Sharon is a warm, empathic Clinical Psychologist who has experience working with all age groups and a wide range of presentations. She practices evidence-based and effective therapy in a professional, yet supportive manner, maintaining her expertise through continuing professional development. Sharon uses her genuine interest and natural curiosity of the client’s difficulties to draw out the ‘essence’ of the person. Thus, Sharon forms a strong understanding of her clients and aims to provide individual, tailored therapy which aligns with the client’s psychological needs.
Sharon has a special interest in working with adults and young people who have experienced sexual assault and/or complex trauma, and with children who have been abused physically, emotionally, and/or sexually. She also has a special interest in working with separated families and understands the complexities of family breakdown for parents and their children. This includes working with both survivors of and perpetrators of family violence, supporting all those to move past their past relationships difficulties and move into a position of empowerment.
Sharon provides individual therapy for adults, young people, and children. She also prepares Family Reports for separating couples who need support to decide what arrangements are in their childrens’ best interests. For more information on this service, please see here.
Sharon’s therapeutic approach is integrative; the inter-weaving of various, best-practice psychology techniques and strategies to readily establish a therapeutic alliance with her clients, along with creating a safe, neutral and trusted healing environment. She uses a combination of psychological therapies, in collaboration with the client, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and psychodynamic principles.
Heidi is a caring and empathetic Clinical Psychologist who feels extremely privileged to be able to work with people who are willing to process the difficulties and distress they may be experiencing. Initially trained and working in South Africa, Heidi relocated to Rockhampton in 2007. She spent 13 years working in private practice supporting people living in rural and regional areas. Heidi relocated to Noosa in 2020 and sees people in Noosaville and via videoconference.
Heidi has over 20 years of experience working with individual clients and couples. She has worked with adolescents, adults, and families in both private practice and hospital settings. Heidi works in an evidenced-based and professional manner for a wide variety of clinical presentations. Heidi has special interest areas of working with abuse and all related areas, and with working with people struggling with eating disorders and body image issues.
Heidi has experience in working with people dealing with life transitions, relationship and parenting issues and sexual health. She has a special interest in working with abuse and all related areas, having also worked in a ‘Alternative to Violence’ programme in Canada and South Africa. She is adept at understanding the complexities of abuse and the impact it has on survivors. Another special interest is in working with people struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. She understands the importance of these clients being treated in a multidisciplinary setting and obtaining early intervention. Heidi also has experience of supporting people with chronic health issues. She is familiar with how chronic disease can impact on the mental wellbeing of people. She has supported many people to live their best lives regardless of their physical health situation.
Heidi believes that change is always possible and her aim is to work collaboratively with her clients to improve their quality of life and contentment. She understands the importance of accepting life as it is and making decisions as to how to move forward when faced with difficult and stressful circumstances. Heidi’s approach could best be described as eclectic in that she uses ideas and theories from a broad range of evidence-based therapy modalities, namely Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Rogerian Therapy, Mindfulness, and Psychoeducation.
Rebekah is general psychologist who works primarily with children and young people. She completed her studies at Deakin University in Victoria. She has experience working with clients across the lifespan in the public and private sectors. Rebekah has worked across various clinical settings, including forensic, disability, child and adult mental health, and positive behaviour support. Rebekah has experience facilitating individual and group-based therapy.
Rebekah has extensive experience with children and young people with a range of difficulties. She is accomplished at assessments and therapy and works from our downstairs room which is set up specifically for this population. Rebekah has a special interest in providing therapy to children and adolescents, and also adults with post-natal concerns and difficulties. She has a wealth of strategies and tools to draw from, engaging her clients, and assisting to make gains in-session and between sessions.
Rebekah is a Mum of one, very cute and active little boy. She has returned from maternity leave with a healthy appreciation of attachment dynamics for new Mums, informed by her training in the Circle of Security program. Rebekah is warm, patient, and sensitive to the diverse needs of her clients. She is particularly interested in how trauma impacts on the developing brain and rebuilding parent-child attachment following adverse life events
Simone is a provisional psychologist, currently working towards general registration. This means Simone practices whilst under supervision, having completed a four-year psychology bachelors’ degree.
Simone has a wise, kind manner, and extensive business, professional and life experience. She encourages her clients to share their difficulties and life pressures, so as to devise a treatment plan that is tailored to each person’s goals, values, and needs. Simone’s treatment is informed by evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behaviour therapy, emotion-focused therapy and acceptance-commitment therapy: Tools that ultimately help us work through hard thoughts, feelings and actions so as to expand our coping strategies, build on the positives, and create meaningful change.
Simone’s expertise, together with additional specialist training as a counsellor, mean you will be in good hands for the outcomes you’re seeking to reach. As a provisional psychologist, Simone works under the supervision of seasoned practitioners. These mentors guide her work, to ensure ongoing best-practice assessment, diagnosis, and care for all clients.
You do not need a doctor’s referral to see Simone, although if you have a doctor’s referral, your physician will be provided with updates on your progress from time to time.
