Deanne Armstrong – Clinical Psychologist
Bachelor of Psychology – Queensland University of Technology 2006
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology – Queensland University of Technology 2007
Master of Clinical Psychology – Queensland University of Technology 2009
Doctor of Philosophy – Queensland University of Technology 2014
Member – Australian Psychological Society.
Clinical Psychology Registrar – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
NOTE: Deanne is currently on extended leave and will return to OGI Potential in approximately mid-2021.
My journey into psychology has included a mix of academic work and psychological practice. While studying my Masters in Clinical Psychology at QUT (which I finished in 2009), I developed a passion for research and teaching, which led me to do a PhD looking at the mental health of emergency service workers. I worked as a psychologist when I was able to, and finished my PhD in 2014. I have worked as a Lecturer at QUT and then at ACU and those roles have included teaching, research, coordinating programs and supervising psychology interns. The greatest strength from working within academia for 8 years is not only having a firm grounding in practicing and teaching the foundational psychological skills, but also a good grounding in research which helps me to expand my knowledge base as needed. I understand the importance of working with evidence-based therapies and have the skills to critically examine research.
While I love teaching and research, my passion is working with people to lead happier and more productive lives, and so in 2018 I made a change so that I could go back to where I started and focus on private practice. I still work at ACU part time, but started with OGI Potential in June 2018. I work with clients from adolescence onwards. I work often with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD or difficulties adjusting to loss or change. My clinical areas of interest include working with people with long term difficulties (e.g., trouble establishing relationships, chronic depression, on-going anxiety) and trauma, and working with emergency service workers. I also work with couples who are struggling to connect, experiencing conflict, or who feel that they can no longer communicate effectively.
Special Interest Training
Treating Complex Trauma
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Externship in Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT) for couples
OGI Potential provides services to the Newport, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Margate, Kippa-Ring, Rothwell, North Lakes, Mango Hill, North Brisbane, Burpengary, Morayfield and Caboolture areas.