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Follow The Sun Psychology

 
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"No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn."

Maya Angelou

 

Welcome

Lisa J. Atkinson
B.Com. LLB.
Grad Dip (Psychology). Post Grad Dip (Psychology). 
Psychologist With General Registration (PSY0001970535). MAPS

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Once upon a time I was a corporate tax professional and spent nine years working for large professional services firms in Australia and the United Kingdom. I left the corporate world in 2009 and discovered my true passion and life purpose whilst working for a charity dedicated to the sustainable development of indigenous communities throughout Latin America. During my time in Latin America I developed an interest in trauma, holistic forms of healing (including the utilisation of natural outdoor settings for therapy) and human connection as a powerful vehicle for change, growth and healing. 

As an AHPRA-registered psychologist, I integrate empirically validated psychological theories and clinical frameworks with a client-centred, kind and compassionate approach. I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic approaches, interpersonal therapy, attachment-focused approaches, strength-based therapy and mindfulness. 

I'm experienced in providing services in a broad range of settings including community based legal centres (supporting refugees), outreach support services (supporting vulnerable communities), residential aged care, rehabilitation for domestic violence offenders, supporting survivors of institutionalised sexual abuse seek redress from churches, on-site psychological support at a Central Queensland coal mine and working in rural community health clinics. 

I work with adults, adolescents and children presenting with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, adjustment issues related to life transitions, emotional, social and behavioural concerns,

personality vulnerabilities, trauma, addiction and LGBTQ+ related issues. I having a particular interest in helping clients who have suffered different types of trauma, including complex relational trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence and whom experience difficulties in interpersonal relationships.

 
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The FTS Approach

Engaging in therapy, especially for the first time, can stir up different feelings, including nervousness, anxiety, vulnerability and perhaps even scepticism or cynicism. These are perfectly normal and relatable human reactions to seeking help with difficult challenges in life. In Lisa you'll find a calm, warm and thoughtful psychologist who will offer you a safe and non-judgemental space where you can be heard, respected and understood. Lisa is also passionate about bringing interested clients back to nature in her 'walk and talk' sessions, utilising the power of the natural world to foster mindfulness and presence.


Lisa will look beyond limiting diagnostic labels and curiously engage with you as a whole person. Lisa's primary goal is to assist you to develop psychological, emotional and behavioural self mastery and foster the belief you can recover and heal by finding, following and trusting the guiding light within. 

 
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Services

What I can offer

I am currently accepting new clients in Brisbane on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at the New Farm Wellness Centre. I'm also currently offering 'walk and talk' sessions out of the office in outdoor setting in the greater Brisbane area. I currently have a short waiting period for new clients.

I offer individual counselling to adults, adolescents and children using best practice, evidenced based approaches. 

Standard Individual 50 minute psychology consultation (in the office): $160.00 (a Medicare rebate of $87.45 applies if you have a current mental health care plan. Some private health insurers also offer a rebate for psychology services).

Walk and talk 50 minute psychology consultation (held in a mutually agreed outside location): $160 (a Medicare rebate of $109.85 applies if you have a current mental health care plan. Some private health insurers also offer a rebate for psychology services).

COVID-19 Telehealth sessions: same cost as face to face sessions.

Reports: Medico-legal reporting is not provided. If you require a short report and it is within the scope of practice, the fee will be $160.00 per hour to write the report.  

Letters: Brief letters of attendance may be provided at no cost during the time of your consultation. Please mention if this is required at the beginning of the session.

Cancellation policy: The session may be cancelled with at least 36 hours’ notice without charge. If the session is cancelled between 36 and 24 hours’ notice, a cancellation fee of $80 will be payable. If the session is cancelled (or not attended without prior notice) with less than 24 hours’ notice, the full session fee of $160 is payable.

 
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Office Hours

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays: operating from the New Farm Wellness Centre. I offer office-based sessions from 8am - 7pm (last session time starting at 6pm).


Tuesdays and Thursdays: Walk and talk sessions in nature reserves, parks and natural settings at a mutually agreed location. I offer outdoor sessions from 7am - 6pm (last session time starting at 5pm), subject to weather conditions.

If you are unwell, have been unwell or have been in contact with people who are unwell or under any kind of stay order, please only use the Telehealth service offering.

 

Contact Me

The New Farm Wellness Centre, 187 James Street, New Farm, QLD

Phone: 0413 555 326

Fax: 07 3811 2956

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