Dr Nicole Arthur
Clinical Psychologist & Director
BHMS (Ed) B Arts (Psych) (Hons) D Psych (Clinical) MAPS
Psychology Board of Australia-approved Supervisor (Clinical Psychology)
Being a psychologist provides Nicole the wonderful opportunity to work with a diverse range of people both in terms of age, gender and life experience, and enables her to meet many interesting and special individuals. She particularly enjoys the ability to be able to deliver individually tailored therapy to each client, as determined by their specific presentation and historical context and to see the positive outcomes that can be achieved by most people in therapy.
In terms of therapy preferences, Nicole has extensive experience in delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques, but is most passionate about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindful-based approaches due to the focus on valued living over symptom reduction, thus encouraging people to focus their energy and time on achieving desired, life goals and not on the issues and obstacles in their lives.
Nicole has had experience in providing successful evidence based therapy in a variety of settings to child, adolescent and adult clients; with presenting problems ranging from depressive and anxiety-related difficulties, stress, trauma, parenting and child behavioural difficulties, chronic pain, interpersonal difficulties, grief and loss, and other adjustment issues. She has been involved in research and the facilitation of Triple P Group Programs and Seminars for the Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of Psychology, at The University of Queensland, as well as delivering individually tailored parenting programs to individual families.
Additionally, Nicole has had significant experience working in a health environment. Firstly at the Psychology Department at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital where she provided evidence-based psychotherapy for inpatient and outpatient clients with a diverse range of presenting problems, and also in the development and subsequent delivery of various group rehabilitation and physical health management programs. She has also had experience in the delivery of health based psychotherapy to family members and individuals with cancer whilst working as a psychologist at The Cancer Council Counselling Service.
Nicole has also had several years' experience working in a large government funded non-for profit psychology clinic in Ipswich, where her role involved psychological assessment and delivery of individually tailored theoretically-based interventions to a range of clientele and clinical presentations using a range of therapeutic approaches.
She has also been extensively involved in research both as an investigator and as a lead researcher. Projects have included investigating the role of psychosocial factors such as depression, social support and medication adherence in readmission to hospital at 6 months, and a large-scale, partially government funded Indigenous Triple – P research trial across Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria.
Finally, Nicole has been an Honorary Lecturer for the UQ School of Psychology and continues to contribute to the postgraduate Clinical Psychology Training program through the supervision and training of postgraduate clinical psychology students.
Nicole has published works that include: Arthur, N & Lee, C. Young Australian Women's Aspirations for Work, Marriage & Family; "I Guess I am just Another Person Who Wants it All". Journal of Health Psychology (2008) Volume 13(5), 589-596.