MEET THE TEAM
Minds & Hearts has a team of psychologists, allied health professionals and four administrative staff. Although not all disciplines are represented in our team we maintain close ties with other specialists in Brisbane and will assist in finding the best professional for the need.
We hold a strong commitment to professional training, and usually will also have a Clinical Postgraduate Intern on placement with us. Interns are in their 6th or 7th year of study. They provide some psychological services under clinical supervision. These services are offered at a reduced rate and for a specified period of time. Please contact us if you are interested in these services.
BPsych, BSocSc, Clinical PhD, MAPS
Wesley is a clinical psychologist. He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, with his research focusing on the development of a video game based assessment of Problem Gambling/Gambling Disorder.
Wesley is passionate about working with individuals and Autism Spectrum Conditions, and conducts individual, group and couples therapy, and congnitive assessments. His practice is guided by evidence-based interventions including Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.
Wesley’s clinical interest areas include addictions and coping, emotion understanding and management, resilience and hope, couples therapy, and trauma. Wesley greatly values helping individuals, couples and families to develop and improve their abilities to overcome challenges and enjoy life.
BPsySc(Hons) Clinical PhD, MAPS
David is a Clinical Psychologist and a board approved Clinical Supervisor who has been working at the Minds & Hearts clinic since 2015. Gaining a Clinical PhD from Griffith University, his research was focused on understanding why certain adults with ASD seemed to cope better than others with everyday challenges.
In the clinical setting, David primarily works with adults and older adolescents conducting diagnostic assessments and providing individual treatment for a range of psychological presentations. David’s treatment approach is strongly guided by evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Principles from Feedback-Informed Treatment and Compassion-Focused Therapy further influence David’s treatment methodology.
David has published four peer-reviewed articles and has presented at the International Society for Autism Research conference in Beijing, China. David is a dedicated and caring practitioner that is passionate about supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum and improving their quality of life.
Dr India Whitehouse
BPsych (Hons), Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
India is a clinical psychologist specialising in, and passionate about, working with children and adults with Autistic behaviours and traits, and their families.
She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology (DClinPsych) in 2006 at Bristol University and has been specialising in working with children and adults with Autistic traits for over 10 years.
India is aware of the critical importance of personal reflection and personal development in supporting others to reach their life, educational and happiness potential. She has a strong personal commitment to her own learning, including keeping up to date on effective interventions and the evidence base for them. She works with young people and adults, with great success.
She also pursues and implement personal strategies for maintaining psychological, emotional and physical balance and robustness. This includes weekly supervision and her own therapeutic process in which she has been engaged for the last ten years, as she does not believe she can take anyone further than she has gone herself. These are invaluable inputs to her effectiveness, complementing and extending her training; they are the backbone of her ability to offer insight, empathy, compassion and unconditional support as she works with young people and adults with Autism Spectrum traits and their families, to implement simple, practical but profoundly effective techniques to address and overcome their difficulties.
Psychologist BPsych (Hons), Master of Research (Psychology)
Nicole is a Registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society working towards endorsement as a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has recently submitted her PhD, which she completed at Macquarie University alongside a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology. Nicole’s research focused on the beneficial effects of observing hand gestures on comprehension in children and adults, including children with autism spectrum disorder. She has published four peer-reviewed articles and presented her research at three international conferences.
Nicole is passionate about working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders (including ASD) and their families. She believes that working with children and their families to set and meet goals as well as enhance day to day functioning is a vital (and rewarding) component of treatment. During her Masters, Nicole received training and experience in two private clinics and two major children’s hospitals across Sydney and the Gold Coast. Throughout her training, she worked with individuals with a variety of conditions, including autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, specific learning disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression. She has been trained in the neuropsychological assessment of these conditions for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. Nicole is also able to conduct neuropsychological assessments to gain a thorough understanding of where a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses lie and provide tailored strategies and recommendations to be used both at home and school to help children to reach their potential.
MPsych(Clin) PhD MAPS MCCP
Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist and founder of Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Brisbane, Australia. Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in all areas of ASD. She was awarded a PhD for her original research on ASD and psychological health in 2007. She co-wrote the first screening tool for Asperger’s syndrome in 1993, and for girls and women in 2011. Michelle has co-authored four books on ASD, and has published in peer reviewed journal articles. Her most recent book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She has co-authored three books with Prof Tony Attwood on emotion management for children and adolescents. She provides training in ASD for four Australian Universities. She is an accredited yoga teacher.
MSc PhD AFBPsS MAPS MCCP
Tony is a clinical psychologist and Senior Consultant at Minds & Hearts. He acquired his original qualifications in England, and achieved a PhD from the University of London. He has specialised in autism spectrum conditions, especially Asperger’s syndrome. Tony is an adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland. His book Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals has become one of the primary texts on Asperger’s Syndrome and has been translated into twenty languages.
