Our Team

Mind Potential Psychology was established with the aim of delivering high level, evidence-based psychological treatment to individuals across the Sunshine Coast. The Founding Director, Danielle McCarthy, recognised that not only is skill important in treating psychological concerns, but so too is getting the right fit between psychologist and client. This is a very important relationship after all and one that is so crucial to getting right.

Dr Danielle McCarthy

Clinical Psychologist

Sometimes life can throw us a curveball and we need assistance to help us through. If you’re an adolescent or adult and you could use a little support, book an appointment with Danielle today.

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Post-natal Depression & Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Body Image Concerns
 

Amber Vonhoff

Clinical Psychologist

Amber is invested in seeing her clients thrive. She has clinical experience providing evidence-based psychological treatment for most psychological disorders. Amber seeks to understand her clients and work collaboratively with them. Amber completed her training at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and loves the local community. Book an appointment with Amber to help you get back to feeling like yourself.

  • Adults
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar)
  • Anxiety Disorders (inc. Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic)
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • PTSD and Trauma related
  • Insomnia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use
  • WorkCover
  • EAP
  • NDIS – Self or Plan managed
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Meta-Cognitive Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • CBT for insomnia
  • CBT-E (for eating disorders)

Lisa McLean

Psychologist

Lisa understands there are some issues and life circumstances that are too difficult to manage on your own. Lisa provides a safe and supportive space where clients can feel heard and understood, and are empowered to create positive change. Lisa has spent over 20 years in the community sector supporting people who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. She has extensive training in mindfulness and compassion based interventions and is currently completing a PhD on compassion-focused therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Compassion-focused Therapy
  • Stress Management
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
  • EAP

Dr Anna Pollock

Clinical Psychologist

 

Anna has worked internationally with a diverse range of clients and mental health issues; she holds a masters in psychological research and doctorate of clinical psychology from the UK. She enjoys working with adults and couples using a compassionate focussed framework to support clients to manage their difficulties and enable them to move forward with their lives. Anna is also a trained and certified Mediator specialising in the resolution of workplace conflict.

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Grief
  • Couples Therapy (Gottman Method)
  • Mindfulness
  • Workplace Stress
  • WorkCover
  • Stress Management
  • Post-natal Depression & Anxiety
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Madeleine Stoddart

Clinical Psychologist

Maddie believes that everyone has the strength to overcome life’s obstacles, but sometimes you just need some extra support or a new approach to get there.  She works with all ages using evidence-based therapies and is looking forward to working beside you in your journey to better mental health.

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Cognitive Assessments and Testing
  • Insomnia
  • ADHD/ASD
  • Body Image Concerns
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Meta Cognitive Therapy (MCT)
  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief/Loss
  • WorkCover
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Sophia Fitzgerald

Psychologist
Sophia is a Registered Psychologist who provides a positive, kind and compassionate space for clients to grow, build resilience and flourish. She has worked across Queensland, Perth and Sydney in a range of private practice, vocational rehabilitation and educational settings.
 
Sophia has a strong interest in mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), holistic wellbeing, positive psychology and coaching psychology. Additionally, Sophia has experience delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy, Psycho-education, Skills training and Relaxation strategies.
 
Sophia’s qualifications include Bachelor of Psychology, a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Science, and she is currently completing Masters of Rehabilitation Counselling though University of Sydney. Sophia enjoys assisting adults in their journey towards living happy, meaningful and fulfilling lives, through exploration of their values, intention and purpose.
 
Sophia has experience in providing evidence-based psychological treatment for a range of concerns including:
 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Career Support
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life / Personal Coaching
  • Adjustment issues
  • Motivation, Procrastination and Time-management
  • Self-esteem and Self-development
  • Social skills
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Relationships (Individual counselling)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Performance Management
  • Workplace Stress
  • Workplace Coaching
  • Cancer Support
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Health-related problems
  • Pain Management
  • Physical disability
  • Rehabilitation / Injury Counselling
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Fatigue
  • Weight-management
 

Anita Hosking

Psychologist

Anita is a Registered Psychologist practicing in psychotherapy since 2009. Recognising the unique individuality of each person, she is passionate about providing an individualised and holistic approach in supporting clients towards improved well-being.

Her therapeutic orientation is predominantly based upon Acceptance and Commitment (ACT). Within this framework Anita tailors creative and solution focussed approaches for individual counselling.  She utilises a range of therapeutic techniques with her clients and draws from a wide range of modalities including Mindfulness; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Interpersonal Therapy; Narrative Therapy; Motivational Interviewing; Vocational Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and more depending on the needs of the client.

Anita is a STAP (Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program) accredited supervisor, recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia.

