Gail Baker – Psychologist
Gail Baker is a fully registered and University qualified psychologist. As the owner of Sunshine Coast Psychology Services, she has 19 years experience in some of the most demanding areas of counselling and psychology.
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 16 years ago 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. Gail has completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in relationship counselling. She additionally utilises Interpersonal Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support the Gottman framework.
Ryan Dixon – Psychologist
Ryan has full AHPRA registration as a General Psychologist and Student Membership of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI). He completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Central Queensland University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at Charles Sturt University.
Ryan has significant experience working with Clients with a wide range of conditions and issues (including depression, generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety, depressive disorders, work-related stress, adjustment to injury, anger and stress management and relationship issues). He uses evidence-based, focused psychological strategies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, psycho-education, relaxation strategies, skills training and Affect Regulation Therapy) in assisting adults and adolescents (from the age of 15 years). Ryan has worked with Clients in the private sector including individuals referred under a GP Mental Health Care Plan, Employee Assistance Programs or other funding arrangements including Work Cover, insurance and DVA Clients. Ryan has developed, facilitated and evaluated group treatment programs for Clients. Ryan has extensive experience providing psychological and counselling services to Australian Defensive Force members and their families and has a special interest in working with Veterans. Ryan also consults with couples for relationship counselling.
Ryan has experience in psychological and vocational assessments. Previously experience includes managing Employment Assistance Program for companies; managing a caseload of compensable injuries, both psychological and physical); developing rehabilitation and return-to-work programs; liaising with government personnel, insurance and large corporate businesses to achieve successful rehabilitation outcomes. He has worked in collaboration with other allied health professionals, such as general practitioners, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
Ryan’s approach to relationship counselling is Gottman relationship therapy as his principal framework which allows couples to have an improved understanding of their partner’s perspective and ultimately creates a better connection for the couple. Ryan has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in relatinship counselling.
Wendy Singer – Psychologist
We are very pleased to welcome Wendy Singer who is commencing with us on the 1st February 2021 after working overseas for a number of years. Wendy is a highly skilled Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. She has full AHPRA registration as a General Psychologist and has professional associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Prior to returning to the Sunshine Coast, Wendy gained various experience, including volunteering at an inpatient’s facility, working within the prison system, and recently the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the United Kingdom (UK). Throughout her career, Wendy has provided evidence-based psychological interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), for Clients with various presenting issues, including anxiety and depression. Wendy has worked from a multi-disciplinary approach with medical and allied health professionals. Wendy uses CBT where the Client and the Psychologist identify and change negative thinking patterns and promote positive behavioural changes.
Wendy has a preference for integrative therapies, mainly Schema Therapy that explores and challenges unhelpful beliefs or “schemas”, coping styles and interpersonal relationships, and CFT which aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging Clients to be compassionate toward themselves and others.
Wendy has experience working with Clients with a wide range of conditions and issues including depression, generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety, depressive disorders, work-related stress, anger and stress management, tic disorders, and personality disorders. Wendy has worked with Clients in the private sector including individuals referred under a GP Mental Health Care Plan or self-referred Clients. Wendy managed the Suicide Prevention Service Program in Mackay early in her career. She has previously been a liaison for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service and has presented her own research at the International Mental Health Conference. Wendy has worked in collaboration with other health and allied health professionals. Wendy consults with Clients from the age of 12 years and adults and has an interest in consulting with Clients with relationship issues in the future.