Psychologist in Brisbane
Dr Hardwick specialises in the provision of evidence-based, psychological counselling services. Dr Hardwick offers sensitive and responsive support to help her clients work through current issues to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.
Her approach aims to be collaborative, non-judgemental, confidential, caring, and underpinned by an understanding of the client’s true values and goals. While accessing therapy can be an uncertain process, Dr Hardwick can answer all your questions to ensure you receive the right type of therapy for your needs.
Dr Hardwick has many years experience in the assessment, diagnosis, formulation and treatment of a range of personal, emotional and relationship issues. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, and continues to expand her skills-base with ongoing professional development.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Fears and Phobias
- Panic Disorder
- Stress management
- Adjustment Disorders
- Social Phobia
- Grief & Loss
- Personality Disorders
- Anger management
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Adjustment to injury counselling
- Memory retraining
- Cognitive Rehabilitation
- Planning and problem solving skills development
- Impulse control
- Behavioural problems
- Social functioning
- Insight and awareness
- Anger management
- Relationship/intimacy issues
- Increasing independence
- Carer support and advice
- Work stress
- Workplace bullying/harassment
- Rehabilitation/Injury Counselling
- Suitable Duties planning and intervention
Parenting & Families
- Parent training (Triple P)
- Child behaviour management
- Support for families in crisis (e.g. divorce)
- Support for families experiencing child custody/protection issues
- Couples counselling
- Communication skills
What can I expect from therapy?
The aim of therapy is to work collaboratively with the client to increase their understanding of themselves and address areas of concern in a meaningful yet timely manner. The process aims to increase the client’s understanding and awareness of their current difficulties, and to help them to learn strategies that will enable them to overcome areas of difficulty and work towards improving their overall quality of life.
The initial session typically involves a clinical assessment, where information is collected on the nature of the client’s current difficulties and relevant history, as well as the administration of questionnaires regarding current functioning. By the end of the first session, the client and Dr Hardwick will have a clearer understanding of the nature of the client’s current difficulties and contributing factors, and will have developed a therapy plan which includes therapy goals, the treatment approach, and the number of sessions required.
Therapy sessions typically last 50-60 minutes and occur at a frequency determined by the client and Dr Hardwick, usually weekly. The number of treatment sessions that will be required depends on the unique circumstances of each client. Therapy typically involves the completion of in-between session tasks (known as homework), that aims to increase the benefits of therapy.
Sessions can be held at Dr Hardwick’s offices in Ashgrove or via phone or skype as needed.
Psychological Assessments are useful in cases where an individual or organisation wishes to know more about a person’s current (or past) mental health or psychological functioning, and/or wish to know how to assist the person to overcome areas of emotional or behavioural difficulty.
Psychological Assessments typically involve a clinical interview and the provision of validated psychometric measures of functioning, as well as collateral interviews and observations of functioning if indicated. The Psychological Assessment Report will provide a summary of any psychological problems, provide an indication of any mental health diagnoses (i.e. DSM-V), provide a formulation of the presenting problems, and outline the type of treatment/intervention that is needed to address the problem, as well as the likely prognosis.
Below provides a sample of some of the types Psychological Assessments that can be requested:
- Mental Health Assessments
- Personality Assessments
- Vocational Assessments
- Drug and Alcohol Assessments
- Parenting Assessments
- Return to Work Assessments
Different Therapy Approaches and Techniques
Dr Hardwick uses her years of experience and training in multiple different therapy techniques to adapt to her clients needs. The following is some more information on two common therapy counselling.