Our Therapists - Kallangur


Jared Ardern

Psychologist, Relationship Counsellor, Business Coach, B HRM/Counselling, GCertPsyc, GDipPsyc

Jared is a general psychologist with 13 years of experience, with a strong background in relationship therapy, depression, anxiety, and trauma. He helps create a space where individuals are heard, validated, supported, and confident to move forward. Jared uses evidence-based interventions like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, solution-focused, and strength-based approaches. Jared helps couples communicate and deal with conflict effectively, including assisting them to identify and address root causes of conflict rather than going round in circles of blame. He also helps couples establish new patterns of showing love and respect for each other and teaches them the skills needed to have a satisfying and long lasting relationship.

Ages: Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-face (Kallangur, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call, Home Visits

Brendan Elliott

Psychologist, BPsycSc, GDipPsyc

Brendan comes from a forensic and community background with experience in anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, and domestic violence. He has a strong background in working with clients at risk of suicidal and self-harming behaviour and takes a compassionate approach to helping clients overcome this. He works with clients nine years and over. Brendan takes a holistic and personalised approach to each client, utilising a variety of therapies to assist them to reach their goals (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). He has over 12 years past experience working in the building trade, and understands the stressors that come from that field of work and working away from home. He always takes an evidence based approach and is not afraid to look outside the box to find what works best for the client.

Ages: Children (9+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-face (Kallangur, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call, Home Visits

Emily Schiaffi

Psychologist, B Psych (Honours)

Emily has extensive experience working in child protection, domestic violence and providing training in positive behaviour management strategies. She has a particular interest in assisting children and adults find healing from trauma and move forward after experiencing grief and loss, in addition to management of depression and anxiety disorders. She employs a warm and compassionate manner and works from a strengths-based, collaborative approach incorporating various therapeutic approaches (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy) to meet the individual needs of each person.

Ages: Children (9y+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face (Kallangur, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call 

Gene Handyside

Counsellor, Relationship Counsellor, Life Coach, Behaviour Support Practitioner

Gene is a counsellor, behaviour support practitioner, and life coach. His wide range of experience includes couples therapy, and family relationships, trauma, mindset coaching, and life coaching. He is passionate about working with children and young people with special needs. He has experience working with complex behaviours, anxiety, depression,  suicidal and self-harming behaviour. Gene uses evidence-based interventions like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, play therapy, solution-focused, and strength-based approaches. Gene has a Polynesian and Melanesian heritage and appreciates multiculturalism as a fundamental principle to help individuals with different cultural backgrounds. 

Ages: Children (4y+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face (Sunshine Coast to North Brisbane, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call

Eallany Jahjah

Psychologist, Relationship Counsellor, B Psych (Honours)

Eallany is a psychologist who provides a compassionate and solution-focused environment for individuals to talk about their concerns and wellbeing. Eallany holds a special interest in working with anxiety, depression, anger management, and relationship issues, and has a passion for family and couple’s therapy. She is also interested in maximizing workplace performance and has a bachelor’s degree in business. Her background includes working with clients across the lifespan, particularly with children who have special needs. She uses a range of evidence-based practice including cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, compassion focused therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy.

Ages: Children (5y+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-face (Kallangur, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call

Shanna Rose

Provisional Psychologist, B Psych (Honours), Masters of Research

Shanna is a provisional psychologist who is dedicated to helping individuals and families improve their mental health and well-being to achieve their best self. She uses a person-centred and strengths-based approach with evidence-based strategies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). As Shanna creates behaviour support plans for clients, she strives to have a collaborative approach where an individual has the best support network to achieve their goals. Shanna is a mum of two young girls and through her experiences she has developed a passion in helping mothers from pregnancy and beyond.

Ages: Children (4y+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-face (Kallangur, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call

Bella Carter

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Isabella (Bella) is a behaviour support practitioner who is passionate about working with children and adolescents and helping people find joy and safety in their own world. Bella has previously worked as a support worker and is experienced in helping individuals and families with disabilities, trauma, and challenges from being a refugee. She aims to use a positive and evidence-based approach to help create quality behaviour support plans with strategies that are easy to understand and implement for all parties. Bella has a Polynesian heritage and understands every individual has a different cultural background that may affect how they see the world. She believes there should be a balance between professionalism and fun.

Ages: Children (4y+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face (Kallangur, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call 

Mike Gibson

Behaviour Support Practitioner, Counsellor, Relationship Counsellor, B Psych

Mike is a compassionate, driven and dedicated behaviour support practitioner who has devoted his life to the protection and happiness of children, teenagers and adults, by supporting, guiding and teaching individuals, families and stakeholders to achieve their goals. He has significant long-term experience and passion around child protection, domestic/family violence, the disability sector, mental health, attachment/trauma frameworks, counselling, and evidence based information all within a person-centred view and practice. He believes strongly in a personal, holistic, collaborative approach to ensure everyone feels heard and cared for along with clear boundaries, communications and empathy. He has a wide variety of interests including dancing, music, horse riding, fishing, travel and chess.

Ages: Children (4y+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face (Brisbane to Gold Coast, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call 

Elaine De Vos

Counsellor, Relationship Counsellor, BPsychSc

Elaine is a counsellor whose warmth and compassion show through in all she does. Over the last twenty years she’s had success working with vulnerable children and adults suffering from complex trauma. She employs a wide range of therapeutic approaches, working within a strength-based, trauma-informed framework to meet the needs of each individual.

Ages: Children (4y+), Adolescents, Adults
Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face (Brisbane & Fraser Coast, QLD), Online (Zoom), Phone Call 

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