B App Sc, Grad Dip App Sc (App Psych),
Cert GMH, MAPS.
From my 20 years’ experience as a General Psychologist I have learned that people accessing a psychologist want practical support to overcome problems through a humanistic approach to counselling and therapy. I adopt a practical stance and see my role as a facilitator to enable the client to recover their psychological strength, to grow as human beings and become equipped with strategies to deal with life’s problems as they present into the future. In line with this approach I utilise Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, Problem Solving and Decision Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and existential approaches.
Life is difficult and I’m available to all individuals who are struggling with adapting to the demands of the fast pace of life in the 21st Century and other adjustment issues. I specialise in assisting life transition challenges across the lifespan including development issues facing young people and their parents, career and future planning, relationship issues, couples counselling, work related stress, and retirement planning. In general I can assist with:
- Happiness: Yes, plain old fashioned happiness or fulfilment should be your everyday goal. I utilise a unique practical approach that utilises a personally developed fulfilment plan tailor made to suit your life across all of life’s domains. I can help you to plan your life, make the changes you need to ensure your unique needs for happiness are able to be met.
- Adjustment difficulties: Life is about change and constant adjustment to changing circumstances but at times we all need some help. Cognitive reframing and other approaches can help people manage adjustments and maintain professional and personal growth.
- Future planning: Across the lifespan there are pivotal times where major decisions are required which will affect our future and that of our families. These can include transitions from school to higher education or employment, career choices, relationship choices, raising families and right through to retirement. Gaining proactive support from a psychologist experienced in life matters can greatly assist during these times.
- Anxiety: Being anxious at certain times is normal and a survival instinct, however when our lives become ruled by anxiety it is time to confront the issues and learn ways to reduce anxiety reactions, and ease the symptoms of anxiety when it does occur.
- Depression: One of the most common psychological problems which can be brought on by a range of stressors and can manifest in different ways for different people. Whether depression is mild or severe it is important to get help, not just to cope with the symptoms but to learn resilience and ways to reduce the impact of stressors.
- Trauma: Being exposed to experiences outside the normal everyday experiences of life can be traumatic and can result in traumatic stress. Even in the most stressful jobs there are techniques people can learn to reduce the likelihood of getting a trauma related disorder. If people are already dealing with symptoms of a trauma related disorder there are psychological techniques to relieve and manage symptoms. I have worked in the trauma field for many years and have qualifications from Harvard Medical School on trauma and recovery and have utilised the knowledge and skills from this to assist many people deal with their trauma.
- Interpersonal communication issues: Many of the problems people face in relationships, at school, at work, or in social situations are related to interpersonal communication issues. Many marriages get into trouble, not because either partner becomes a bad person, but because attention to interpersonal communication becomes lax. I have seen hundreds of clients over the years who have benefitted from support to improve their interpersonal communication at work and at home.
- Stress management: Life is stressful. But there are ways we can construct our lives that are aligned to our unique abilities to handle stress. We can also build resilience to manage stress and when you are in stressful situations you can’t escape there are coping mechanisms to get you through.
- Couples Counselling / Relationship issues: Since commencing my career as a psychologist I have helped hundreds of couple understand their relationship issues, learn more about themselves, and rebuild their relationships as times and situations change throughout their lives. I take a positive and practical approach to help couples early in relationships to proactively develop healthy relationships that will endure the difficulties life throws at us, as well as those who are experiencing problems and want to return to a loving, happy and respectful relationship.
I am a General Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in the public, private and community mental health sectors. I’ve worked as an educator, manager and clinician first commencing in private practice in 1998 in the Brisbane CBD seeing clients presenting with a range of psychological issues. In 1999 I joined the Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre as the foundation Education Coordinator and over the next 13 years fulfilled a range of senior positions at the Centre becoming well known nationally as a leader in the field of transcultural mental health presenting at national and international conferences and authoring journal articles and book chapters.
Since 2012 I’ve been providing counselling consultations, external group and individual supervision, training workshops on trauma recovery, and developing and delivering Employee Assistance Program for organisations in Australia and overseas. In 2007, in recognition of my contribution to the training of mental health professionals through my development and delivery of postgraduate training I was awarded an academic title of Lecturer with the University of Queensland, School of Medicine which was maintained to 2016. I have a strong interest in the field of trauma and became an accredited trainer in Skills for Psychological Recovery following the Queensland floods in 2011, and was a volunteer Psychologist on call for the Red Cross following cyclone Debbie in 2017. In 2012 I completed a Certificate in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery from the Harvard Medical School which provided me knowledge skills and awareness that have helped me provide interventions not just related to trauma but the range of mental health problems that can occur.
I have a strong affinity with rural mental health and have been a consultant with the Australian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health for many years. What I enjoy most in this field is working with very practical people who want practical support for their problems.
To make an appointment with Brisbane Psychologist Greg Turner, try
Online Booking – Mt Gravatt or call (07) 3088 5422.