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DBT skills Groups

Adult ADHD Assessments


Nurturing Minds offer a range of counselling services for the below referrals using a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy, Mindfulness:

Our Services

- Self Esteem
- Self-Harming
- Sexual Abuse
- Sleep or Insomnia
- Stress
- Suicidal Ideation
- Workcover

- Family Conflict
- Infertility
- Infidelity
- Intellectual Disability
- Life Transitions
- Marital and Premarital
- Peer Relationships
- School Issues

- Chronic Pain
- Codependency
- Coping Skills
- Depression
- Divorce
- Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Emotional Disturbance

- Anger Management
- Anxiety
- Behavioural Issues
- Bereavement
- Career Guidance
- Chronic Illness

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Please read about each of our clinicians special interest areas and experience in the 'About Us' section to help you decide who is best suited to your needs. Further information regarding particular treatments including EMDR can be found below. 

Nurturing Minds provides individual therapy of a 50 minute duration. The initial appointment will focus on exploring your reasons for therapy and getting as much detail as possible around your presenting concerns. A thorough history will also be explored to understand you as a person and to help guide your treatment plan. At the end of the first session you will have a good understanding of the direction of treatment and our clinicians will collaborate with you to create goals that you wish to work on to improve your wellbeing. Subsequent sessions will focus on achieving these goals and we will regularly check in with you to ensure that you’re satisfied with the direction of therapy.

Individual Counselling

DBT Skills Training

Adult ADHD Assessments

Individual Counselling

Our clinicians are able to assist clients with the following concerns:

What is EMDR?

In the bustling world we live in, the constant whirlwind of stressors, traumas, and life challenges can take a toll on our mental well-being. Fortunately, there are therapeutic approaches designed to help individuals overcome these hurdles and emerge stronger and more resilient. One such powerful technique gaining popularity is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Today, let's delve into the transformative journey offered by Nurturing Minds, a beacon of hope on the Sunshine Coast led by skilled professionals known as the Sunshine Coast Psychologists.

EMDR therapy is a groundbreaking psychotherapy approach that was originally developed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. However, its scope has broadened over the years to address a myriad of issues, including anxiety, depression, phobias, and more. What sets EMDR apart is its unique way of stimulating the brain's natural healing processes through bilateral stimulation, typically in the form of guided eye movements.

Nurturing Minds, nestled on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, stands out as a haven for those seeking compassionate and effective mental health care. The dedicated team of Sunshine Coast Psychologists at Nurturing Minds is committed to guiding individuals through their healing journey using evidence-based therapies like EMDR.

 The Sunshine Coast Psychologists at Nurturing Minds are highly trained and experienced in EMDR therapy. They bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to every session, ensuring clients feel supported and understood.EMDR therapy at Nurturing Minds facilitates the processing of distressing memories, enabling individuals to integrate these experiences in a more adaptive and healthy way.

In the tranquil setting of the Sunshine Coast, Nurturing Minds emerges as a beacon of hope, offering transformative EMDR therapy guided by compassionate Sunshine Coast Psychologists. If you or someone you know is on the path to healing, consider the empowering journey that awaits at Nurturing Minds. Embrace the power of EMDR therapy and embark on a road to resilience and well-being with the trusted experts at Nurturing Minds.

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Overview of our assessment process

Our assessments include a 2 hour interview, the completion of several questionnaires, a report provided to you and your treating team, and a 60 minute follow up session to review your assessment results.

Psychometrics including self-report measures will be sent to you for completion at home and your Psychologist may also recommend that collateral information is obtained (for example, from a parent or partner) to aid in the assessment. Your Psychologist will provide you with information regarding this during your intake assessment.

The full assessment is $1450 and a 50% deposit is required upon booking. The written report will be provided within 2-3 weeks of the assessment. Phone our admin team or conveniently book online. **The intake interview can be completed online if required. 

Adult ADHD Assessments

DBT Skills Training

Adult ADHD Assessments

Individual Counselling

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." 

Henry Ford

A medicare rebate of $22.35 is available per session with a mental health care plan.

The group consists of 2 modules and  clients can choose to complete an individual module, however both modules are recommended. 

Our Clinic Director Brionie has a special interest in Borderline Personality Disorder and  regularly works with clients and their families in this area. Nurturing Minds is offering a shortened 10 week DBT skills training incorporating the basics of the traditional 24 week course. DBT skills training has been shown to be highly effective with BPD, self-harm, and PTSD. 

DBT Skills Groups

DBT Skills Groups

Couples Counselling

Individual Counselling

Skills Groups - More information

Our groups are educational and practical in nature. Significant effort has been put into every session to engage participants. Be prepared to practice your skills with several weekly relaxation/mindfulness/visualisation exercises. Each group will be led by a head facilitator and co-facilitator. Our Director Brionie is leading the upcoming adult program.

