Follow The Sun Psychology
"No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn."
Lisa J. Atkinson
Grad Dip (Psychology). Post Grad Dip (Psychology).
Psychologist With General Registration (PSY0001970535). MAPS
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, supporting survivors of institutionalised sexual abuse, on-site psychological support at a Central Queensland coal mine and working in rural community health clinics (Central Queensland).
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 have a particular interest in helping clients who have suffered different types of trauma, including complex relational trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence and who, understandably, experience difficulties in interpersonal relationships.
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.
Things to consider before booking an appointment
Lisa is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, please be aware that FTS is part of a multi-disciplinary wellness clinic (The New Farm Wellness Centre) used by several other independent businesses and their clients. As FTS shares a reception area and bathroom with these other businesses, it is possible that you may come into contact with people who may be unvaccinated. The New Farm Wellness Centre reception area allows for social distancing and, currently, mask wearing is required upon entry. Hand sanitiser is also available at the reception desk and in Lisa's consulting rooms.
Please be aware that Lisa may be treating individuals that aren't fully vaccinated (e.g., children). Both the reception area and the consulting rooms allow for social distancing during session and you are welcome to wear masks if you wish (or otherwise mandated by a Queensland Government Health Directive). Hand sanitiser is available in the consulting rooms and Lisa cleans the space between appointments.
Assess your risk
If you choose to attend appointments in person it is important to acknowledge the risk of potentially coming into contact with a person infected with Covid-19. If you choose to attend in person, you recognise that neither Lisa nor Follow The Sun Psychology is liable should you become infected with COVID-19 due to attending in person. You can choose to move any/all appointments to telehealth (via Zoom) or a walk and talk session. If you are identified as a close contact of a person who has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have cold or flu like symptoms, a telehealth appointment should be attended instead of a face-to-face session (regardless of vaccination status). Likewise, a telehealth appointment may be necessary if Lisa is identified as a close contact and/or develops cold or flu like symptoms.
Telehealth and Walk and Talk: an alternative to office-based sessions
If you don't feel comfortable attending a face-to-face session in the office, Lisa also offers telehealth and 'walk and talk' sessions. Teleheath counselling allows you to work with Lisa conveniently from your home/office via virtual means (i.e., Zoom), while also giving you the face-to-face interaction you would get in an in-person therapy session. Walk and Talk counselling allows you to talk with Lisa while walking outdoors rather than sitting down in chairs in the office. Walking side by side rather than sitting face to face may feel more comfortable for you when discussing difficult topics. However, walking isn’t a must, sitting down somewhere in nature is also an option.
What I can offer
I am currently accepting new clients at the New Farm Wellness Centre and the waiting time for an appointment is reasonably short (e.g., 1-2 weeks). I'm also currently offering 'walk and talk' sessions out of the office in outdoor setting in the greater Brisbane area. These outdoor sessions are typically scheduled in the early morning (starting at 7am) and afternoons (last session starting at 6pm) to dodge the heat and humidity of the Brissie climate.
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 $88.25 applies if you have a current mental health care plan. Your rebate amount may be higher if you've reached the Medicare threshold for the year). 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 $110.80 applies if you have a current mental health care plan. Your rebate amount may be higher if you've reached the Medicare threshold for the year). 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.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: office-based sessions from 8am - 7pm (last session time starting at 6pm) at the New Farm Wellness Centre (187 James Street, New Farm).
Thursdays: reserved for telehealth and Walk and Talk sessions from 7am to 7pm (last sessions tarting at 6pm).
Walk and Talk sessions: these sessions are held in the mornings and afternoons in nature reserves, parks and natural settings at a mutually agreed location. Session times extend 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.