PsyCare Consultants

The PsyCare Group

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.

Dr Bernie Scully

BBSc BPsych(Hons) PhD (Clinical Psychology) MAPS
General Manager - PsyCare Assist | Registered Psychologist

 

Bernie Scully

Drawing from his PhD in clinical psychology followed by more than 10 years working with organisations to improve employee performance and functioning, Bernie is an engaging and knowledgeable commentator and advisor on what makes workplaces effective. Bernie has held GM and Director roles at Assure since 2010 and is extensively experienced in management of psychological services from Wellbeing through to change management across the full spectrum of the workforce. Bernie is a leader in the field in the design and delivery of genuinely proactive and preventative employee strategies and services.

As a leader in his field, Bernie has held positions as Vice President of the EAPAA, which the membership body for EAP delivery across Australasia. Bernie’s expertise is underlined by his PhD research, which focused on understanding and preventing individual responses to stress and trauma within organisations. Bernie is a regular presenter at industry and large scale conferences.

Bernie is also a member of the Resilience and Wellbeing at Law Advisory Group – Queensland Law Society, a member Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia Advisory group and from 2010-2014 the Vice President Employee Assistance Professionals Association Australasia.

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.


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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Tamara White

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

 

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) and College of Clinical Psychologists (MCCP).

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.

Dr Caroline Gregory

DPsych (Clin) BSc (Hons) MAPS
Senior Associate | Registered Psychologist

 

Caroline GregoryCaroline is a clinical psychologist who has several years experience in the delivery of assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of psychological conditions.

She is also experienced in performing assessments and interventions for adolescents and adults with disabilities.  Caroline has worked in public mental health, educational, and primary health settings, as well as private practice.  She specialises in the treatment of anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and stress related issues, and is passionate about helping people to achieve their potential. Caroline predominantly provides psychological treatment from Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks.

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.

 

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.

Rachael Vishram

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

 

Rachael 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 interested in thetreatment 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.

Wendy Muller

BBus/BPsychSc (Hons) MHRM DPsychOrg (Cand.)
Senior Associate | Registered Psychologist

 

Wendy is a registered psychologist with extensive experience working within the private, academic and not-for-profit sectors. With postgraduate qualifications in human resources management, Wendy’s areas of consulting expertise include: recruitment and selection practices, policy development, mentoring and leadership coaching, facilitation skills and implementation of workplace interventions at both team and organisational levels.

 

Elspeth Mitchell

DPsych Clinical Neuropsychology BCom/BSc (Hons)
Senior Associate | Registered Psychologist

 

Elspeth MitchellElspeth is a Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar who completed her doctoral training in Melbourne. She provides client-centred, evidence-based psychological and neuropsychological assessments and interventions. Elspeth has experience in working with drug and alcohol, psychiatric, general medical and neurological populations in both inpatient and community settings. Elspeth has a particular interest in the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of acquired brain injury, including neuropsychological interventions such as psycho-education, adjustment to injury therapy, behavioural support programs and cognitive rehabilitation. Her areas of interest include traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), tumour, neurodegenerative disorders (dementia) and learning difficulties. Additionally, Elspeth provides assessments for suitability to return to work or driving evaluations, as well as medico-legal and capacity assessments.

Tara Gascoigne

BPsySci (Hons) MPsych (Clinical) MAPS
Senior Associate | Registered Psychologist

 

Tara GascoigneTara Gascoigne is a registered psychologist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Tara has training and experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, antenatal and postnatal depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, relationship problems, stress management and self-esteem issues. She tailors her interventions to suit individual client needs using a range of treatment paradigms, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and Motivational Interviewing. Tara completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology.

