Psychologist Profiles

Gail Baker – Psychologist

Gail Baker is a fully registered and University qualified psychologist.  As the owner of Sunshine Coast Psychology Services, she has 17 years experience in some of the most demanding areas of  counselling and psychology.

Gail Baker Psychologist Sunshine CoastGail works with individuals, couples and organisations by utilising evidence based therapies to achieve measurable results for her clients.

Each individual case is approached on it’s own merits allowing a range of specific therapies to be utilised in helping achieve the desired goals.

Having worked in some of the most demanding areas of psychology and counselling, Gail provides expertise that is considered, highly experienced and heartfelt.

Gail Baker commenced private practice in February 2005 and established Sunshine Coast Psychology Services in 2007.  She is a fully registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) and a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Gail completed a Bachelor of Science Psychology Honours Degree at the University of South Queensland (USQ) in 2001, a Bachelor of Science Psychology with majors in Psychology in 2000 and also completed a multi-faceted major in Communications in 1996.  Gail received the USC Dean’s Commendations for Outstanding Achievement in 2000 and the  Central Queensland University  Neil Hope Prize for Communication in 1996.

Gail has previous experience working in areas of clinical assessment (including psychometric testing) and providing evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavioural and interpersonal therapies.  She has worked with individuals from a wide range of ages from children from 10 years, adolescents, adults to the elderly and couples.

Gail has consulted with Clients with varying types of presentations including Clients who have presented with anxiety, depression, panic, relationship issues, substance abuse and dependence issues, gambling to name a few.  Gail has also consulted with Clients who have experienced domestic violence, physical, verbal and sexual assaults, the victims of crimes, including the victims of childhood sexual abuse.  Gail continues to consult with Clients with symptoms of generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety, depressive disorders, relationship counselling and works with Clients within an extensive range of conditions and issues.

Gail utilises individual therapy depending on the needs of The Client including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic interventions and relationship counselling.

Gail’s approach to relationship counselling is Gottman relationship therapy as her principal framework which allows couples to have an improved understanding of their partner’s perspective and ultimately creates a better connection for the couple.  She additionally utilises Interpersonal Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support the Gottman framework.

Kelly Sweeting – Psychologist

Kelly Sweeting commenced as a Psychologist with us in September 2016. She is a fully registered Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Kelly completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Psychology Degree at James Cook University in 2007 and completed an Honours in Psychology at Central Queensland University in 2009. Kelly has experience working with children from the age of 9 years, adolescents, adults and couples. Since her time with SCPS, Kelly has worked with many individuals and couples and we have had very positive feedback about her individual counselling as well as couple’s counselling.

Kelly has specialities in generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety, depressive disorders, couple’s counselling and she works with Clients within a wide range of other conditions and issues. Kelly utilises individual therapy depending on the needs of The Client including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic interventions and relationship counselling.

Kelly’s approach to relationship counselling is Gottman relationship therapy as her overarching framework.  Kelly also uses Interpersonal Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support this.  Kelly finds that using Gottman Relationship Counselling allows couples to have a deeper understanding of their partner’s perspective, creating a closer connection in the relationship.

Kelly engages in regular peer supervision with Principal Psychologist Gail Baker on a regular basis and continued professional development for at least 30 hours per annum.

Jeff Forsyth – Psychologist

Jeff is a fully registered Psychologist and has a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Deakin University which he completed in December 2005. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Indigenous Studies) at Monash University in December 2004 and additionally he completed a Higher Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at Deakin University in 1977. Jeff has experience working with adolescents from the age of 15 years, adults, couples and the elderly.

Jeff describes himself as a mature-age psychologist who has been providing clinical and outreach services from a specialist psychology clinic in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs previously and more recently for the Orbost Regional Hospital in eastern Gippsland. He works mostly with older adolescents (15+) and adults in the areas of depression; anxiety, panic and phobias, trauma-based difficulties; relationship and interpersonal problems; loss of life focus and meaning; drug, alcohol and other dependent behaviour issues; bereavement, grief and loss issues; and pain management.

Jeff’s approach to relationship counselling is Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which enables couples to repair their relationships.