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Maree Kasberger, Psychologist

Psychologist Maree Kasberger joins Therapy Pro with a track record to support her belief in achieving positive change in clients’ lives.

Maree can help Therapy Pro clients with psychological assessments and interventions, behavioural support and advice including writing and developing Positive Behaviour Support Plans, individual and family counselling and psychometric assessments.

She brings more than a decade’s experience working with individuals who have physical injury, mental illness, chronic illness or addictions as part of employment services, workplace employee assistance and occupational rehabilitation programs.

Maree has particular expertise in work assessments and job-readiness skills acquisition, as well as stress management techniques.

“Confidence, self-esteem and motivation are all facets of life I enjoy exploring with clients – and growing,” she says.

Maree holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Counselling from Australian Catholic University.

As a crafter, Maree gets immense pleasure in turning fabrics, yarns and threads into items that stand out for their uniqueness. It’s a passion reflected in her professional life too, helping individuals see their uniqueness positively.

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Ana Almagro - Psychologist

Therapy Pro Brisbane psychologist Ana Almagro views life as a sequence of actions, not dissimilar to the series of postures that flow one after the other in her vinyasa yoga classes. In an ideal world, the actions would all be smooth and seamless: perfect. The real world isn’t perfect—and stumbles do happen.

Ana works with children, teenagers and adults with disability to help smooth the way through an imperfect world.

She is experienced in counselling individuals, couples and families, and can help clients with psychological assessment and interventions, behavioural support and advice including Positive Behaviour Support Plans, and psychometric assessments.

Ana is a qualified Cogmed Working Memory Training coach and is trained in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy. She uses ‘talking’ therapies, such as cognitive behaviour therapy or acceptance and commitment therapy, too.

A great believer in ‘body behaviour’—that the state of mind, positive or negative, is mirrored in a matching bodily expression—Ana often incorporates aspects of yoga breathing, meditation and mindfulness in her sessions with clients facing emotional challenges.

“The mind-body connection is often overlooked,” she says.

Ana worked as a personal carer when studying at university, supporting clients with multiple sclerosis and acquired brain injuries to live more independently.

She gained a Masters of Professional Psychology at University of Southern Queensland after finishing her Bachelors and Honours in Psychological Science at Bond University.

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Bharti Gitay, social worker (mental health accredited)

Therapy Pro Ipswich social worker Bharti Gitay believes that mental health and wellbeing play a powerful part in every individual’s ability to reach their goals.

Bharti to not only provide the assistance traditionally offered by a social worker but also to assess and treat clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, crises and stress in addition to their disabilities.

Over the years, she’s supported people of all ages—and particularly youth and young adults—work through complex and challenging circumstances and issues.

“I don’t ‘fix’—I help clients help themselves as much as possible to realise their goals, to improve their health, to live as independently as they can, doing what is meaningful for them,” says Bharti.

Positive psychology tools Bharti may use include mindfulness techniques, including her favourite, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

“I will seek to build skills and capacity in clients so that ‘tomorrow’ not as much support will be needed because they’ve grown stronger and more independent,” she says.

Bharti’s working life has covered so many challenging aspects of life—from child safety, youth homelessness and alcohol and drug dependence to palliative care.

She’s counselled and supported many individuals and families who’ve experienced trauma and loss as refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Bharti attained a Masters of Social Work Studies at the University of Queensland, backed up with further studies in mental health counselling, mental health care and positive psychology.

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Jayani Jayatilake, social worker (mental health certified)

As a certified mental health social worker, Jayani Jayatilake creates a bridge to support clients with a disability who struggle also with a mental health condition.

Her mental health accreditation enables Jayani to assess and treat children and adults with mental health issues.

Clients may see Jayani as part of their NDIS plan or with a mental health care plan.

They may want help with social skills, stress management, anger management, bereavement, parenting skills, sleep issues, problem solving, and relaxation techniques.

They may be wrestling with adjusting to lifestyle changes and challenges that impact on their emotional wellbeing. Separation and divorce, workplace change and retirement are some examples.

Jayani is particularly experienced in supporting clients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often the result of childhood abuse, domestic abuse or traumatic accident.

 “I take a person-centred approach in treating the individual in their recovery process as they move towards mental health wellbeing,’ she says.

“Every little step forward is an achievement we celebrate.”

Jayani was a professional counsellor in Sri Lanka before migrating to Australia in 1999.

She has since gained a Master of Social Work and undertaken further counselling studies at the University of Queensland.

Jayani has worked as a social worker in government-funded and community services including disability and the aged care, mental health drug and alcohol dependence, palliative care and child safety.

She has extensive experience working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and migrant communities.

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