Our Team

We have nine local Springfield Lakes Psychologists here at The Rosy Room psychology practice, who provide counselling for adults, adolescents, children, families and couples.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Health Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from The University of Queensland
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Health) from the University of Queensland
  • Currently completing my International Trainer Certification in Applied Mindfulness through The Australian Institute of Applied Mindfulness

Jessica Edkins - Health Psychologist

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Health Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from The University of Queensland
  • Master of Applied Psychology (Health) from the University of Queensland
  • Currently completing my International Trainer Certification in Applied Mindfulness through The Australian Institute of Applied Mindfulness

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to stop by. I guess you’re here because something in life doesn’t feel great at the moment. Firstly, good on you for recognising and owning that. Secondly, take a deep breath… help is on the way.

My name is Jessica and I am the owner of The Rosy Room. I am super passionate about caring for people and working alongside my clients to help achieve wellness. It is the biggest privilege to do this kind of work and I feel very honoured to sit with my clients and witness tales of utter strength and resilience. Sitting in the raw, juicy, real, human stuff is my thing and I invite you to join me in that, if it so calls you.

My therapeutic approach is very warm, personable and human centred. You are not your symptoms or condition. You are a human with your strengths and challenges. My work with you is about highlighting habits that are not serving you and energising action that will propel you into the place you truly belong.

I draw on skills through a wide range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Shema Focussed Therapy and my favourite of all Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy. You come in as the expert in your life and I join you on your journey of growth as the expert in psychotherapy, and together we find your edge, your patterns, your calling, and what feels like home to you.

I work with adult clients over the age of 18, and I am experienced to treat a wide variety of mental health conditions and concerns including, but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Disordered Eating, trauma, grief, relationship distress, body image Issues, self-esteem issues, Health Anxiety, and Perinatal Depression and Anxiety. However, you do not need to have a mental illness to see me, you might just be lost or stuck and in need of some guidance (or a gentle push). I can help you to find time in your life to fit in what’s important, to mend or leave an unhealthy relationship, to find courage to pursue your dreams, to create a healthy relationship with food and your body, or to transition into a new role such as motherhood. No problem is too big or too small.

My absolute favourite areas to work in are-

  1. self-esteem and confidence in women– developing self-love and acceptance, learning boundaries and assertive communication skills, kicking perfectionism to the curb. 
  2. Perinatal health– all things pregnancy and baby related from fertility issues to pregnancy grief and loss, perinatal depression and anxiety, adjusting to the new role of motherhood and finding balance.
  3. Managing Health, weight and body image issues- creating a healthy relationship with food and your body through self-compassion, mindful eating and nourishing movement.

If this calls you, you’re ready. Let’s begin the work. It might be tough, but trust me, going inwards and doing the work is worth it.

 

 

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Member of the Australian Psychology Society (MPS)
  • Fellow, College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCP)
  • Committee Member – Queensland College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP) (APS)
  • Board-Approved Supervisor
  • Registrar Program Principal Supervisor (Clinical)
  • Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg
  • Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Industrial Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg
  • Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland

Dr Graham du Plessis - Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Member of the Australian Psychology Society (MPS)
  • Fellow, College of Clinical Psychologists (FCCP)
  • Committee Member – Queensland College of Clinical Psychologists (CCLP) (APS)
  • Board-Approved Supervisor
  • Registrar Program Principal Supervisor (Clinical)
  • Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg
  • Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Industrial Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg
  • Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland

Hi, my name is Graham and I am pleased to be a member of the Rosy Room team. I have been a practising psychologist for over 10 years, both in South Africa and Australia. I am interested in many areas of psychology, and have worked in a range of settings including private practice, consulting, the public health care sector, and universities. As a university lecturer I have been involved with the training of clinical psychology students and interns.

I enjoy working with a range of clients, particularly adult men and women who are facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, loss and grief.  I am passionate about living well and developing psychological strengths.  Much of my work is grounded in the field of evidence-based positive psychology which identifies and grows psychological strengths in order to bolster individuals’ ability to manage challenges and to thrive. I believe that challenges are an opportunity for growth and development, and am interested in not only helping my clients overcome the difficulties they are facing but also in helping them to use these difficulties to become their most authentic selves.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Queensland

Dr Louise Williams - Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Queensland

I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience in treating psychological conditions across the lifespan. I have worked in research, consultation-liaison, and clinical settings, and provide treatment primarily to children, adults, and families.

I completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland. I hold general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) with endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist.   I am a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and a Member of the Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Ltd (AACBT).

I have an interest in working with infants, children and their parents, and in perinatal and postnatal mental health. 

My areas of experience include assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, assessment and treatment of behavioural problems/concerns, cognitive assessments, parenting concerns, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and bullying.

I use cognitive-behavioural therapy with a mix of compassion, creativity and fun to connect with clients and to encourage them to make positive change.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology, QUT
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, UQ
  • Trained and experienced in conducting cognitive assessments

Marnize Verreynne - Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology, QUT
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, UQ
  • Trained and experienced in conducting cognitive assessments

Hi, my name is Marnize and I am a part of the wonderful team of psychologists at The Rosy Room. I work with people across all age groups, but my area of passion is working with children, teenagers and their parents to help manage life’s difficult stages and events. One of the great privileges of working with young people is that they are so resilient and with the right help and support, are able to change their trajectory to lead more positive and fulfilling lives.

With all my clients I take the time to build a strong therapeutic relationship so that I can provide a space that is safe and empathetic where they can process and work through their struggles and feel empowered through greater understanding of their experiences and greater coping skills.

My areas of experience and interest include:

  1. Emotional struggles – this includes anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem and coping with bullying or relationship struggles. I provide clients with a space to freely express their emotions and work with them to build coping skills to help them manage their thoughts and feelings, to increase their resilience and confidence, and to rediscover the things that help them feel happy, calm and fulfilled. When working with children I often use tools such as drawing, games or books to make the sessions more engaging and relatable.
  2. SelfHarm – this is increasingly becoming the coping method that young people are turning to when they feel overwhelmed by their circumstances or emotions. My role is to help young people feel comfortable and heard. I then help them to find ways of understanding and coping with their emotions that will leave them feeling less overwhelmed and more in control.
  3. Behaviour difficulties – this includes defiance, temper tantrums and difficulty controlling anger. I work with the client to understand their emotions and the impact of their actions on themselves and others. I then help them to learn skills to regulate their emotions and to express them in more helpful ways that will improve both their experiences and that of those around them. In addition, I work with parents on how best to manage their child’s behaviours and to manage their own emotions and reactions, such that they can feel more calm and in control of their home environment.
  4. Developmental disorders – this includes Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Intellectual Impairment, Learning Disorders and Tic Disorders. I work with both the child and the parent to understand the symptoms and effects of the disorder and the strengths of the child that can be used to develop skills and to facilitate greater coping and quality of life. I also liaise with schools to assist them in how best to support the child within the classroom.
  5. Body Image & Eating disorders – I work with girls and women across the lifespan who are struggling with their body image, have the urge to overeat, restrict their eating or engage in over exercising or purging. I help women to form a healthier relationship with their bodies and with food and to feel more comfortable and happy within themselves.
  6. Cognitive Assessments – We currently use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V) to assess children’s strengths and weaknesses across different areas of intelligence. This can assist with recommendations for specific modifications to support children’s learning, developmental, psychological and behavioural needs. We can also use this assessment in conjunction with other behavioural and developmental questionnaires to inform diagnoses of various disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder & ADHD.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full Registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Linda Clifton - Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications and Training

  • Full Registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

It is my pleasure to meet you and join with you in therapy. From wherever you have come, wherever you are right now, and wherever you are going, you are welcome here. The therapeutic relationship that we will create is a trusted space for you to feel safe and confident to be yourself. 

I find it a great honour to be a psychologist. I wholeheartedly believe in your ability to grow and discover the very best version of yourself. With a fresh perspective, inquisitiveness and empathy, I am comfortable in sitting alongside you through difficult and confronting times. Equally so, I find enjoyment in experiencing the life-changing revelations that come from the exploration of oneself. My warmth and presence in the sharing of your journey is natural and intentional.

It can be both a challenging and enriching process to work through your difficulties or obstacles, towards your dreams. I will always have your goals in mind as I support you to live a wholesome life by:

  • deepening your understanding of yourself,
  • accepting and integrating aspects of yourself
  • enjoying positive relationships,
  • feeling safe and confident to explore your world,
  • finding meaning in your days,
  • developing strategies to overcome difficult aspects of your life, and
  • embracing your individuality and uniqueness.

