Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes Clinical Psychologist

Dr Catherine Hynes,
PhD (Clin Psych & Clin Neuropsych),
BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience).

Dr Catherine Hynes approaches therapy from a position of optimism – life, despite its many challenges, is well worth living, and can be more enjoyable if we learn new ways of thinking and acting. She works with people in a warm and supportive way to help them decide what therapy and what strategies are most suitable to their personal tastes and circumstances.

Catherine has a PhD in clinical psychology and neuropsychology from the University of Queensland. She uses evidence-based therapies, that is, therapies that have been tested in scientific research studies, and shown to be effective means of helping people. The therapies Catherine practices are consistent with psychological, biological and medical science. They combine knowledge of how people learn, and how our physiology and social structures work, to help people get more out of life.

All therapies that Catherine practices are time-limited, and most involve learning and practising skills outside of sessions, because working on difficulties and applying skills must be done more frequently than one hour per week to be truly successful.

Catherine’s areas of specialty are:

  • Trauma and Complex Trauma
  • Managing Dissociation
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Mood Disorders and Difficulties
  • Assertiveness and Communication Skills
  • Addictions
  • Parenting Skills
  • Enduring difficulties originating in childhood or early adolescence (so-called Personality Disorders)

Therapies which Catherine may draw upon in treatment include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – helps people understand the relationships between thinking patterns, behaviour patterns and emotions, and to make changes to thoughts and behaviour to improve emotional well-being.
  • Schema Focused Therapy – an enhanced form of CBT that helps people recognise unhelpful, lifelong patterns of thoughts and behaviour that originated in childhood or adolescence, and choose new more helpful ways of thinking and behaving to improve wellbeing.
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) – a therapy for trauma, phobias, grief, and addictions that helps people to resolve negative beliefs about oneself or the world into more positive beliefs by releasing blocked physical sensations and memories using eye movements that facilitate reprocessing difficult memories.
  • Mindfulness Based Therapies – enhanced CBT therapies that teach people to focus on the present moment, and change our habit of spending our lives either re-living the past or worrying about the future. These therapies include:
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – focuses on identifying people’s most cherished values, and committing to living according to them in the here and now.
    • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – focuses on developing compassion for oneself, and learning to change self-critical thinking.
  • Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) – parenting assistance for developmentally normal children and/or children with developmental disabilities that encourages warmth and high quality interactions with children, as well as suggesting specific strategies for managing challenging behaviour. Catherine is an accredited Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) practitioner.
  • Ego State Therapy – when somebody is having difficulties with internal conflicts, and different parts of themselves are disagreeing, competing or having arguments, it can be helpful to map out those different parts, and teach them to communicate in more helpful ways.

Catherine has recently returned to Brisbane from the UK.

Therapy in French

Mon français n’est ni parfait, ni sans accent, mais si ces petits soucis ne vous embêtent pas trop, je serai contente de me débrouiller en français avec vous.

If you are looking for trauma counselling, make an appointment with Clinical Psychologist Dr Catherine Hynes by freecalling 1800 877 924 or booking online today!