Our Team

 

Our team of professional and highly skilled practitioners have extensive Counselling and Psychology, working with adults, couples, adolescents, children and families. We also have a wonderful Client Support and Administration Management Team to provide you with a safe and comfortable experience as you engage in therapy. At Little Window you will receive exceptional care, support and a holistic approach to therapy which is grounded in evidence-based interventions.

The services we provide are in line with current research on wellness and neuroscience, through ongoing peer and clinical supervision and attending regular workshops and conferences. We believe that our own self-care and wellbeing is paramount to ensuring high quality care to our clients; this means that we practice what we preach and engage regularly in self-reflection, mindfulness and other wellness practices.

Our Psychologists Mental Health OTs are fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA). All therapists on our team are regulated by the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc. (AAPi), Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Occupational Therapy Association Australia (OTA), or the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Connecting with your Therapist

 

The connection you feel with your therapist is paramount to how meaningful and positive your counselling experience will be. Our Therapy Team encompasses a wide range of personalities, approaches, styles and areas of interest, so please make it known to our Client Support Team what your preferences are when making a booking.  

For example, you might prefer a more direct, straightforward and energetic approach to therapy, or you might be seeking a warm and nurturing style. You could gel well with stronger personalities, or feel more comfortable with gentler personalities. You may be interested in exploring creative and expressive modalities in counselling, or you may just want straight talk therapy - or a mix of both! You might respond well to a spiritual, holistic, or body-based style, or you might have found that a more targeted, cognitive approach suits you better. If you can let us know what type of counselling feels most comfortable to you, we can do our best to match you with the right therapist.

Our Client Support Team has been intuitively and clinically trained to match you with a therapist that suits your unique preferences and needs. In this way, Little Window is unique, as careful consideration is taken when choosing which therapist each person is matched with, rather than simply booking you in with whomever is next available.

It is not uncommon for individuals to not 'click' with the first therapist they see; if this is your experience, we are more than happy to receive this feedback from you, and chat with you about seeing if someone else on the Little Window team will be a better fit for you.

Please enjoy reading below about the individual qualities and special areas of interest of our Therapy Team.

Christina1

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Masters in Sexual Health
  • Masters in Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Queensland
  • Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner
  • Reiki Practitioner

Christina Leggett

Psychologist and Director

Currently not taking on new clients.

Becoming a Psychologist for me has been a journey of discovering what it means to honour and accept what is truly inside of myself, to practice unconditional positive regard, to step into vulnerability, to practice compassion for the Self/other, and to listen to not only what is spoken, but what can often be unsaid or unspeakable. I am most passionate about assisting my clients to find their voice, and to hold a space in which they can safely explore, understand, express, nurture, and heal.

When Thania and I first created Little Window, we wanted to reach out to our clients in a way which allowed our own sense of unknowing, vulnerability, and humanness to be shared. Historically and traditionally, the school of psychology taught us ‘separation from clients’, to convey that we are the expert, and to view discomfort or vulnerability as cause for mental unwellness and instability. Intuitively this made little sense to us as we progressed in our field and found that there were limitations in how we could connect and work effectively with our clients.

We learnt that who we are, not necessarily what we knew, made more of a difference for our clients. We learnt that building deep connections by being there wholeheartedly for our clients helped to ease discomfort and pain. We began to value the vulnerability within ourselves and it became a pathway into exploring the challenges and difficulties our clients faced. Little Window became and is an extension of who we are- who I am as an individual but also as a Psychologist.

I am calm, intuitive, and gentle, yet clear and decisive when working with my clients. It is in my nature to be playful and humorous, but I am also grounded, respectful, and focused in my approach. It is important for me to remain curious, open, and engaged, while being with you in a way that is authentic and unique to you and your individual needs.

My areas of interest include:

  • Children and families
  • Parenting
  • Diverse cultures
  • Women’s issues
  • Teens/adolescence
  • Sexual abuse/assault, and sexual health
  • Attachment and Relationship dynamics
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Holistic mental wellness.

Thank you for taking the time to read about each of the therapists at Little Window in order to find the best fit for you. Investing in yourself and putting you first is a big first step in your journey to healing and self-growth. You do not have to do this alone.

It is my absolute privilege to bear witness to your life, your story, and I am committed to walk alongside you whenever you feel you are ready.

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Masters in Sexual Health
  • Masters in Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Queensland
  • Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner
  • Reiki Practitioner
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Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner
  • Competency in evaluation and treatment planning for the Circle of Security model
  • Reiki Practitioner

Thania Siauw

-Pronounced 'Tania'

Psychologist and Director

Currently not taking on new clients.

I have always been drawn to other people’s stories, and fascinated by the inner workings of the mind. I am a caring, detail-oriented and sensitive person, compelled to connect with the people I work with in a meaningful way, and on a deeper level. Having engaged in therapy myself, I understand firsthand how uncomfortable, scary, and challenging, but also how freeing, relieving and life-changing the counselling process can be. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of therapy, finding strength in vulnerability, and the freedom of being able to accept and honour all parts of yourself.

Being able to ‘hold space’ for people when they take such a big step to start therapy is a privilege, and a process that I believe happens not just within the therapeutic relationship, but within the entire therapy space. I am acutely aware of how my voice, how I carry myself, and how I create a nurturing counselling environment can build connection, trust and safety when you are in therapy with me.

Neuroscience has taught us that the mind is encapsulated not only in the head; it exists throughout the whole body. As a holistic Psychologist I am interested in how you can learn to listen to the wisdom and cues of your inner knowing, beyond what your thoughts tell you.

I will meet you with compassion wherever you are in your emotions in the moment, and support you to process your thoughts whether you prefer to do so in an introverted or an extroverted way. I strive to help you feel seen and heard exactly as you are, and will provide a safe space for you to find and express your voice in our counselling room, through talking or through other modalities that are non-verbal.

