We strive to provide an environment that enables people to explore their problems.
Dr Michele AndrewsDirector
Bach Psy(Hons), D Psych (Clinical Psych/ Clinical Neuropsychology), MAPS
Dr. Andrews is the founder/director of Mind Wise Psychology Services. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. Dr. Andrews is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychology Psychiatry and the Law and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Her previous positions in the public sector included: Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Neurosciences Unit of Princess Alexandra Hospital, Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist at the Park Centre for Mental Health, and Clinical Psychologist at the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit in Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr. Andrews made the move from the public to private sector in 2010. Michele’s clinical private practice has focused on treatment of individuals with complex trauma and PTSD.
Dr. Andrews works extensively with Queensland Corrective Services providing individual assessment and intervention with complex and high-risk male and female offenders in custody. Dr. Andrews also provides a consultancy service around challenging offenders with a history of complex trauma and challenging behaviours in custody. She provides state wide education workshops on trauma informed, gender responsive correctional care. These workshops focusing on understanding trauma, symptoms, responses and behaviours. The seminars focus on system change, trauma informed management strategies and developing staff attitudes to enhance compassionate trauma informed care utilising evidence based practice. Dr. Andrews has presented the following workshops for government agencies and private agencies:
• Trauma informed Correctional Care for custodial staff
• Working with Trauma- Trauma informed Care for Psychologists and mental health professionals.
• Trauma, Attachment and Sexual offending
• Trauma and Dementia
Dr Andrews also has extensive experience in medico-legal assessment/reports and forensic neuropsychology. She offers the following services:
• Fitness for trial/ capacity to provide legal instruction- private solicitor and the Queensland Mental Health Court.
• Presentence and mitigation reports (private funded)
• Clinical supervision
• Expert witness services
Dr Ursula Oertel
Dr Ursula Oertel has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland. She also completed a Master of Forensic Mental Health at the Griffith University. Ursula is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and an Affiliate Member of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists. She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) and the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO). Ursula is STAP Trained and Accredited as well as a Psychology Board Approved Supervisor with Clinical Psychology Endorsement. Ursula is registered to provide psychological services through Medicare, Private Health Insurance and WorkCover. She is also a Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service Provider.
Since 2012, Ursula has been working in private practice as a clinical and forensic specialist. As part of her clinical practice, Ursula provides therapeutic and counselling services to children, adolescents and adults who experience a wide range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress, serious and enduring mental illness, anger management, trauma, alcohol and substance misuse problems, disordered eating, and psychotic disorders. Ursula has experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Schema Therapy. As part of her forensic practice, Ursula provides psychological assessment and treatment services for a variety of forensic and legal matters. Ursula also provides expert opinions and court reports on forensic psychology matters including general offending risk assessments and specific sexual, spousal assault and violence risk assessments.
Prior to entering into private practice, Ursula was employed by the Queensland Government Health Service for eight years. Ursula initially worked as a Court Diversion Officer delivering assessment, education and treatment to illicit substance users before settling at an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital where she provided extended assessment and interventions for individuals with a range of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric disorders as well as intellectual disability.
Dian Wirawan is skilled in working with psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, peer relationships, adjustment issues, low self-esteem, grief & loss, trauma, self-harming, suicidal ideation, learning & behavioural problems, substance-use disorders, PTSD, addictions, developmental disabilities, interpersonal & communication problems, eating disorders, academic performance, workplace problems, and parenting issues.
Dian is committed to providing patients with high-quality ethical mental health treatments. Her passions are to enhance individuals’ well-beings and assist them in reaching their potentials and thus making the most of their present lives. Eclectic psychology is predominantly applied in her therapies so that effective treatment can be tailored to meet each individual’s unique needs. This involves evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic and Positive Psychology. In her counselling with children, Play & Art therapies are applied, while parents’ input is also taken into account to foster a collaborative approach to improve children’s mental health.
Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia since 2007, Dian has also become a prestige member of Australian Psychological Society (APS), International Association of Healthcare Professionals (IAHCP), Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN), and Child, Adolescent & Family Psychology, and Psychologists in Schools interest groups. Dian maintains a strong focus on continuing her professional development; while in her spare time enjoys trying new recipes, watching good movies, and investing quality time with her kids and beloved hubby.
