Our Clinicians


Dr Louise Ford - Clinic Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist

 Dr Louise Ford BPsych (Hons), DPsych (Clin) MCCP MAPS 

Dr Louise Ford is a clinical psychologist who completed her Doctoral research in 2007 which focused on creating a cognitive behaviour therapy group treatment program for 4-6 year old children with anxiety disorders.  Since completing her Doctorate, Louise focussed on assisting individuals with autism spectrum conditions and practised as a clinical psychologist at Minds and Hearts conducting assessments and providing ongoing therapy in both individual and group settings for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum from 2007 to 2014.  In her time at Minds and Hearts Louise was mentored and supervised by Dr Michelle Garnett and Professor Tony Attwood.    Louise has presented numerous presentations at conferences, workshops and information nights over the years and has also written a number of group programs aimed at increasing emotional awareness and management, enhancing self-esteem and self-concept and improving social skills.  In 2014, Louise followed her dream of creating Brighter Futures Psychology in the hope of working together with families in the Brisbane area to assist them in their areas of need.  ​ Louise is a child psychologist and is able to provide thorough diagnostic assessments in the areas of:​  

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions (for example Asperger’s Syndrome

Louise has experience and skill in working with children in a number of key areas including:​

  • Enhancing self-esteem
  • Improving social skills & dealing with bullying
  • Assertiveness training
  • Increasing emotional awareness
  • Assisting with emotion management difficulties in the areas of anger, anxiety and depression
  • Empowering parents to implement more positive and successful parental management strategies
  • Supporting parents in their role to be the best parents they can be
  • Providing assistance to assist with organisational skills difficulties
  • Conducting school visits to observe children in their natural settings to provide insight into problem behaviours or learning difficulties

Louise is also skilled in the administration of standardised assessments to determine cognitive ability (IQ) and utilises the Wechsler Intelligence Scales.  In all of her assessments, Louise prides herself on providing useful reports to parents and other professionals that offer practical strategies and advice that will assist in enhancing the lives of the children she sees.  Louise sees children and families on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Brighter Futures Psychology.  Louise conducts the diagnostic assessments for ASD and is not currently taking on new clients.  She is busy running the practice on her other days as well as looking after her school aged son.    Louise works closely with each of her clinicians to provide supervision and support.  She is so proud of each of the clinicians at Brighter Futures Psychology and the individual strengths they bring to the practice.  Louise's team of clinicians has steadily grown since opening the practice in 2014 and she thoroughly enjoys working with them.  


Dr Elizabeth Goadby - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Elizabeth Goadby BPsychSc Hons, DPsych (Clin)​
Dr Elizabeth Goadby is a clinical psychologist who enjoys working with and helping children and their families. Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (with First Class Honours) at University of Queensland before completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. Her research interests include the utility of parenting programs for behavioural difficulties and adjustment issues surrounding caregivers of individuals with Brain Tumour. Her research work has also been published in peer reviewed journals. Elizabeth has experience working within community, hospital and private practice settings which have afforded her the opportunity to work with a broad range of psychological concerns. She has worked at the Child and Youth Mental Health Service and has facilitated social skills and anxiety management groups programs for children.  Elizabeth is also an accredited provider of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program.

Elizabeth can provide psychological support around a number of areas including: emotional education and management of anxiety, anger and depression; parenting strategies for difficult behaviour, school refusal, resilience building, social skills training, school readiness and individual support for parents.

Elizabeth has recently completed the Animal Assisted Therapy Human-Canine Team Training Program and as such works with her beautiful therapy dog Bonnie at the clinic.  Dr Elizabeth Goadby works with the child or adolescent using CBT and other therapies integrated with AAT to teach them new strategies to assist them in reaching their goals. It is well researched and documented that the mere presence of a therapy animal can make the therapeutic process less stressful and more successful for clients, which is particularly beneficial when working with children. The presence of the therapy dog also elicits an immediate positive effect, improving mood and reducing anxiety throughout the session. Further to this, the presence of a therapy dog is known to assist in building the therapeutic relationship between psychologist and client, which results in better engagement and is essential to reach positive outcomes.

Elizabeth prides herself on making families feel comfortable and ensuring sessions are fun and engaging for children. She believes that skills and strategies learnt in session are beneficial to all families in helping children to be happy and the best they can be. Elizabeth works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday mornings and some Saturday mornings at the clinic.


Courtney Jackson-Carroll - Clinical Psychologist

 Courtney Jackson-Carroll BBehSc, BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clin)  MAPS  MCCP 

Courtney is a Clinical Psychologist and is registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA).  Courtney has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Griffith University.  Courtney has undertaken extensive training in various modalities and utilises numerous evidence based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Sensory Modulation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy.  
Courtney has over 10 years of experience and has worked across research, academic, private and community sectors.  Courtney has previously volunteered through St Vincent de Paul for interventions such as Safer Families and the Family Plus Initiative and continues to volunteer for Girl Guides Queensland where she is Leader of a Brownie Guide Unit.   Courtney has an interest in the treatment of a range of clinical presentations including:  

  • Mood Disturbance/Emotion regulation difficulties  
  • Anxiety  
  • Intrusive thoughts  
  • Bullying and school avoidance  
  • Socialising difficulties  
  • Self-harm/suicidal ideation  
  • Sexuality and Gender questioning  
  • Grief and bereavement  
  • Trauma

Courtney enjoys being creative and her approach is flexible, client-centred and strengths-based.  Courtney strongly values feedback from clients and uses this feedback to collaboratively tailor interventions.  Courtney is passionate about working with older children, young adults, adults and their families and empowering them to achieve the changes they wish to make in their lives.  Courtney works at Brighter Futures Psychology on Saturdays. 


