Meet our team
Amanda Hansen is a registered psychologist who is passionate about helping people explore difficulties and enact positive change. She approaches therapy from a position of warmth, empathy, and collaboration. Amanda gained her initial registration in 2007 and feels privileged to share in people’s journey of self-awareness and healing.
For the last 8 years, Amanda has been working in a clinical private practice setting assisting individuals overcome trauma and emotional suffering. In addition to individual therapy, Amanda provides relationship therapy to couples looking to improve intimacy and connection within their relationship. As a result of Amanda’s training and experience working with trauma, she is particularly interested in assisting couples to overcome relationship difficulties relating to attachment difficulties, childhood trauma, and symptoms of dissociation.
Amanda’s approach is trauma-informed and draws on Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), therapies for Structural Dissociation, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Dr Catherine HynesPhD, Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Member AAPI, Psychology Board of Australia Accredited Supervisor, EMDR Accredited Consultant
Catherine is a clinical psychologist whose therapeutic work is focused on developing a holistic understanding of the challenges a person is facing. She collaborates with each person to develop a collaborative therapy that will get to the heart of the matter and resolve difficulties in a lasting way. She works on enhancing self knowledge, personal strengths and resilience, and on developing greater wellbeing by learning skills, changing behaviour, and resolving past concerns.
Before qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Catherine studied philosophy and neuroscience. Both of these disciplines remain keen interests of her hers, and they continue to inform her therapeutic practice. Catherine is continually seeking consistent, relevant and well-researched wisdom to apply to the challenges of existence.
Catherine’s therapies are trauma informed, and she draws on EMDR Therapy, Schema Therapy, therapies for Structural Dissociation, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and CBT for her treatments.
Bianca is a psychologist with experience in both the public and private sectors working with a variety of mental health concerns including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse and personality disorders. Bianca has a particular interest in working with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, addictions and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Bianca uses a variety of evidence-based interventions including Dialectical Behavioural-informed Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, therapies for Structural Dissociation and Schema Focused Therapy. Bianca enjoys working together with clients to reduce their vulnerabilities to painful emotions, increase their skills to be able to regulate their own emotions, process and heal from their trauma and improve skills for communicating effectively with others.
Bianca has completed postgraduate studies, undertaking her PhD research with Indigenous communities in Australia and Mexico. Bianca is currently undertaking her Masters of Clinical Psychology.
Professional Memberships: Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi), EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA).
Ainsley is a registered psychologist who helps people learn to reclaim their lives after psychological trauma, emotional suffering or goal frustration. She hopes to inspire people to seek, understand and trust in their strengths and inner personal wisdom.
After university Ainsley pursued a role in a Corporate Environment. After several years however her natural curiosity, and connection to people and their personal struggles prevailed. Over the past eight years her work has moved into a clinical private practice setting, offering integrative psychotherapy solutions to individuals, professionals, teams and organisations.
Ainsley is passionate about working with adult clients to identify, explore and address the factors which are frustrating them in their attempts to achieve their work, family and life goals. Her approach is trauma-informed and draws upon such therapeutic modalities as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy; therapies for structural dissociation; Mindfulness; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Dr Sarah SwannellPhD, MAPS, Registered Psychologist DBT and DBT-PE Intensively Trained, EMDR Clinician STAP Supervisor, UQ Academic Title Holder
Sarah commenced her psychology career in research, working as Senior Researcher in the Discipline of Psychiatry at The University of Queensland from 2005-2014. She commenced clinical work in 2009 and completed her PhD in 2013. Over the past 13 years Sarah has worked clinically in private practice, community mental health, and public and private hospitals with both outpatients and inpatients. Sarah is skilled in addressing a wide range of difficulties among clients across all age groups, as well as working with individuals, families and couples, and she has extensive experience facilitating groups
Sarah currently works as Senior Psychologist at Nundah Community Mental Health and she is the DBT Coordinator for the Prince Charles Hospital. She is Chief Investigator on a multisite research project investigating the effectiveness of DBT Skills Modules across five large hospitals in South East Queensland and is Coordinator of the Brisbane North Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Mental Health Professionals’ Network. She holds an Academic Title of Lecturer at The University of Queensland.
In her private practice, Sarah works from a trauma informed approach, primarily utilising Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and the theory of structural dissociation. Sarah is in the last year of a Master of Clinical Psychology.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her two young children, running, cycling, reading, drinking good coffee, reading true crime and watching quality tv.