Is Counselling for Me?

Is Counselling for Me?

People seek counseling for different reasons – crisis, going through change, breaking acycle, or making sense of change that has already occurred... You may be feeling down, anxious, stuck, confused, dissatisfied, or overwhelmed and just don’t know how to move forward... [Read More +]

Medicare & Psychology

Eligible clients can receive a substantial rebate under Medicare for psychological treatment, which makes seeing a psychologist much more affordable. To claim a Medicare rebate, you will need a referral letter and a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP...[Read More +]

Meet the Team at CHP

We are a values based, multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse behavioral health care practice providing treatment of emotional, behavioral and psychology issues in Brisbane.. Everyone in the business shares a strong passion for facilitating transformational positive change in people's lives...[Read More +]

Psychologist Brisbane

Centre for Human Potential (CHP) are a well-known and trusted Brisbane Psychologist. We pride ourselves on our strong and lasting client relationships and welcome everyone with a friendly smile.

CHP have been operating in this industry for over 15 years so you are guaranteed quality, professional service every time. Our Psychologists are registered and experienced in a wide variety of issues including;

  • Sexuality
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Trauma, Abuse & PTSD
  • Relationship and family issues

Our clients come to us to learn new skills to help them deal with the things in their life. Psychology and counselling is not only for those dealing with a crisis or contending with mental illness; many of our clients simply have the desire for self-improvement, self understanding, and personal growth as therapy can help you to understand your feelings, identify underlying beliefs or patterns and disentangle the factors that may be impacting your behaviors and emotions. Proven therapeutic techniques together with an individualized and sensitive approach helps bring a sense of balance, peace, stability, contentment and happiness for our clients.

We work hard to keep you informed every step of the way so you can relax and make the most of each visit; your wellbeing is our top priority. CHP is a culturally diverse mental health care practice providing treatment of emotional, behavioural and psychological issues for clients of all ages and backgrounds under one roof.

Online Counselling

If you live in a remote area or simply don’t have time to come in for a session, why not book an online session instead? An alternative to traditional sessions which still allows for face-to-face interaction so there is no compromise on the quality of care.

Take a look at our Individual Counselling section for more information.

Children and Adolescents

Counselling is also available for both children and adolescents. Due to childrens’ rapid pace of development and often their lack of self-understanding or self-report children’s counselling sessions are quite different to adults’. Therapy sometimes requires involvement from family members as well, and on some occasions a change of parenting behaviour may be necessary to assist their child and help them work through their issues effectively.

See our Children & Adolescents section for more information.

More Info & Recent Blog Articles


Panic Disorder & Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt or Migrate

Panic Disorder & Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt or Migrate
15 Apr 2014
In this TEDx talk Summer Beretsky describes her difficulty with anxiety and panic attacks, and how she has overcome it.

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Depression & Desire

Depression & Desire
15 Apr 2014
2 out of 3 people who struggle with depression never get help with it. Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide.

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Dealing with a jealous partner

Dealing with a jealous partner
14 Apr 2014
Jealousy that is possessive and creates a ‘prison’ of the relationship forbidding you to spend time with friends and family is unhealthy and unacceptable.

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Embracing your gender differences in relationships

Embracing your gender differences in relationships
14 Apr 2014
With all their differences, research has also shown that men and women are also very similar – especially when it comes to their needs and desires in committed relationships. At the root of it we all want to be accepted, appreciated and respected and there is no gender difference in the way in which love and appreciation are experienced.

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Read the signs better (and earlier) and say goodbye to dead-end relationships

Read the signs better (and earlier) and say goodbye to dead-end relationships
14 Apr 2014
With all the inevitable pitfalls in a relationship, just how do you know when you’re headed for a dead-end? Some of the following points may be red flags that signal you are headed for a fall.

