Dr Amelia Shay, Senior Psychologist
- PhD, MPsy, BPsySc.
- Developmental Psychologist
Dr Shay obtained her first university degree in psychology in 2001, and since then, in her journey in understanding human behaviour and relationships, she has completed several university qualifications. She holds a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Educational Psychology from overseas, and has completed a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Queensland in 2013. Since 2003, she has been working in private clinics, hospitals and universities as a clinician, lecturer and a researcher. In therapy, she works with children, adolescents and adults. Apart from using different models of therapy with individuals, Dr Amelia is also a trained couple therapist and marriage counsellor. She is trained on Emotionally Focused Therapy Model with families (EFT), Gottman model for couple therapy, and EMDR mode for complex trauma.
Last but not least, Dr Shay is a world recognised and well treasured auntie who is superbly adored and loved by her niece and nephews!
This is what she would like to share about herself:
「My fascination with human relationships started very early on when I was a child. I always enjoyed watching people and thinking to myself, what are they thinking about? Are they parents or couples and how do they relate to each other? This led me to decide to become a psychologist, pursuing an inquisitiveness in understanding human relationships.
The two areas I am fascinated with are couple relationships and parenting. I have observed many couples during more than ten years of practice and I have helped them move through their relationship challenges and create a safer place for each other.
Besides, I have a deep and long-held interest in investigating children’s development, learning and mental health. This passion is reflected in my diverse employment experiences as well as my academic activities, spanning research, teaching and publishing. I have held several university research and teaching positions, as well as having worked in various professional roles within organizations, both small and large.
I welcome working with individuals who have personal psychological problems, as well as parents and couples who face difficulties in their family relationships.」
Dr Joyce Vromen, Senior Psychologist (Provisional registration)
- PhD, MPsy, BPsySc.
- Cognitive Psychologist
Dr Joyce Vromen has a warm, collaborative approach and a contagious enthusiasm for discovering each client’s strengths and areas of struggle. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. She is experienced with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally-focussed Therapy (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Joyce has completed several university qualifications in (clinical) psychology, including a master and bachelor degree in clinical psychology and a PhD in psychology from the University of Queensland. She has worked at prestigious institutes like the Queensland Brain Institute and Oxford university before joining Therapy House. She has more than 15 years experience in mental health research and clinical practice across hospital, university, and private practice settings. She specialises in working with clients who are affected by anxiety, fear, or depressed mood as well as clients affected by neurological or neurodevelopmental difficulties.
She is also a mother to two school-aged kids and knows first-hand how challenging the parenting journey can be at times. Joyce enjoys reading a good book, Spending time with her family and friends, and go for a swim or hike to keep healthy.
You can see Joyce’s peer reviewed academic publications via link to our publication page.
Reggie Beasley, Practice Manager
Reggie is a warm and charismatic person with many skills. He has worked in areas of administration management and finance for 15 years. He is currently looking after our clinic management and reception. He has a welcoming personality, and he can answer all types of questions. He is also a handy man, so even if you don’t want to chat to him about our clinic, you can still give him a call and get some ideas about your house renovation project! Reg promises to make you feel welcomed and looked after.
Granny Kimmy, Virtual clinic assistant
Granny Kimmy is our remote receptionist and administrative assistant. Kimmy brings to the clinic many years of experience within administrative roles in private clinics. She has been involved with the Queensland Children’s Hospital for many years, transcribing reports across a wide range of specialties; as such she has subsequently developed a deeper understanding of many of the problems that parents face in and around difficult behaviours, diagnosed conditions, and treatments they receive. She has a good understanding of mental health problems and family challenges.
As well as having had significant role in medical administration and teaching, Kimmy has experienced motherhood and “grandmotherhood”, enriching her life journey as an individual. Kimmy is an artist and has been for many years. She has a wealth of knowledge around creating and developing programs and workshops for a wide variety of participants; for children, children with learning differences and behavioural issues, as well as adolescents and adults.
Samson, Therapy Dog
Samson has 14 years of experience with people. He has always found people fascinating and knows the art of entertaining people and making them feel safe. He has discovered an enthusiasm for therapy since the opening of our clinic in August 2020, when we still didn’t have our official entrance operational and clients had to come through the back entrance, hence, usually paying a visit to Samson. Samson is adored by many of the children who have visited the clinic’s back entrance and he is now a much sought-after figure in our clinic. With his calm and collected nature, Samson charms any new visitor. His skills are making people feel safe by listening to them attentively and non-judgmentally. You can certainly share anything and everything with Samson. Last but not least, he doesn’t charge for your visit as he just loves his role!