Our team includes both male and female psychologists of different ages and different areas of clinical interest. This ensures we always have an appropriate choice of psychologist to suit you, your needs, and your preferences. Our psychologists are highly skilled and hold either a Bachelors, Graduate Diploma, Masters or Doctorate in Psychology. All are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). We can provide services under Medicare, DVA, NDIS, WorkCover, Victims Assist and private referrals/insurance agencies.
Dr Rachel Gleave, BPsych(Hons), PhD(Clinical psychology) Clinical Psychologist Clinic Director Dr Rachel Gleave has been practicing as a psychologist for the past 18 years. She has worked in both private practice, university clinics, as well as private and public hospital systems. Dr Rachel Gleave is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, mindfulness and compassion-based therapies, eye-movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), and internal family systems (IFS) approaches. She works with adult and adolescent clients. Her areas of interest are in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. Rachel's aim is to work collaboratively with clients to enrich their life by raising awareness, identifying feelings, and improving coping skills to change undesired patterns. Rachel puts a lot of value into educating and empowering her clients to learn about how the brain and mind work.
Rachel is also beginning her work in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with her therapy-dog (in training), Hadley - training conducted through Therapy Dogs Australia. Over the years, a building body of research has investigated the positive impact that the human-animal bond can have on both adults and children in psychotherapy. As animals are non-judgemental and provide an unconditional love, they assist in increasing the engagement and rapport between therapist and client. Research has also shown that having animals incorporated within the therapeutic process can assist to reduce anxiety, increase relaxation and increase communication within sessions.
Rachel's Phd: An Electrophysiological Investigation of Emotional Attention and Memory Biases in Depression: The Role of Working Memory Inhibitory Control Deficits. - Gleave_2015_02Thesis.pdf (5.146Mb)
When Dr Rachel Gleave is not busy seeing clients or running Cairns Trauma & Clinical Psychology, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. She loves yoga, Anne's Caphe and breakfasts at Cairns Rusty Markets.
Martin Ohl, MA (Clinical psychology), MAPS, FCCLP Clinical Psychologist
Martin is a Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years of experience working in private practice, teaching hospitals, residential rehabilitation centres and non-for-profit government organisations in Australia and overseas. His truly multicultural personal and professional background allows him to build working relationship with Clients of various walks of life, both adults and children.
He holds Master degree in Clinical Psychology and training in many modalities of psychotherapy: - Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) -Behavioural Activation (BA) - Dialectical Behaviour Therapies (DBT) - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Motivational Interviewing, and - Psychoanalytical Therapies.
Martin's area of interest includes treatment of: Stress-Related and Adjustment problems, Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depressions including Bipolar Mood Disorders, Insomnia, Psychotic Disorders and Schizophrenia, Developmental Disorders, Impulsive behaviours and Anger, Addictions and Drug Abuse, Personality Disorders, Parenting Skills Training.
Carina Henry BPsych(Hons), MA(Clinical psychology), MAPS Clinical Psychologist
Carina is a Clinical Psychologist with 18 years of experience in the mental health field, working in both private and public sectors. Carina has been practicing as a Psychologist for the past 10 years, and has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has worked in many diverse roles, including work with asylum seekers, Indigenous Australians and homeless populations.
Carina has received training in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and Mindfulness. Carina has experience in treating depression and anxiety disorders, personality. disorders, autism spectrum disorder, trauma and bipolar disorder.
Carina volunteers her time providing support to new mothers with the Australian Breastfeeding Association. She has an interest in early attachment relationships and the mother-infant bond, and in perinatal mental health. Carina enjoys spending time in the wonderful surrounds of Cairns and has an interest in the role of the environment on mental health and wellbeing.
Naomi Leo B(Psychology), MAPS Psychologist
Naomi is a registered psychologist who work with children, youth, adults and families. She has special interest in working with clients with anxiety, autism, and trauma disorders.
Naomi also has training in positive behaviour support plan development and can work with families and individuals who have autism to develop techniques that support the autistic individual to identify underlying needs and ways to meet the needs within their environment to improve quality of life.
Naomi has training in CBT, Schema Therapy and uses uses an integrated approach to address symptoms and resolve the underlying causes that keep clients feeling stuck in their distress. She will utilise attachment-based and sensorimotor psychotherapy interventions for trauma. Sensorimotor psychotherapy interventions actively incorporate an awareness of the body into clinical practice, targeting the habits of physical action, autonomic dysregulation, and posture. These techniques address the physical, as well as the psychological effects of adverse experiences on the mind and body, supporting a deep, effective, and unified approach to healing”.
