Cynthia Portas

Clinical Psychologist

Cynthia is a Clinical Psychologist registered with Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). She is a full member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Cynthia’s career as an Allied Health Practitioner commenced on completion of studies to become a Registered Nurse. She later went on to complete studies in Social work at the University of Queensland (UQ) following which she spent several years attached to the Psychiatric Unit of the Gold Coast Hospital.

Development of interest in Mental Health led Cynthia to pursue and complete Undergraduate and master’s studies in Psychology at both the University of New England (UNE) and James Cook University (JCU).

Cynthia later completed post graduate studies for a Diploma in Counselling at Bond University where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence and, the Dean’s Award for High Achievement.

As a Private Practitioner Cynthia has occupied the roles of Consultant Psychologist for both Allamanda Private Hospital and Monash IVF.

Additional experience includes several years as a Family Court Counsellor and Report Writer and several years as Area Coordinator for DVA’s Veterans and Veteran’s Families Counselling Service where she received a National Office Award for Clinical Excellence for her work with traumatized veterans.

She accepts Work cover and DVA referrals.

Cynthia’s training and experience equips her to work with client needs across the entire life span.  She provides evidence-based practice using a holistic transdiagnostic approach to therapy. She is a dedicated Practitioner who is well equipped to respond to a broad spectrum  of mental health issues including those associated with relationship problems and adjustment disorders.

Cynthia offers Bulk Billing for clients referred by their GP under a Mental Health Care Plan.

Please call us for additional information or to make an appointment on 07 5532 8272.

Dr. Elizabeth Celi

Clinical Psychologist, PhD, MAPS

Having trouble sleeping, concentrating, can’t find the worry off-switch? Are difficult experiences intruding into your thoughts, feel like you’re always on alert & jumping out of your skin? Difficult experiences and traumas can keep some memories “frozen” or “stuck” in your memory banks, making it harder to process information and regulate your emotions. The shock and overwhelm of these experiences can all too often be overlooked, limiting your mental health and how much joy you can experience. You don’t have to struggle that way.

Dr. Elizabeth Celi has worked as a psychologist in private practice since 2003 and is an accredited EMDR trauma clinician. She incorporates EMDR with other trauma-oriented and regular psychological therapies, to help clients reduce symptoms of trauma, shock, depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain and complicated grieving.

Where appropriate, Elizabeth also applies the Safe and Sound audio therapy protocol to regulate and soothe the nervous system. This assists with symptoms of trauma, chronic stress and digestive ailments as each impact the nervous system and its ability to regulate and soothe.

Having published two books, done media and public health advocacy in men’s mental health until 2015, Elizabeth and colleagues in the USA, Canada and UK published four qualitative research papers (one in review). Elizabeth now focuses her psychological work on trauma-related issues for both men and women, for recent as well as long-standing difficult or traumatic experiences.

Combined, Elizabeth takes a holistic approach to ensure the brain, body and mind reintegrate toward better mental health. It can be nerve wracking to book your first appointment. It can also be a relief when you’ve struggled for some time and then have a way forward with attentive professional care.

Dr. Elizabeth Celi sees clients with Mental Health Care Plan referrals, with private health or private paying. You do not need a referral to book in with her. Please be aware, if you require psychological therapy as part of WorkCover, NDIS or any other 3rd party organization, Elizabeth is not the appropriate psychologist for you. She would be happy to provide you with recommendations to psychologists who do work with 3rd party organizations. Elizabeth provides professional psychological services for therapeutic purposes only.

Dr. Dr Anastasiia Kuliapina

Clinical Psychologist

Anastasiia is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Sheprovides individual assessment and psychotherapyfor adolescents and adults. Anastasiia facilitates Day Therapy group programs for people with Anxiety, Mood Disorders and Substance Use at The Southport Private Hospital. Anastasiia also provides supervision to provisional psychologists and mental health professionals.She advocates wellness programs and individual psychotherapy for medical, allied health professionals and students, so they can reach their highest potential.

Anastasiia has completed First Class Honours BSc Psychology at Perm State University in 2004 and Master of Clinical Psychology at Bond University in 2016. Anastasiia’s training has involved a range of therapeutic models,including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Systemic & Psychodynamic approaches. She is very dedicated and continues her training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) with Dr Patricia Coughlin in Boston, USA.

Her assessment and treatment expertise for adolescents and adults includes:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anger issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Perinatal Care
  • Relationship problems
  • Personality difficulties
  • Addictions
  • Bulimia
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Study, Work and Career issues
  • Adjustment to medical conditions (Infertility, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Injuries)

Fees

  • Initial evaluation (110 min): $380
  • Follow up appointments (52 min): $190
  • Cancellation Fee < 48-hour notice: Full Fee
  • Medicare rebate $124.50 is available with a GP or Psychiatrist referral for the first 10 sessions per year.

Anastasiia assists patients funded through government services (NDIS, Medicare, WorkCover, TAC, COMCARE, DVA) and Private Health Funds (eg. Bupa, Medibank, etc).

Dr. Hossein Khosravi Boroujeni

Dietitian, MSc, Ph.D in Nutrition and Dietetics

Dr. Hossein Khosravi is an accredited practising dietitian with over 20 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics. He has knowledge in all area of nutrition and dietetics with a special interest in chronic disease prevention and management, weight management, pregnant woman, children and older age nutrition and special dietary requirements.

Hossein graduated as a dietitian in Iran in 2000, then followed his passion in research and academic jobs at different universities and research centers in Iran. He moved to Australia in 2013 continuing his professional development and completed his PhD in Griffith University in 2017. He published two book chapters and over 40 scientific papers from his researches in highly ranked academic journals.

Having an extensive international experience and academic background, Dr.Hossein can improve your overall nutrition and health.

Dr Hossein speaks Persian/Farsi and English and is familiar with culture and diet of different countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East countries.

John Rafla

Physiotherapist
John graduated with a bachelor of Physiotherapy and completed his postgraduate diploma in Public Health from the University of Queensland. Currently, he is working as a Physiotherapist whilst studying Medicine full-time. John has been working for more than 4 years, specialising in treating musculoskeletal pain, chronic and Workcover cases and injury prevention.
John has developed a particular interest in specialising in shoulder and knee injuries. He has also devoted extensive time to research and has undergone numerous courses, including movements with mobilisation and dry needling to master all of the treatment options in physiotherapy successfully. His accurate diagnosis and treatment guidelines will help you reach your goals in a safe and effective manner.
Services include:
  • Specialization in Shoulder and Knee injuries, with a commitment to treating all chronic and acute conditions.
  • Ultrasound therapeutic treatments.
  • Advice and education, prioritizing self-management treatment and exercise regimens for injury prevention.
  • Postural education.
  • Manual therapy, including joint mobilizations, massage, and soft tissue release.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation modalities.
  • Comprehensive exercise programs customized to each individual.
  • Kinesio-taping to support muscles and joint injuries.
  • Dry needling (only upon request per session).
  • Heat therapy and cryotherapy modalities.
Please call us for additional information or to make an appointment on 07 5532 8272.

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