His current clinical interests are developing diagnostic procedures and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for emotion management for children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Occupational Therapist BOccThy (Hons)
Kate is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours Degree, with Dean’s Commendation) from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa in 2011. Kate worked within rural Underberg, South Africa, where her passion for paediatrics emerged. She provided in- and out-patient therapy to infants, children and adults and participated in many outreach programmes and training of parents, teachers and other professionals. Kate continued her love for paediatrics working within a multidisciplinary team in the school setting for 8 years, providing therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, sensory processing differences, specific learning disorders and developmental delays. During this time, Kate provided supervision for students and completed additional training in various areas including Autism, cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment and handwriting.
In October 2019, Kate and her family immigrated to the Gold Coast, Australia where she has been working in the private setting specialising in paediatrics and early childhood intervention. Kate has extensive knowledge and experience in providing assessment and focused individual treatment using evidence-informed therapy.
Kate believes in working alongside children and their families to create positive learning opportunities and develop confident, resilient and happy children. Kate feels privileged to be welcomed into the lives of the families she works with and she looks forward to accompanying your child on their personal journey of growth and development.
Occupational Therapist BSc(OT) (Hons)
Libby graduated from the University of East Anglia with a First-Class Honours in Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy from the UK in 2013. In the UK, she worked within inpatient settings, Specialising in Mental Health for adults and adolescents with varying disabilities, and diagnoses in the NHS, prior to her move to Australia.
Libby has since worked in private practice settings, within the Ipswich region and surrounding areas specialising in Paediatrics. She has worked with children and adolescents with varying diagnoses; she also has extensive experience providing assessment and treatment to both children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Libby ensures best evidence-based practice and will develop an individually tailored intervention plan to focus on achieving goals set, ensuring a child centred family approach is taken. Libby realises the importance of a Multidisciplinary Team approach and consistently takes a collaborative approach working with all therapeutic staff and family members involved in the child’s care to ensure outcomes are achieved.
Clinical Psychologist Registrar, Registered Music Therapist
Kylie is a Psychologist, a Clinical Psychology Registrar, and a Registered Music Therapist. Kylie has worked therapeutically with a wide range of clients from young children with developmental delay and disability, through to children and adolescents with autism and communication and social difficulties, and adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.
Since 2011 Kylie has engaged in cross-cultural aid work in Bangladesh, where she and a fellow speech therapist work together to develop and deliver training in creative therapy skills for teachers, parents and therapists working with children and adolescents with ASD. In 2020 Kylie delivered a conference presentation at the World Congress of Music Therapy in South Africa sharing about her work in Bangladesh.
Kylie is passionate about bringing creativity into the psychology therapy space, and is always amazed to discover the uniqueness each person brings with them. Kylie is experienced in creating a safe and open space for her clients to feel welcome, understood and supported in their journey.
Jo has been a Psychologist for eighteen years and during this time, has provided therapy to adults, couples, children and teenagers. Jo is passionate about helping people through major life transitions, adjusting to change and moving forwards. Jo is open and non-judgemental and her goal is to help others navigate difficult life experiences. Jo has worked in a range of contexts which have included; private mental health hospitals, private practice and within the family courts. Her experience encompasses a diverse range of clients, situations and mental health difficulties.
Her therapeutic approach is tailored to individual needs and uses evidence-based practice. Jo uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as a positive psychology approach. This will help clients to develop healthy effective coping strategies and will enable them to tap into their abilities and strengths to build optimism and positive emotions. This approach can help to build resilience to manage the hurdles of life and also will lead to better general health and success in study, work and relationships.
Some fun facts about Jo:
Jo speaks Mandarin Chinese. Her first degree was in this and she lived in China for a year in 1984. Jo has done psych assessments in Chinese in the past though now she is a little rusty.
Jo loves tennis – learning late in life so progress is slow but she does love a bit of competition and the exercise. She is passionate about following all the world’s great tennis players – her favourite is Federer.
Naomi is a Speech Pathologist that completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at James Cook University in 2014. Since graduating, she has gained experience in multidisciplinary private practice with individuals across the lifespan with varying presentations; including a large representation of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Having lived in Townsville since the rollout of NDIS in 2016, she is familiar with the NDIS framework and expectations for both participants and providers.
She is trained to assess, diagnose and provide therapeutic intervention for various communication disorders including speech sound disorders, language disorders, fluency difficulties, feeding difficulties, social skill and pragmatic difficulties, and some Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. Naomi is a Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist for both the More Than Words (MTW) and It Takes Two to Talk (ITTT) programs. Naomi is also trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) assessment.
Naomi enjoys supporting individuals and their families to achieve functional outcomes. She believes in celebrating the small achievements on the way to reaching long term goals.
