Our Team

Our team of professional and highly skilled practitioners have extensive Counselling and Psychology experience, 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 therapists are fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) and regulated by the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc. (AAPi) or the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

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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 and styles, 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.

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 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.

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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

Available for appointments on Fridays.

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

Available for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays.

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 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, an introvert, a nature and animal 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
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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 Psychologist

Available for appointments Mondays - Thursdays.

I am a warm, compassionate and caring therapist who believes a holistic approach to mental wellbeing is the key to change. My aim is to create a safe environment, where people are able to explore their concerns and experiences, while being supported to move forward. I am gentle, yet intentional and practical in my approach and have a deep respect for the courage it takes to engage in the counselling process.

I work from an attachment-based methodology, meaning I deeply and meaningfully connect with my clients. I celebrate and place great value on the unique qualities of the individual and will tailor the counselling approach to meet your needs. I will listen to your story with respect, openness and a willingness to be with you during each stage of your journey, at a pace that works for you. I am trained in therapies that adopt mindfulness, self-compassion, kindness and values as part of their processes and integrate solution focused and narrative approaches into my practice. 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 anxiety and depression, stress and coping, grief and loss, domestic and family violence, relationship concerns, parenting, addictions and substance misuse. I enjoy working with people at transitional stages in their lives, such as young people facing the challenges of high school, becoming a parent, changing family dynamics, those considering career changes, moving into retirement or experiencing life impacting health conditions. Having worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults and families who have experienced trauma, I have a deep understanding of how our brain responds to these experiences. Neuropsychology tells us through creating a safe and trusting therapeutic environment, that we are able to influence change at the neural level, whereby new patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving can emerge, at any stage of life.

The counselling space provides an opportunity to nurture your wellbeing, explore your potential, tap into your wisdom and regain a sense of self. It is my privilege to be alongside you as you connect to your values and move towards a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.

 

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
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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

Available for appointments Mondays - 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, gentle, warm and welcoming 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)
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Qualifications:

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

Anne Moorhouse

Psychologist

Available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

As a psychologist, I enjoy working collaboratively and compassionately with individuals, couples and families. My personality is warm, calming 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 child, 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 (Hons)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Training and Development
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Qualifications:

  • Professional Member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA), since 1988.

  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Professional Member of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), since 2013.

  • Masters of Social Work, QUT, 2013.

  • Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1984.

  • Research Masters in Art Therapy (which focused on eating issues in young women), UWS, 2005.

  • Facilitator of 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching, and Engaging Adolescents Parenting programs.

    I have also had a number of chapters and articles published in art therapy books and journals.

Claire Edwards

Art Therapist and Mental Health Social Worker

Available for appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Hi, my name is Claire, and I’m an art therapist and mental health social worker. I offer you a safe, comfortable space in which to explore your inner and outer worlds at your own pace. One of my key strengths as a therapist is to support you to feel at ease, and to trust in the process. The desire for change in individuals often occurs at a times of great upheaval, which can be overwhelming and scary. It also holds the opportunity for new growth and development. For example, when there is discomfort in our lives, we can sometimes feel stuck, and unable to make changes. Despite the discomfort, we can learn to gradually move through the challenges and bring further meaning to our lives. We often require courage, support, and empathic connections with others to help us through these difficult times. I endeavour to facilitate this process. I bring a creative, connected, and compassionate response to your unique story.

To share a bit about me: I’m from the South West of England, and I’ve lived in Brisbane for almost 30 years, since migrating with my young family. I have had the privilege of working with children, young people, adults and families for almost 35 years. As a child, I experienced some difficult times. I was shy and anxious, and often felt uncomfortable talking about my feelings. As I was good at hiding how I felt, and was usually well-behaved, nobody guessed that I was struggling.

Over time, I learned some useful coping skills, and made peace with my worried brain. The coping skills I learned were actually things that I naturally loved to do, such as drawing and reading. I also loved being in nature and as a child I enjoyed walks on Dartmoor, (which is ancient high country in Devon, littered with stone age hut circles and granite outcrops), swimming in rivers and trips to the beach. These activities seemed simple but at the same time they were a powerful way to help me to calm down and feel better.

What appealed to me about art therapy, then and now, was the opportunity to combine my love of art and working with people, in a therapeutic space rather than an artist’s studio. Art therapy provides a safe, creative, therapeutic space where people can explore their inner and outer worlds.

