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Meet The Team

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Lyn Baird

Founding Director & Relationship Specialist & Pschotherapist

Lyn Baird is a registered Counsellor and a loving Wife, Mother of 4, Grandmother, and a Career woman. She has worked in community development, education and health for 30 years .

Before commencing her own business, she worked as ... a Registered Nurse and is able to understand and empathise with those going through a healing journey of grief & loss. She also understands the trials and joy of owning your own company and how to navigate through work and life balance.

Being happily married for over 30 years, Lyn also specialises in relationship counselling to help people learn how to overcome past hurts and learn how to have a happy and fulfilled Marriage. With compassion and wisdom she will help you discover new tools and ways of looking at the issues in your life, so you can take hold of your mindsets and embrace the life you are dreaming of.

As a twin herself, Lyn has the unique perspective of personal experience of the importance of the twin relationship, and is able to utilise this in her practice for both individual and relationship counselling. Lyn has a Masters in Counselling, Graduate Diploma in Business, is a Registered Counselling Supervisor and teaches in this field.
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MA Soc Sc Cou, Grad Dip BA, General Nursing, Dip CCFT, Cert IV TAE, ACA level 4, Accredited Supervisor Gottmans Relationship Counsellor

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Mary Ann Killian

Counsellor

Mary Ann Killian has been a registered counsellor with ACA for over 10 years. She enjoys working with women and children, with a special interest in helping those undergoing divorce, as she has experienced this herself. Mary Ann knows the pitfalls that those going through divorce and separation can face, and embraces the personal growth that can come from the process.

Mary Ann loves working with children, as she is the mum of 3 adult children, has previously worked as a Chaplin, and has also worked on several teen support programs. She has also worked in the community, teaching parenting and life skills to young mothers.

Coming from a background of owning her own business for 27 years, Mary Ann has also worked in community in various roles helping people. Currently Mary Ann is utilising her vast experience within the community to teach others, as a trainer of the Diploma of Counselling and Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention with a local training organisation.

Mary Ann also enjoys working with Christian clients and clients who are seeking spiritual awareness and healing. She has recently expanded her qualifications and practice into relationship counselling also.

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Shannon Dodd

Counsellor & life coach

Shannon Dodd is a life coach and counsellor who has 25 years of experience in “peoples industry”, working with people from all walks of life, varying age groups and cultural backgrounds, internationally and locally. Her purpose is to see individuals make successful transitions whilst her aim is to equip them with the motivation and life strategies they need to reach their unique potential.

Her passionate interest, in life skills education, has led to her involvement with the development and facilitation of numerous highly effective personal development programs. These programs are made available to those who do not have access to support networks, equipping them to move ahead in life and find their way through the myriad of choices that they face.

Shannon works with individuals experiencing a wide range of conditions including depression, addictions, anxiety and grief; providing understanding and motivation for change. She works with clients promoting mind and body awareness, self-reflection, personal insight, self-compassion and authenticity. She also works with individuals and couples helping them to resolve relationship issues and form a deeper connection.

Shannon’s approach is holistic and individualistic ensuring the therapeutic plan best suits you. She explains complexities in a simple way and works with you to develop personal practical tools to use to continue living in your new found freedom.

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Sean Murray

Counsellor

Sean is a father of three who lives in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. Over the years he has run his own businesses and been a full time father. Whilst raising his children as a single father and dealing with the challenges that all of this entails, Sean decided to travel the journey of studying to enhance his knowledge of what makes us who we are and how best to interact with each other. Sean’s goal was to learn how to achieve the best outcomes in a respectful way for all involved.

Relationships impact on our wellbeing and happiness. When our personal relationships are not working well, our ability to cope with other areas of our life is often affected. Even with the best of intentions to resolve their problems, couples don’t always have the necessary skills to work things through in a satisfactory way. When couples are unable to overcome the difficult times, their relationship can start to feel lost. Many relationship difficulties can be managed and supported with the right kind of help. Couples who work through the rough times tend to develop stronger bonds that make their relationship more satisfying.

Sean can help assist you to discuss any relationship difficulties that you are experiencing. Whether you are wishing to enter a relationship, wanting to enhance your relationship, or having difficulties within your relationship, he will work with you as an individual or with you and your partner, asking questions to understand your relationship and assist you to find ways to manage your situation more effectively.

“My promise to you is that I will work with you on the issues you care about to achieve the outcomes you want to achieve in a respectful way. I am a listening ear and a sounding board so that you can work through your concerns without being told what to do. Rather than solving your problems for you, I can help you to develop skills and strategies which are instrumental in building a strong relationship.” Sean.

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Christine Boulter

Accredited mental health social supervisor, counsellor & clinical supervisor.

Christine has worked in the social services field for more than twenty years with experience in a range of areas. She specialises in working with clients who need assistance with depression and anxiety, relationship counselling, addiction counselling, relapse prevention, crisis intervention, grief and loss, social isolation, workplace stress, anger management, separation/divorce, children coping with parental separation and child protection issues. Christine works well with children from the age of eight through to teenagers, adults and older people.

Christine has worked extensively in Cairns, Far North Queensland and the Sunshine Coast. During this time, she gained experience in Government settings such as Queensland Health, and Child Protection. She received accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker in 2007. Christine has worked in non-Government settings providing counselling as well as teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast and supervising students on placements.

Christine is a clinical supervisor, using her wealth of experience in the industry to assist professional social workers and counsellors.

Christine works in partnership with her clients, supporting them in identifying ways to successfully achieve their counselling goals utilising strengths based, solution focused methods and expressive therapies.

