We provide expert clinical psychology services for adults and children to assist with a wide range of concerns, including:
• Anxiety disorders
• Adjustment difficulties
• Interpersonal challenges
• Behavioural challenges
• Sleep difficulties
• Grief and loss
• Workplace challenges
• Anger issues
• Study skills
• Couples Counselling
• Parenting Strategies
Services are delivered on a one–to–one basis. For clients in remote areas, online video–conferencing appointments (Skype) are available. School group presentations are available upon request.
We do not provide services for:
Autism Spectrum Conditions
IQ, Developmental and ADHD Assessments
Q. Do I need a referral?
A. Referrals are not essential. However, most people like to see their local doctor before their first appointment in order to obtain a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). With a MHCP, Medicare provides a rebate of around 67% for the total cost of a session, minimising out–of–pocket expenses. Medicare provides up to 10 rebates per calendar year.
Q. How long is a session?
A. A standard session is 50 minutes.
Q. How long is treatment?
A. Treatment length varies from person to person, depending on the complexity of the issue and how long it has been there. 10 sessions is an average length of time for less complex issues.
Q. Will it be confidential?
A. Absolutely. What is said in the room, stays in the room. No information is released without your consent, unless there is an immediate risk of harm to yourself or others (we want to make sure everyone is safe and sound!) or a court subpoena’s (formally requests) the information.
Q. Do I have to prepare beforehand?
A. Nope! Just come as you are.
Q. It’s my first appointment. What should I expect?
A. When you arrive, simply go to reception on the ground floor and inform one of our friendly receptionists that you have arrived. They will then direct you to the upstairs waiting room where you will fill out a short questionnaire, which simply asks a few questions about how you have been going over the past week. Your psychologist will come to meet you in the waiting room and walk with you to our lovely, comfortable consultation room. The initial consult is a chance for your psychologist to get to know you and to understand what has prompted you to come in today. They will ask some questions to help them better understand what you are going through and what you hope to achieve throughout the sessions. Together you will formulate a direction for treatment and secure further sessions at intervals which will best help you. Ask any questions you like from your psychologist during that session.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. If you wish to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please give 48 hours notice. Late cancellations will incur a charge.
Q. Do you do Skype appointments?
A. Yes! Medicare rebates may be applicable if you are in a rural area and have a MHCP from your doctor.
BPsychSc (Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS
Laura Scherman is a warm, easy–going Clinical Psychologist with a passion to help her clients conquer their fears and master any false beliefs or self–depreciating thoughts that have held them back in life. She empowers people to reach their goals and equips them with cognitive, emotional and behavioural skills to help them along the way. Her clients often laugh at how excited she gets when she sees them conquer what they see as small steps, but she knows just how big those steps really are in the bigger picture – each an important step forward towards living life more fully, without barriers. Laura tackles challenges alongside her clients, as a team, and utilises evidence–based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy. She enjoys working with people of all ages, from children to older adults. Her clients come from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, working professionals, students, police officers, job–seekers, pastors and church leaders, retirees and stay–at–home parents. She respects and incorporates her client’s personal values into sessions.
Laura has worked for several years in private practice settings and at the University of Sydney’s Gambling Treatment Clinic. She enjoys working with a wide variety of clinical presentations such as, but not limited to, trauma, anxiety disorders (such as Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalised Anxiety and OCD), depression, stress, adjustment difficulties, low self–esteem, anger management issues, interpersonal difficulties, parenting challenges, grief and loss, workplace issues and sleep difficulties. In addition to one–on–one clinical work, she has had the opportunity to provide presentations to a large number of high school students to help equip them with the skills needed to transition well into high school or to thrive through Year 11 and 12. She has also helped write and develop a number of psychological programs and has coordinated the professional development and training events for the various organisations for which she has worked. Laura lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and in her down time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, adventuring and drinking tea.
BA(Psych), BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS
Noleen Sonderegger is a Clinical Psychologist and mother to five children. She is published in national and international Scientific journals for her work with childhood anxiety and depression. Together with her husband Dr Robi Sonderegger, she has worked for many years in the area of transcultural mental health, specifically with young survivors of trauma associated with war. In 2003 Noleen and her husband pioneered emotional resilience training and treatment programs for young survivors of torture and trauma in Northern Uganda. This work has since become international with the programs being used around the world.
At a personal level Noleen loves nothing more than the simple things in life. She loves being out in nature and her hobbies include trail running, gardening, kayaking and writing. She is the author of the novel ‘Hunting Angels’, which depicts the lives of children caught up in Northern Uganda’s civil war. Between being a mother and her work as a clinical psychologist, she is attempting to find the time to write her second book.
Where to find us
3 Lavarack Crescent,
Full Life Psychology is located in the same building as Suncoast Christian Medical Centre. Please visit our friendly receptionists on the ground floor to notify them of your arrival before heading on upstairs to the waiting area. Take a seat and your psychologist will be with you shortly.