Being an art therapist does not mean I expect all my clients to make art. Art therapy is not for everyone, and I am also comfortable with a purely verbal approach, i.e. talking. However, I offer clients, both children and adults, the option of ‘having a go’ at some form of creative expression. So, if you do come and see me, we could consider the possibility that engaging in a creative activity may help do one of the following:

o   Provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience

o   Help with finding alternative means of expressing feelings

o   Open up new avenues of communication in your relationships

o   Enable some distance and objectivity from the problem

o   Provide an opportunity to develop insight and self-awareness

o   Encourage a calmer, more mindful approach to life

Luckily, art therapy does not require clients to have any art skills whatsoever. Art therapy can take many forms, from using an HB pencil, or sewing soft toys, to splashing acrylic paint onto a large canvas, or pounding a slab of clay. If this appeals, I can help you find a form of art-making which works for you. It can be fun, relaxing and surprisingly less anxiety-provoking than verbal therapy, once you get over the barrier of thinking ‘but I’m not an artist…’

I believe strongly that regardless of our specific training as therapists, the relationship and trust we build with our clients is the key to long-lasting progress and growth in the counselling process. I wholeheartedly engage in supporting my clients in the relaxed and enriched environment of Little Window, which is a non-judgmental, open, and nurturing space.

I am creative and open when working with clients. I tailor my approach to meet individual needs, and regularly seek feedback. As a ‘second generation’ Art Therapist (my dad was also an art therapist) and Mental Health Social Worker, I have had many extraordinary experiences, including working with individuals and groups in hospitals in London and Brisbane, in community-based services, and in private practice. The stories I have witnessed support my belief that safety, respect, and a holistic and collaborative approach are powerful ways to create change, growth and fulfilment.

Some of the approaches I use in my practice are as follows:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment Theory and Neuropsychotherapy (therapy informed by our knowledge of the brain, and understanding how significant early relationships affect our emotional and cognitive development)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Filial Therapy (strengthening attachments by working with parent and child together)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and other Mindfulness approaches
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy

My special areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Alcohol and drug dependency
  • Grief and trauma
  • Eating issues
  • Parenting
  • Working with children, young people and families
  • Managing unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Self-care and supervision for mental health professionals

As well as working at Little Window, I also lecture and tutor students on a Masters program (Masters of Mental Health – Art Therapy at University of Queensland) which I co-established in 2004, where I enjoy the  challenge of training future art therapists.

There is always more to learn about this business of being human. I have sought to continually improve my knowledge and skills through ongoing professional training. In addition, I have learned from many wonderful colleagues and also, most importantly, from many courageous and inspiring clients.

I look forward to meeting you at Little Window.

Qualifications:

  • Professional Member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA), since 1988.

  • Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Professional Member of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), since 2013.

  • Masters of Social Work, QUT, 2013.

  • Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1984.

  • Research Masters in Art Therapy (which focused on eating issues in young women), UWS, 2005.

  • Facilitator of 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching, and Engaging Adolescents Parenting programs.

    I have also had a number of chapters and articles published in art therapy books and journals.

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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)
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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

Available for appointments on Wednesdays & Thursdays.

As your therapist, 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 therapy interventions into our therapeutic conversations.

The research tells us that the most important predictor of positive change is the quality  of the relationship between the client and therapist. It is with this in mind, that I use both my personal and professional experiences to help ensure that commencing therapy together feels like a comfortable and safe fit for you. As a human being, I love connecting to other people and learning about different ways of life; as a therapist I’m fascinated by your unique story.  I’m warm, enthusiastic and am passionate about thinking outside the box to draw from your individual interests and strengths into each therapy session.  I believe that when people feel well within themselves, life has infinite possibilities, and I’m excited to help you discover yours.

My areas of interest are broad, but include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Behavioural and conduct concerns
  • Anger and aggression
  • School refusal
  • Substance use
  • Self-harm
  • 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 which means I will draw from different modalities, based on what we decide will resonate most with you personally.  Having completed post graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, I’m well versed in many evidence based modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness based therapies, compassion based therapies, expressive therapies, Interpersonal Therapy and Social Cognition and Interaction Therapy.  Ultimately, as much as the research might guide us, you are the expert in your own experiences and the approach we will take will be tailored to your own unique needs.

I have developed and delivered seminars for parents in a school setting, worked with adults experiencing psychosis in a government residential facility and participated in programs developed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s education. Additionally, I have worked with sexually abused children with an NGO, spent time as a teacher’s assistant in mainstream and special education classrooms, and spent a month volunteering in Zimbabwe on a teaching and orphanage project.