I am trained in expressive therapies, so if you do not feel comfortable talking, we can explore alternative ways of communicating and working through your concerns using mediums such as art, music, dream and symbol work, and movement. I am also experienced in Non-directive Child-Centred Play Therapy with children. All of these modalities are creative and gentle, yet powerful ways to explore different parts of yourself that enhance self-awareness, make the unconscious, conscious, and create significant internal shifts.

My counselling style draws from Attachment Theory, Person Centred Therapy, Neuropsychotherapy, Trauma-informed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Creative Therapies. The therapeutic connection we form and the approach that I take will be unique to each individual, based on your specific needs. I tend to take more of a person-led, relaxed and conversation-style approach to my sessions, however I can be analytical, strategic and intentional where needed.

I see you as the person who is the expert in your experiences and in your life, and in therapy with me, we move away from the more old- school and paternalistic models of therapy where the psychologist is the 'expert'.

My areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety
  • Women’s issues
  • Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)
  • Sexual abuse and assault
  • Sexuality
  • Pregnancy, post-natal mental health, parenting and attachment
  • Family separation
  • Childhood issues
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Identity and self-esteem concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Spiritual-related health and wellness
  • Working with teens.

I have a special interest and passion in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Alongside being a therapist I am a mother, HSP, introvert, nature appreciator and I enjoy conversations about all topics metaphysical! It is the human to human connection in therapy that makes Little Window more than just a workplace for me; it is a creative extension of me and a place where I can authentically express myself.

Counselling is an opportunity to invest in yourself, and take care of your mental health and sense of overall wellbeing. I welcome you into a safe and enriching therapy space, to help you unfold and nurture your unique strengths and inner wisdom, guiding you towards experiencing more freedom, kindness, fulfilment and peace within yourself. I look forward to working with you at Little Window.

 

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner
  • Competency in evaluation and treatment planning for the Circle of Security model
  • Reiki Practitioner
Kate OConnor

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Queensland
  • Facilitator of the Circle of Security parenting program

Kate O'Connor

Principal (Counselling) Psychologist

At Little Window on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

My passion for therapy is born out of a curiosity for the human experience and how we relate to the world around us. Rather than focusing on a diagnosis, I prefer to spend time listening to and exploring your unique life story. My experience as a therapist, and a fellow human, has taught me that we all respond to our lived experiences in different ways. Often these patterns of responding are our means of protecting ourselves from emotional suffering, yet at the same time, can result in deep feelings of disconnection and pain. By exploring our childhood conditioning and the patterns we develop in response to our experiences (schema processes), we can gain a deeper understanding of our internal and external behaviours and thought patterns and recognise the influence of these on our emotional wellbeing.

I seek to work from an attachment-based methodology, meaning that I aim to deeply and meaningfully connect with you. I celebrate and place great value on the unique qualities of the individual and will tailor the counselling approach to meet your needs. I listen with curiosity, respect, openness and a willingness to be with you, during each stage of your journey, at a pace that works for you. My intention is to hold a space that feels safe and nurturing, so that together, we can make sense of your world, embrace your uniqueness and move towards developing patterns that best meet your needs.

I am trained in therapies that adopts mindfulness, self/other focused compassion, kindness and values as part of their process. I also draw from schema, solution focused and narrative methods. I am trained in Circle of Security, an attachment based parenting program that focuses on the relationship between the child and their caregivers. I enjoy sharing this knowledge and will offer strategies, when the time is right, to help you and your family to connect to one another, and work towards building a meaningful and lasting relationship.

My areas of interest include supporting people who are experiencing emotional distress (anxiety and depression), grief and loss, trauma, attachment and relationship concerns, women’s issues, domestic and family violence, parenting, addictions and substance misuse. I really enjoy working with people at transitional stages in their lives, such as becoming a parent, changing family dynamics, career changes, school leavers, moving into retirement or experiencing life impacting health conditions.

The counselling space provides an opportunity to explore your unique lived experience, nurture your wellbeing, tap into your wisdom and regain a sense of self. I recognise first hand how difficult it can be to make that first step into therapy, and honour the courage it takes to stay with this process. I feel a great sense of privilege to be alongside you, as you move towards healing, in a way that connects deeply to your truth.

I look forward to spending time with you.

 

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Queensland
  • Facilitator of the Circle of Security parenting program
Keira

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist
  • Animal Assisted Therapy Human Canine Team (Level II)
  • Diploma of Management (Healthcare)

Keira Gill

Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Animal Assisted Therapist and Practice Manager

At Little Window on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

I am pleased to introduce myself as Little Window’s Mental Health Occupational Therapist (OT) and Practice Manager.

As a therapist, I am deeply caring, creative, welcoming and practical in my counselling approach, assisting you to settle in and feel safe and comfortable before and during our sessions. I am focussed and intentional in my approach, and seek to be empowering, energetic and fun with the people I work with. I will always go the extra mile to ensure I meet your needs, and will respectfully work alongside you to find an approach that is tailored to you as an individual.

I bring a depth to my knowledge in working with mental health considering not only the brain, but the entire physical body. As a Mental Health OT, I focus on how the body responds to thoughts, emotions, experiences, its environment, and relationships. I really enjoy incorporating sensory tools in my sessions, such as weighted blankets, stress balls, aromatherapy bracelets, slime! and other textured items. These resources can be used to ‘speak’ directly to the body, and help the nervous system to feel safe and soothed, supporting people to feel more empowered in themselves, their interaction with others and their environment. This type of work can be particularly effective for children and adolescents, who can tend to use their whole bodies to express themselves at different stages of their development.

Mental Health OTs share many skills and approaches with Psychologists, utilising treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, cognitive behavioural approaches, expressive and creative-based therapies, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. In being able to draw from such a broad range of techniques that address the mind and body, this allows me to be creative in my approach and work holistically in considering you and your wellbeing.

