Meet the Team at Benchmark Psychology
Here you can read all about the team at Benchmark Psychology, which includes decades of experience and clinical specialisation, many areas of expertise and effective modes of practice.
Dr Aaron Frost
Provider Number: 2818133A
Behavioural problems in children
Aaron is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Benchmark Psychology. He has worked in both research and clinical settings, where he has developed expertise in a range of different presenting problems. Aaron is also a STAP accredited supervisor and has been a supervisor for both Griffith and the University of Queensland.
Dr Rebecca Frost
Provider Number: 4842583H
Anxiety in adults and children
Child behaviour issues
Pre and post-natal concerns
Giftedness in children
Rebecca has experience helping individuals and families with a range of problems. She believes in supporting strong relationships of all types, including couples as well as parents and their children. Rebecca has recently completed her PhD, researching the distress couples experience as a result of sexual desire problems and has an interest in helping people with a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders.
Dr Vanessa Spiller
Provider Number: 4064178X
Anxiety in adults and adolescents
Adjustment and life transitions
Grief and Loss
Parenting Support (for neuro-atypical young people)
FASD including education and consultancy
Clients who identify as LGBTQIA+
Supervision including group/team supervision
Working as a clinical psychologist for over 20 years Vanessa is a feedback informed therapist (FIT) who believes that therapy should be designed and adjusted to fit the client’s individual needs and personal preferences. Vanessa is experienced in working with adults and adolescents using an integration of various evidence-based approaches including CBT, ACT, and Solution-focused therapy. Vanessa is particularly passionate about working with parents of neuro-atypical young people such as those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and complex multiple diagnoses (ODD, ADHD, ASD) using brain-based strategies and approaches.
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Provider Number: 25659595A
Coping with relationship break-up
Grief and loss
Mental wellness for working professionals
Self-esteem and confidence
Health issues and adjustment to medical conditions
Cherie is a warm and experienced Clinical Psychologist. She takes a passionate interest in working with adults who seek to improve wellbeing, work-life balance, manage jobs and careers, cope with study, and navigate life transitions such as coping with romantic break-ups, returning to the workforce, juggling career and parenthood, caring for aging parents, adjusting to early work and career opportunities and new graduate positions and moving through the process of grief and loss.
With a deep understanding of a range of therapeutic approaches, she utilises Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT).
Dr Jennifer Wilson
Provider Number: 4717583B
Adjustment to life changes
Children’s mental health
Child behaviour problems
Jenni’s PHD research focused on the development of children’s thinking and reasoning skills, and the role that temperament plays in children’s mental health. Jenni combines evidenced-based treatments with a compassionate approach, and aims to work with each person’s strengths to help people achieve lasting change.
Dr Jasmine Pang
Provider Number: 5311482L
Trauma Recovery and Crisis Response
Clinical Education, Training and Supervision
Children and Adolescents
Adjustment and Life Transitions
Burnout, Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
Jasmine has worked over the past 12 years in various government, community and inpatient settings in Singapore as well as in Australia. She has worked extensively with child protection, foster services, emergency departments and hospital services. Jasmine has a particular interest in supporting children, adolescents, parents and adults who have experienced traumatic or difficult life circumstances and is passionate about ensuring high quality services be made available to them. As such, she practices from a person centered philosophy working primarily from evidence-based models and believes in flexibility within fidelity to ensure the best for clients… Read More
Dr Tania McMahon
Provider Number: 5028412H
Internet and Video Gaming Addiction
Other Behavioural Addictions
Substance Use disorders
Procrastination and stress management
Life transitions and adjustment
Relationship and interpersonal issues
Dr Tania McMahon has clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, addictions (including internet and online gaming/food/gambling/etc) and more. She draws on a number of evidence-based treatments in therapy and focuses on creating a warm, compassionate connection with each of her clients, no matter their age, gender or background.
Provider number: 4876722J
Anxiety and Panic
Coping with Marital Separation
Managing Chronic Illness
Treatment for Adolescents
Clients who identify as LGBTQI
Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Shalini primarily works with adolescents and adults and has experience in treating a wide range of presenting problems, she has a client-focused approach and is passionate about achieving long term sustainable change.
