Psychology Team

We would like to welcome you to The OCD Clinic and introduce our team of clinical Brisbane City psychologists.

The clinic currently has eight psychologists clinically trained to work with either children, adolescents or adults with OCD spectrum disorders. Dr Emily O’Leary, our Director, has selected this group of psychologists because they either have a Masters or Doctorate thesis in the area of OCD and anxiety and they share her passion for treating people with OCD spectrum and anxiety disorders.

We have provided the staff profiles in an interview format so you can evaluate which psychologist may best suit your needs.

Dr Emily O’Leary

Dr Emily O’Leary
Clinical Psychologist

What is your experience?

  • Clinical Director of Anxiety House and OCD Clinic since 2010
  • Ten years’ experience with clients with OCD and anxiety
  • Clinical supervisor and STAP trained
  • Worked in public and private sectors for many years
  • Worked in acute inpatient and outpatients units
  • Regular speaker on radio and social media
  • Researcher and presenter at international conferences

What are your interest areas?

  • Working with adults
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Perinatal and post natal anxiety and depression
  • Hoarding Disorder

What motivates you in your practice?

  • “Seeing my clients achieve their mental health goals and “Smashing OCD”
  • “Seeing the positive impact treatment has on the families of those I work with”
  • “Always being reminded by my clients that there is something new to learn!”
  • “Feeling like I am genuinely involved in something meaningful”

Dr Cynthia Turner

Dr Cynthia Turner
Clinical Psychologist

What is your experience?

  • Eighteen years’ experience working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Worked in anxiety clinics in England
  • Involved in the training of clinical psychology students
  • Supervises clinical students completing their Masters
  • Published a treatment manual on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Researcher and presenter at international conferences
  • Honorary lecturer at the University of Queensland

What days do you work?

  • Only available in very limited times as she lectures at ACU. Reception will advise appointments.

What are your interest areas?

  • Working with children
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Tic Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

What motivates you in your practice?

  • “Helping kids to get better and enjoy their life”

Dr Kris Ojala

Dr Kris Ojala
Principal Psychologist

What is your experience?

  • Clinical psychologist for ten years working predominantly with anxiety and OCD
  • He has experience in facilitating OCD group programs for both children and adults
  • He has conducted professional development workshops on the treatment of OCD and anxiety both nationally and internationally).
  • Enjoys working with children and families to create a team approach to understanding and managing emotional distress.
  • Has developed targeted programs for assisting boys in building confidence and self- belief during the transition to manhood.
  • Completed his studies in Psychology at Griffith University, including Honours in Psychology and his PhD in Clinical Psychology.
  • Utilises a positive psychology approach and incorporates a blend of CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing.

 

What are your interest areas?

  • Anxiety
  • OCD

What motivates you in your practice?

  • “Having the opportunity to play a small part in creating positive change in families struggling to cope with anxiety”
  • “To be able to see the look of pride and accomplishment for someone who has struggled to find belief in themselves”

Katie Waller

Katie Waller
Psychologist

What is your experience?

  • Worked in both public and private sectors
  • Worked as a psychologist on NHMRC funded trials for OCD
  • Treating anxiety from a CBT and ACT framework
  • Published OCD research presented at national and international conferences
  • Experienced in employee-assistance programs and work-related concerns

What are your interest areas?

  • Working with adolescents and adults
  • OCD and related disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Work-related concerns (burnout, stress, change management)

What motivates you in your practice?

  • Working through achievable and realistic steps to facilitate change and seeing real, long term results
  • Helping people create, or return to, the best version of themselves
  • Empowering people to actively reduce their distress and feel good every day

Cassie Lavell

Cassie Lavell

What is your experience?

  • Experience in both public and private settings, including inpatient and outpatient services
  • Experience working with children, adolescents, and adults
  • Providing evidence-based psychological interventions on research trials for paediatric OCD
  • Conducted research and published studies on obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder
  • Providing evidence-based parent behaviour management programs for youth with behavioural problems
  • Providing individual and group cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) to children and adolescents with anxiety disorders

What are your interest areas?

  • Working with children and adolescents
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Anxiety disorders

What motivates you in your practice?

  • Seeing young people successfully beat their anxiety and get more enjoyment from life

Meet the Psychology Team

Dr Emily O’Leary

Dr Emily O’Leary
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Cynthia Turner

Dr Cynthia Turner
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Kris Ojala

Dr Kris Ojala
Principal Psychologist

Katie Waller

Katie Waller
Psychologist

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