our people

life sometimes gives us storms.

We will help you find your rainbow.

Melissa, Kathryn, Sarah, Lisa and Jack are the team at Melissa Kent Psychology. They are well supported by Kelly and Monika, our Client Relations Team.

Our clinicians are warm, compassionate, and experienced, and share a passion for helping others.

Together with you, they will help you understand what is happening for you, develop a treatment plan based on best practice, and use the most effective treatments to help you find your own rainbow. 

About melissa

Melissa is a warm, understanding clinical psychologist who holds full registration and clinical endorsement with AHPRA, is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists. She is a registered NDIS and VVCS provider. Melissa is a highly skilled and experienced clinical psychologist who prides herself on her commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients, and on creating a safe, open and caring environment. Melissa prides herself on keeping up-to-date with what works in psychology. 

She has 15 years of experience in a range of therapeutic environments, including hospitals, youth mental health, corrections, and private practice. She has special interest and training in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Melissa has undertaken intensive training in treating PTSD and the effects of events that have left individuals traumatised and overwhelmed.

Melissa uses evidence-based treatments including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Prolonged Exposure therapy and EMDR for PTSD.

DBT is Melissa's passion. She has undertaken advanced training in DBT PE for PTSD at The Linehan Institute in Seattle, Washington. She holds the position of DBT Coordinator at Partners In Recovery West Moreton-Oxley. Melissa also coordinates the Ipswich-West Moreton BPD Mental Health Professionals' Network and provides training workshops on DBT nationally.

Melissa is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland, examining the  effectiveness of DBT modules on recovery in BPD.

Melissa is also a Psychology Board of Australia-accredited supervisor for all supervision pathways, and enjoys providing training and supervision to psychologists and other mental health professionals.

In her spare time, Melissa likes spending time with her young family, drinking good coffee and eating good food, and travelling.

Melissa sees adults aged 18+.


about kathryn

Kathryn is a warm and compassionate psychologist who holds full registration with APHRA and is an Associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. Kathryn is motivated and passionate about helping and supporting individuals. Her approach to therapy is focused on creating a supportive, non-judgemental and caring environment. Kathryn has worked with a diverse range of difficulties, in the private, public and community sectors.

She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families with a range of problems; including anxiety, bullying, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, parenting assistance, relationship issues and self-esteem difficulties. Kathryn is a warm and compassionate therapist who endeavours to tailor treatment to the individual's need. As such, she utilises several evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Maudsley Family-Based treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Mindfulness Based approaches. She brings a love of creativity to her sessions.

Kathryn has extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other specified feeding and eating disorder. She has held positions at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Inpatient Eating Disorder Unit, The Butterfly Foundation in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and private practice. Kathryn currently provides professional supervision to the Butterfly Foundation's IOP therapy team and has recently been involved in developing a Youth IOP for the Butterfly Foundation.

In her spare time, Kathryn loves spending time in the outdoors, camping, kayaking, walking her dog and being with her family and friends.

Kathryn sees children aged 6+, adolescents, and adults.

about sarah

Dr Sarah Swannell commenced her psychology career in research, working as Senior Researcher in the Discipline of Psychiatry at The University of Queensland from 2005-2014. She commenced clinical work in 2009 and completed her PhD in 2013.

Over the past 13 years Sarah has worked clinically in private practice, community mental health, and public and private hospitals with both outpatients and inpatients. Sarah is skilled in addressing a wide range of difficulties among clients across all age groups, as well as working with individuals, families and couples, and she has extensive experience facilitating groups.

Sarah currently works as Senior Psychologist at Nundah Community Mental Health and she is the DBT Coordinator for the Prince Charles Hospital. She is Chief Investigator on a multisite research project investigating the effectiveness of DBT Skills Modules across five large hospitals in South East Queensland and is Coordinator of the Brisbane North Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Mental Health Professionals’ Network. She holds an Academic Title of Lecturer at The University of Queensland.

Sarah’s primary clinical interests are Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma, dissociation, self-harm, suicidality and other self-destructive behaviours. Sarah’s primary therapeutic orientation is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and she has completed Behavioral Tech’s Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training and well as Intensive Training in the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD. She has also completed further training in Schema Therapy and is an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner and a Board Approved (STAP) Supervisor. Sarah is in the last year of a Master of Clinical Psychology.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her two young children, running, cycling, reading, drinking good coffee, and bingeing on Netflix.

Sarah sees adolescents and adults.

about lisa

Lisa has been a registered psychologist for over 10 years. She has extensive experience in child and youth mental health in the public sector as well as the private sector where she works with clients of all ages.

Lisa’s areas of interest include anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma, grief and loss and general mental health. 

Working from a client focused perspective Lisa is extremely empathetic, caring and genuinely wants her clients to achieve the best outcome possible. Lisa takes the time to listen carefully to what goals her clients wish to achieve and work collaboratively to achieve these goals.

Lisa continues to undertake professional development training on a regular basis to ensure her skills are up to date and is using the latest research in her therapies.

Lisa uses evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, mindfulness, schema therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. 

Lisa sees children aged 7+, adolescents, and adults.

ABout Jack

Working from a client centred approach Jacklyn is a caring, compassionate and warm practitioner who promotes agency in her clients to work towards building capacity with clients, their families and loved ones.

Jacklyn has been a registered accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Work and an Accredited Clinical Social Worker for the past 13 years. Jacklyn has worked across public, private and non-government sector in critical care, palliative care, trauma and mental health.

Jacklyn has specialised in Animal Assisted Therapy and works with her companions (Golden Retriever and French Bulldog) to enhance therapeutic alliance and creative ways of working with young people and children.

Jacklyn brings clinical expertise and an advanced scope of practice in clinical social work in early intervention, adult mental health, BPD and self harm, early psychosis and child and youth mental health. She is passionate about early intervention with children and young people who present with complex trauma.  

Jacklyn has obtained advance training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, working with ultra high risk mental states in 12-25yr olds and working with families who experience significant loss and adjustment to diagnosis.

Jacklyn maintains a strong evidence-based practice and draws from modalities of ACT, DBT, CBT and mindfulness.

In her spare time she is a mum of three lil humans and a pack of therapy dogs.

Jacklyn sees children aged 12+, adolescents, adults, and families.

To  make an appointment with Melissa,  Kathryn, Sarah, Lisa or Jack,

please call 07 3184 2559 to speak to Kelly or Monika .

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