Jackie Yuen is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in both psychotherapy and assessment for children, adults and older adults. Jackie also has experience in ADOS-2 Assessment. She has worked across sectors of disability, community mental health, public health (Alcohol and Other Drugs Service, Geriatric Adult Rehabilitation and Recovery Service, Toowoomba Base Hospital), with experience practising in regional areas (Darling Downs). She has also had experience working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds and can offer therapy services in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Jackie has a keen interest in mindfulness-based therapies and conducting assessments for children and families to support their learning potentials. Nevertheless she ultimately strives to provide evidence-based, holistic service based on the clients’ needs, timely psychometric testing and collaboration with stakeholders such as parents/guardians, schools/other institutions, and other health professionals where necessary. Jackie also has professional interests in areas of self-compassion and complex trauma.
Jackie is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences. She is a registered allied health provider for Medicare. She has completed her BiPsySc (Hons), M.Psych (Clin).
Dr Rachell Kingsbury provides a strong background in adult and older adult neuropsychology, having previously developed two dementia-based services in Australia. This includes senior practice in:
• Early dementia diagnosis, and care consultancy into the behavioural & psychological symptoms of the continuum of disease.
• Differential diagnoses and healthy ageing consultancy
• Delirium management
• Staff training and education
• Capacity and medicolegal reporting
Clinically, Rachell has worked on the largest study of Vietnam Veterans in Australia, and offers experience in PTSD, depression, anxiety, and mental illness affecting returned servicemen. She is a DVA approved practitioner.
Rachell has expanded her practice into rehabilitative neuropsychology in both the public and private sector, and can assist with any issues regarding:
• Return to work assessments
• Acquired brain injury and Traumatic brain injury
• Stroke rehabilitation
• Provisional diagnoses of neurological disorders (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, oncology, motor neuron disease, etc.)
More recently, Rachell has focussed her career on School Psychology and works concurrently as a Guidance Officer and Child Psychologist. Within this sector, she provides:
• Paediatric neuropsychology
• Educational & Developmental Assessments (e.g., assisting with provisional diagnosis of autism, ADHD, learning disorders, giftedness, and intellectual impairment)
• Child psychology
Rachell has a specific interest in working within an attachment therapy framework in helping to optimise the relationship between children and families.
Danielle is a fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Danielle is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). She has completed her Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) and her Master of Clinical Psychology.
Danielle is skilled in working with clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents and adults. She has experience in working a variety of mental health difficulties including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and stress related disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, impulse control and conduct disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Danielle works from a variety of therapeutic orientations including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Play Therapy. Danielle takes an eclectic approach, incorporating components from various therapeutic backgrounds to provide treatment tailored to individual needs.
Danielle is able to provide individual psychological services (including treatment and assessment) to individuals privately, or through various funding streams, including Mental Health Care Plans, Work Cover, Insurance and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS; self-managed and plan managed).
Cilna George, is a registered Psychologist with Area of Endorsement in Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia. Cilna has completed her registrar program in Clinical Psychology from overseas in 2008, and has been involved in clinical, research and teaching since then.
Cilna has completed her MPhil in Clinical Psychology, with research area in Clinical Neuropsychology, from the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) India, which is the centre for excellence and research in Mental Health and Neurosciences education. Cilna has worked as a Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow in India’s most Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Specialist Clinic post her education, under the supervision and guidance of eminent OCD specialists in NIMHANS. Cilna’s area of research and training includes Clinical Neuropsychology and OCD. Cilna has also worked as a lecturer, and Clinical Psychologist in the Manipal Institute of Health Sciences, India. Cilna was also involved in teaching and research in the Central Queensland University before she joined Mind Wise Psychology Services. Currently, Cilna continues to do online lectures on request.
Cilna has also undergone certificate training programs in Dementia, CBT, IPT and Schema Therapy. Cilna is proficient in three languages, English, Malayalam, and Hindi. Cilna is also able to communicate and understand in Tamil and Kannada.