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 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 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 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 Saturdays.
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 will soon be heading off on maternity leave but due to COVID-19 is currently seeing her regular clients via telehealth (videoconferencing) most mornings of the week.
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’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 is currently on maternity leave and is returning in October 2020.
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 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.
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 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 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 worked at Brighter Futures Psychology seeing individual clients from 2015 to 2017 and has since been facilitating our My Friendliest Me! social skills groups on Saturday mornings. Rosie works on Saturdays at Brighter Futures Psychology.
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 and Tuesdays.
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’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 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.