Location: The group room is located in our clinic at Level 2, 45 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba.
Duration: Weekly sessions of 1.5 hours. The groups are split into 2 modules of 5 weeks duration with a 2 week break in between.
Start date: Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 6pm. We are hoping to start our next group as soon as we have 10 participants.

We are currently taking expressions of interest and hope to start this group in the near future.

Nurturing Minds offers DBT skills groups to meet the needs of participants who are unable to access the 24 week course. This could be due to difficulties being accepted into the course, taking time off personal/work commitments, the cost or long wait-list times. This group is suited to people struggling with suicide ideation and self-harm, anxiety, PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder. We also have many participants who engage in the course as a preventative measure and are looking to build upon the skills they have learned in individual therapy.

Please note that the Skills Groups are not a replacement for individual therapy.

Adult Group 

Under 18 


- Less reliance on others to soothe due to increased confidence in personal coping skills
- Reduction of self-harm and destructive behaviours
- Improved communication with support network and ability to form more positive attachments
- Increased stability in personal life and commitment to longer-term therapy if required

Expectations of the group

- Complete weekly homework and be open to sharing with the group
- Participate in all practical activities
- Attend every session and be willing to pay the attendance fee if a cancellation is required (unless there are exceptional circumstances). Due to Medicare requirements, we need a certain amount of participants for everyone to be able to access their rebate each week.
- Payment of weekly sessions is charged each week prior to the next session.
- Respect each group members privacy and do not overshare in the groups (this could trigger other group members)

Exclusion Criteria

- If you are actively suicidal or in a crisis this group can only be taken in addition to individual therapy. This does not need to be a Psychologist at Nurturing Minds, however we recommend a DBT informed Psychologist. 
- Anyone that is aggressive towards other participants or staff will be removed from the Group

Referral Options and Fees

- Participants can self-refer to the course, however if your Mental Health Care Plan mentions approval of Group Therapy, you are able to access the Medicare rebate for each session. This is a saving of $223.50 for the 10 weeks.
- The fee is $90 per 1.5 hour Group session paid weekly ($67.65 with the Medicare rebate). Participants can also opt to pay one module upfront to receive a discount.
- NDIS participants will be charged $100 per 1.5 hour Group Session.

Please email our admin team at admin@nurturingminds.com.au or phone us on 07 5477 7002 to register your interest! You can also fill out the form below! 

More information regarding the individual modules can be seen by scrolling further down below.

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DBT or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy was developed by Marcia Linehan to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It has since been found helpful for a variety of mental health concerns including self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD and emotional dysregulation. The skills learnt in DBT groups are also helpful for non-clinical populations. Dialectical stands for ‘working with opposites’ and DBT is designed to help people change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving while also accepting them. Acceptance and change skills are at the core of DBT. Reduce unhealthy coping mechanisms and move in the direction of positive wellbeing.

 The DBT skills group we offer at Nurturing Minds occur in a safe and supportive group setting. The four main components of the skills group include Mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal skills.

Become non-judgemental of your thoughts and feelings, the practice of being fully aware and present in the moment.
Emotional Regulation
How to label your feelings and warning signs, reduce reactivity and learn good coping skills.  

Distress tolerance
Learn how to cope in a crisis. Sometimes we can’t change painful situations and so it is important to learn how to tolerate and accept these experiences. Learn how to ride the wave of emotions and avoid unhealthy ways of coping.
Interpersonal skills
Learn how to communicate your needs effectively and set boundaries while maintaining self-respect. Foster more positive relationships moving forward.

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DBT Skills Groups

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It is normal to feel anxious about attending your first session, you’re about to disclose personal concerns to a stranger! Our clinicians will do their best to make you feel comfortable by creating a safe environment, using her warm and gentle approach.

This session will focus on understanding your reason for attending treatment and gathering as much information as possible around your concerns so our clinicians can work with you to create goals that will assist you to work through these. We will guide you with gentle questioning and a thorough history will also be taken to understand you as a person and to inform treatment planning. At the end of the first session our clinicians will talk to you regarding their recommendations for treatment and ensure that you’re content with the direction of future therapy. It is not unusual for strategies to start in the first session to help you to start working towards your goals.

It is best to attend 5-10 minutes early for your initial session as there will be paperwork to fill out including a consent form and questionnaire. This is important to ensure that you know how the information you disclose will be handled and that you feel comfortable with the process of treatment.

What to expect in the first session?

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We know how difficult these times have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want you to know that we are here to help and can still provide services to you if you are feeling unwell and/or believe you may have the virus.

Please let us know as soon as possible and we can organise an online session in place of a face to face session if required.