Helping you live better since 2006
Our registered psychologists are Brenton Harris and Jessica Decker, who have been working in partnership, in various forms, since 2008. We each possess over ten years experience in the field of psychological counselling and mental health and wellbeing.
Each of us have our specialties, areas of experience, and fields of passion. In our practice, regardless of your life situation, we're sure we can meet your needs. We have a client-focused, no wrong door policy and will ensure that whatever your situation, you will receive the support best suited to you.
Meet our experienced team of psychologists
Brenton HarrisRegistered Psychologist
Brenton has worked as a psychologist for the past 10 years, beginning his career at Queensland Health as a case manager for people suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, long term depression and anxiety. During this time he developed a deep understanding of mental illness, and the importance of a diverse supportive network in creating mental health, ranging from the individual to the broader community.
Brenton spent the next 6 years working predominately with individuals, couples, and adolescents in improving relationships. He went about this by addressing the associated anxiety and depression stemming from difficulties in these areas. An important realisation for his practice was that the major difference between couples who are doing well and those who are struggling is the sense of teamwork and co-operation in the relationship. Couples who struggled more tended to view the relationship as adversarial, and consequently focused foremost on meeting their own needs.
During this time Brenton also had the opportunity to work with men who had experienced sexual abuse and sexual assault. Following these experiences he acted as Principal Psychologist in a branch of a nation-wide private practice.
Current areas of interest include mental health, relationship work, processing trauma, anger, and alcohol and other drug counselling. Brenton studies Aikido: The art of compassion. And when not in the Dojo or in the office you will most likely find him in the garden trying to make it grow!
Jessica DeckerRegistered Psychologist
Please note that Jess is presently on maternity leave until November 2018.
Jess places an emphasis on being genuine and open, down to earth and approachable. For the past nine years Jess has worked in both the public and private sector with adults, young people, children and families experiencing family conflict, past and current trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, among other things.
Other roles, training and experience includes relationship enhancement, parenting, domestic violence, sexual assault, gender and sexuality, addiction (alcohol and other drugs), and childhood abuse. She has worked in organisations specialising in homelessness, substance use, domestic violence, sexual victimisation and child protection.
In the first session Jess will want to focus on getting to know you (and vice versa), hearing the background to your issues, then working with you to set some achievable goals for counselling. Jess uses an integrative, client-centred approach to psychotherapy suited to the individual, often with a focus on empowerment, strengths-building and improving relationships. If you don’t feel ready for a face to face session, Jess also has extensive experience in online counselling – text based, email and Skype.
Jess draws primarily from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Narrative and Solution-focused psychotherapies, as well as symbolic, sand tray and art therapies for children and young people. Jess is skilled in assessment and report writing and is happy to do these where needed.