Our Team


Haven Psychology believes in an inclusive, warm, compassionate, and friendly environment for all our clients and team members. We want your story to be one of healing, change, growth and meaning.


For this to be truly effective, the best outcomes are dependent on the relationship between you and your therapist. We care because you matter. Haven is a place where you can belong and not have to work at fitting in because life is hard enough. When you have that therapeutic connection with your therapist, you feel heard and validated. When you open up to trusting your most vulnerable self to your therapist, healing may sincerely begin. Connection, compassion, empathy, respect, genuiness and transparency allow us to help each other heal and thrive. This therapeutic relationship will help you fill the gaps and understand the plot twists in your story. The built trust and alliance will help shift the shame, guilt, and blame you may feel towards one of understanding, purpose and meaning. This client-centred connection will enable you to rescript your story whilst honouring your history.


We provide individual, ​relationship, family and group therapy in the most effective and contemporary evidence-based strategies within an empathic and empowering therapeutic environment. Our therapy sessions can be conducted in-house, online and by phone through video conferencing.


All of our team members are registered with their professional Boards, and have years of experience in the field of mental health, wellness, and relationships.​

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Our People

Denise Abreu

Denise is a Counselling Psychologist and passionately believes that all people are created equal, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender diversity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic situation. Denise employs a wide variety of approaches to make sure you receive an individualised service that best suits your needs. She enjoys working together with you as you begin to rescript your story with meaning and purpose to improve your quality of life, your connection with others and nature, and have a sense of belonging.

Denise has a special interest in complex mental health, such as complex and developmental trauma, psychosis, dissociative disorders, and personality vulnerabilities. Her favourite ways to work include EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Ego State Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Denise also particularly enjoys working with people who identify as LGBTIQAP+, and/or are faith-aligned. When not working at Haven, Denise loves travelling, and is often found near water, wineries and food.


Denise uses she/they pronouns.

Qualifications/Industry Associations:

  • Masters of Applied Psychology (MAPS, Counselling)
  • Chair-elect of APS College of Counselling Psychologists
  • APS Trauma Support Services​
  • Australian Professional Association for Trans Health AUSPATH
  • World Professional Association for Trans Health WPATH

Jessica Bell

Jessica is a Registered Psychologist and Counselling Psychology Registrar working with adult and adolescent clients. Jessica strongly believes that everyone is born 100% worthy and 100% equal and she greatly values her role in supporting clients of all gender, sexual, spiritual, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Jessica is passionate about joining her clients on their journey through life and supporting them to enhance their well-being and reach their goals, whatever they may be. Jessica aims to provide clients with a secure and supportive environment by using a collaborative, client-centred approach in which she tailors her approach to her client’s specific needs. Jessica draws from various therapeutic modalities with special interests in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy and Brief Psychodynamic Therapy.Jessica works with a range of presenting concerns. Her specific areas of interest include bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and panic, binge eating disorder, relationship difficulties, emotion regulation and self-esteem concerns. Jessica works with grief, loss and life transitions and provides a safe space through which to navigate these life changes. Jessica is passionate about supporting her clients towards healthy and fulfilling relationships. In addition to working one-on-one, Jessica also offers therapy to couples at every stage of their relationship, from new and pre-marital couples through to couples who have been together for decades. When she is not exploring her relatively new home of Queensland, Jessica sings in a community choir and has recently taken up Zumba, because she thinks it is fun to wobble around like a baby giraffe learning to walk.


Jessica uses she/her pronouns.

Qualifications/Industry Associations:

  • Master of Psychology (Counselling)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Committee Member of APS College of Counselling Psychologists – QLD Branch
  • Member of International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

Owen O’Neil


Owen is a registered psychologist who is passionate about working with young people, members of the LGBTIQAP+, brothaboy and sistagirl communities, people who have experienced trauma, and people with issues with drug and alcohol use. He is particularly interested in working at the intersection of these four groups. He has a keen interest in relationship counselling, especially with queer couples and people in poly relationships. He takes a strengths based approach and employs a range of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.


He has experience across a range of government and non-government organisations including headspace, Twenty10 Inc. the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, Queensland Positive People, and Queensland Health Youth Alcohol and Drug Service. Owen has volunteered as a telephone counsellor at both Lifeline and QLife, as a group facilitator at Wayahead, and as a mentor at Centre for Hope.