I’ll work with you to create a picture of what you would like to achieve from our time together, and I’ll be guided by you, so that we are both looking in the same direction. If you are a couple or a family, we will be working together so that everybody can feel that they have a say in where things are going. I’ll also regularly check in with you to get a sense of how useful therapy is for you. This may change from session to session.

I have an eclectic range of interests within the mental health world. My work with you will draw on techniques and frameworks which are relevant to your reasons for coming to therapy and your therapy goals. These will include psychodynamic psychotherapy, schema therapy, attachment principles, mindfulness-based practices, cognitive behaviour therapy and for couples, Gottman Couples Therapy interventions.

Before my work at The Rosy Room I have worked psychologically with children, adolescents and families experiencing a range of mental health difficulties including addiction, trauma, abuse and neglect, attachment problems, parenting, grief and bereavement, anxiety and depression. For many years I also worked in a more corporate capacity, coordinating organisational and cultural change across urban and rural hospitals and health services.

I look forward to meeting you and discovering with you, for as long, or as little as you need.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (currently completing)
  • Assoc. Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Student Member of the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM)
  • Student Member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

Daniel Brown - Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Clinical Psychology Registrar
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (currently completing)
  • Assoc. Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Student Member of the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM)
  • Student Member of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

Hi I’m Daniel. I have experience working with clients across the lifespan within private-practice settings, schools, and hospitals. I aim to provide personalised, evidence-based treatment to clients drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and mindfulness.

I see adult clients (aged 16+) with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, interpersonal and communication challenges, and other chronic personal/emotional issues. I similarly work with individuals who have no specific emotional problem but want to focus on thriving at home, at work, or in their interpersonal relationships.

I have a particular interest in behavioural medicine including the role of psychological and emotional factors in chronic health problems and the interplay between physical and mental ill-health. Some people who are trying to manage a chronic health problem such as obesity, diabetes, or chronic pain (to name just a few) find it useful to talk to a psychologist about how to implement sustainable, long-term strategies to manage their physical health better. Strategies may focus on health promotion (e.g., increasing your physical activity and healthy habit formation), health management (e.g., increasing your medication/treatment adherence), and overall coping strategies (e.g., stress reduction).

When people manage a long-term physical health problem, it is not uncommon to also be struggling emotionally; we can, therefore, work through other emotional problems such as low mood, anxiety, and stress, which sometimes occur when managing physical illnesses.

Sometimes clients find it difficult to know exactly what is wrong but recognise that they are not living their best life. I would be happy to discuss and explore how to best help you lead a flourishing and meaningful life.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Enrolled in registrar program for endorsement in clinical psychology (completion August 2019)
  • Bachelor of Law and Arts, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Master in Clinical Psychology, University of Queensland

Carla Newcombe - Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Enrolled in registrar program for endorsement in clinical psychology (completion August 2019)
  • Bachelor of Law and Arts, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Master in Clinical Psychology, University of Queensland

Hello, my name is Carla and I am a psychologist at the Rosy Room.

I am a genuine and warm therapist who will meet you wherever you are in your story. I value making meaningful connections with the people I work with. My therapeutic approach is adapted to your needs and goals, drawing upon evidenced based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Schema Therapy from an attachment and developmental framework.

I have experience working with people across the lifespan with a range of emotional, psychological, and behavioural concerns in both community and custodial settings. As well as my private practice, I maintain a role working in the public sector with young people involved in the criminal justice system and their families.

My areas of interest include working with adolescents and adults who have problems related to mood, self-esteem, childhood trauma, relationship concerns, difficult behaviours, domestic and family violence, and other legal issues. I enjoy working with individuals who want to make meaning of their experiences and to feel empowered in their lives in a safe and supportive space.

I consider it a privilege to be your therapist and I look forward to meeting you.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from Bond University
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from Bond University
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Bond University

Giselle Clancy - Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from Bond University
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from Bond University
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Bond University

Hi! My name is Giselle and I’m grateful to be a part of the team of psychologists at The Rosy Room.

Over the last 10 years, I have gained experience and skills to confidently and competently work with a wide range of concerns and mental health presentations, across the lifespan. I however, have a particular interest in assisting adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

I aim to provide a warm, empathetic, safe environment for you to be able to develop the skills you need to cope with the challenges you are currently facing. It is my joy in therapy to assist you to become the best person you can be and find health, happiness, and balance in your life. I look forward to the opportunity to meeting you and helping you on your journey.

