Lisa is a qualified Psychologist and Teacher, wife and mother of three teenagers. She has been working as a Psychologist since 1989 in the areas of child protection, disability services, foster care, child and family health and school counselling. In January 2007 she opened her private practice on the Sunshine Coast, with colleagues Kylie Martin (Speech Therapist) and Justine Urbahn (Dietitian) offering individual and group counselling to women, children and families.
Lisa has a passion for working with women with Postnatal Depression. Between 2007 and 2012, a total of 80 women have successfully completed her Postnatal Depression course and attended regular meetings and events under Lisa’s guidance. These groups have become an important lifeline for Sunshine Coast women with babies, helping them to overcome depression and anxiety, and to realise their full potential as women and mothers. Lisa also holds special events for these women, which they participate in, including abseiling, pampering, guest speaking, morning teas and various other outings. Lisa also has an exceptional talent for connecting women and has encouraged these women to remain in contact and to support each other
“I feel so… relieved after i have been to see you, both in the group and on my own – like an enormous weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It is so wonderful to be allowed to talk without fear of being judged or ignored and no words can express how thankful i am that i found you:) You are hands down one of the most beautiful women i have ever met. See you Wednesday.” ~ Georgia [Reproduced with permission]
Lisa also has a special interest and training in the area of parenting and child behaviour. She is able to work with parents and provide simple, practical suggestions to assist families to manage the challenges of parenting. Lisa has a deep understanding of the difficulty and complexities involved in parenting and admits to struggling at various times with her own teenagers!
She also has extensive experience working with adults and children with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or anger issues. She uses a variety of psychological strategies when working with individuals, but favours the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT. Studies have clearly shown that CBT is an extremely effective tool to help people to overcome their problems, and mainly helps people to change their unhelpful thinking patterns, feelings and behaviours.
Lisa has supported Mercy Ministries for Girls, and more recently the Frontline Trauma Rehabilitation Program. In May 2009, she travelled to Uganda to work with children effected by trauma as a result of horrific atrocities committed by the rebel army. Whilst in Uganda, Lisa provided staff training in the areas of parenting and managing difficult behaviour. In 2010, Lisa took a team including Kylie Martin (speech therapy SCCDC) and her daughter Abbey to a refugee camp on Burma/Thai border. The team provided services to children and parents under the Effective Aid program for refugees.
In 2010, Lisa was a finalist in the Pride of Australia award for her dedication to helping women with postnatal depression.