About

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/her 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

 

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)

David

 

David is a Registered Psychologist, with extensive experience in working with diverse groups. He is passionate in ensuring that the highest standard of service is afforded to all clients dealing with a range of issues. David has multiple decades of practice experience in delivering services in complex environments, and appreciates that for each individual the experience of seeing a Psychologist should be tailored their needs. His principle therapeutic modality is psychodynamic, but is extensively trained and experienced in the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as humanistic approaches.  David is available for individual consultations, and also delivers group based services following individual consultation.

 

David is able to assist clients across depression and anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, or those who may require support through other complex experiences.  David particularly enjoys working in the areas of men’s mental health, addiction, trauma, and the justice system.

 

When not working or studying Criminology, he is particularly passionate about the arts and travel. He regularly travels between Australia and Europe, where he has been fortunate to undergo much of his training.

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

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.