Masters of Counselling, Regustered Counsellor and Supervisor, Certifiate in Emotional Release Counselling

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Nicole Fraine

Clinical Psychologist

Nicole Fraine is a clinical psychologist, specialising in the treatment of PTSD, complex trauma, phobias, anxiety and sleep difficulties. She works with adults, adolescents and children.

Nicole trained in EMDR therapy in 2013. She immediately realised the effectiveness of this therapy for her clients and the strong research evidence for its use with many psychological problems. EMDR therapy can help with trauma, phobias, complicated grief, addictions, anxieties and other issues where upsetting memories have contributed.

Nicole uses mindfulness and trauma specific therapies to help people with all levels of trauma and dissociation. These modalities benefit all clients, providing stabilisation and emotional regulation tools.

Nicole is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and is in the process of becoming an accredited consultant with EMDRAA and facilitator with the EMDR Institute.

M Clinical Psych Dip Ed Clinical Hypnosis Australian Psychology Society Member EMDR Insitute Inc.

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Gayre Christie

Senior Psychologist

Gayre has a special interest in emotional health pain, and addictions. He focuses on client’s emotional health and he uses mindfulness and hypnotherapy with selected clients as an adjunct to other therapeutic approaches. He is supportive! He uses both theory and insight to help clients understand and overcome their challenges. His approach is wholistic.

He has a special interest in couples counselling and men’s issues.

Child and Adolescents: Gayre is a Chartered Child and Educational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in clinic, school, and family settings.

Pain: In his other role, Gayre holds a part-time position at Nambour Hospital in The Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinic and Multidisciplinary Service (OPSC) unit. This unit specialises in helping orthopaedic patients who suffer chronic pain, to learn how their psychological reactions to pain may be changed.

Anxiety and depression
Couples and relationships
Cognitive assessments
Coping with stress
Parenting
Trauma including early childhood trauma

Addictive Disorders: Gayre is an experienced addictions counsellor (for men and women) and is the former Director of the Alcohol and Drugs Council, Queensland and the Alcohol and Drugs Council of Australia.

He is mindful that recovering from addiction is a complex process and uses Motivational Interviewing to help clients recognise where they are in this process and to make decisions that affirm change. He advocates abstinence.

Anxiety, depression and stress: Gayre has particular expertise in helping clients with anxiety disorders, depression and stress.Dr. Gayre Christie is the president of The Australian Hypnosis Society.

Dip.Ed.Cert.T M.A.,M.Ed., PhD Grad Dip Hyup., MASH

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Merri Hughes

Psychologist

Merri brings over 20 years depth of experience as a Psychologist in private practice. Merri is passionate about transforming human experience and assisting people to achieve a rich, full and meaningful life despite traumatic and painful life events. Merri has a special interest in working with people experiencing complex trauma, post-traumatic stress and anxiety. Merri is a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Re-processing) therapist and has been using this approach for 19 years, supporting people to process distressing traumatic memories and adverse life experiences. Clients frequently report improved sleep, less distress and anxiety and greater capacity to attend to daily living.

Merri’s counselling includes working with road and workplace accidents, sexual abuse/assaults, domestic violence, grief and loss, anxiety and panic, depression, anger management, conscious parenting, relationship issues and inner child work. Merri also has a strong interest in gut health, mystery illness and women’s sexual health.

Merri embraces a holistic, person centred approach incorporating various therapies including, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Mindfulness techniques including MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), EMDR, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Psychophonetics, Psycho-Nutrition, Non Violent Communication, and Mbraining. Merri believes that finding the right tools for each client is essential, and believes in empowering clients to find their own inner resources.

Merri works with adults and the elderly and has worked with diverse cultural backgrounds, having lived and worked in Arnhem Land and Darwin, developing an in depth understanding of working with indigenous people.

Merri is a mother of 3 children and enjoys reading, kayaking, bike riding and learning about the healing properties of foods, herbs and spices. Merri personally practices relaxation and mindfulness techniques to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

EDMR Therapist, Grad Dip Applied Psych, B.A, Dip Welfare, MAPS

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Andrew Zanos

Family therapist, child and adolescence

Andrew is an Authorised Mental Health Practitioner, an Accredited Clinical Therapist and a Trained Supervisor who has practiced in a multitude of clinical settings He possesses a career that spans 30 years, the last 12 working with children and their families.

Andrew specialises in the delivery of psychological and psychiatric interventions and utilises multiple therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical, Narrative, Attachment (circle of security), Mindfulness and Solution Focussed frameworks to name but a few.

As a father of seven children including three adolescents he believes he is in a solid position to talk about the challenges of raising children and teenagers in this generation.

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Kathryn Strid

Receptionist

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Eloise Bruckner

Psychologist

Eloise has a particular interest in working with adults who feel anxious, frustrated, depressed or generally overwhelmed. Using a variety of techniques including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, her approach is to empower adults with practical tools and strategies to move forward.

With over 20 years’ experience, Eloise completed her Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Queensland, and has worked in the areas of behavioural intervention, coping with chronic health conditions, and individual counselling. She has also presented group training in stress management, self-esteem, Love Languages, and behavioural intervention. She is a member of the Australian Psychology Association, and the Christianity and Psychology Interest Group.

Her personal interests include learning more about how gut health can effect mood, and spending time with her husband and three young boys.

Life Bridge Counselling & Psychology places you, the client as our primary focus. Our desire is to see you live your best life by providing hope, identity and purpose both in the every day and circumstances beyond your control.

Contact

9/7 Plaza Parade,
Maroochydore QLD 4558

  07 5451 0555
07 5451 1381
  life@lifebridge.com.au

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