lifespan. She has particular expertise in providing neuropsychological assessment and intervention for individuals and families affected by acquired brain injury, stroke, neurological conditions and intellectual disabilities. Other specialist skills include cognitive rehabilitation, capacity assessment, development of behavioural support programmes and the assessment and treatment of mood disorders such as adjustment issues, anxiety and depression.

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Dr Stefanie Plows

BPsycSc(Hons) DPsyc(Clinical) AMAPS
Senior Associate
Registered Psychologist

Stefanie is a registered psychologist who has worked in both private and community based settings. She has specialist training in the assessment and management of autism spectrum conditions, and is particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. As part of her doctoral research, Stefanie co-developed and delivered a program for the emotional development of young children (4-6 years old) with Asperger’s Sydrome. She also has broad experience in facilitating group interventions that aim to enhance the social and emotional development of children and adolescents, with and without autism spectrum conditions. In addition to this, Stefanie has worked with children and adolescents, predominantly in relation to anxiety, resiliency, and depression, as well as adults in relation to alcohol and other drug issues, gambling help, depression, stress, and anxiety. Stefanie completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University.

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Amanda Chalmers

BBehSc(Psych) GDip(Psych) AMAPS
Affiliate Consultant
Corporate Consultant

Amanda works within the PsyCare Corporate portfolio and has particular expertise in the areas of leadership development, group facilitation, mediation, coaching, talent attraction and selection and training. She has experience in the management of difficult behaviours, grief and bereavement counselling, managing organisational change and major restructures, as well as strategic planning, business process review, portfolio management and corporate governance. Amanda has worked extensively in social policy and planning roles both in Australia and Canada in Government and community agencies. Amanda is also a qualified personal trainer and CrossFit coach who is experienced in working with teams to achieve tangible health goals, which improve team performance in the workplace.

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Simon Thatcher

BA (Psych) PGDip (Psych) MAPS
Affiliate Consultant
Registered Psychologist

Simon ThatcherSimon has many years experience in the investigation, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of psychological injury/ stress claims as well as physical injury claims where pain and stress are a factor. Simon has developed and extensive understanding of both medico-legal issues and occupational rehabilitation issues for worker’s compensation claims in regional, rural and remote settings. Simon also provides CBT treatment to clients with a range of personal issues and work related injuries and has also provided individual and group treatment programs and workshops in both corporate and community settings.

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Rachael Vishram

BPsych (Hons) GDip (Psych) MPsych (Clinical) MAPS
Senior Associate
Registered Psychologist

Rachael VishramRachael is a Clinical Psychology Registrar and has completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology at Queensland University of Technology. She works with adolescents and adults experiencing a wide range of personal issues, including anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, grief, trauma, and relationship issues. She is particularly interesting in treatment of social anxiety, panic disorder, and trauma. Rachael uses an integrative approach and works with each individual to improve the quality of life by managing symptoms and treating the underlying issue. Depending on the presenting issue, she may use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, or Schema Therapy.

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Admin Team

For appointments in Spring Hill, Nundah, Scarborough and Warner please contact 07 3839 4400.

For appointments in Mt Gravatt, Sunnybank, Coorparoo and Gold Coast please contact 07 3137 2011.

NOTE: All consultants also work between offices and other regional and national locations as required.