Emily Allan - Clinical Psychologist

Emily Allan B.ECSt. BA(Hons) Psych, MPsych (Clin), MAPS 

Emily is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with children and families experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, developmental disorders and parenting issues.  Emily completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology, and has also completed a Bachelor of Arts Psychology, with honours, and a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies.  Emily is passionate about early intervention and believes that children and families bring a variety of strengths to therapy.  Emily’s approach to therapy focuses on building resilience and providing children and families with skills to assist them throughout their lives.  
Emily has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals and university clinics.  She has experience working with children with anxiety and is trained in delivering intensive treatments for anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder.  Emily has also been a volunteer for the StepUP foundation, a not for profit foundation aimed at promoting self worth, empowerment and educating children about the possibility for their futures.  Emily can provide support in a number of key areas including:   

  • Enhancing emotional regulation and emotional awareness
  • Fostering self-esteem and assertiveness  
  • Developing social skills  
  • Assisting parents in implementing positive and effective parenting strategies to manage difficult behaviours  

Emily works on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the clinic.


Amy Lynch - Psychologist

 Amy Lynch BPsySc (Hons), MPsych (Clin) MAPS

Amy is a psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents and families. She has a particular interest in working with children with anxiety and developmental disorders. Amy has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the University of Queensland and a Master of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. She has experience working within community and hospital settings which has provided her with the opportunity to work with a range of psychological concerns. Furthermore, Amy is experienced in administering a range of cognitive assessments for concerns such as ASD, ADHD and learning disorders. She has facilitated social skills and anxiety management groups for children and enjoys supporting parents to implement positive and effective strategies.

Amy can provide evidenced based treatment and support for a range of issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression  
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Low self-esteem  
  • Learning difficulties  
  • Behavioural difficulties  
  • Social difficulties

Amy’s approach to therapy is client-centered and strengths-based. She understands the importance of working collaboratively with parents and ensures that strategies implemented are suited to both the child and family. 

Amy works at Brighter Futures Psychology on Mondays, Wednesday mornings, Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. 


Violette McGaw - Psychologist

 Violette McGaw   BBeh Sc, BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Ed & Dev)/PhD (candidate) MAPS

Violette is a Psychologist with 19 years experience, registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA).  Violette has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) through Griffith University, and is in the final stages of candidature of a combined Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and Doctor of Philosophy through Monash University.  Violette has a wide range of experience delivering evidence based treatment practices, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, CBT Based Prolonged Exposure for Trauma and Relaxation.  

Violette has a strong interest in adults, families and children living with parental mental illness, and in particular, trauma.  Violette has an interest in the support and treatment of a range of issues in both adults and children including:  

· Mood Disturbance/Emotion regulation difficulties  

· Anxiety  

· Trauma

· Intrusive thoughts  

· Grief and bereavement  

· Parenting support

· Bullying and school avoidance  

· Self-harm/suicidal ideation  

· Adult and child learning difficulties

· Behavioural difficulties  

· Socialising difficulties  

· Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  

· Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)  

· Sexuality and Gender questioning  

Violette is passionate about Lego, cosplay, arts and craft and anything else that includes creativity. She has an easy manner and loves working with people of all ages (children, young adults, adults and families) to achieve the changes they wish to make in their lives.  Violette works at Brighter Futures Psychology on Tuesdays. 


Jannikka Balko - Provisional Psychologist

 Jannikka Balko, BPsychSc Hons, MProfPsych (MPPS) Student

  Jannikka is a provisionally registered psychologist who is interested in child and adolescent psychology and working with families to optimise treatment outcomes. Jannikka completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland and is currently completing a Master in Professional Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland. 

Jannikka has experience working with clients across the lifespan in university clinics, aged care, private practice, and educational settings. She has previously worked with children implementing school programs that aim to develop confidence, respect, resilience, and self-esteem. Jannikka also has experience in administering, interpreting and providing feedback on cognitive and academic assessments. 

Jannikka is particularly passionate about the assessment and intervention of the following:

- Self-Esteem 

- Social Skills

- Emotion Regulation

- Anxiety

- Depression

- Behavioural Issues

- Coping Strategies

- Cognitive and Learning Difficulties

Jannikka places emphasis on building rapport with clients and families. She believes individuals gain the most benefit from therapy when treatment is specifically tailored to meet their needs. 

Jannikka will be working under the supervision of clinic director Dr Louise Ford and will be seeing clients on a Monday at Brighter Futures Psychology.