Counselling and Psychology

Sometimes when we feel stuck in a situation, talking with an experienced professional can help give us a new perspective and help us change our situation for the better, whether this is a work situation as a manager or a staff member or at home, whether you are a man or a woman , or a couple or a parent or a young person I can see men, women, children, couples or families for any kind of issue, big or small. People often come to counsellors and psychologists for issues like depression, anxiety, relationships, domestic violence, self-esteem, sexual abuse, trauma etc. In terms of supervision, coaching & mentorship, managers, CEOs and senior staff often access this as part of their own professional development to reflect on their work practice with a goal towards improvement and to review their work with an independent, confidential, highly trained professional; this may include exploring feelings around work (receive objective feedback and guidance related to work issues/decisions; identify and plan for self-care if necessary; and/or develop professional skills as well as obtain ideas and information related to competence, ethics, standards, etc.

Being a Psychologist

Psychologists have University qualifications in psychology, and are registered with the Australian Health Professional Registration Agency (AHPRA) ; my qualification is Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) ; my registration number is 911280 . I am also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). I, like all psychologists, am a qualified professional who is trained to help you explore your experiences, thoughts and feelings. We psychologists use various counselling and therapeutic strategies to enable you to heal and grow in a safe and caring environment; we do not prescribe medication.

What  do I provide

  • A professional, quality service that is confidential
  • A safe, supportive environment for individuals, couples and families
  • Information and support to enable people to explore a range of options
  • Supervision and advice to for CEOs Managers and senior staff
  • Some after-hours appointments

What Happens in the Counselling Session?

Counselling is about empowering people make their own decisions in their lives.

It is not about giving advice or having someone tell you what to do.

Counselling should let you:

  • Form a trusting and safe relationship in which to explore your experiences and issues
  • Feel listened to and validated
  • Be empowered to take more control in your life
  • Identify your strengths and inner resources
  • Develop and move towards realistic personal goals
  • Heal emotionally
  • Gain information and awareness about issues affecting your life

Your Rights in Counselling

  • To be treated with respect and dignity
  • To be treated as an expert on your own life
  • To feel in control of what happens
  • To discuss your issues without feeling judged
  • To disagree with any of the suggestions or ideas raised
  • To have your boundaries respected
  • To have your information kept confidential (however, I will take action if I believe that you or someone else, adult or child, is at risk of harm)

Theraputic Techniques Offered

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Problem-solving skills training
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Communication training
  • Social skills training
  • Parent management training
  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Family/Systemic therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psycho-education (including motivational interviewing)
  • Relaxation strategies /Progressive muscle relaxation/Controlled breathing
  • Social skills training
  • Narrative therapy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

What do I Offer

photo I offer services to individuals, couples, families, agencies and communities.

  • Counselling
  • Consulting
  • Professional supervision to CEOs/Managers/senior staff
  • Review programs
  • Advice to NGOs
  • Facilitate stakeholder linkages
  • Toowoomba Darling Downs & South West Qld
  • Regional, Rural & Remote specialist
  • Contracted services to NGOs

Meet Barry

Barry Sheehan

    20 years experience

As a psychologist, manager, CEO and supervisor. Barry has worked extensively with individuals, couples, families, agencies, communities as well as with managers and of NGOs and NFPs in many parts of regional rural Queensland.