YOUR PSYCHOLOGISTS

Platinum Health Group Psychologists

Platinum Health Group has five independent Psychologists operating within its facilities, to extend your Patient Healthcare options beyond the extensive General Practice activities.

David Else

Clinical Psychologist

David was born and raised in Western Australia where he completed an Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Western Australia in Perth in 1996. He moved to Qld to complete a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology through the USQ and worked in elite swimming during the lead up to the Sydney Olympics.

 

Seeking a broader base of work experience he ventured into more clinical roles before heading overseas to play cricket in England and travel various parts of the globe. Returning to Qld in 2007, he established a private practice working with both clinical and sport clients.

 

More recently, David has worked with returning veterans here and in Canada helping them with the adjustment back into civilian life. David has a number of areas of special interest including obsessive related conditions, performance, trauma, relationship based issues, and how judgements of our own abilities affect performance in sport, work and life.

 

David completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in 2015 where he investigated aspects of men’s relationship health. He currently works 2 days per week in Brisbane with the Qld Bulls cricket team, and 3 days per week in his practice with Platinum.

Karen Reid

Clinical Psychologist

Karen was born and raised in South Africa.  She is married with two adult children and immigrated to Australia in 2003.  Karen originally qualified as an early years teacher and then specialised in Specific Learning Difficulties.  This was followed by both Honours and Masters degrees in Educational Psychology and then ten years later while in Australia a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland.

 

For thirty five years Karen has been actively involved with the assessment of children experiencing a variety of problems whether intellectual, academic, AD/HD, autism, behavioural or with emotional challenges.  Assessment has been dovetailed with the design of intervention strategies to address the particular difficulties that children experience including the design of a website www.educationalsupport.com.au to provide children with an evidence based literacy intervention program.

 

After originally working as a classroom teacher, Karen then worked as the Director of a multi-disciplinary team of therapists involved in the assessment and design of intervention programs for children. Karen’s research interests have also been focussed on Cognitive Assessments and the design of intervention programs for children.  For her involvement in literacy Karen was in October 2014 awarded the Sam Power commendation award for excellence in the field of literacy by the Australian College of Educators (ACE), in association with the English teachers Association of Queensland (ETAQ) and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA).

 

While in the role as the Professional Development Co-ordinator for the local branch of the Australian Psychological Society (2015 - 2016) Karen worked at providing training opportunities for local psychologists in Schema, EMDR and arranging international speakers in the field of Learning Difficulties.

 

Since January 2009, Karen has been involved in private Practice work based at the St Andrew Medical Centre working with both children and adults.  The main therapeutic models used are CBT, ACT, Narrative, Schema and EMDR.  A particular interest and speciality is trauma and the therapeutic model of Eye Movement and Desensitisation (EMDR) as an intervention approach. 

Sari Silvonen

Psychologist

Sari was born in Finland and migrated to Australia as a child. Local to the Highfields area Sari has worked in a range of positions within the health care industry.

Sari was a registered nurse and midwife for many years and gradually moved across to work in mental health care. In 2009, she completed her degree in Psychology through the University of Southern Queensland. Sari has since worked in both the public and private sectors of mental health.

She works with a diverse range of clients, using evidence-based therapies to provide confidential therapeutic interventions for adults. She treats patients suffering from conditions including stress and anxiety, difficulty adjusting to life challenges, chronic health concerns, grief and loss, mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, sleep problems as well as confidence and self esteem issues.

The main therapeutic models used by Sari are:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT),

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT),

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT),

Trauma focused CBT,

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR),

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and

Mindfulness.

Sari works from Village Medical Centre in Highfields and consults on Tuesdays, Fridays and alternate Saturday mornings.

Jennifer Smith

Psychologist

Jennifer attained her Honours degree in Psychology after four years of study at the University of Southern Queensland followed by two years of practical experience in the Australian Capital Territory Education Department.

Jennifer enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults and has a genuine desire to assist those seeking help.   She has experience treating a range of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, anger, panic attacks, self-harm, adjustment issues, grief, relationship problems, learning difficulties, school-refusal and trauma.

 

Working from a client centred approach with evidence based treatments, Jennifer uses a range of focused psychological strategies; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Therapy, Neuropsychotherapy, Psycho-education and other creative modes of practice.

Jennifer is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

 

Brooke Tumbers

Clinical Psychologist - BBSc. Post Grad Dip Psych. MPsych. Board Approved Supervisor (STAP)

Areas of practice: Brooke has worked both within the Public and Private health sectors; with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. She provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Self-Harm, Sleep Difficulties, Managing Emotions, Adjustment Difficulties and Personality Disorders. Brooke specializes in the assessment and treatment of Trauma, PTSD, Sexual Assault/Abuse.

 

Brooke provides various treatment approaches, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Trauma Informed Psychological Therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

 

Billing and Appointments: Brooke offers Medicare, Private Health Fund and self-pay options. If you have a current Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, you will be able to claim a $124.50 Medicare rebate for appointments. Appointments are currently offered on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

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Platinum Health Group Doctors are all leaders in their chosen fields and very highly qualified.  To help our Patients to understand the professional terminology, we have included the Qualifications Key below to recognise what the letters after our Doctor's name mean and the practicing certifications that they hold. 

 

FRACGP - Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

FARGP - Fellow of the Advanced Rural General Practice

MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Major

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