BA, BPsych, MEd(Autism)
Lizaan gained her BA and BPsych in psychology from South Africa 2015. When Lizaan was completing her undergraduate and Honours degree in psychology between 2011 and 2015 she volunteered as a teacher assistant (Golden-Key programme) at an autism-specific school in South Africa. She supported teachers and children on the spectrum from the ages of 3 to 18 years. She became the Co-Director of this programme in 2013. Lizaan’s passion to work with children, adolescents, and adults on the spectrum started from her volunteering experience.
Lizaan has since moved to Brisbane in 2016 to complete her Masters degree in Autism Studies. During this time, she continued to gain experience in this field by completing a 12-month Internship at the Minds & Hearts Clinic. During this time, she was supervised by Dr Michelle Garnett and Prof Tony Attwood. Lizaan is passionately committed to work and support individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum that experience daily challenges. She realises the value of working in a team that shares the same passion for children on the spectrum. Lizaan is committed to assisting her clients to build on their strengths to reach their full potential. Lizaan has a special interest in helping girls on the spectrum to develop their social-emotional and self-understanding.
Nicola is a provisionally registered psychologist who completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science with first class honours at the University of Queensland in 2016. During her undergraduate degree she was a Research Assistant for the UQ School of Psychology, working in the cognitive engineering section. She assisted with a PhD research project and co-authored a paper on peripheral detection of stimuli via google glass in the Journal of Human Factors. Nicola has worked for Minds & Hearts for the past two years and in the future hopes to complete her Master in Clinical Psychology. Nicola has a warm and caring nature and a particular interest in helping children with ASD manage their emotions (like anxiety), develop social skills and build a strong positive sense of self.
Fun fact: Nicola has a miniature dachshund at home called Alfie, who sometimes struggles with his anxiety.
Farisha is a provisionally registered psychologist with Minds & Hearts. She completed her bachelor of Psychological Science with First class honours at The University of Queensland in 2018 and received the Dean’s Commendation for academic excellence in her final year. Throughout her degree she focused on development throughout the lifespan and cultural differences, completing her final thesis on Attitudes Towards Asylum Seekers. Farisha also assisted in the development of Dr Kamal’s “How to save your Marriage” and “De-Escalation & Resolution of Conflict in The Workplace” programs. She has volunteered for St John’s Residential Aged Care in which she worked closely with residents who suffered with mental disabilities. She is also trained in the Ready Reading Volunteering Program which assists children’s development in vocabulary, language skills and imagination.
Farisha is a caring and vibrant person with a passion for working with children and young adults with ASD and is endeavouring to embark on a career specialising in ASD. Her primary focuses are emotion regulation in children and working with young adults on conquering anxiety. Farisha uses evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Based Therapy, Psychoeducation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness.
Cora is a Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar) who completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Southern Cross University and her Master in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland.
She is passionate about delivering evidence-based treatment in a warm and supportive manner, with a client-directed focus. Cora is committed to achieving positive outcomes for her clients. She believes in working collaboratively with you to help you gain insight and understanding of the problem, and to formulate goals you would like to work towards. Cora will assist you to understand your own psychological processes, will teach you practical skills to manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to achieve relief from your symptoms, improve your quality of life and prevent relapse. She will help you solve problems such as dependence to cigarettes or other substances, deal with a work-related problem, manage stress, relationship difficulties or simply learn to problem-solve.
Cora has extensive experience working with individuals (children, adolescents, adults) with Autism Spectrum Conditions. She is very fortunate to have worked alongside experts in this area such as Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, under who’s guidance she trained. She also has experience treating anxiety, depression, stress and interpersonal difficulties. Cora has worked in a variety of settings, including treating traumatised children in remote Australia, and has worked in psychiatric teams and treating degenerative cognitive conditions such as Parkinson’s disease; she also has experience working with people suffering from Diabetes and Complex Obesity as well as people struggling with eating disorders. She is an accredited Triple P provider which means she has experience delivering the most effective parenting programs, helping parents better understand and manage difficulties that arise with raising children, whether they are little ones, adolescents, children with physical or cognitive disabilities, or children whose parents are going through a divorce. Cora has a deep appreciation and understanding of people from different cultures, including Indigenous Australians.
Cora has specialist training and experience delivering evidence-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Applied Behaviour Analysis. These treatments have been found to be effective in providing significant psychological benefits. She also has special interests in neuroscience and behavioural psychology. Her approach has been effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress and trauma, coping with parenting, loss and separation, and relationship problems.
Administration and Operations Manager
Hannah is the Administration and Operations Manager at Minds and Hearts. Prior to joining Minds and Hearts Hannah completed a degree in Health Science. Hannah has a passionate interest in the health and wellbeing of children and adults and has a strong background in working with people of all ages and cultures.