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Level One Psychology

Level One Psychology

Level One Psychology is a private psychology practice offering support, education and intervention to enable individuals to achieve well-being, balance, and performance in life. Our team of practitioners at Level One have a diverse array of skills and include psychologists, clinical psychologists, sport and performance psychologists and mental health social workers. Individual psychological consultations are available at each of our three clinic locations across the Sunshine Coast. We have clinics at the Ochre Medical Centre in both Sippy Downs and Caloundra, and at the Sports Hub in Birtinya.

Evidence-based therapies including, but not limited to, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-based interventions are used by our practitioners. All practitioners are experienced and fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

GP referrals are welcomed but not necessary to access clinic services. We also welcome WorkCover QLD and other insurance-related referrals, along with DVA and NDIS clients. Of course, all sessions are tailored to the needs of each client and confidentiality is assured. For more information, please visit us at www.levelonepsychology.com or contact us at [email protected].

Mercia Wessels

Mercia Wessels

Clinical Psychologist
BPsych(Hons) MPsych(Clinical) MAPS FCCLP

Mercia is a Clinical Psychologist with experience working with clients of various age groups, including adolescents, adults and older adults, as well as those from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has worked in not-for-profit and government settings, with a broad range of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief and loss. 

Mercia has a special interest in working with chronic physical health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, COPD, and progressive conditions, with significant experience working within a health setting, including in hospitals and chronic conditions.

She is passionate about supporting people where there is a psychological component to the self-management of their health, such as adjusting to a chronic condition diagnosis, or making and sustaining behaviour change for the benefit of their health. 

Mercia has training and experience working with evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based interventions. She is a warm and engaging therapist who takes a person-centred approach, enabling clients to feel empowered throughout the therapeutic process.  

Please call reception for bookings: 07 5373 0700

Dr Sharon Atkin

Dr Sharon Atkin

Psychologist
BA(Hons) PhD(Psych) MAPS

Sharon has practiced as a psychologist for over 20 years. During this time she has worked with people across a range of issues and contexts. Sharon has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, women’s health, mood and anxiety disorders, domestic violence, and sexual abuse and assault. Her PhD thesis was related to family conflict and adjustment. 

Sharon has managed a range of community programs, including several years managing a number of clinical and family programs. She has substantial experience in providing Employee Assistance as well as developing and delivering training.

​Sharon has been involved in the development of models of practice aimed at best addressing the needs of individuals and enhancing their abilities and coping skills. She has a strong practice and research background and a commitment to combining research and practice with a focus on articulated models of practice and measurable outcomes. Her approach is person-centred and she utilises a number of approaches including CBT.

 

Sharon consults at both our Sippy Downs and Caloundra clinics

Tracey Duthler

Tracey Duthler

Psychologist
BSc(Psych) GradDipPsych MMentalHlthPrac

Tracey has 15 years of experience working as a psychologist across a variety of contexts, including Government services, schools, and private practice. She commonly works with youths, adults, and older adults who are facing issues such as anxiety, panic disorder, depression, grief, adjustment issues, workplace stress, and career management.

​Tracey has a special interest in working with young people, particularly young women experiencing anxiety, and depression, and adjustment to major life events.  She also specialises in assisting individuals who are experiencing workplace difficulties.

​Tracey has training and experience working with evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She is a warm, passionate, and interactive therapist who takes a person-centred approach to her work with every client.

Tracey consults at both our Sippy Downs and Caloundra clinics.

Michele Guy

Michele Guy

Mental Health Social Worker
BSWK MMHPrac MAASW

Michele is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. Michele draws from over 10 years of experience providing emotional and practical support to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. This experience has been gained from working in not-for- profit organisations with complex families at risk in the community.

Michele has a special interest and experience working with victims/survivors of domestic and family violence.  She is passionate about working to create a safer place for all people, social justice, and the rights of every individual to a life filled with safety, inclusion, knowledge and connectedness. Michele aims to assist each person she works with to achieve these things in life. She has training and experience working with the David Mandel Safe and Together Model and the Duluth Model.

Michele works from a trauma-informed, feminist, client-centred, strengths-based approach whilst utilising a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, and focused psychological strategies. Michele uses her skills and knowledge to work with her clients collaboratively to establish their goals and work through issues that are affecting their well-being. Michele’s services come under the banner of the Medicare Better Access Scheme. Her clients can therefore claim a Medicare rebate if they have a Mental Health Care Plan referral from their GP.

Michele consults at both our Sippy Downs and Caloundra clinics.

Dr Alec Hamilton

Dr Alec Hamilton

Psychologist
PhD MAnalyticPsych MCouns(Psych) GradDipAppSci(AppChildPsych) BEd(Sci)

Dr Alec Hamilton is a highly experienced psychologist who predominately works with children and adolescents. Alec is currently available for consultations every Saturday morning.

Alec has worked in private practice and a wide range of educational institutions, from early childhood centres to post-graduate university. ​He has a strong interest in the connections individuals make and the stories they build along the way. His passion is in assisting young people to grow and develop. 

Alec believes that, given opportunities, young people are powerful competent individuals who can live positively. Sometimes they need help to do this. Alec believes that it is a privilege to be invited into their world, and to walk alongside them, and their families, for a short time.  

Alec’s specific areas of focus include: Working collaboratively with Medical Practitioners, Child and Adolescent Development, Anxiety, Depression, Bullying, Grief, Friendships issues – Interpersonal Relationships.

Please call reception for bookings: 07 5373 0700

Dr Lisa Martin

Dr Lisa Martin

Director; Sport & Performance Psychologist
PhD MPsych(Sport&Exercise) BA(Psych)(Hons) MAPS

Lisa has extensive experience in her field, having provided psychological support and strategies to both individuals and teams over the past 20 years. She currently works with athletes from a range of sports, including basketball, football, swimming, tennis, golf, surf sports, netball, BMX, motocross, hockey, triathlon (including ironman), soccer, and canoeing. Lisa specialises in assisting athletes, coaches, and other high-achieving individuals operating in high pressure situations and environments to access their optimal levels of performance. She also assists individuals who are facing transition in their lives (both sport-related and not). In sport, many times life changes can occur as a result of injury, relocation, deselection, or retirement. It can also be due to moving from an amateur to a professional level of competition or adapting to a new life event. Lisa also works frequently with medical professionals to assist them as they prepare for their specialist medical examinations.

Lisa aims to coach individuals to re-establish purpose and balance in their lives, along with appropriate levels of self-care by assisting them to overcome issues such as self-doubt, difficulties with motivation or focus, negativity, and nervousness. Many of these factors underlie common psychological problems such as adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, stress and burnout. She has a special interest in neuroscience and seeks to educate her clients as best as she can so that they develop a strong understanding of their current circumstances, how they may have arisen, and how they may be overcome. Lisa uses an Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework, incorporating mindfulness techniques and other somatic and cognitive strategies, to aid her client’s progress. Lisa was the lead psychologist for the Australian Paralympic Swim Team, working and travelling with the team for a period of three years. She also worked as a lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast from 2004-2020, leading to her publishing her research and presenting it both domestically and internationally. ​

Lisa bases herself between the USA and Australia. In order to book an appointment with Lisa, please email [email protected].

​Qualifications: Dr Lisa Martin is a registered sport and exercise psychologist, a PsyBA approved supervisor, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (CoSEP). Lisa specialises in stress and injury management and dealing with transition. Her PhD was focused on elite athlete career transition, psychological well-being, and self-identity. She also has a Masters qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Honours.