One way that I work creatively is with my therapy dog, Zumi, who is a Japanese Spitz. I am passionate about Animal Assisted Therapy, as it is a wonderful way to work with mental health. Zumi is here at Little Window with me every day. He can help individuals needing support with improving symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing symptoms of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trauma symptoms, sensory disorders, phobias, social difficulties, while also assisting with building relationships. People also can work with Zumi if they have a phobia of dogs or animals and want to overcome this. Zumi is a gentle, fun, and intuitive dog who is white, fluffy, and very approachable. If you would like him to be a part of our counselling sessions, be sure to let one of our team know.

Before my work at Little Window, I have worked in a number of areas, including government mental health, adolescent mental health, and private practice. Whilst I enjoy working with all ages, I am particularly drawn to working with children and adolescents and their families.  I also greatly enjoy supporting parents in maintaining a sense of self and healthy life balance, while managing and developing a secure attachment with their children.

I believe that everyone has the potential to live a fulfilling and enjoyable life, and I look forward to working together with you to discover your way to achieving this.

 

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  • Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist
  • Animal Assisted Therapy Human Canine Team (Level II)
  • Diploma of Management (Healthcare)
Pablo

Qualifications:

 

  • Full registration as an endorsed Counselling Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Accreditation and full membership as a Clinical Psychosexual Therapist with the Society of Australian Sex Therapists (SAS)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Master of Health Science (Sexual Health), University of Sydney
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Queensland
  • Master of Clinical Psychology / PhD (candidate)
  • STAP accredited psychology supervisor

Pablo Navarro

('he/they')

Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Psychosexual Therapist and Practice Manager

At Little Window on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

Hello, I’m Pablo. I’m a Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Psychosexual Therapist, and I share the position of Practice Manager at Little Window with Keira and Zumi.

I am a down to earth therapist who is gentle, caring, and easy to talk to. In my work, I take a collaborative, intentional and focused approach to working with you toward your personal goals. I will tailor my approach to your unique needs – drawing from several evidence-based therapies, including: cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused counselling, and humanistic therapy. I will also regularly check how helpful you’re finding our sessions. It is not only important to me that you feel understood and respected in our sessions – but that we have a shared understanding of your experiences, your goals for therapy, the approaches we will use, and whether our time together feels helpful and on-track.

I enjoy working with older adolescents and adults of all abilities and identities in a number of professional areas, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, panic attacks and phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive syndromes
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Grief, loss and adjustment to life changes
  • Chronic pain and illness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Interpersonal and relationship problems

People often wonder about my work as a Clinical Psychosexual Therapist. ‘Sex Therapy’ is a branch of psychology and counselling that uses similar knowledge and skills to work with individuals across a variety of sex, sexuality and gender-related areas. People come to see me for many reasons, such as:

  • Sex, gender and sexuality education
  • Sexual shame and disgust
  • Having sex following chronic illness and loss of ability
  • Masculine and feminine gender role strain
  • Sexual intimacy and communication
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sex-related ‘addiction’
  • Sexual and gender identity affirmation

Some people may not come to see me for any of the above reasons other than the comfort of knowing I am sex-positive and kink, poly and LGBTIQA+ friendly practitioner. To hear more about my work as a Sex Therapist, click here.

My professional journey has included working in: Child Protection settings to support children and their families to live safer and emotionally respectful lives together; distance counselling settings to support children and young people experiencing a variety of mental, emotional, and relationship concerns; LGBTIQA+ advocacy services to provide health services to people in these communities; vocational settings to support young and older adults to overcome barriers to meaningful employment; not-for-profit settings to support adults experiencing chronic illness to improve their quality of life and; private practice settings.

I am an experienced researcher, trainer, and board-accredited STAP supervisor that enjoys supporting and supervising the practice of other clinicians; both trainee and experienced as part of their continuing professional development. I also have several publications mostly in the area of e-mental health as I work toward completing a PhD in clinical psychology.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I look forward to meeting you at Little Window and helping to support you on your journey.

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as an endorsed Counselling Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Accreditation and full membership as a Clinical Psychosexual Therapist with the Society of Australian Sex Therapists (SAS)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Master of Health Science (Sexual Health), University of Sydney
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Queensland
  • Master of Clinical Psychology / PhD (candidate)
  • STAP accredited psychology supervisor
Anne

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Training and Development

Anne Moorhouse

Psychologist

At Little Window on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

As a psychologist, I enjoy working collaboratively and compassionately with individuals, couples and families. My personality is warm, grounding and playful, and I use this in sessions to build authentic and meaningful relationships with the people I work with. I have a down to earth approach to counselling, and will assist you to enhance and feel more empowered in the important aspects of your life, such as relationships, work, parenting and wellness management.

If you are suffering from the ripple effects of traumatic experiences such as sexual assault, domestic violence, toxic parenting or injury, together we will focus on self-compassion, healing and thriving. If you are weighted down by symptoms of depression, anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we will find ways to lift the blanket of fear and sadness. If your concerns arise from current worries; perhaps a workplace situation, career choices, ill health or relationship difficulties we will focus on exploring, unpacking and resolving these issues.

I will tailor my counselling approach to meet your unique needs. My therapeutic toolkit includes a broad range of evidenced-based approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Strengths Based Therapies, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy and Mindfulness. Together we will find strategies that work effectively for you.

I bring many years of experience to the counselling room having worked in therapeutic settings including a childhood sexual assault service, a relationship service, and programs addressing barriers to meaningful employment.

Whether you are a teenager, adult, couple or family, I will commit to making counselling safe, soothing and useful. I look forward to working with you.

