Thrive &


Welcome to Growth Psychology

We partner with you to
help you thrive in all aspects of your life:

Your mental health and wellbeing, your relationships, and your career.

Our Brisbane based psychologists and coaches tailor their approach to suit your particular needs, and are trained in a variety of ethical, research-based therapeutic interventions. This creates a strong therapeutic alliance so that you to feel safe and supported in your journey towards deep, long lasting personal growth. We provide a warm and welcoming environment. Client care is at the heart of everything we do. This allows us to focus on quality care, in a holistic, strengths-based manner. 

Our Psychologists and Coaches genuinely care about you and your wellbeing. We aim to help people live a happier, healthier and more meaningful life.

We are conveniently located in Alderley, Brisbane with onsite parking and public transport close by.


Individual Therapy & Counselling


Career Development & Supervison


Coaching & Life Design


Couples & Relationships Counselling


Seminars, Workshops & Retreats

Our Psychologists are registered to provide services for:

If you feel…..

  • stuck or lost
  • emotionally out of control (highs, lows, both, agitation)
  • shut down and withdrawn
  • struggling in your marriage or close relationships
  • weighed down with loss or grief
  • depressed, or struggling with motivation
  • anxious, ruminating or having panic attacks
  • struggling with parenting or transition to parenthood
  • suffering  with disrupted sleep
  • experiencing trauma associated with childhood abuse or neglect
  • suffering with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or Complex PTSD
  • needing strategies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • challenged by Aspergers and ASD behaviours
  • challenged by low self esteem issues or confidence or self worth
  • experiencing workplace or family conflict
  • challenged at work or with your career decisions

or  want to 

  • have increased clarity and open up to possibilities
  • improve your capacity to regulate your emotions
  • open up and connect with others
  • resolve conflict, improve your communication, and reconnect
  • process loss and move towards acceptance
  • be content, develop healthier habits and increase drive
  • calm your mind and choose your thoughts
  • be a great parent and develop a loving bond
  • improve your sleep to enhance wellbeing
  • heal and move forward
  • develop strategies that can help you grow and develop
  • improve your capacity to focus
  • feel confident and better able to value yourself
  • develop conflict communication and resolution skills
  • seek clarity and value-driven, meaning and purpose

Promoting Mental Health Across the Continuum

We can support you at any point across the mental health continuum, whether you are struggling, unsettled, thriving or excelling.

  • Normal fluctuations in mood
  • Takes things in stride
  • Good sense of humor
  • Consistent performance
  • Normal sleep patterns
  • Physically and socially active
  • Behaving ethically and morally
  • Confident in self and others
  • Limited or no alcohol or gambling
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Overwhelmed
  • Procrastination
  • Forgetfulness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Low energy
  • Muscle tension and headaches
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Occasional nightmares
  • Decreased social activity
  • Regular alcohol use or gambling
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Pervasive sadness
  • Tearfulness
  • Hopelessness
  • Worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Decreased performance or workaholic
  • Restless disturbed sleep
  • Increased fatigue, aches and pains
  • Recurrent wild nightmares
  • Recurrent intrusive thoughts or images
  • Avoidance or withdrawal
  • Increased alcohol or gambling
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Easily enraged
  • Aggressive
  • Depressed
  • Numb
  • Can't concentrate
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Cannot perform duties
  • Cannot fall asleep/stay asleep
  • Constant fatigue or illness
  • Absent from social events
  • Suicidal thoughts/intent
  • Alcohol/gambling or other addictions

Meet Our Team

Our practitioners have extensive training and experience in the field of Psychology. The Psychologists have full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and specialist interest areas. Our team includes:

Berni Cooper

Berni is a professional coach with a Master of Applied Positive Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Sciences Hons (Psychology). She has over 15 years’ experience in coaching, mentoring, advising and training.

Beth Keane

Beth is a registered Psychologist who has a passion for growth and development. She applies the principles of positive psychology and utilises strengths and values-based approaches when working with clients to achieve enhanced wellbeing. Beth supports clients experiencing Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, Stress and Burnout and Career Development.

Carolyn Alchin

Carolyn is an experienced career development practitioner and counsellor with a Masters of Education (Career Development). She enjoys enabling all populations to see, reach, and enhance their career potential. She has over 20 years’ practical experience in mentoring, recruitment, advising and counselling, teaching and education development.

Dr Nikki Penhaligon

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (with Honours) and a PhD. She has been practising as a Psychologist for over 15 years. She has extensive experience working in the university context, including roles supporting the mental health and career development needs of students and as a Lecturer. Nikki has worked with adult clients in areas including but not limited to anxiety, depression, loss, relationship challenges and life transitions. She has a special interest in supporting mothers in the perinatal period and has completed specialist training in Perinatal Mental Health.

Gregory Dean

Greg is an Endorsed Counselling Psychologist who has worked in counselling and psychotherapy for over thirty years. He works with people to assist them to live better with the effects of trauma, depression, anxiety and family of origin issues in their lives.

Louise Kelly

Louise is a passionate registered psychologist with extensive experience working with clients at times of difficulty and crisis. With a background in education, Louise enjoys facilitating mental health literacy programs aimed at developing practical skills to navigate life’s challenges. Louise uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), to help clients address a variety of psychological challenges.

Rita Mesch

Rita is a registered teacher and counselling psychologist who is dedicated to provide support and psychotherapy for a diverse range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, grief, life transitions and relationship issues.

Shelley Phillips

Shelley Phillips is a registered Psychologist with 18-years experience working to support clients within organisational and counselling psychology. She aims to support mental health and wellbeing via her warm, caring and evidence-based approach.

Zero Tolerance Policy for Aggression and Intoxication

Rude and aggressive behaviour towards our staff is unacceptable. We cannot see clients who are aggressive towards any of our team or who arrive to their consultation obviously intoxicated.