Owen studied music for many years and enjoyed a brief career as a professional opera singer, working with various opera companies and ensembles.


Owen is a proud member of the LGBTIQAP+ community and his pronouns are he/him/his.

Qualifications/Industry Associations:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Psychology (Counselling)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists (CCoun)
  • Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
  • Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
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David Belsham


David is an experienced Psychologist who strongly believes in ethical practice.  He has extensive experience delivering services to diverse groups both in Australia and overseas.  His passion is finding the right approach for you and forming a collaborative therapeutic relationship so that you can explore what is on your mind without judgement.  He mostly works with adults who feel angry, depressed and anxious.  Though he has a strong interest and a lot of experience in health and eating disorders.  He also works with many students. David prides himself on flexibility, and ensures a safe therapeutic space for all his clients.  He works with individuals, but also facilitates groups for those that this may help.


When not working, David enjoys the arts and in particular classical music.  He loves sport and enjoys nothing more than an afternoon with friends and family watching the football.


David uses He/They pronouns.

Qualifications/Industry Associations:

  • Master of Science & Post-Master of Science Diploma (Counselling Psychology)
  • Member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS)
  • Committee Member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists – QLD Branch
  • Associate Fellow, Chartered Psychologist and Scientist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (and Science Council)
  • Full Membership of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology, General Membership of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology

Dr Joey Lawrence


Joey is a registered psychologist. She has a Doctorate in Psychology (clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology). She is currently completing further training for endorsement as a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist. Joey is now branching out into sexology and sex therapy and is completing additional study towards registration as a clinical psychosexual therapist. 


Joey’s approach places the relationship between client and therapist at the heart of all therapy. She works from a strengths-based, compassionate and accepting base. Her therapy approach is eclectic and suited to client’s individual goals and preferences. She uses client-directed therapy, which means emphasising and valuing the experience of clients in therapy to guide its direction. She also draws on evidence-based practices including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion-Focussed therapy, and Motivational interviewing and continues to learn new approaches.


She has experience working with a range psychological concerns, including anxiety, mood concerns (depression and bipolar disorder), relationship issues, trauma-related difficulties, chronic pain, and neurodevelopmental/neurological disorders. She has worked with people of all ages and many diverse backgrounds. Her specific interests are relationship concerns, enhancing sexual functioning including understanding your erotic mind, clinical neuropsychology, and anxiety.


Joey is queer, kink, poly and non-monogamy friendly. She values navigating topics relating to sex, gender and relationships in an open, supportive, non-judgemental, and accepting environment. She sees these issues as relating to fundamental needs for connection, understanding, and self-expression. 


When she’s not at Haven or studying (and not reading psychology related books when she is meant to be taking time out) Joey enjoys watching Korean dramas, trying to play piano (not very well) and cooking. 



Joey uses she/her pronouns.



  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology)
  • Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar
  • Bachelor of Psychology with 1st class Honours 
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Vladana Brkic


Vladana is a provisionally registered psychologist who works with a range of mental health concerns and clients of all ages. She firmly believes that with appropriate support, we have inherent potential to move beyond suffering, towards a life of meaning and purpose. She is a warm and emotionally attuned practitioner, with a focus on the client-therapist relationship as the foundation for all therapeutic work.


Vladana’s areas of interest include trauma, complex mental health and personality vulnerabilities. She is equally passionate about working with adolescents and young adults, as they navigate significant changes during this period of development. This includes individuals whose needs for nurture, physical and/or emotional safety in childhood could not be met.


Vladana takes great care in providing a safe, transparent and collaborative space for her clients. She draws on a range of evidence-based interventions to ensure a client-specific approach to therapy. This can include Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Emotion-focused Therapy, among others.


Vladana has extensive experience working with children and families from diverse backgrounds, across government and non-government settings. Prior to joining Haven, she worked as a child, adolescent and adult counsellor.


When not working, Vladana can be found immersed in creative hobbies, or spending time in nature – soaking up the sun.


Vladana uses she/her pronouns.



  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology 
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Mel Coleborn

Mel has over 14 years experience in administration and brings excellent organisational skills and a calm, accepting presence to the administration side of our practice. Mel has a special interest in working in the mental health space and is passionate about supporting people on their mental health journey.


Mel is a mother of two young daughters and enjoys spending time getting out with her young family.


Mel uses she/her pronouns.