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Training and Development
Claire 2

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Music Therapy (University of Queensland)
  • Registered Music Therapist (Australian Music Therapy Association)
  • Certificate in Neurologic Music Therapy (Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy)
  • Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner
  • Bringing Up Great Kids Facilitator (Australian Childhood Foundation)
  • PhD Canditate (University of Melbourne)

Claire Stephensen

Music Therapist & Clinical Neuropsychotherapist

Currently on maternity leave.

As a therapist, I am deeply committed to working alongside people to help discover and tap into their strengths and potential. I have a genuine, down to earth and respectful approach that honours the depth and complexity of people’s challenges, while supporting them to transition to a more calm, playful, energised or empowered place. Informed by neuropsychotherapy, neurologic music therapy, trauma model therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, attachment theory, solutions focused and narrative therapies; my intention is to connect with the individual needs that each person brings to the therapy space.

I have worked for over ten years in a variety of settings with adults, young people, children, infants and families – including mental health inpatient and outpatient units, a community based family music therapy service, women’s crisis service, paediatric medical hospital and private practice. My areas of interest include general mental health, complex trauma, medical trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, chronic and functional pain, Autism Spectrum Disorder, parenting and attachment, adjustment to medical and neurological conditions, palliative care and child protection.

I have published literature in areas of physical rehabilitation and mental health recovery; presented extensively in fields of mental health, child trauma, medical trauma and neurological approaches to music therapy. I am also a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne where I am investigating the music therapy processes involved in supporting traumatic stress.

As a music therapist, I believe that all human beings are innately musical and creative, however some of us require support to find these parts of ourselves or use them to their full potential. During music therapy, we can use various elements of music throughout the therapeutic process from listening to music, creating playlists, writing songs or creating our own music. We might also use guided relaxation or other creative media such as pastels or collage depending on your goals and immediate needs. I use music, rhythm, creativity and conversation intentionally throughout the therapeutic process to support sensory, physical, emotional, relational, cognitive and behavioural aspects of challenges that are brought to the therapy space. Music skills are not required to engage in music therapy as the intention is to use music as a health resource to support health and wellness.

Some people find the concept of using music or creativity daunting and prefer to start with talking before gradually introducing music, while others prefer to use music from the beginning of our work together. Either way, it would be my privilege to work with you, your child or family towards a more empowered life.

Music therapy is not covered under medicare rebates or private health insurance, however can be funded through Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

You can read more about what happens in a music therapy session with me here, and learn about how this approach works here.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Music Therapy (University of Queensland)
  • Registered Music Therapist (Australian Music Therapy Association)
  • Certificate in Neurologic Music Therapy (Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy)
  • Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner
  • Bringing Up Great Kids Facilitator (Australian Childhood Foundation)
  • PhD Canditate (University of Melbourne)
Amy1

Qualifications:

 

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), University of Queensland.

Amy Kaukiainen

Psychologist

At Little Window on Wednesdays & Thursdays.

As your psychologist, my main focus is to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible as soon as you enter the therapy space – just deciding to attend therapy is a huge and often daunting first step!  I’m dedicated to slowing the counselling process down to form a genuine and authentic relationship with you and subtly, but intentionally, sew evidenced based strategies and techniques into our conversations

The research tells us that the most important predictor of positive change is the quality of the relationship between the client and therapist. With this in mind, I draw from personal and professional experiences to help you feel safe and connected.  I hope to make therapy feel as though you’re talking to an old friend – an old friend with a helpful set of skills and knowledge base to share – but an old friend nonetheless.

My areas of interest are broad, but include, depression and anxiety, trauma and PTSD, behavioural and conduct concerns, anger and aggression, school refusal, self-harm and psychosis.  I have a particular interest in trauma, and have worked extensively with victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse as well as neglect.  I’ve also published research in the areas of self-harm and suicide.  I take an eclectic and strength-based approach to therapy and am passionate about thinking outside the box when it comes to incorporating evidence based strategies into our authentic conversations.  Having completed post graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, I’m well versed in many evidence based modalities that explore behavioural patterns, what is occurring in our brain (neuropsychotherapy), attachment to significant others, and what you may value most.

Outside of the therapy space I grew up in rural NSW but have since travelled the world.  I have a Jack Russel who brings me pure joy and I think a great meal with great company is as good as it gets.  I am playful and adventurous but also gentle and kind.  As a human, I love connecting with other humans; as a psychologist, I am fascinated by your unique story.  I believe when we’re feeling well within ourselves, life has infinite possibilities, and I would be honoured to help guide you towards yours.

Qualifications:

 

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons), University of Queensland.

 

Ash1

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours)
  • Master of Music Therapy
  • Provisional registration with the Australian Music Therapy Association (full registration in April)

Ashleigh Rowbottom

Music Therapist

Currently not taking on new clients.

I am a warm, friendly and approachable person, and Little Window's music therapist. I am committed to helping people become empowered in navigating life’s challenges through music, and in discovering the unique creativity that lies in all of us. I believe music is for everyone, and my aim is to create a welcoming, safe and supportive space as you experience music therapy with me.

My music therapy work is based on a variety of frameworks such as attachment theory, brain-based therapies, the circle of security model, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, trauma theory and child and family development. I am currently completing training in Play Therapy and Neuropsychotherapy. In all these aspects however, I always work from a humanistic perspective, wherein your emotional safety and security is paramount as you venture on through the therapy space.

My background is in Psychology and I have extensive work experience in this area. I have worked (in conjunction with private human service organisations and the Department of Child Services) with children and young people in mental health care, at-risk families, foster children and their guardians as well as supporting young people as they exit the foster system. I have also worked with adults in outpatient mental health care and supported them in a rehabilitative capacity to re-enter the workforce and empower them to regain a sense of who they were.

In my music therapy work aside from general and complex mental health, I have interests in the areas of:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Brain injury rehabilitation (emotional and physical)
  • Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Domestic violence
  • Abuse (sexual, verbal and physical)
  • Substance use
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech and language
  • Child attachment and development
  • Aged care and palliative care
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder

I count myself honoured to work with young children, adolescents, adults and older adults.