Samantha Carruthers Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Master of Organisational Psychology, MAPS, SFHEA Psychologist
Since graduating in 1996, Samantha Carruthers has worked in clinical, counselling, forensic and organisational psychology settings. Sam approaches therapy with compassion and kindness. She believes each person is the expert in their own lives. She partners with you, so you can deepen your understanding of yourself. Sam introduces evidence-based approaches that you can use to create the change you are seeking.
Sam works with adults and children. She uses an eclectic approach, influenced by CBT, solution focused brief therapy, positive psychology and compassion focused therapy. Areas of practice include depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, trauma, parenting, and adjusting to life changes such as separation or retirement.
Based in Cairns, Sam enjoys learning to be a yoga teacher, training her labradoodle ‘Blackie Boy’ to be a therapy dog and raising her two beautiful, interesting children.
Tina Dart (Alida Martina Dart) Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, Monash University Provisional Psychologist Tina is a provisionally registered psychologist with AHPRA (The Psychologists Board of Australia; registered under her name: Alida Martina Dart) and is currently completing her placement towards full General Registration. As part of her internship program, Tina regularly attends formal supervision sessions, as well as actively seeking out informal mentorship and guidance from colleagues, peers and other health professionals. Supervision is a space for Tina to check in that she is applying appropriate evidence based interventions, developing core competencies, meeting APS (Australian Psychological Societies) Code of Ethics and meeting the requirements of formal processes of reporting to the board during her internship. It is also a space for the supervisor to ensure that client’s needs are being met by the provisional psychologist. In a previous life Tina worked in Human Resources (HR), and really enjoyed connecting to people, which led to her realise that she wanted to have more of an individual impact. The evolution of her becoming a psychologist has been a long one with a number of stops along the way (in particular, finding love and having a child) – these experiences have and continue to shape her practice. She values taking a relatable, compassionate, supportive, client-centred approach and believes in developing strong therapeutic relationships founded on empathy and warmth to promote client wellbeing.
Tina aims to help individuals unlock their capabilities through evidence-based modalities (CBT, ACT, DBT, Schema Therapy) to facilitate real change, while feeling heard and understood. She works towards empowering individuals toward short-term wins and maintaining long-term gains. Tina is passionate about working in mental health to play a role in reducing the stigma of accessing mental health support by working towards breaking down barriers and facilitating positive change. She is passionate about supporting individuals to learn how to get the best out of themselves and live a more fulfilled life.
Tina’s area of clinical interest includes treatment of:
Stress-Related and Adjustment problems
Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks
What is a Provisional Psychologist? A provisional psychologist is someone who has completed their tertiary qualifications and is eligible to undertake a program of supervision (internship) as they develop their applied skills “on the job”. This involves a minimum of two years of weekly supervision with an AHPRA board approved supervisor. The provisional psychologist is required to complete a number of hours including psychological practice (supervised direct client contact and client related activities), supervision and professional development. Provisional psychologists must demonstrate attainment of the eight core competencies of their internship and complete a National Psychology Exam to be eligible to apply for general registration.
When working with participants, provisional psychologists are still doing exactly the same things a fully registered psychologist would be doing with participants. However, as outlined above,they have a psychologist on-call at the Clinic (e.g., Principal Clinical Psychologist, Dr Rachel Gleave) and external psychologist supervisors (AHPRA registered psychologists) that they can check in with to make sure they are effectively supporting participants.They are also required to do extensive professional development each year which means they are regularly learning about different ways to help their clients.
Laura Fitzgerald James Cook University Student - Bachelor of Social Work Social Work Intern
Laura is a current full time Bachelor of Social Work student. Laura was born and raised in the Gold Coast and moved to Cairns to peruse a career as a Flight Attendant. Shortly after starting this job, she felt a strong pull to begin her Social Work degree to practice her belief in supporting people and empowering individuals. Laura has also worked in the health care sector for a number of years, she aims to pursue her passion to work in a counselling setting here at Cairns Trauma & Clinical Psychology. Laura will be completing her first placement with us. Laura’s goal is to create a safe, open, and empowering environment for her clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. She believes in supporting individuals to help achieve their goals through client-centred-care.
If you have an interest in booking in with Laura, she will be opening her door for low cost counselling sessions, to those who feel they will benefit from counselling and guidance within the community. Laura's work will be supervised by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Rachel Gleave.
When not working as our social work intern, Laura assists our psychologists with administration and client-support services.