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:
Louise has experience and skill in working with children in a number of key areas including:
Louise sees children and families on Wednesdays (in Mount Gravatt East) and Thursdays (in Bulimba) at Brighter Futures Psychology. Louise is trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and conducts the diagnostic assessments for ASD for children aged 3 to 16 years. She 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 young people that she sees.
Louise is not currently taking on new ongoing therapy 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 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 conducts cognitive (WPPSI, WISC) and learning assessments (WIAT) at the clinic. 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 at our Bulimba clinic and Friday mornings and Saturday mornings at our Mount Gravatt East clinic.
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:
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 fortnightly Saturdays in our Mount Gravatt East clinic.
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:
Emily facilitates our My Friendliest Me! social skills groups on Saturday mornings and works at our Mount Gravatt East clinic on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
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:
Amy is trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and conducts diagnostic assessments for ASD for children aged 6-12 years.
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 on Mondays in our Mount Gravatt East clinic and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at our Bulimba clinic.
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
· 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 conducts cognitive (WISC & WAIS) and learning assessments (WIAT) at the clinic.
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 the Brighter Futures Psychology Mount Gravatt East clinic on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Olivia Elvin - BPsychSc (Hons) MPsych (Clin) & PhD (Clin Psych) Candidate MAPS
Olivia is a psychologist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents and families. Olivia is registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHRPA) and has completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). She is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University and her endorsement in Clinical Psychology. Her research area of interest includes the assessment and treatment of childhood irritability to assist families with early identification and intervention for children with psychological difficulties. Olivia has experience working within community, school and hospital settings which has allowed her the opportunity to work with a range of psychological concerns. Olivia also has experience delivering group interventions for anxiety, low mood, social skills and addictions. She has experience delivering cognitive and learning assessments in addition to diagnostic assessments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), intellectual impairment and anxiety disorders.
Olivia can provide evidence-based support for a number of key areas including:
Olivia conducts cognitive (WPPSI, WISC, WAIS, UNIT) and learning assessments (WIAT) at the clinic. Olivia adopts a strengths-based and client-centered approach to therapy and is dedicated to working with children and adolescents in collaboration with their families. Olivia works at our Mount Gravatt East Brighter Futures Psychology on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Dr Rosie Peters BA (Psych) Hons, DPsych (Clinical), MAPS, MCCP
Rosie is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with children and their families. Rosie completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with First Class Honours) at the University of Queensland. She then completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University and her Doctoral research focused on risk factors for childhood anxiety. She has published in peer review journals and presented at conferences in the area of childhood anxiety. She has also taught undergraduate psychology students and presented workshops for postgraduate psychology students and parents of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Rosie has experience working with children both individually and in groups within private, community, hospital and school settings and she has worked with a broad range of psychological concerns affecting children and their families. Rosie is trained in delivering intensive treatments for childhood specific phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and has also received advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of children with an Autism Spectrum Condition. She is also a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) approved provider.
Rosie is particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents with an anxiety disorder. She is committed to early intervention and equipping children and their families with skills that they can use throughout their lives.
Rosie facilitates our My Friendliest Me! social skills groups on Saturday mornings. Rosie works on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays at Brighter Futures Psychology in our Bulimba clinic.
Sarah Ormond B(Psych) Hons, MClinPsych MAPS
Sarah is a registered Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar) and has completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, Brisbane. Sarah’s positive, collaborative, and supportive style is reflected in her strong client communication, relationships, and clinical practice. Bringing creativity and exploration to client sessions are at the heart of Sarah’s values, which can lead to some wholesome and rewarding problem-solving solutions to client challenges. Her responsive and considered approach is guided by evidence-based assessment and integrative therapeutic intervention, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Play Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Drama (CBD), Attachment, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Sarah welcomes and encourages a safe environment that fosters collaboration to move towards therapeutic goals for her client’s unique stages and situations. Life is complex, and Sarah seeks to understand a holistic view that promotes a client’s individual strengths throughout their developmental periods of early and middle childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.