The methods I employ as a music therapist are tailored and individual to you. Depending on your goals and reasons for seeking therapy, music or otherwise, there are many musically therapeutic processes that may be utilised during your time with me. These processes range from creating music (songwriting, improvising, exploring new instruments), listening to music (through guided meditation/relaxation, active listening, lyrical analysis) and allowing music to work for you in the future (creating playlists, learning instruments, etc).

There can be a daunting feeling when considering taking part in music therapy for the first time, however there are no musical skills required to participate. I will guide you and support you as you explore the therapeutic space and gain new ground in your empowered life.

Currently, music therapy is not claimable through Medicare or private health funds, however funding is available through Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

I would be honoured to meet you and connect with you through music to help you find more fulfilment, empowerment and meaning in your life.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours)
  • Master of Music Therapy
  • Provisional registration with the Australian Music Therapy Association (full registration in April)
Katie (1)

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (First Class Honours), University of Queensland
  • Licentiate in Music, Australia

Katie Sillar

Psychologist

At Little Window on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Hello, I'm Katie. As your psychologist, it is my privilege to work with you on your journey towards healing and wellness. My personality is warm, gentle, empathic and nurturing, and I strive to help you feel at ease in the therapy process as I hold space for your unique experience. When we work collaboratively together within the safety of our trusting and respectful therapeutic relationship, I believe it is possible to navigate any challenge in your life, and to grow and strengthen through times of pain and adversity.

Throughout my years of studying Psychology, I have learned that no matter what you have been through, there is always hope. Through therapy we can develop self-awareness and learn how to practice self-compassion and mindfulness, to help us feel a sense of freedom and comfort within ourselves as we move through life.

I work from an integrative therapeutic framework and draw from a range of different counselling approaches to assist you in ways that will be most effective for you as an individual. I have experience in modalities including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches, in addition to parenting and family support.

I enjoy working with people of all ages, and always welcome the opportunity to work with children especially. I have experience in using play-based therapy as a way of learning about a child’s rich inner world; this is a vital step in understanding behaviour, as play is a child’s first and natural language. I am currently undertaking further training in this area of interest of play therapy, in addition to attachment-based approaches in order to support healthy attachments between children and their parents. Other areas of interest include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma
  • Transitional life-stages
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting
  • Family relationships

I have worked in both adult mental health and child health settings, and in the field of suicide research.

Alongside being a psychologist, I am a musician, and I believe that creative and expressive therapies are such powerful tools in relieving psychological distress and building a healthy and whole sense of Self. The beauty of art and music, and the freedom that comes with self-expression through such media can have transformative effects on our wellbeing. I feel grateful to work in a practice such as Little Window, which supports and offers creative and holistic approaches to therapy, and aligns with my belief that we can heal through many other modalities alongside talk therapy. I look forward to meeting and working with you here.

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (First Class Honours), University of Queensland
  • Licentiate in Music, Australia
Bernadette2

Qualifications:

  • Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland

  • Diploma of Family Therapy

  • Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy

  • Clinical hypnosis and strategic hypnotherapy practitioner

Bernadette Dekker

Senior Mental Health Occupational Therapist

At Little Window on Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays.

Hi there, I’m Bernadette. I am a highly experienced, warm, compassionate and nurturing therapist and person. Working with me, you will find me to be a steady presence in the counselling process: relaxed, calming, grounded, practical and really easy to talk to. I am well known for making people who feel nervous about therapy or initially reluctant to attend, comfortable and connected. The genuine, caring and long-term relationships I have created with the people I work with over the years is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling to me. I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life, and have specialised experience in Family Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis.

For more than 10 years, I have worked predominantly with children and young people who have experienced trauma and suffer significant mental illness, and their families. In this role, I have become skilled at supporting people through crisis and high levels of emotional distress, and being a steady, comforting presence for not only the person attending therapy, but their support people too.

I am an accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist. This means I have a systemic, big picture, holistic and empowering approach to counselling. I believe that each person who sits with me in the therapy space has more resources and strengths than they may be aware of, more capacity to learn important life and self-care skills than they expect of themselves, and more ability to use our therapeutic relationship for these purposes than they might anticipate. The relationship we create together forms the foundation for you to feel safe, to discover your inner wisdom and power, and to hold a sense of hope for your future.

Our goals for therapy are developed in collaboration with you. Together, we utilise a range of specific approaches and interventions suited to your needs and preferences, to explore your world and what’s bought you to therapy, nurture your resilience, and improve your mental and emotional wellbeing. This may include talking therapy (including CBT/DBT), and and/or non-verbal and creative therapies (including art and play).

I draw on a range of theoretical foundations including attachment theory, mentalisation, family therapy, sensory interventions and clinical hypnosis.

I work with individuals, couples and families. I offer specialised psychosocial treatment to children, adolescents and adults of all ages, in the following areas:

  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Emotional regulation skills development
  • Self-esteem, confidence
  • Relationships
  • Social skills
  • ADHD
  • Parenting
  • Child attachment and development
  • Family/relationships across the life span
  • Communication and interactions
  • Impact of abuse (sexual, verbal, physical, emotional)
  • Mood disorders (Depression, anxiety, panic, anger regulation issues)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependency
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Early Psychosis
  • Grief and Loss

I look forward to meeting you and working with you at Little Window, to help you find your inner strength, develop healthy and strong relationships, and to live a more satisfying and fulfilled life.