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), SUNY Geneseo, New York
  • Honours in Psychological Science, University of Queensland
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Griffith University

Dr Alyssa Infantino - Clinical Psychologist (Currently on extended leave)

Qualifications and Training

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), SUNY Geneseo, New York
  • Honours in Psychological Science, University of Queensland
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Griffith University

Hello, my name is Alyssa and I am a Clinical Psychologist at The Rosy Room. I am currently on leave and missing my lovely team, as well as my clients. It has been such a privilege to work with so many individuals where ever they may be on their wellness journey and I look forward to continuing this work when I return.

I see adolescent and adult clients with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, interpersonal and communication challenges, post-traumatic stress disorder and a range of other emotional concerns. I also work with individuals who may feel lost in their journey with no specific emotional problem, but feel they need a helping hand in order to become a better version of themselves.

I am very passionate about health, wellness and finding a holistic treatment method to help my clients. I believe there is no one size fits all in therapeutic approaches and endeavor to help my clients develop a greater understanding, feel more empowered and make lasting changes in their lives. My approach to sessions is more relaxed and personable, and I consider it an honour to be given the opportunity to join you in living a more meaningful life. 

Suné Joubert - Front Desk Support

Hi! My name is Suné.

I am currently a dietetics student studying at The University of Queensland and I am very passionate about mental health and dietary influences on a person’s overall wellbeing. I am enthusiastic about holistic approaches to achieving optimal health and therefore love playing a part in our client’s journeys throughout all the stages of their lives.

I have a compassionate, bubbly and loving personality and enjoy engaging with new people and hearing about their amazing stories. I will always go above and beyond and do my best to make each client feel comfortable, heard and cared for.

One of the reasons I love working at The Rosy Room is because of the unique, warm and welcoming manner team members treat each other and clients, making everyone feel at home. I also enjoy working here because I am able to play a part in providing a safe and supportive environment for our courageous and incredible clients.

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about me, I can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to The Rosy Room. 

Melanie Bienke - Front Desk Support

Hi there, I’m Mel, and I’m one of the three front desk support and administration team members at The Rosy Room.

I am a caring and busy mother of 3 children. I enjoy arts and crafts of all of types, in particular painting, mosaic-ing and jigsaw puzzling. I love spending time with my animals and might be considered a crazy cat lady with my 5 beautiful fur babies.

What I love most about working at The Rosy Room is the very supportive and nurturing environment created by all of our lovely psychologists. Here at The Rosy Room I feel like a valuable member of a team , where I know the director Jess always includes us in decision making and takes on board our feedback. Working for such a hands-on boss makes the role so enjoyable and every day is new opportunity to improve and thrive.

As a front desk team member I am often the first person you’ll be in contact with when making an appointment. It is very important for me to be kind and gentle and make the process as smooth as possible for you. I love meeting all our clients and seeing you on your journey to wellness.

Danielle Rodgers - Front Desk Support

Hi I’m Dani.

I am about to graduate with my Bachelor of Psychology at QUT. With this course, I have gained experience and knowledge in not only how to help and learn about others, but also myself. I pride myself in my ability to work with and dedicate my self to other people. Which I believe is one of the biggest reasons that I was drawn to working at The Rosy Room. Every single person that works here upholds such strong values for dedication, vision and a high level of care to not only their clients, but to each member here at The Rosy Room. Knowing every day that I get the opportunity to work alongside such like-minded, holistic, warm, nurturing and supportive people, makes me very grateful and appreciative.

Whilst I am unsure of my direction that I would like my degree and further studies to take me, working at The Rosy Room has reassured one thing for me, and that is my passion for the well-being of others. I believe that I have a contentious and emphatic personality with a drive to meet new people, build relationships with and support others to the best of my capability. I am a hearty listener and enjoy a good chat or two.

In my “me” time, I enjoy a good dose of travel and doing fun/adventurous thing that are exciting and liberating. I have a real appetite for doing things I have never done and the “why not” factor. I like that I am still discovering new things about myself and learning my way through life with different experiences. I cherish my partner, friends and family so much and love that they are a big part of my life.  

I look forward to meeting you and being a helping presence in your first steps in making your life rosy. 

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