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10 Tips for a Happy Relationship

10 Tips for a Happy Relationship
14 Apr 2014
Common causes and how to recognise relationship problems, plus 10 Tips for a Happy Relationship

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The Myth of Romantic Love

The Myth of Romantic Love
14 Apr 2014
Keeping your eye on this notion of romantic love as the goal of your relationship undermines and disregards the deeper connectedness that comes from being in a committed and respectful relationship over time. Knowing your partner better than anyone else and loving them despite all the flaws they have come to show over the past three years – that is love. Many people say “I love you, but I am not in love with you anymore” – what does this actually mean?

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How Employee Assistance Programs can help in your work place

How Employee Assistance Programs can help in your work place
13 Apr 2014
Employee Assistance Programs are staff counselling services that assist with leadership development, financial and relationship problems, how to work as a group, personal issues like stress and depression, equality in the work place and more. With the Centre for Human Potential, an Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, is tailored uniquely to each client in order for your employees to obtain the most out of the program. CHP’s expert psychologists can counsel on both work and non-work related subjects to help your company work as efficiently as possible.

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Warning signs of an abusive person

Warning signs of an abusive person
6 Apr 2014
These warning signs often show in the beginning stages of the relationship. People with abusive partners frequently shrug off their partner’s bad behaviour and ignore their inner instincts. As a result they become attached and are enmeshed in the abusive pattern. Noticing the warning signs and removing yourself from the relationship early on will save you the heartache later.

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How to cope when your partner has anger issues

How to cope when your partner has anger issues
6 Apr 2014
Relationships can be difficult at the best of times, but anger problems within a relationship can be the most destructive and difficult to cope with. In fact, excessive anger is one of the biggest contributors to marital discord and family stress. One needs to be careful, when living with an angry partner, that their anger doesn’t become your own. It is often very difficult to contain your partner’s anger and cope within the relationship without draining your own emotional reserves. Here are a few ideas to help you cope when your partner has anger issues.

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Is it them or me? Recognizing when you have anger issues, and some self-awareness techniques to help you manage

Is it them or me? Recognizing when you have anger issues, and some self-awareness techniques to help you manage
6 Apr 2014
Recognising you have anger issues is the very first step in gaining control over this potentially destructive emotion. The following are signs that you may be struggling with an anger management problem.

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I’m becoming a monster; what to do when uncontrollable anger starts to effect your family and the ones you love

I’m becoming a monster; what to do when uncontrollable anger starts to effect your family and the ones you love
4 Apr 2014
Sometimes, our anger gets the better of us and becomes unpredictable, uncontrollable and destructive. When your anger begins to affect your family and the ones you love, it is time to start taking action and gaining control. Here are some ideas to help you gain control over your anger and ways in which you can avoid hurting your family and loved ones.

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Suicide - Some Questions Answered

Suicide - Some Questions Answered
2 Apr 2014

This information is very brief considering the size of the subject but when you're worried about someone you love, or you're trying to make sense after someone you know has committed suicide, this information can provide some framework to begin the process of making sense of what has happened.

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Recognising Suicidal Tendencies Can Prevent A Tragedy

Recognising Suicidal Tendencies Can Prevent A Tragedy
2 Apr 2014
One of the key questions people in this situation will ask is “why didn’t I see it?” Of course, they didn’t know what to look for but there are some warning signs that can set off flashing lights, especially if the person had been depressed or trying to deal with some deep issue on their own.

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Compassion Fatigue; A High Risk Factor for Caregivers

Compassion Fatigue; A High Risk Factor for Caregivers
1 Apr 2014

Caregivers exist unheralded in many families where the chronically ill, disabled or elderly rely totally on one person for their care, safety and well-being. These caregivers are usually untrained and have no access to the counselling and training offered to people performing this role as an occupation. Initially, they may take on the role willingly through their love for the person in their care which is often their child, a sibling or parent.

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Play enriches the inner world of a child

Play enriches the inner world of a child
1 Apr 2014

Play is a lifelong affair, just the toys differ. Whenever something is spontaneous, fantasy-filled, and there are no winners or losers, it is play.

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The connection between emotional stress, trauma and physical pain

The connection between emotional stress, trauma and physical pain
12 Mar 2014
Those who have experienced a traumatic event are more likely to develop chronic pain difficulties. Although you feel you have worked through your trauma it is possible that you may not be aware of any lingering effects and that your body could be clinging to the unresolved issues.