Qualifications:

  • Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland

  • Diploma of Family Therapy

  • Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy

  • Clinical hypnosis and strategic hypnotherapy practitioner

Nicole1

Qualifications:

  • Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Diploma of Counselling, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, with advanced majors in relationships, family and parenting
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy level 2, Relationship Institute Australasia, Brisbane
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy level 1, Relationship Institute Australasia, Brisbane
  • Diploma of Kinesiology
  • Certificate IV Kinesiology

Nicole Mathieson

Counsellor and Relationship Coach

At Little Window on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Hello, I’m Nicole. People who work with me experience me to be warm, nurturing, intuitive, thoughtful and authentic in my connection with them. My aim is to create a safe environment in which you feel truly acknowledged and held enough to explore and accept all parts of yourself. I offer you support, presence and acceptance for whatever it is that you are experiencing, from a place of deep compassion and care. When you come to me as your therapist, I will help you to be still with your discomfort and build towards a more peaceful inner landscape, and a more fulfilling and integrated sense of Self.

I know how courageous it is to take the step towards facing your issues. I have been there. With therapy, healing and a lot of self-compassion, I have come through these challenges to find peace, acceptance and deeper intimacy with myself and in my intimate and parental relationships. I find it an honour to help my clients to do the same.

In my sessions I take a holistic approach and work with you to incorporate the therapeutic tools that suit your needs, including Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. I blend these and other tools from my background in Kinesiology with the key foundation stones of self-care, self-responsibility, communication and repair.

My areas of special interest include:

  • Relationship and attachment issues
  • Couples therapy
  • Libido and sexual issues
  • Anxiety
  • Women’s issues
  • Parenting
  • Sexuality
  • Break up & divorce
  • Dating
  • Inner conflict
  • Self-love
  • Confidence, body image and self-esteem concerns
  • Spiritual-related health and wellness

I value integrity very highly and am committed to my own self-care, inner stability and the health of my primary relationships. I have a special interest in relationships whether that be intimate, parental, familial relationships, or the relationship you have with yourself. I bring a depth and richness of knowledge and experience working with people holistically in private practice for the past 9 years.

 

COUPLES WORK

In my couples therapy sessions, my role is to create a safe space for you to explore the inner workings of your relationship and work towards:

  • Gaining awareness of your patterns
  • Feeling more able to communicate your emotions and deeper needs
  • Gaining strategies for clearer communication and less conflict
  • Gaining skills in repair conversations
  • Finding and maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Building rituals of connection

Please note that even though I will adapt my approach to suit each couple’s unique needs, typically the first few sessions will follow the Gottman method. The process is:

* Initial 50min introductory couple session

* Each partner completes the Gottman Relationship check-up questionnaire  (additional $40 cost to couple) 

* Each partner attends a 50 min individual session

* Double couples session of 1 hr and 40 mins

The Gottman approach to Couple Therapy is practical, emotion-focussed and based on four decades of research. You can find out more about the approach here https://www.gottman.com/about/the-gottman-method/

I very much look forward to meeting you, and supporting you in your journey to wellness at Little Window.

Qualifications:

  • Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Diploma of Counselling, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, with advanced majors in relationships, family and parenting
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy level 2, Relationship Institute Australasia, Brisbane
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy level 1, Relationship Institute Australasia, Brisbane
  • Diploma of Kinesiology
  • Certificate IV Kinesiology
Janelle

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Master of Mental health (Perinatal and Infant, Clinical)
  • Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist
  • Bachelor of Health Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Newcastle
  • Credentialed Mentalisation Based Family Therapy provider

Janelle Lusty

Senior Mental Health Occupational Therapist

At Little Window on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays.

I was drawn to work in the area of wellness and psychology because of my values to support others, my compassionate nature, my love of people and my wish for all individuals to understand how special and unique they are. I am gentle, understanding, and thoughtful. I will do my best to assist you to feel comfortable and empowered during the therapy process. I am calm and intuitive and able to hold a safe space for personal reflections and insights. In my own life, psychology has helped me to make sense of my thoughts and feelings and taught me to be kinder to myself as I continue to learn and grow. Life can be hard, and we are not designed to navigate this on our own. You are making a very positive decision to seek support for yourself or for your child.

I enjoy helping people reach their potential by tapping into their unique strengths. I believe everyone has their own strengths and resources that can assist them to recover and be the best version of themselves. As a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, I will work with you as an individual who is not only impacted by your thoughts and feelings about your past, but also your current environments, physical health, relationships and daily tasks. A variety of approaches can be used to meet your specific situation.

I have spent over 10 years working in the child and youth mental health field. I work from an attachment and relationship framework while also drawing on neurobiology and current research. I enjoy working with children of all ages, teenagers, adults and families alike. When working with young people I value working as much as possible with the parent or family system as research suggests this approach will result in the best outcomes for the child.

I am very passionate about working with new and expectant parents and their baby. Focusing support during pregnancy can assist with managing mood and anxiety, and provide a safe space to explore feelings about the developing unborn baby. Parent-infant (0-3 years old) therapies help to navigate the exciting new parent-child relationship, promote child development, build secure attachment, and increase child resilience. The perinatal period is known to increase risk of mental health concerns; support during this time is vital for the parent and infant in order to promote better mental health.

I can provide traditional psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, expressive and creative-based therapies, relaxation, graded exposure and attachment and relationship work. As an OT I take a holistic approach to understand your most important goals. I can provide functional assessments and support to reach goals in daily life that are impacted by mental health concerns, ultimately helping you achieve a more meaningful, balanced and fulfilling life. Therapies considered more OT focused are sensory modulation and skills building.

Summary of areas I practice in:

  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Pregnancy, post-natal mental health (for mothers and fathers), attachment, traumatic birth.
  • Emotional regulation skills development to manage unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Self-esteem, confidence, personal development, identity
  • Positive psychology
  • Relationships
  • Social skills, communication skills
  • ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Parenting, child attachment and development
  • Mood disorders (Depression, anxiety, panic, anger regulation issues)
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependency or supporting a loved one with addiction
  • Early Psychosis
  • Eating issues or eating disorders
  • Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)
  • Spiritual-related health and wellness
  • Self-care and supervision for mental health professionals

Outside of work I love to dance, enjoy music, animals and the beach. I strive to live with gratitude and mindfulness to appreciate the small things in life. The most important thing to me is living a spiritual life connecting with family and friends.

