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

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.

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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.

Qualifications:

 

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

Carla (she/her) is a provisionally registered psychologist who believes in empowering others at all stages of their lives. She recognises and celebrates the strengths of her clients and loves to create a warm and non-judgemental space for people to share their wins, worries and vulnerabilities.

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Carla has a background of working with children, young people and their families in government and non-government child protection agencies. Building from this experience, Carla particularly enjoys working with clients aged teens and young adults to overcome life’s challenges and past trauma to prepare for adulthood. She has an interest in supporting survivors of sexual abuse, as well as people of all ages with a range of mental health concerns.

Having completed further studies in Psychosexual Therapy, Carla wants to support people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, and cultural backgrounds to enjoy their sexual lives free from pain, stigma, and shame. To do this, she works with the largest sexual organ – the brain! Carla also thoroughly enjoyed researching the sexual needs and behaviours of neurodiverse young people, particularly those that have experienced trauma, and has some experience in supporting people on the Autism Spectrum (AS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Intellectual Disability (ID) to navigate their sexuality.

Outside of work, Carla loves travelling, spending time with family and hitting the Pilates studio.

 

Carla uses she/her pronouns

 

Qualifications/Industry Associations:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Ext. Major in Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma of Behavioural Sciences
  • Master of Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) in Psychosexual Therapy.

Ingrid Schults

Ingrid is a registered psychologist with more than fifteen years of experience in providing individual therapy.  She values creating a calm, positive space for clients to heal, to learn and to grow. 

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Ingrid uses a client-centred approach, working collaboratively with you to identify goals and treatment methods, across the areas of anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions, addiction, bereavement, and relationship/communication difficulties.

 

She can help you with life or work direction uncertainties, parenting challenges, and management of chronic pain or chronic illness. Ingrid believes that helping clients to learn about the links between thoughts, emotions and behaviours is an important starting point for change.  

 

Ingrid has extensive experience using evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Mindfulness-based techniques.  She uses a strengths-based approach, and she integrates elements of Compassion-based Therapy (CFT), Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Assertiveness Training, and Anger Management. She recognises that people sometimes also need practical tools in order to reach their potential.

 

Ingrid’s clinical experience has been gained through working in private practice, employment services, being a life coach, and working as a telephone counsellor at the Lifeline Crisis Counselling service. 

 

Ingrid is curious, optimistic, patient, and non-judgemental, and she brings these qualities into the room, helping you to feel respected and at ease.  She will gently challenge you to consider alternative ways of thinking and acting, when you are ready.  

 

Ingrid says that being a part of the Haven team allows her to be her authentic self and to have the freedom to express her needs, which allows her to be fully present to connect with her clients. 

 

In her spare time, Ingrid enjoys cycling, yoga, reading, music, and spending time with her friends, family and furry companions.

 

Ingrid uses she/her pronouns

 

Qualifications/Industry Associations:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
  • Member of Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi)

Owen O’Neil

Owen is a registered psychologist and counselling psychology registrar who enjoys working with members of the LGBTIQAP+, brotherboy and sistergirl communities, people who have experienced trauma, and people who struggle with their drug and alcohol use.

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He is particularly interested in working at the intersection of these groups. Owen is sex, kink, and sex-work positive. He has a keen interest in relationship counselling, especially with queer couples and people in poly and CNM relationships. The inclusive and affirming culture at Haven is one of the aspects of his job that brings him the most joy and pride.

 

Owen takes a strengths-based approach and employs a range of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Narrative 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 Psychology)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
  • Member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Member of the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA)
  • Member of the Australian Professional Association for Transgender Health (AusPATH)

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.

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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

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.

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Michael Bradbrook

Michael is the Operations Manager and Director of Haven Psychology and brings over 25 years of business improvement and people management experience to the practice. During his career, Michael has taken a keen interest in developing the people who he works with, helping them to bring their authentic selves into the workplace and working with their unique strengths and talents. 

 

Michael’s interests outside of work include, being an (over) enthusiastic road-bike cyclist, serving in leadership at his local church, and stretching the bounds of his imagination with a good science fiction novel.  

 

Michael uses he/him pronouns