Michaella is a provisional psychologist, currently working towards general registration. This means Michaella
has completed an undergraduate and honours degree in psychology and practices under supervision of
Sharon Connell, Principal Psychologist of Psychology ONE.
Michaella is available to see children, young people, and adults across the
lifespan. Michaella has a wealth of experience in working with people who identify as LGBTQI+ and with young people. This along with her past counselling experience stands her in good stead to build rapport with clients, encouraging sharing of their
difficulties and life pressures, then devising a collaborative treatment plan that is tailored to the client’s goals,
values, and needs. Michaella’s treatment is informed by evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive
Behavioural Therapy: Therapeutic tools that ultimately help to challenge maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and actions, increasing coping and resilience.
Clients gain the benefits of Michaella’s training, underpinned by past experience as a counsellor for young
people and their parents, and supported in psychological practice within supervision. Clients do not need a doctor’s referral to see Michaella, although she will liaise with your GP providing reports back to doctors at 6 and 10 session time points if you have a referral, or with a third-party payer as necessary. Michaella provides services. Clients are not restricted to a traditional Medicare 10-session model and can continue to see Michaella for as long as they wish.
Robyn is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience practising in both the public and private sectors, supporting children and families in community setting in Australia and abroad. She has worked extensively with children who have learning, coordination, social and emotional regulation, self-care, developmental, and behaviour difficulties. This includes children without a formal diagnosis. Robyn has a special interest and broad experience in neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Robyn is a caring therapist who takes an “in-depth” approach to assessment and intervention. As part of the therapeutic process, she enjoys working with parents and caregivers to build awareness of their child’s strengths, providing appropriate information, and play-based activities to enhance their skills. In addition to providing assessments and therapy in the clinic on Wednesdays, Robyn offers in-home therapy and school visits.
Having raised three children of her own, she also brings practical parenting skills and experience to her work with families. In her practise, Robyn prioritises the development of self-regulation and social skills as these are integral to daily life and emotional wellbeing. She applies her sensory processing knowledge and uses cognitive behaviour interventions such as “Zones of Regulation Program” as well as a “Social Thinking” curriculum, to help children participate optimally in all areas of their life. Her favourite quote is: “Children will, when they can!” by Dr. Ross Green. Robyn prides herself in being a fun, caring therapist, applying a strengths-based approach to her interventions, bringing light to the child and family’s functional strengths, to build a sense of confidence and resilience.
Sally completed her studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast, graduating with first-class honours. She is currently completing a post-grad degree in neuroscience and mental health. Sally has experience working with children, teens, and young adults and has a particular interest in working with individuals with learning differences and intellectual disability. She understands the impact schooling can have on children who struggle within the system and the damage it can do to their sense of self and their well-being. Within her daily practice, it is always her goal to develop and nurture a child’s sense of self and develop their autonomy in addition to reaching their identified goals.
Sally works with children and their families within the clinic, home, and school setting and prefers to address identified areas of need within the environments they occur. She works with families to develop meaningful, relatable, and achievable goals. To develop skills, where possible and applicable, she uses the child’s interests and hobbies and engages in a play-based approach. Sally prefers to work with all invested adults and supports, finding that this brings the best results
Sally is an experienced teacher and specialist educator with a passion for working with students with Specific Learning Difficulties and Academic Gaps.
She knows that students may struggle academically if their learning has been interrupted by inconsistent schooling, attention difficulties, or trauma. Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, and ADHD are tough to cope with in the school system, without targeted and high- quality 1:1 intervention.
It is difficult for many schools to resource this. It is essential that a student’s specific learning needs are accurately identified and addressed. No two students are the same. Individual diagnostics,
educational planning and intervention that utilizes exactly the right tools are needed. Effective liaison with schools, specialists and families is invaluable to build the strongest bridge to success for your child.
Bridge Learning provides specialist education, offering the most intensive, effective model of intervention for
students. We believe that all students have the ability and right to reach their potential. As a teacher with 20 years’
experience, Sally has worked as both a Classroom and Learning Support Teacher in Secondary and Primary settings.
She has coordinated Individual Learning Programs for students, worked directly with their specialists and families for many years and helped train other teachers. She knows what is required by the school system, the classroom teachers, the teacher aides, families, and medical specialists. She has a high level of expertise with recognized best-practice, evidence-based programs. We all know there is no magic pill to help with learning needs.
The work just needs to be done, for as long as it needs to be done. It is possible though, to waste a great deal of time and money with less ideal approaches to intervention. Many good, well-intentioned people will work very hard to try to fill that bucket with holes in it.
Bridge Learning specializes in offering the most intensive, effective intervention model for school-age children (5-16 years) with additional learning needs. Let’s find those holes and fix them, for good!
Referrals from schools, teachers, specialists, or parents are welcome. Sally may be contacted directly on 0422-324-533.
Paris is our wonderful receptionist, office manager, graphics guru, and all-round practice extraordinaire. She is often your first point-of-contact and first face at Psychology ONE. Paris works part-time in between studies and an otherwise busy life.