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Master of Mental health (Perinatal and Infant, Clinical)
  • Accredited Mental Health Occupational Therapist
  • Bachelor of Health Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Newcastle
  • Credentialed Mentalisation Based Family Therapy provider
Lauren1 (1)

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland

Lauren Beaumont

Mental Health Occupational Therapist

At Little Window on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

Hi, I'm Lauren. I grew up in regional Queensland, where I was fortunate enough to have a close relationship with my cousins. Some of my fondest memories were formed as they pulled prickles from my feet and lay with me beneath the sprinklers in the blistering heat. These relationships and enriched experiences nurtured me and provided me with a sense of comfort and safety. I realised at this early age the significance of supportive relationships and later felt an earnest desire to provide the same warmth and nurturing support to others within a therapeutic space.

I was drawn to studying Occupational Therapy (OT) for the unique and holistic lens through which the person is viewed. ‘Occupations’ are any activity in a person’s day-to-day life that they participate in and find meaningful. A range of therapy strategies are delivered with the intention of allowing clients to overcome barriers and engage fully in all ‘occupations’ despite any injury or illnesses (physical and mental) that they may experience.

Throughout each day, we experience and interpret our world largely through our senses (touch, sound, smell, taste, sight, movement, the pull of gravity and body awareness). Research has shown that people who are experiencing a range of mental health concerns may have difficulties with processing this information through their senses. Therefore, with specific tools and assessments, OT aims to assist clients to understand their ‘sensory’ needs, and identify various ways to self-regulate and self-soothe through simple and effective techniques. Incorporating sensory strategies with talk or creative therapies,can help to calm an anxious mind and body, and ground oneself during times of distress or challenging emotions.

Occupational Therapy considers the whole person, their relationship to their environments (physical and social), their relationship to themselves and others, and their body. OT incorporates expressive therapies, creative therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, self-awareness and self-compassion building techniques, mindfulness based therapy, solution focused therapy, strengths based therapy, play therapies and sensory strategies and interventions.

As a therapist, I work from a place of compassion and openness. I enjoy helping people who are facing a range of mental health concerns and have a particular interest in strengthening an individual’s connection to their physical body, and through this body awareness, reduce the symptoms that arise as a result of their concerns.

Below are a list of my areas of interest and experience:

  • Trauma
  • Complex mental health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Substance use and dependency
  • Stress
  • Grief and Loss
  • Post-traumatic Stress
  • Behavioural difficulties

I believe that every person has within them the strengths, resilience and inner guidance to live a meaningful, rich and balanced life. In this ‘occupation’ that I do each day, I find meaning, and feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to stand alongside my clients as we walk together on their recovery journey.

As we work collaboratively to return to a place of balance, I will focus on you with a holistic lens and tailor techniques and strategies to meet your unique and individual needs. Thank you for reading about me, and I look forward to meeting and working together with you at Little Window.

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland
Amanda

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland

 

Amanda Liew

('she/they')

Client Support and Administration Management

At Little Window on Thursdays & Fridays.

Hello there, I am Amanda.

I am a psychology graduate and therapist in training, with a passion for assisting people to reach their goals. I strive to be a calming and reassuring presence within the therapeutic space. It is my priority to help you feel comfortable, welcomed and truly connected within our practice, as I understand that it can be a daunting process for many people. I wholeheartedly believe that your experiences and emotions are incredibly valid and deserving of time, compassion and nurturing. It is a privilege to be a part of your journey to wellness and I hold your personal details with the utmost respect and confidentiality.

I was drawn to Little Window by the team’s warmth, love and light. You can really feel this in our beautiful therapy rooms too! The people who I work alongside at Little Window amaze me every day with their insight, dedication and high level of care they demonstrate to their clients. It is an inspiring and humbling experience for me as an aspiring Psychologist, and I'm incredibly thankful to be a part of this amazing team.

I love to do the little things in life that make me happy; reconnecting with friends and catching up over dinner or coffee. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies, going for walks in nature, attempting new recipes and swimming. I also love cats. I currently have one cat, and one of my many goals in life is to be surrounded by at least 10!

Thanks for taking the time to read about me. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into Little Window.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland
Ebony1

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Queensland University of Technology)

Ebony Coldrey

Client Support, Administration Management & Creative Marketing Director

At Little Window on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

Hello! My name is Ebony, and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at QUT.

I have always believed strongly in caring for your mental health and wellbeing, which is where I found my ‘calling’ to pursue my goal of one day working as a Psychologist.

I have a warm, nurturing and compassionate personality, and love meeting new people, learning their stories, building connections, and providing support to others. I enjoy conversations and am a great listener.

I resonate with Little Window's holistic therapeutic approach and the service we offer, and enjoy working amongst a team of like-minded people. I also love the beautiful, calming sense you feel when you walk into the practice, and I hope that I support you to experience safety and comfort when you visit us.

When I’m not at work or studying, I enjoy adventuring with my partner, Jake, and my dog, Duke (who you will often see at Little Window), eating delicious food and searching for the best coffee (I can not go past an almond croissant, either). I’m a huge lover of fashion, floral prints, food, and op shops. My other passion is singing and getting creative: two things I really love doing.

When I welcome you to our therapy space, I aim to be a supportive, caring, and understanding presence. I look forward to meeting you, and welcoming you to Little Window.

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Queensland University of Technology)
Amber2

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Griffith University)
  • Currently completing a Masters of Social Work (University of Queensland)

Amber Bleakley

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Hi! I’m Amber.

I have a true love for helping others and I pride myself on my compassionate and calming nature. I will always go above and beyond to ensure that you are feeling comfortable, heard and supported through your whole experience at Little Window.