 

Cindy Nicollet

BA (Psych - Hons) PhD (Cand)
Senior Associate | Registered Psychologist

 

Cindy is a registered psychologist who has worked in both private and community based settings. She has extensive experience working with children and adults with an intellectual disability. Cindy also has experience providing therapy to adults with intellectual disability, predominantly in relation to anxiety and depression. She provides positive behaviour support assessments and interventions for adults and children, and education for families of children who have a disability. Cindy has also been accredited in the Triple P Stepping Stones Program. Cindy has worked within the education system, providing consultant Psychology services to primary-aged school children, focusing on anxiety and depression. She has a particular interest working with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Cindy has commenced a research PhD with the University of Queensland, looking specifically at interventions for adults on the Autism Spectrum.

 

Katrina Paterson

BA BSc (Hons) MPsychOrg MAPS
Senior Associate | Registered Psychologist

 

Katrina PatersonKatrina is a registered psychologist who practices across the Consortia, PsyCare Assist and PsyCare Edge divisions. Katrina’s work within the Consortia domain includes organisational health and risk assessments and interventions, change management, conflict resolution, team building and leadership development.

Within the PsyCare Assist and Edge divisions Katrina’s work includes fitness for duty assessments, providing individual support through EAP and FIFO programs and broader organisational wellbeing programs, occupational health assessments including fitness for duty and workplace factual investigations.

Katrina has a background in Human Resources within the mining industry and enjoys working within industries and with teams that include safety critical roles. Katrina has experience in designing, implementing and evaluating organisational-wide transformation projects to increase organisational effectiveness and performance. Katrina has completed a Master of Organisational Psychology at the University of Queensland, specialising in analysing the organisational and individual risk factors that may impact pilot fatigue and performance within the aviation industry.

Jo-Ellen Duby

BPsySc PgDipProfPsych AssocMAPS
Associate | Registered Psychologist (Provisional Registration)

 

Jo-Ellen DubyJo-Ellen specialises in the assessment and treatment of a range of common psychological and behavioural problems impacting children, adolescents, and adults. Jo-Ellen has undertaken specialised training in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques for the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression, anger, adjustment difficulties, challenging child behaviours, critical incidents, stress, vicarious trauma and grief / loss for individuals in Australia and overseas. She also has experience in conducting cognitive assessments with children experiencing difficulties with learning or academic functioning and in conducting psychological assessments to determine an employee’s fitness for duty.

Anna Casey

BPsySc (Hons)
Associate | Registered Psychologist (Provisional Registration)

 

Anna CaseyAnna has experience in both clinical and corporate settings including the assessment and treatment of a range of psychological disorders, cognitive and substance use assessments, the provision of return-to-work rehabilitation support and is actively involved with numerous clients through PsyCare’s Employee Assistance Program which has its basis in brief, solution-focussed therapy. She has been involved in a number of organisational health reviews and facilitated workshops on diverse psychological topics. Anna has worked with both adults and children across the lifespan and provides treatment from a cognitive behavioural framework. She has completed work in an offshore humanitarian environment providing both staff and management with onsite wellbeing support.

Madeline Turnbull

BPsych(Hons) PgDipProfPsych AssocMAPS
Associate | Registered Psychologist (Provisional Registration)

 

Madeline TurnbullMadeline has experience working with adults with a range of intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities and delivers functional behavioural assessments and positive behaviour support plans with the aim of decreasing challenging behaviours and increasing quality of life. Madeline also has experience working within a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework to treat a range of common psychological problems such as anxiety, stress, anger, adjustment difficulties and depression. In addition to working with adults, Madeline has also

Bonnie Palmer

BPsySc (Hons) DPsych (Cand)
Registered Psychologist (Provisional Registration)

 

Bonnie PalmerBonnie is currently completing an externship at PsyCare as part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Queensland. Bonnie has experience working with a range of client populations, including children, adolescents, and adults, in both the private practice and community health sectors. Bonnie specialises in the neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive difficulties due to neurological or psychiatric conditions. Bonnie also has experience providing psychological therapy in both individual and group formats for clients experiencing a range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, mood disorders, and adjustment difficulties.

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For appointments in Spring Hill, Nundah, Scarborough and Carseldine 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.