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When Mum has PTSD – Helping children to cope

When Mum has PTSD – Helping children to cope
12 Mar 2014
5 ways to help children cope when their mother is struggling with PTSD

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High conflict relationships and the link to PTSD

High conflict relationships and the link to PTSD
12 Mar 2014
People stuck in high conflict relationships will be familiar with feelings of shame, guilt and even self-blame. Feeling depressed, hopeless and even having suicidal thoughts is also not uncommon to those dealing with abusive relationships. If you have been in a high conflict relationship for a long time, or if the conflict in the relationship is very intense, then you may also be struggling with a complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD).

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Adjusting to school (or going back to school)

Adjusting to school (or going back to school)
11 Mar 2014
4 ways to help your child (and yourself) adjust to starting, or going back to school

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The psychology of weightloss

The psychology of weightloss
9 Mar 2014
The reasons you are overweight are probably complicated. You’ve likely tried every possible diet to lose weight and failed but yet you still keep trying. The constant failure leaves you feeling defeated and down. The reality is that being overweight is not about being weak or greedy. There are many powerful drivers including physiological, genetic and psychological factors.

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Losing a pregnancy; dealing with grief

Losing a pregnancy; dealing with grief
7 Mar 2014
The loss of a pregnancy is different from any other loss in that you have not really even met the person that you are grieving over. Yet this loss can also be devastating no matter when it happens or what the circumstances were. Loss of a pregnancy means disappointment and loss of a set of dreams. It is combined with worry about whether you will be able to fall pregnant again and whether you will ever be able to fulfil the dream of carrying a child to term and becoming a parent.

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Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse

Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse
5 Mar 2014
Losing a spouse is, arguably, the most stressful and difficult thing anyone can have to deal with. But deal with it you must. And deal with it you can. If not only for yourself, perhaps for your relatives, your children, your friends. Here are some ways in which you can repair your life and carry on after losing your best friend.

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Everyone at some point needs to come out of the closet

Everyone at some point needs to come out of the closet
4 Mar 2014
In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.

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Grieving: The differences between men and women

Grieving: The differences between men and women
4 Mar 2014
The typical male approach to grief generally brings with it far more difficulties than the typical female approach does. By avoiding support and expression of feelings there is higher risk for substance abuse or addictive behaviours, a higher incidence of physical symptoms like headaches, backaches and fatigue, and more likely to suffer from chronic depression and withdrawal.

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Im Transgender And I Want To Tell My Parents

Im Transgender And I Want To Tell My Parents
27 Feb 2014

Imagine then, the difficulty and mental anguish being faced by transgender people who are at the point in their own life journey that they need to tell their parents what is happening to them. Regardless of the many clues that were present right throughout their childhood, most transgender people acknowledge that their parents, if they were aware, chose to ignore these signs. For others, the parents simply had no clue.

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Coming Out

Coming Out
27 Feb 2014

Coming out as being gay, lesbian or bisexual is an important part of the journey of self acceptance. This doesn’t mean having to come out to absolutely everyone but it is certainly important to do this with those you feel close to.

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Better Gay Relationships

Better Gay Relationships
27 Feb 2014

If you’re in a same sex relationship and you are finding that you’re stuck in a negative pattern of relating, this could really help

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LGBTIQ Suicide Prevention

LGBTIQ Suicide Prevention
27 Feb 2014
Risk factors, red flags and what to do if you're worried about someone you know.

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Sex Addiction & Rebuilding Broken Relationships

Sex Addiction & Rebuilding Broken Relationships
27 Feb 2014

A sex addict is someone whose behaviour is dominated by thoughts of sex or by indulging in sexual activity far beyond what is considered normal, to the extent that it disrupts work or destroys any healthy personal relationships. Sex addicts are able to deny that they have a problem, even when they are confronted with consequences of their actions, such as the break-up of a marriage.

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Learning Difficulties and Learning Disorders; What's the Difference?