Growing up within an alternative and holistic environment, I was inevitably drawn to the whole feel of Little Window and how therapy is uniquely approached here. With the high level of care each team member conveys towards clients, and the training and support I am provided as an aspiring Social Worker.

In my spare time, I love to do small things that fill my heart: going to gigs, baking, getting creative, catching up with friends and family, heading to the beach and spending time in nature.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I look forward to welcoming you to Little Window, and sharing with you the warmth and support our therapy space radiates.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Griffith University)
  • Currently completing a Masters of Social Work (University of Queensland)
Kate H1

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Griffith University

Kate Hancock

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Tuesdays & Fridays.

Hello! My name is Kate.

I am an enthusiastic student Occupational Therapist and I feel truly privelged to be a part of the Little Window team, and to play a supportive role in your therapy process.

My personal and professional goal is to ensure those around me feel safe and supported while sharing kindness and respect with all that I interact with. I am warm in nature, accepting of everyone, and cherish the opportunity to share a part in peoples journey to wellbeing.

As a student Occupational Therapist, I value the importance of a holistic approach towards health and understanding the individuality of people and their story. It is encouraging to work in an environment that reflects these values in a supportive and nurturing way. The space at Little Window is inviting and comforting in it’s design, so I hope I can be too in nature.

Outside of work and study, I enjoy long walks on the beach with my dog Luna, who is a very energetic Japanese Spitz! We also enjoy romantic comedies and all types of music!

I look forward to welcoming you into Little Window with kindness and supporting you throughout your therapeutic journey.

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Griffith University.
Sarah1

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Swinburne University)
  • Authorised Wedding Celebrant
  • Reiki Practitioner

Sarah Ekelund Waale

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.

Hi there, I'm Sarah.

I’m incredibly passionate about mental health and wellbeing and have been a reiki practitioner for 9 years. These are just a couple of the reasons I resonate so strongly with the holistic therapeutic approach of Little Window.

I wholeheartedly believe in the impact therapy, insight and growth can have on human beings. Having always had an affinity to the mind and body connection, I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology with the goal of becoming a qualified psychologist.

Initially, Little Window drew me in with the therapeutic approach and holistic philosophy. I've since fallen further in love with its essence and dedication to our clients. The entire team truly create every possible opportunity to ensure each client's journey is supported.

When I'm not at Little Window, I can be found as a wedding celebrant; I adore writing love stories to honour couples who are choosing to spend their lives together.

I love deep philosophical conversations, travel to Italy with my gorgeous husband, Latin dancing, and getting lost in books.

With a cheeky sense of humour I inherited from my family, I do enjoy discovering new comedians and finding the joy and play in life's moments.

I aim to be a warm, intuitive and welcoming energy that supports you as you first enter Little Window, to open up to a peaceful place. I so look forward to meeting you.

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Swinburne University)
  • Authorised Wedding Celebrant
  • Reiki Practitioner
Alice1

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science (University of New England)

Alice Parker

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Hello! My name is Alice. I would describe myself as an empathetic and compassionate person. I’m currently studying psychology; one of my keen interests since a young age, has been about learning to understand what each individual's internal and external experience of the world is. We may all be ‘humans’ but the human mind is one of the most complex and fascinating puzzles and it does not come with instructions.

As a person, I feel aligned with Little Window’s values, and its warm and nurturing space. It is a pleasure for me to work alongside kind and caring individuals with a shared passion and goal.

I have a playful and fun sense of humour paired with a calm temperament, and am a natural people-person. I hope to assist you in feeling comfortable and relaxed before, after and during your visit to Little Window. Mental health is just as important as physical health and I hope to assist in putting your mind at ease during your journey.

In my spare time you will find me climbing curtain fabric (aerial silks) and engaging in circus activities. I like to branch out into hiking trails on the weekends or spend time with my two adorable young nieces who live on the Sunshine Coast. When I’m not studying, I’m watching British comedies or joining my friends at a trivia night (pre-Covid!)

I look forward to greeting you and welcoming you at Little Window.

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science (University of New England)
Ireland1

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Queensland University of Technology)

Ireland Hicks

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Mondays, Wednesdays & Sundays.

Hi there, my name is Ireland.

As a dedicated Psychology student, I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the Little Window family as well as being alongside you throughout your entire therapuetic journey.

I feel that Little Window has a unique environment; it provides a sanctuary, and it feels like you are at home. This sense of safety and comfort is so important when in a counselling space. Alongside this, our therapists are genuine and amazing people.

I believe I reflect the qualities of our practice: I care deeply for others, I am a patient, accepting, respectful person and can reassure our clients that I will always be there to support them throughout their experience at Little Window.

In my spare time, I love to support local music and see as many live gigs as I possibly can - the feeling you get when you are amongst this atmosphere is something I truly treasure. I also have a ginger cat named Saylor who I dedicate most of my time to - he is a cheeky boy who needs a lot of attention.

My not so little collection of indoor plants and op- shop finds are another small obsession of mine.  I also love drinking lots of tea, which is very easy to do at Little Window… the teas we have are endless!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about me. I really look forward to getting to know you.

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Queensland University of Technology)
zumi

Qualifications:

  • Trained therapy dog

Zumi

Therapy Dog

At Little Window with Keira on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

I am gentle, intuitive and calming in nature. I love meeting new people and like to lie at your feet or next to you on the therapy couch. I am especially skilled at comforting people if they are feeling stressed or anxious. Children, teens and adults find interacting with me a soothing experience.

I work in a team with Keira, Little Window's Mental Health Occupational Therapist and Practice Manager. Together we work with people of all ages to help with anxiety, social skills, depression, stress, Autism, sensory difficulties, ADHD, and confidence and self-esteem building.

Qualifications:

  • Trained therapy dog

Bookings

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