Online Counselling for Smithfield

Photo of Olivia Donnini - ALIGN Therapies and Social Consultancy, ACA-L3, Counsellor
ALIGN Therapies and Social Consultancy
Counsellor, ACA-L3
Verified Verified
Smithfield, QLD 4878  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Olivia, I’m glad my profile found it’s way to you. I am particularly passionate about supporting people to heal from trauma, and so my approach to psychotherapy is trauma-informed, integrated, dynamic, collaborative, and all about you. It is of the utmost importance that our work is deeply strength-based, and our responsibility is to co-create a space where you feel safe, connected, and understood.
Hi! I'm Olivia, I’m glad my profile found it’s way to you. I am particularly passionate about supporting people to heal from trauma, and so my approach to psychotherapy is trauma-informed, integrated, dynamic, collaborative, and all about you. It is of the utmost importance that our work is deeply strength-based, and our responsibility is to co-create a space where you feel safe, connected, and understood.
(07) 5451 4047 View (07) 5451 4047
Photo of Marta Anna Barnes, MPsych, PsyBA General, Psychologist
Marta Anna Barnes
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Smithfield, QLD 4878
I am a registered psychologist offering psychological services to adults and young people who want to make positive changes in their lives and enhance their well-being. I support people experiencing a range of mental health issues including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, insomnia, eating disorders etc. I have experience in the use of evidence-based modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and mindfulness-based approaches. I am bilingual and offer services in English and Polish.
I am a registered psychologist offering psychological services to adults and young people who want to make positive changes in their lives and enhance their well-being. I support people experiencing a range of mental health issues including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, insomnia, eating disorders etc. I have experience in the use of evidence-based modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and mindfulness-based approaches. I am bilingual and offer services in English and Polish.
(07) 4064 9598 View (07) 4064 9598
Photo of Niko Antalffy - Fringe Therapy, PhD, PACFA, Counsellor
Niko Antalffy - Fringe Therapy
Counsellor, PhD, PACFA
Verified Verified
Smithfield, QLD 4878  (Online Only)
I provide online therapy for ‘fringe’ clients: LGBTQI+, non-monogamy/poly, BDSM/kink, neurodivergent, disability/chronic health conditions, sex workers and various ethnic and lifestyle backgrounds, helping with a range of psychological and emotional difficulties. I use a trauma-informed humanistic approach with evidence-based therapies for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, overwhelm, and relationship issues. Nothing is too strange or too intersectional as I practice radical acceptance and have a wealth of deep experience and understanding of all the above ‘fringe’ issues and backgrounds.
I provide online therapy for ‘fringe’ clients: LGBTQI+, non-monogamy/poly, BDSM/kink, neurodivergent, disability/chronic health conditions, sex workers and various ethnic and lifestyle backgrounds, helping with a range of psychological and emotional difficulties. I use a trauma-informed humanistic approach with evidence-based therapies for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, overwhelm, and relationship issues. Nothing is too strange or too intersectional as I practice radical acceptance and have a wealth of deep experience and understanding of all the above ‘fringe’ issues and backgrounds.
(02) 9100 0504 View (02) 9100 0504
Prism Health
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
Smithfield, QLD 4878
(07) 4043 7140 View (07) 4043 7140

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Is online therapy as effective as in-person?

Numerous studies suggest that online therapy can be as effective as in-person therapy. However, further research is needed to determine if online therapy provides the same benefits across all client populations. Individuals with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or those who may benefit from in-person check-ins, like those with eating disorders, may not experience the same level of benefit from online therapy. Nonetheless, the success of online therapy, much like in-person therapy, often hinges on the quality of the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client rather than the specific modality of therapy used.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of therapy conducted online?

One of the main advantages of online therapy is its convenience for both clients and therapists. It also allows clients who require specialised therapy to access a wider range of professionals than they could with only in-person sessions. Additionally, online therapy may be a more affordable option in some cases and often offers the same insurance benefits as in-person therapy. However, online therapy may not be suitable for everyone, especially those who value face-to-face interaction with a therapist. Therapists may find it more challenging to assess clients accurately in an online setting due to reduced nonverbal cues on camera. There is also the increased risk that disruptions caused by external factors, such as technology malfunctions, can hinder the therapy session. For these reasons, many therapists offer a "hybrid" therapeutic approach, alternating between seeing clients in-person and online.

Is online therapy suitable for children and adolescents?

Just like with adults, the accessibility and convenience of online therapy can greatly benefit children and adolescents. In fact, children and adolescents may be more accustomed to navigating online platforms than older adults, making online sessions feel more natural for them. Teens might also be interested in using additional online tools, such as therapist-recommended apps, as an adjunct to online therapy sessions. Apps for developing CBT skills, practicing mindfulness exercises, or tracking thoughts and moods can be helpful for teens receiving therapy. However, it's important to note that not all therapeutic modalities are well-suited to online therapy, especially those used with younger children. For example, play therapy, which helps younger children express their emotions, often requires in-person sessions to be fully effective.

Can I receive prescriptions and medication management with online therapy?

The ability for psychiatrists to prescribe medications through online therapy varies based on the medication and the states where the medical professional and client are located. While many prescribing regulations were relaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic, some states still enforce rules, especially concerning controlled substances, which may mandate an in-person visit before prescribing. Generally, however, medical professionals can prescribe non-controlled substances through online therapy sessions just as they do during in-person sessions.