I was born and raised in a small country town, am a mother to a loving (but naughty) Jack Russell and I would be honoured be a part of your own journey towards any possibility you imagine for yourself.  I look forward to meeting you at Little Window soon.

 

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.
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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

Available for appointments on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.

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)
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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

Available for appointments 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 genuine, 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
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Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Neurofeedback Certification, Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, Pending
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, Australian Catholic University
  • Master of Counselling, University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Bond University
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science, Monash University

Nikki Gunatilake

Psychologist

Available for appointments on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

Hello, I’m Nikki.

I am approachable, non-judgemental, gentle and caring. When you connect with me, you will find me to be a sincere and warm person. I am genuinely interested in your journey and life story and I will help you to explore your truth, your world, your values, and your strengths, in a safe, nurturing and respectful space. I firmly believe that you are the expert in your own life, with me being your support and safe base. I bring many years of experience working with people who have experienced trauma, and the foundation I work from stems from a humanistic and neurobiological perspective. I strive to achieve meaningful outcomes while developing new insights into your life and story, and have a special interest in helping you unlock, access and learn from your body’s wisdom.

I have worked in a number of community-based, not-for-profit and clinical organisations supporting children and their families. This includes working with children and families impacted by domestic and family violence, children who have experienced abuse and neglect, children and adolescents within the child protection system and children in schools. In my work with children, I am playful, curious and creative. I feel privileged to join children in their creative, often symbolic worlds to support them to express, regulate, communicate, practice and master new skills.

I draw from an eclectic blend of approaches including Person-Centred Theory, attachment theory, developmental theory, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused therapies, Child-Centred Play Therapy, expressive therapies and Neuropsychotherapy. I take an integrative approach, where I work with you to determine how to make counselling positive and valuable for you. Neuroscience has taught me that our memories are experiences are not just within the confines of our mind; it is felt and remembered throughout our bodies. As a result, I am passionate about approaches such as Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability training, to tap into your body through your nervous system.

My areas of interest include:

  • Childhood issues
  • Parenting and attachment
  • Developmental trauma
  • Complex trauma
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Domestic and family violence

My current training includes working with children using play-based and expressive therapies, attachment theory, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neurofeedback Therapy, and Neuropsychotherapy. I am currently engaging in further training in the areas of Compassion-Focused Therapy.

I believe that counselling is a space for reflection and recovery, for finding your inner wisdom and an opportunity to nurture your sense of self and wellbeing. I look forward to joining you in your journey and welcoming you into Little Window.

Qualifications:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Neurofeedback Certification, Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, Pending
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, Australian Catholic University
  • Master of Counselling, University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Bond University
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science, Monash University
Bernadette

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

Available for appointments 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 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

zumi

Qualifications:

  • Trained Therapy Dog

Zumi

Therapy Dog

Available for appointments with Keira on Mondays - 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
psychology student

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland

Amanda Liew

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Thursdays & Fridays.

Hello there, I am Amanda.

I am a recent 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
ebony

Qualifications:

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

Ebony Coldrey

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday mornings.

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

I have been passionate about mental health and wellbeing for a very long time, which is where I found my ‘calling’ to pursue my goal of one day working as a Psychologist.

I have a 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 was drawn to Little Window as I resonate with the holistic therapeutic approach the service offers, 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, going to the beach and visiting beautiful rain forests. I’m a huge lover of fashion, floral prints, food, and op shops. My other passion is singing. I am part of an acoustic duo and we perform at weddings, events and do some regular gigging here and there which I absolutely 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)
psychology student

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Griffith University)

Amber Bleakley

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays.

Hi! I’m Amber.

As a passionate and dedicated Psychology student, it is my honour to take care of you through your whole experience with Little Window. 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.

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 Psychologist, I am truly honoured and forever grateful to be a part of this team.

In my spare time, I love to do small things that fill my heart: catching up with friends and family, heading to the beach and spending time in nature. I have a serious passion for food and travelling the world, eating my way through countries and life-long learning.

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:

  • Currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Griffith University)
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Qualifications:

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

Kate Hancock

Client Support & Administration Management

At Little Window on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings.

Hello! My name is Kate.

I am a passionate student Occupational Therapist and I am truly honoured to be a part of the Little Window team, and a part of 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.

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