Sarah is a registered member of the Psychology Board of Australia and is a Member of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), and Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Sarah can assist with:
• Anxiety-related conditions
• Social & Friendship skills development
• Depression and Mood-related concerns
• Neurodevelopmental Disorders
• Challenging behaviours
• Obsessive-Compulsive behaviours
• Sleep problems
• Coping and problem-solving strategies
• Understanding and managing emotions
• Neurodevelopmental conditions; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism (ASD) &
• Supporting parents, families, and siblings of children with Neurodevelopmental conditions
• Collaboration for School and Interdisciplinary team approaches
• Psychometric, neuropsychological/cognitive, education/achievement, and diagnostic assessments
Sarah sees children, adolescents, and young adults aged 5-25 years and works at the practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from our Mount Gravatt East clinic.
Simone Jempson B(Psych) Hons, MClinPsych MAPS
Simone is a psychologist who is passionate about working with children and their families to support managing a range of emotional, psychological, and developmental concerns. She is registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) and has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology with Distinction, and a Bachelor of Psychology (with first class Honours). Simone is currently completing her endorsement in Clinical Psychology to obtain Clinical College Membership. She has practiced across a range of settings including private clinic, public hospital, education, and diagnostic assessment services. She also has experience in delivering group therapy for anxiety management in young children and adolescents. Simone is experienced in administering a range of cognitive and diagnostic assessments, including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), intellectual impairment, and anxiety and mood disorders. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sleep issues, executive function and attention.
Simone can provide evidence-based treatment and support for a range of concerns, including:
· Executive function
· Sleep issues
· Emotion regulation and management
· Cognitive and learning difficulties
· Behavioural difficulties
· Autism Spectrum Disorder
Simone conducts cognitive (WISC, WAIS, UNIT) and learning assessments (WIAT) at the clinic. Simone has a special interest in ADHD and conducts both child and adult assessments at the clinic.
Simone’s therapeutic approach is warm, strengths-based and collaborative. She utilises evidence-based interventions such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy, to support children to reach their therapeutic goals. Simone works at Brighter Futures Psychology on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from our Bulimba clinic.
Margo Wratten B(Occupational Therapy), MOTA
Margo Wratten is an Occupational Therapist with over 18 years experience and whose clinical experience covers a broad range of children with disabilities. She has worked with children with many diagnoses including learning disabilities, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, hearing impairments, seizure disorders, congenital and metabolic disorders, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia and Developmental Delay. Margo is passionate about helping children to reach their potential through effective collaboration with families. She believes strongly in collaboration with families and other professionals. In order to develop effective working relationships Margo works closely with a multidisciplinary team to provide effective work practices. Margo has presented numerous presentations and workshops to parents and other professionals and has a strong interest in sensory processing and the impact on anxiety and behaviour in children.
Margo is an Occupational Therapist who is able to provide thorough assessment and advice in the following areas:
· Sensory processing and self-regulation skills
· Fine motor skills, including handwriting and scissor skills
· Mealtime skills and eating
· Functional assessment – a wholistic assessment of a child’s dressing, mobility, eating skills, toileting and sleeping. This assessment is often useful for NDIS access and goal development.
· Play skills, including the development of imaginary play and interactions with peers.
· Assistive Technology advice and prescription
Margo consults at the practice for assessments and some treatment sessions on Mondays and Thursdays at our Bulimba clinic.
Angela France B(Speech Pathology) MSPA
Angie is a Speech Pathologist with over 20 years experience working with children and adolescents from 18 months – 18 years and their families. Since completing her studies at the University of Queensland, Angie has worked in a variety of settings both in her hometown of Brisbane and internationally. Angie spent over a decade in the UK, gaining invaluable experience working in the National Health Service within schools, day-care and kindergarten settings, health promotion services and early years teams. The highlight of Angie’s time in the UK was working as a team leader developing training programmes and early intervention projects to support children, their families, and early years educators across several London boroughs. Since returning to Brisbane with her family, Angie has worked within the private sector, offering individual and group sessions along with home/daycare/kindy visits and school-based support.
Angie is passionate about helping children achieve their communicative and academic potential through fun, engaging and holistic therapy approaches. She is trained in numerous evidence-based therapy practices and believes the key to success is working in close collaboration with children, their families, and educators.
Angie can provide assessment and support for a range of concerns including:· Language Skills: difficulties with understanding and use of language, late talkers, learning difficulties at school · Autism and social communication skills· Literacy development: reading fluency and comprehension, spelling and phonological awareness· Speech sound difficulties: articulation and Childhood Apraxia of Speech· Play skills
Angie conducts assessments and ongoing therapy at our Bulimba clinic on Thursdays and Fridays.