Learning Difficulties and Learning Disorders; What's the Difference?
27 Feb 2014

Sending your child to school, especially for the first time, can be an anxiety provoking experience. You not only worry about whether they will fit in, socialise and have fun, but you also worry about whether they will cope academically. Many parents deal with the concern that their child may have a learning difficulty or disorder. It is a topic fraught with anxiety and often misunderstood. But what is the difference between a learning difficulty and a learning disorder?

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Powerful and confronting spoken word poetry by Neil Hilborn - "OCD"

Powerful and confronting spoken word poetry by Neil Hilborn - "OCD"
25 Feb 2014
Warning: This is an extremely powerful and emotive insight into the experience of living and loving with OCD. Coarse Language.

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4 Quick Techniques to Start Feeling Good

4 Quick Techniques to Start Feeling Good
2 Feb 2014
Quick and easy things that can fit seamlessly into a normal day.

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Overcoming insecurity and low self esteem

Overcoming insecurity and low self esteem
29 Jan 2014
Self-esteem is based in emotion – it is how we feel about ourselves that depicts whether we have good or poor self-esteem. Look at ways to improve your self-esteem and overcome insecurities.

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Hiding behind the mask: Are you using “positive thinking”, “happiness” and “success” to avoid real problems?

Hiding behind the mask: Are you using “positive thinking”, “happiness” and “success” to avoid real problems?
24 Jan 2014
One has to wonder whether the incessant quest for happiness and positive thinking isn’t masking the underlying issues. Does positive thinking become a powerful way to avoid real problems?

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The New Year’s Resolution Trap: Creating lasting habits and moving towards what you love rather than away from what you fear

The New Year’s Resolution Trap: Creating lasting habits and moving towards what you love rather than away from what you fear
24 Jan 2014
Perhaps it’s time to stop making New Year’s resolutions altogether and start focussing on ourselves in healthy and enjoyable ways. Instead of setting goals that move us away from our fears, why not establish habits that take us towards the things we love. Instead of setting a goal for unrealistic exercise, why not find a physical activity that you really enjoy doing.

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How to stay confident when your family doesn't accept you for who you are

How to stay confident when your family doesn't accept you for who you are
24 Jan 2014
Coming out and being rejected by your parents is an incredibly traumatic and hurtful experience and it is easy to lose confidence in who you are and the choices you make. So how do you work at loving yourself and staying confident?

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Is it wise to come out a work and if so what are the risks and how do you manage them?

Is it wise to come out a work and if so what are the risks and how do you manage them?
24 Jan 2014
The decision to come out at work is a really difficult one. Not everyone is accepting of alternate sexual orientations and gender identities so there is a risk of being discriminated against and having an impact on your job, your colleague relationships and even your future career trajectory. A lot to lose if it doesn’t go well.

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Are open relationships healthy?

Are open relationships healthy?
21 Jan 2014
Some couples have turned to having open relationships as a means to solving their intimacy problems and others believe that they are naturally polyamorous unable to imagine an exclusive, monogamous relationship. The percentage of people engaging in open relationships is still relatively small, but on the increase. So are open relationships healthy?

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Coping with anxiety, over-thinking & insecurities in your relationship

Coping with anxiety, over-thinking & insecurities in your relationship
20 Jan 2014
Feeling insecure about whether your partner loves you, or will leave you, and wondering whether you are good enough, or whether the relationship is too good to be true, are clear signs that you are feeling insecure and, perhaps, overthinking things in your relationship.

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Learning to relax

Learning to relax
20 Jan 2014
For many of us the thought of relaxation conjures up an image of lying still on our backs, doing some deep breathing and muscle relaxation with a good thirty minutes to spare. While this form of relaxation is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself during times of stress, it is not the only way to relax and wind down.

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Recognise Depression

Recognise Depression
17 Jan 2014
Reading someone else’s emotions or deciphering their decision making abilities can be challenging because people tend to keep their true feelings hidden most of the time. There are a few ways in which you can detect whether or not a loved one is depressed and ways in which you can help them during their time of need.

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