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About Us

The caring, experienced staff at Excel Psychology are ready to assist you with your psychological needs in any way necessary. We will equip you with the skills needed to cope, to function better, and to prevent ongoing problems. Excel Psychology offers a variety of therapy styles and combinations, including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to name a few.

Meet The Team

Francesca Carpenter is the Director of Excel Psychology. She is a Registered Psychologist with about 10 years' experience providing psychological therapy. Francesca graduated from the University of Washington (Seattle) and received a First Class Honours in Social Sciences from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. Before moving to Brisbane in 2013 she lived and worked on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. more

Antonia Alessi (Tonia) is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters of Professional Psychology. She is known for her approachable, caring, and kind demeanour, in particular her passion for understanding individual concerns and experiences. Antonia aims to support individuals not only to survive, but to thrive following challenging life experiences, and to move forwards towards achieving their goals. more

Bobbi Dobson-Patterson is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, working with people experiencing difficulties with adult AD/HD and related issues, chronic pain and illnesses, addictions, mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma, relationship difficulties, and adjustment difficulties. Her training and background are in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. more

Karla Johnston is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist who has been encouraging the mental and physical wellbeing of clients and psychologists (via supervision) for the last 20 years. Sometimes bottling up pain results in thinking, “talking won't help!” Or that no one could understand your situation.
There is nothing wrong with you - being human is hard work. It can leave us feeling confused, crazy, angry, scared, anxious, panicked, and depressed. more

Dr Lauren Roche Lauren is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist, with a special interest in adults and older adults adjusting to changes in health and loss. Lauren has a background in the application of psychological therapy to persons experiencing medical illness and mental ill health. Lauren has worked in hospital settings and in private practice, providing therapy to adults under Medicare or who access their Employee Assistance Program. more

Dianne Wheare is a General Psychologist, fully registered with the Psychological Board of Australia (AHPRA). She has 18 years' experience working in the public and community sectors across diverse fields. She is passionate about the interactions of physical and mental health and the ways in which psychology can incorporate a holistic approach to overall health and mental well-being. more

Melanie Cormack is a Registered Psychologist experienced in a variety of issues relating to mental health, trauma, parenting concerns and substance misuse. Melanie’s therapeutic aim is to provide a safe and warm environment in which clients can connect, feel and explore issues to assist them to make positive changes in their lives. more

Andrea Crane is a Psychologist, with Master of Education and Developmental Psychology. She worked for many years with disabled children and others with learning difficulties in school settings. In recent years she has focused her practice on adults with depression, anxiety, complex mental illness and special needs (chronic illness and chronic pain). Andrea is bilingual, Spanish being her native language. more

Tegan Mallett is a Registered Psychologist with skills in working with adults, adolescents and children and has growing interests in supporting people living with a variety of issues. She has a kind, caring and compassionate approach to health and healing and is passionate about understanding individual perspectives. more

Charlotte O'Donnell is a Clinical Psychologist with experience helping individuals with a broad range of clinical issues including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma reactions, sleep problems, stress, grief and loss, mid-life transition issues, parenting advice, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, couples and relationship distress, interpersonal problems, LGBTI and gender variance issues. more

David Norman is a Clinical Psychologist who uses a warm and approachable style to help with a range of issues including: depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, life transitions, grief and loss, anger, and relationship difficulties. He has had training and experience in a variety of evidence-based treatments and is comfortable working with adults, adolescents, and children. more

Michelle Galati is a Registered Psychologist who is passionate about working with individuals to improve the quality of their lives. Michelle approaches therapy in a collaborative manner to address important issues that allow clients to reach their full potential and to create a rich, full and meaningful life. more

Felix Frain,
Practice Manager

How Can We Help?

Some common problems treated at Excel Psychology include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
    including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
    phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Body image
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Personality problems
  • Behavioural problems
  • Gambling problems
  • Anger management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Mental health problems related to organic conditions
    such as obesity, infertility, pregnancy, menopause,
    chronic disease (e.g. cancer, heart problems, diabetes)

Client Confidentiality

At Excel psychology, client confidentiality is of paramount importance. One of our goals is to make sure all our clients feel comfortable and safe. The psychologist may ask personal details and medical history for the purposes of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. We require this information in order to be proactive in your mental health care needs, however, all personal information disclosed is treated with absolute confidentiality. In our practice, we comply with the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Code of Professional Ethics.

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