Sarah Yates

Sarah Yates

BBehSc, BPsych (Hons), MIACN(Cert)
Registered Psychologist & Neuropsychotherapist

My decision to pursue a career in Psychology originally came about after volunteering for the Red Cross Family Support Program many years ago. Whilst in that role I realised I have the ability to set people at ease with warmth and genuine care when reflecting on their personal hurt or concern. Since then, my working life has focussed on supporting adults and families where there is a chronic and often trans-generational pattern of trauma and neglect that can make just getting through the day seem difficult to say the least; especially if the stress of parenting kids with Big Feelings can sometimes overwhelm us.

Having worked both in Brisbane and the United Kingdom, my roots finally settled back here in Redland City, where I have lived all my life. After working for some years with adults, adolescents and children on the northside with ACT for Kids, and across the greater Brisbane and coast regions with Complex Care, I have honed my therapeutic skills in the following areas;

  • Developmental Complex Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD)
    ➔ Adult survivors of developmental trauma and neglect (both physical & relational)
  • Acute Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Childhood behaviour management support for parents under stress
  • Adult stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Anger management
  • Substance addiction
  • Work-related stress
  • Adjustment to life change
  • Interpersonal difficulties within intimate partnerships
  • Adolescent mental health (age 16+)

I assist my clients in moving forward with a range of strategies from;

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Trauma and parent-child attachment relationship frameworks
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Solution-Focussed therapy
  • Neuropsychotherapy (brain and body function when feeling distress)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Mindfulness

I look forward to walking the therapeutic journey with you in a manner that promotes safety, comfort, warmth, and, whenever possible, playfulness and laughter.