I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -- Maya Angelou
Kerry Horan - Senior Psychologist - Trauma & PTSD
Kerry is a Registered Psychologist with over 38 years experience in private practice and working with a range of clients with disability in government and hospital settings. Kerry is extensively experienced in PTSD, working with victims of trauma (including sexual abuse) and is qualified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).
Kerry has considerable experience working with adolescents and adults with very complex mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders and intellectual disability. She regularly runs a range of group treatment programs for clients, including: step-parenting; coping with trauma; and managing anxiety and depression. Kerry offers counselling for individuals, couples and families. Her approach is warm and welcoming, and she continually seeks to expand her training and expertise to best assist her diverse client group.
Kerry is a Christian Psychologist and offers Christian Counselling to those who request it. She has many years' experience with Elijah House Programs. Elijah House Ministries Australia is a non-profit interdenominational Christian training organisation committed to influencing our culture through the Word of God, teaching and prayer within the local Christian church and other organisations.
Kerry is our Principal Psychologist and successfully leads our team with her energetic approach and her ever positive attitude. Her clients often refer to her approach as if they are meeting a friend for a coffee.
Erin Hitzke - Senior Psychologist - Work Injury & Work Related Issues
Erin is a Registered Psychologist with over 10 years experience working extensively with couples, adults and adolescents who are suffering from depression, anxiety, acute and post-traumatic experiences, chronic pain, injury, chronic illness, bereavement, relationship and family difficulties, and work-related and organisational issues (e.g. bullying and harassment). She is a trained EMDR therapist.
Erin is extensively experienced in Workers’ Compensation issues, and provides adjustment counselling to clients who have experienced work-related illness and physical injury within all jurisdictions in Australia (WorkCover, Comcare, MRCG); as well as providing counselling to clients whose mental health injuries relate to workplace issues such as bullying, harassment, trauma and burn-out. She has legislative training, alongside workplace rehabilitation skills, and can assist clients in coping with and navigating what can be an otherwise distressing process.
Erin has extensive experience in coaching and training clients to manage their stress, set and achieve goals, improve work-life balance and regularly runs seminars on understanding psychological illness and using mental health first aid strategies to positively impact the workplace and beyond. Her primary counselling approach is to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Brief Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Interpersonal Psychotherapeutic (IPT) interventions. Her style can be described as approachable, empowering, practical and solution-focused, teaming a bright personality with a professional approach.
Rossana is a Registered Psychologist with 25 years of experience in counselling those suffering from relationship issues, stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment issues and trauma. She has worked in General Practice as a Registered Nurse and Community Mental Health.
Rossana has obtained Psychotherapy training for Dissociative Disorders with the International Society for the Study of Dissociation in Northbrook USA. She has a holistic approach and employs a number of interventions: C.B.T., Gestalt, Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, EFT and others.
Rossana is of Italian background, is very fluent in the language and has a keen interest in community mental health and trans-cultural issues, including migrant and refugees. Rossana has been a Bilingual Mental Health Consultant with the Queensland Trans-cultural Mental Health Centre since 2008.
Rossana is qualified in premarital counsellor. She is trained and accredited in marriage education and FOCCUS facilitation, and complies with guidelines set down by the Attorney-General’s Department.
Rossana has a strong background in blended families and adolescent counselling and often holds courses on these topics. Rossana is a Christian Psychologist and offers Christian Counselling to those who request it. Rossana has a friendly and compassionate approach and assists her clients by implementing her years of knowledge and experience.
Heather Adam - Psychologist - Children's Psychology
Heather is a Registered Psychologist who was previously a school teacher and teacher librarian. Heather has taught primary, secondary, VET and TAFE students for over 25 years. Heather turned her attention to counselling and in 2003 completed a Master of Educational Studies in Guidance and Counselling. Heather went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology at Australian Catholic University in 2010. She has a a wide variety of experience counselling individual and couples and is especially versed in Children's Psychology. In 2015 Heather completed her Masters in Counselling at QUT Kelvin Grove.
Heather offers solution based therapy for depression, anxiety, anger management, domestic violence, parenting and relationships. Her current practice includes Solution Focused Reflective Practice, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (Mindfulness Skills, Emotional Regulation Skills and Distress Tolerance Skills), Relaxation training, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Anger Management, Motivational Interviewing and Problem-Solving Therapy.
Heather has a cheerful and welcoming personality, she is a dynamic woman with many interests including working with the Girls Brigade for many years. She thoroughly enjoys outdoor activities including camping, canoeing and bush walking.
Yvonne Pirsic - Counsellor
talking to people, Yvonne is curious to learn about her clients' qualities, what works for them, and loves to help them to uncover their unique worth and value. She loves to help her clients uncover what they are passionate about in life, both in the counselling room and the broader spheres of their lives. She is interested in real conversations about everyday moments, not condescending words or labels.
Yvonne is experienced in honouring peoples' lives, and assisting them to come to terms with the changes experienced in grief. Before becoming a counsellor, she sang at ceremonies and memorials for many years. With a background in theological support, she can talk with people comfortably about their own spirituality expressions and spiritual needs.
Yvonne holds a Diploma of Counselling (expressive and narrative ways of journeying with people), and she has found that people are wiser than they know. She has a particular enthusiasm for music, words and all things community; as well as a deep understanding of the value of each human life.
Yvonne also has a passion for animals and has a special interest in helping those who are grieving the loss of their pets, she treats those who are suffering the loss of their pets with the same respect and delicacy as those who have lost a human family member, after all your animal is a part of your family.
Fran Schull - Practice Manager
Fran has been an integral part of our clinic environment at Good Counsel for seven years. Together with Kerry, she has been a major part of the creation and operation of Good Counsel International. Her friendly and kind nature gives her an incredible knack for making clients feel welcome and safe.
Fran is our office dynamo, and is incredibly efficient and hard-working, with a range of skills in administration, accounting, medicare legislation, networking, financial management and marketing. She is also an artist, and provides her skills and talents within our office, providing our clients with a craft table where they can get creative while they wait, We really couldn't be without her!
Ashleigh Schull - Senior Administrator
Ashleigh has been a part of our team on and off for the last 5 years while she studies for her Masters Degree in Psychology with a focus on Children's Psychology, from the University of Queensland. Ashleigh handles administration duties with ease and makes all of our clients feel supremely welcome. She is indispensable to our office. We hope to have her as part of our Practitioner team in 2019!
Genevieve Hitzke - Administrator
Gena joined the Good Counsel Admin team early last year to help us out with all of our reception needs such as greeting all of our clients, making delicious coffee, booking in appointments and much much more! She has a very bright an bubbly personality and is passionate about Music, Netflix and Star Wars! Since starting with us Gena has excelled in many areas of our business operations and is a valued member of our team. If ever you're needing something at the clinic Gena is always willing to go above and beyond to help others out! We're so happy to have her in our clinic and look forward to hearing her melodic voice every day at work.
Jake Burgess - Administrator
The only male member of our team. but he does it with style! Jake joined our team early last year and has proved to be an integral part of our every day environment. Jake is currently studying his Honours Degree in Psychology at UQ and has learned a lot about his future career by working with us. Jake is great with our clients, super organised and always on time, he brings his great sense of humour to work which certainly improves the general feel of the office.