Experience the difference
Experienced Psychologists in Brisbane
Welcome to your healing space, Good Counsel. We offer a unique environment, much like your living room, so that you feel like you're visiting a friend for a warm drink rather than a clinical space.
Our Psychologists have a combined experience of more than 60 years, having worked in multiple settings and other professional fields, we have cultivated our team to offer everything you need to improve your mental health and well-being.
Our Administration staff are warm, professional and experienced to assist you with any queries you may have. We guarantee you'll feel better after you speak to us, and we will do everything we can to support you.
Monday 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 6pm
Friday CLOSED (voicemail checked)
Saturday 9am to 1pm (reception available)
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Kerry is a our Principal Psychologist with over 40 years experience. She has worked in both hospital and private settings with a wide range of clients. Kerry is extensively experienced in PTSD, working with victims of trauma (including sexual abuse) and is qualified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). Kerry's approach has been described as having coffee with a friend. She has considerable experience working with people with Disabilities.
Monday 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 6pm
Erin is a General Psychologist with over 15 years experience working extensively with couples, adults and adolescents who are suffering from depression, anxiety, acute and post-traumatic experiences, chronic pain, injury, chronic illness, bereavement and work-related and organisational issues (e.g. bullying and harassment). She is a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist.
Not currently taking new clients for 2021. Existing clients please phone 0401 496 960 to book.
New referrals are now booking for 2022.
Adam is a General Psychologist after recently completing a Master of Psychology (Clinical). Adam has experience with a range of complex and acute mental health presentations, and is able to offer a range of brief and long-term therapeutic interventions, including: CBT, CBTp, ACT, Schema-Informed Therapy, DBT-Informed Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Adam has a very warm, empathetic, and non-judgemental approach, and is honoured to listen to his clients share their life experiences with him.
Not currently taking new clients.
Yvonne holds a Diploma of Counselling and she has found that people are wiser than they know. She has a particular enthusiasm for music, words and all things community; as well as a deep understanding of the value of each human life. With a background in theological support, she can talk with people comfortably about their own spirituality expressions and spiritual needs.
Tuesday 2pm to 6pm
Thursday 2pm to 6pm
What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?
Counsellors use talk-based therapy to help people to develop self-understanding and make changes in their lives.
A counsellor will allow you to talk through your personal concerns, gain perspective, develop coping strategies, and increase self-awareness.
A Psychologist, in addition to the above, receives specific training in assessment and evidence based intervention as well as providing formalised diagnosis for Mental Health conditions.
Fran is our Practice Manager and opened Good Counsel 11 years ago and is a small business achiever. She is incredibly efficient and hard-working, with a range of skills in administration, accounting, medicare legislation, networking, financial management and marketing. Fran is very passionate about mental health and will go above and beyond for all our clients.
Sharna is our dynamic Medical Administrator with over 13 years experience in the field. Sharna is understanding and kind, with reams of patience. Sharna has an open-mindness and is always excited to learn new skills. Her ability to multitask is exceptional and she is eagerly awaiting your call to assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a Psychologist do?
Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. They use scientific methods to study the factors that influence the way that people think, feel and learn, and evidence-based strategies and interventions to help people to overcome challenges and improve their performance.
Many psychologists work directly with those experiencing difficulties, such as mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.
They help people to overcome relationship problems, eating disorders, learning problems, substance abuse, parenting issues, or to manage the effects of a chronic illness. Read more about common problems which psychologists are consulted on here.
The complex and interconnected work that psychologists do to help people lead happier and more meaningful lives is always underpinned by research. Many thousands of Australian psychologists work in academic or research settings, adding to this evolving understanding of human behaviour, and how it might be improved for the better.
Should I see my Doctor first?
It's your choice if you wish to see your Doctor before seeing a Psychologist. Your Doctor can provide you with valuable information regarding your mental health. Your Doctor can also provide you with a GP Mental Health Care Plan, they can assess and refer a patient for treatment of a mental disorder. This may include disorders such as:
Anxiety Disorders (generalised, phobia, panic disorder, separation anxiety, OCD), Depression, Bipolar Disorder
Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Disorder, Eating Disorder, Bereavement Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Sleep Disorders.
Getting the support you need when dealing with these disorders is very important.
Under a GP Mental Health Care Plan eligible patients can receive;
Up to 20 individual services in a calendar year. After 6 visits the referring doctor will assess progress and need for further treatment. The current rebate is $87.45.
Up to 10 group therapy services in a calendar year (you must request this from your Doctor at the time of creating your plan).
Please note we are not a Bulk Billing clinic, for more information, please click through to our Rates & Services slide.
Fees & Cancellation Policy
Our consultation fee is $180.00. Sessions last for approximately 50 minutes and we ask that you bring along any relevant paperwork that you may have including letters, referrals, reports or legal documents. Please note that we do not offer Bulk Billing at our clinic.
Notice of fee increase on 1 July 2021 - Our fee for Psychology will increase to $195.00 on 1st July 2021.
Kerry Horan & Erin Hitzke
If for some reason you need to cancel your appointment, we require at least 24 hours’ notice; otherwise, you will be charged a $90.00 cancellation fee. If your appointment occurs on a Monday, we require cancellation by 12pm the Friday prior or a $90.00 cancellation fee will apply. Please note that there are no Medicare rebates on this fee.
As Adam's appointments are after hours (Saturday morning), we require cancellation by no later than 12pm on the Friday prior to your appointment. If you cancel after this time, the full fee of $180.00 will be charged to you. Please note that there are no Medicare rebates on this fee.
If for some reason you need to cancel your appointment, we require at least 24 hours’ notice; otherwise, you will be charged a $45.00 cancellation fee.
Please be aware that we have waiting lists and missed appointments disadvantage other clients.
If you do not confirm your appointment via our automatic SMS system, we will contact you again via SMS and telephone.
All of our Psychologists are Medicare Registered Providers. Medicare rebates are available for up to 20 individual and 10 group allied mental health services per calendar year to patients referred by a GP managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan.
The current Medicare Rebate if you hold a valid GP Mental Health Care Plan is $87.45. With a Medicare rebate, your out of pocket expense per session is $92.55.
Medicare rebates are processed on the spot through our Software and your rebate will be deposited by Medicare into your account the following day. We have full Eftpos & Credit Card facilities available.