Our Philosophy: Samford Psychology is a client-centred Clinical Psychology practice providing people with high quality, effective and affordable therapy in a relaxed, comfortable environment.
Our Therapists: Our all-female team of warm, compassionate psychologists, Natalie Shockley, Emma White, Maria Sami, Claudia Petherick and Sonya Melbourne, have many years experience between them. They draw from a range of therapy approaches, tailoring the intervention to suit each client, allowing clients the best possible chance of engagement and recovery. Therapy approaches available within the practice include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), schema-focused therapy (SFT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), ego-state therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), somatic therapies, compassion-focused therapy, and interpersonal therapy (IPT).
Samford Psychology is also home to Art Therapists/Expressive Therapists Kelli MacAlpine and Amanda Moffat. The expressive therapies can be a helpful complementary therapy to psychological work, or a useful stand alone approach themselves, for clients who prefer to work in this way.
Setting: Previously situated in the low-set old Queenslander practice at the front of the Lifestyle Centre, the practice moved in July 2018 to the high-set Queenslander at the back of the Lifestyle Centre premises (225A Mt Glorious Rd, Samford Valley). Set back from the main part of the Lifestyle Centre and surrounded by paddocks with sheep, goats, chickens and a donkey, this wonderful setting provides a peaceful, private and therapeutic environment. Sessions can occur within one of the four consulting rooms, or in outside spaces on the practice grounds or closer to the animals in quiet places along the ‘farm walk’.
Further down into the Centre, clients and staff can wander through a garden setting, home to a nursery, gift-shop, café and other health-service providers such as yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, and day spa. This relaxing environment provides people with the opportunity to settle before and after therapy sessions by wandering amongst plants, sitting contemplating the dam and waterlilies, browsing the gift-shop or sharing a coffee with a support person or on their own.