B Sc (Psych)(Hons) MPsych (Clinical)
Donna-Marie is a psychologist (Clinical Registrar) who is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She has a special interest in working with adults and older adults seeking to improve upon their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Donna-Marie has a background as a police officer and has worked in the justice, academic and disability sectors prior to gaining her postgraduate qualifications (Master of Clinical Psychology) as a psychologist. She brings a level of maturity, empathy, and common-sense from personal lived-
experience during therapy sessions while recognizing each client as being the ‘expert’ within their own lives. As a clinician, she has experience working within hospital (inpatient, renal, chronic pain), community mental health including early psychosis, and in professional private practice settings.
Additionally, Donna-Marie has presented research to Australian and international forums and conferences, and has developed and facilitated group programs, including a Mindfulness program supported by the Ipswich City Council and a program for adults with an Autism Spectrum condition
that was disseminated across several Queensland university campuses (and is being developed as an online program by the University of Southern Queensland).
Donna-Marie practices using an eclectic framework of evidence-based therapies to target the psychological and behavioural mechanisms that underlie most psychological disorders and problems. In developing a tailored treatment plan, Donna-Marie draws from Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Exposure Response Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Trauma, Emotion Regulation strategies (DBT-informed), Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. She has a strong interest in the application of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive
Behaviour Therapies to treat depression, chronic pain, and menopause-related mood/anxiety concerns.