Meet The Team
Let us introduce ourselves - We're the blooming bees team...
BBehSc • PGDipPsych • MPsych
Abbie grew up in South Australia where she completed a double degree in Law and Psychology at Flinders University. She completed her Masters of Clinical Psychology at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
For the past 10 years Abbie has loved calling the Gold Coast home due to the sunny weather and active lifestyle. She has been working in private practice for 6 years, predominantly working with youth aged 5 - 18 years. She also has experience working with adults and couples and is passionate about working with children and teenagers as she loves using her creativity to come up with fun and innovative sessions.
She believes that building a good rapport and a safe environment is the number one key goal for working with youth, as they are frequently hesitant to talk to open up. She tailors sessions to meet the needs, goals, and personalities of each individual rather than applying a “one model fits all” approach. Abbie has a friendly, creative, and encouraging approach to her work. She enjoys working with all personalities and a range of presentations.
BBehSc • PGDipPsych • MPsych
Gabrielle is a registered psychologist, having completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at Bond University. Gabrielle has gained clinical experience supporting individuals across the lifespan, navigating a range of mental health presentations across both public and private sectors, including the Lavender Mother-Baby Psychiatric Unit, Gold Coast Hospital, private practice as well as both primary and secondary schools. In line with her own hobbies and personal background, Gabrielle has a special interest in sports, health and perinatal psychology.
Gabrielle adopts an energetic, compassionate and empowering therapeutic style as she is committed to supporting clients to independently improve their mental health and live a more meaningful, enriched life that is aligned with their personal goals and values.
Gabrielle’s therapeutic approach is grounded in a holistic, strengths-based practice. Through this lens, Gabrielle believes that each and every individual is built with their own innate strengths and talents. A strong focus of this collaborative process is to help her clients discover, harness and illuminate these core unique attributes, which informs individualised support plans designed to guide her clients to reach their full potential and empower them to navigate their journey, with increased resilience and independence.
BPsySc (honours) • MForMentH
Tash began her Psychology studies at Monash University in Melbourne and returned to the Gold Coast to complete further studies at Griffith Univeristy. Whilst working in the criminal justice system, she completed a Master of Forensic Mental Health and worked with both adult and youth forensic clients in a variety of settings. Tash has also worked in private practice with neurodivergent clients, specifically with children and adolescents.
Tash has experience working with presentations such as anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues, behavioural issues, substance misuse, learning difficulties, autism, ADHD, and those with suspected or diagnosed intellectual impairments. She believes in the importance of creating a safe space and works collaboratively with clients to assist them to overcome challenges, build resilience and create positive change in order to thrive. Tash has an empathic, warm, and nonjudgemntal approach and believes every client is unique in their abilities.
In her work, Tash uses a variety of evidence based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and she is a Level 1 trained therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Tash also has experience in completing cognitive and adaptive functional assessments.
Zoey The Doggo
Registered Support Dog
Kelpie x Border Collie • Very Good Girl
Meet the newest addition to Blooming Bees...
Zoey has been coming to therapy sessions with Abbie for more than two years, and she loves meeting new faces. Zoey is available for therapy, where the client can tailor how they would like her to be involved in sessions and is a part of our growing Pet Therapy service.
Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems such as anxiety and PTSD.
Plus, she is sure to bring a smile to anybody's face lucky enough to meet her!