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Vanessa holds both an honours degree and PhD in psychology. Vanessa has worked across a variety of settings in both the public health system and the private sector, providing assessment and treatment services for people experiencing a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and problematic substance use.

Before going into private practice, Vanessa held a senior lecturer position in the School of Psychology at CQUniversity and has publications in areas including health psychology, child and adolescent wellbeing, and addictions.

With over 18 years of experience, Vanessa enjoys working within brief therapy modalities as well as longer term therapies for more complex issues. Her practice is evidence-based, yet tailored to meet individual needs.

Cherie, holds an honours degree in psychology, and has over 10 years experience in the field of psychology. In this time, Cherie has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. Through her work with children, Cherie was motivated to train in the therapeutic intervention of sand play and symbol work, which she regularly applies as an adjunct to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Cherie also has extensive training in the assessment of, and evidence based interventions for, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Cherie is also an Early Intervention Service Provider for children accessing services under the Helping Children with Autism package (HCWA) and the Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative.

Cherie has also completed the training required to provide Medicare rebated non-directive pregnancy support counselling services. These services are available to a woman who is concerned about a current pregnancy or a pregnancy that occurred in the preceding 12 months.

Before going into private practice, Cherie worked in the non-Government sector providing education and support to foster carers and children in care. Cherie has a particular interest in Separation Anxiety Disorder and enjoys working with families to overcome the difficulties associated with this disorder.

Cherie is also trained in 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching™ which is an evidence-based intervention to address the difficult task of child discipline using humour, keen insight, and proven experience.

Psychologists

Cherie Haig MAPS

Dr Vanessa Ghea  MAPS

Administration

As office administrator, Cathy undertakes a range of activities to ensure the office of Rockhampton City Psychology runs smoothly. Cathy is responsible for providing a high level of support to the practice clinicians and has demonstrated experience in providing quality administrative services. As part of our team, Cathy is happy to assist with any enquiries you may have.

Cathy Minter

Dr Jo (Joella) Storey works with adults and has a particular interest and experience in working with older adults.  With over 15 years of experience working in psychology across hospital, university and private practice settings, Jo has an approach to therapy which promotes the pursuit of psychological well-being at all stages of the lifespan.  She has particular experience working in aspects of psychogeriatrics and also works in a memory clinic at the Mater Hospital in Rockhampton.  In addition to work done in private practice, Jo works in hospital and nursing home settings and is interested in all aspects of adult mental health.  In addition to assisting adult clients to manage mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, she has expertise in the areas of capacity assessment and cognitive assessment.

Dr Jo Storey  MAPS