She has a solid background in working with adult individuals facing life, work, relationship and financial challenges, and those struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, and stress.  Some of the issues Anita is able to provide support and guidance for include:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety (general anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety)
  • Depression (including peri-natal or post-natal depression)
  • Work Life Balance (workplace stress, career change, transitions)
  • Peri-natal and Post-natal depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Body image
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Stress
  • Burn out / feeling overwhelmed
  • Career and/or life dissatisfaction
  • (Individual) Relationship Counselling
  • Issues around Sexual and Gender Identity
  • Loss of focus or motivation
  • Career transition – retirement, return to work, career change
  • Return to work from injury or illness
  • Job seeking

Nicole Wannenburg

Nicole Wannenburg

Clinical Psychologist

Nicole is genuinely passionate about connecting with people on a meaningful level. Her focus is client-directed, allowing a safe space for people to process their own thoughts and emotions. Nicole has a strong interest in interpersonal neurobiology and works with clients in a compassionate and empowering manner. Historically, she has worked with a diverse range of clients in both community and clinical settings. More recently, Nicole has worked for the Royal Flying Doctors, delivering psychological assistance for Indigenous people in remote communities. Her previous work includes working with adolescence at Headspace. Nicole provides a number of evidence-based interventions, to help manage and integrate painful experiences to help foster resilience.

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Families
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Peri-natal and Post-natal depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault/abuse
  • Body image concerns
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Substance Use
  • Stress Management
  • Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Circle of Security
  • Workcover
 

Brionie Fryer

Brionie Fryer

Psychologist
Brionie’s main focus is to develop a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients, using her warm and friendly approach to create a safe environment for clients to disclose their concerns and achieve their goals. Her special interest areas include trauma, anxiety, workplace stress and personality disorders.
 
She has experience working with adults and uses an eclectic approach towards treatment, depending on her clients individual needs. She predominantly uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and implements aspects of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 
 
Brionie previously worked in the work cover and employment services industry. This has assisted her to develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of workplace injuries and workplace conflict or stress. She can assist clients with adjustment to injury counselling or vocational counselling to help you reach your career goals. 
 
She collaborates with her clients to increase your understanding of your mental health concerns and to provide you with practical strategies to implement outside of therapy. 
 
  • Adults
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work Cover
  • Career transition including career change/retirement/return to work
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self care including sleep difficulties, social engagement and work/life balance
  • Assertiveness and building self-confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Personality Disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance Use
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Imaginary and situational exposure therapy for trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress Management
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solutions Focused Therapy

Michael Pastorello

Psychologist

Michael uses a flexible client centred approach to help people find their own pathway to improving mental health and well-being. He believes in the importance of creating a safe place and a genuine therapeutic relationship for clients to grow. Michael has completed a Master of Psychology at the University of Queensland and has experience working with individuals’ experiencing depression and anxiety, life change, and those that just need some support in their day-to-day lives.

Michael is familiar with a variety of evidence-based psychological interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing and psychological skills training. He also has experience in sport, exercise, and performance psychology settings and can work with elite and amateur athletes in improving well-being, performance, sport enjoyment, and managing burnout/mental recovery.

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management
  • Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Work/life balance, burnout
  • Career and/or life dissatisfaction
  • Chronic pain
  • Dependence/substance abuse
  • Pain and/or injury management
  • Psychological skill training
  • Performance psychology
 
 

Support Staff

Tracey Stevens

Client Relationship Officer

Tracey is the amazing member of our team who you will most likely have first contact with. Her warm, nurturing and supportive nature will ensure you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. She is very understanding of the uncertainty that sometimes can surround your first visit and is wonderful at providing guidance on the right Psychologist for you. 

Amy de Wet

Receptionist

Amy is warm, approachable, and all about providing exceptional client care. She creates a welcoming presence in our waiting room and will go above and beyond to ensure you are comfortable and well looked after.

 

Kelly Theobald

Receptionist

Kelly is caring, engaging and wonderfully supportive of all our clients. She will ensure you feel welcome and ensure your needs are excelled.

Elly Esterhuizen

Receptionist

Elly is a polite, friendly and caring person, with a passion for delivering excellent support to all clients and will make you feel welcome.

 

Who We Can Help

Psychologists at Mind Potential Psychology have extensive training and experience working with a broad range of presenting concerns. We are likely to have a psychologist on our team who can assist you. Call us to find out more.

Therapeutic Frameworks

Depending on your specific needs and goals, psychologists at Mind Potential Psychology may utilise skills from one of the following evidence-based frameworks:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)
  • Meta Cognitive Therapy (MCT)
  • Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT)

Who We Can Help

  • Child and Adolescent behaviour and emotional functioning
  • Parenting skills
  • Anxiety Disorders and excessive worry
  • Coping with Stress
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • ADHD, ASD
  • Stress Management
  • Body Image Concerns and Eating Disorders
  • Pain Management
  • Peri and Post-natal Anxiety & Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjusting to change and life transitions
  • Anger
  • Sleep problems
  • Transgender and Gender Diverse
  • Substance Abuse
  • OCD
  • Self-esteem
  • Workcover
  • NDIS
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Insurance, and much more

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