Mary Cook has been working from Branyan Clinic since July 2017. She completed her Hons degree in psychology degree at Griffith University in Brisbane in 1996. After a few years of living overseas and travelling, she completed her registration as a psychologist in Sydney in 2007. Mary lived and worked in Sydney servicing clients with various disabilities and mental health conditions in a variety of contexts.
Mary moved to Bundaberg in 2009 and has worked in private practice since then. She works with adult and adolescent clients who struggle with; depression, anxiety, PND, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, anger management, stress management, self-harm/suicide, complex trauma, communication skills deficits, and parenting skills deficits. Mary uses ACT, CBT, EMDR, Humanistic, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and Solution Focused/Brief Therapy to assist clients move forward with their lives and reach their therapeutic goals.
Mary is Medicare and APHRA registered. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Mary sees clients who have been referred by their GPs, their employers, WorkCover, or as part of an EAP program. She will also see clients who have private health insurance, or clients who wish to self-refer (have no referrals).
I have a career which spans clinical research, and clinical work within both government and non-government organisations.My journey in research entailed Post Traumatic Stress, Dementia, stress management in the workplace and step-parenting.
During the past twenty years, I have spent over ten years working in Queensland health and ten years in NGO’S providing clinics to clients of all ages.While in Qld health I predominantly worked in child and youth mental health, however, I also did locums, in the Bundaberg child development unit and in allied health.The latter focused on treating people with medical conditions and assisting them to cope with their illness and transition back to well being.While in the CDU I provided cognitive assessments for children under 8 years of age who presented with multiple vulnerabilities.
While working in NGO’S I provided clinics to clients of all ages and I also provided workshops.I worked with high schools for several years providing 4 session workshops on being resourceful and resilient.With adults, I provided workshops on depression, stress management, anger and also parenting.
I treat a range of disorders such as anxiety, including OCD, mood disorders such as and bipolar and depression, post-natal depression and trauma.My areas of particular interest are PTSD and chronic trauma, and depression co-morbid to chronic illness.
Given my background in child and youth mental health, I have a keen interest in developmental issues particularly assessment.As such as I pursued training in autism, sensory processing and language difficulties.I am a trained facilitator In parenting programmes such as positive Discipline in Parenting and 123 Magic.
My particular areas of interest are ADHD and learning disabilities.
I am registered through APHRA and have Medicare eligibility.I also provide therapy for clients under work cover, EAP and NDIS.