Dr Alison Bocquée
Provider number: 401437BK
Children and Families
Parent- Child Relationship
Anxiety and Trauma
Alison is a Clinical Psychologist and has over 15 years’ experience working in Brisbane-based government and private community and inpatient settings with individuals across the lifespan, presenting with a range of mental health concerns, developmental conditions, and those with dual or more complex presentations.
Dr Leona Chun
Provider Number: 5190338J
Children and adolescents
Depression, anxiety and mood
School anxiety and school refusal
Adjustment to medical and physical health problems
Education and consultancy
Leona’s work draws on the key values of client-centred and strengths-based approaches. Leona is skilled in evidence-based interventions including: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P).
Dr Elizabeth Torbey
Provider Number: 5828291X
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons I)
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology)
Endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist
Elizabeth completed her postgraduate studies through the University of Queensland and has dual qualifications in the areas of clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. She has considerable experience in treating complex clinical and neuropsychological cases within the public health setting, having worked within multidisciplinary teams in several major hospitals across South-East Queensland and Melbourne.
Her experience as a clinical psychologist has included providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) interventions to assist clients with mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and other neuropsychiatric issues. Elizabeth has a particular interest in providing evidence-based psychotherapy to clients experiencing psychological, cognitive, and/or behavioural changes associated with neurological conditions (e.g. acquired brain injury, neurodegenerative disorders).
Provider Number: 5465353Y
Natalie enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, and older adults. She has experience with individuals presenting with depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship issues, trauma, self-harm and suicidal ideation, and substance misuse. She uses various therapeutic approaches to inform treatment, including Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Provider Number: 5278578W
Academic Achievement Test
Nicole conducts a range of psychological assessment, including diagnostic assessment, cognitive assessment, functioning assessment, academic achievement testing, ADHD, and Autism (ADOS) assessment. She is able to provide assessment in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Provider Number: 418789HK
Depression and Anxiety
Substance Use Disorders
Assertiveness and Boundaries
Perfectionism and Workaholism
Crisis of Meaning/ Seeking Deeper Purpose
Tessa has been working in private practice for ten years delivering interventions from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focussed Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. Tessa’s approach is flexible, humanistic, client centred, process focussed, compassionate, direct and non-judgemental.
Dr Karien Hill
Provider Number: 5647493F
Karien has experience working with individuals with a range of presenting concerns and cultural backgrounds. She uses evidence-based psychological treatments combined with a compassionate approach. She is currently completing her PhD researching ways to improve suicide prevention skills in the public. She is passionate about working with clients to improve their quality of life.
Clinical Psychology Registrar
Provider Number: 5571372L
Self-esteem and confidence
Relationships and emotional intimacy
Anxiety and panic
Successfully completing Honours in Psychology in 2014, Sarah relocated to rural Queensland to help children and families in the NGO sector. Since then, she completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology and gained experience in both private practice and in the public sector for Queensland Health.
Dr Alex Gardner
Clinical Psychology Registrar
Provider number: 5636192J
Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
Low mood, depression and management of suicidality
Grief and loss
Parenting and parent-offspring difficulties
Interpersonal relation difficulties (e.g., coping with rejection, attachment difficulties)
Appearance concerns and disordered eating
Personal and occupational adjustment difficulties
Alex works primarily with children, adolescents and adults experiencing emotional difficulties (e.g., mood, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief and loss, adjustment challenges) and interpersonal problems (e.g., parent-child conflict, difficulties with peers, dealing with rejection and romantic relationship difficulties). He is passionate about working with young people and helping all clients feel sufficiently motivated to engage in change within an atmosphere of warmth, understanding and compassion.
Clinical Psychology Registrar
Provider number: 5851572H
Managing chronic health issues and significant diagnoses including chronic pain, diabetes, and cancer
Adjustment to major life events
Study skills including managing procrastination
Stress, burnout, and work/life balance
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Emma enjoys working with older adolescence (16+) and adults and she has a special interest in working with couples. Outside of Benchmark, she works in a public hospital helping individuals manage their complex health concerns and the mental health challenges that are commonly associated. Through this work she has developed a passion for helping individuals to build resilience during times of significant life adjustment (for example, after severe health diagnoses or following parenthood). She also has a keen interest in working holistically to address health concerns such as weight gain, smoking, and sleep.
Cognitive and Learning Difficulties
Jannikka is a provisional psychologist undertaking her final placement to complete her Masters of Clinical Psychology. She is interested in working with young people and adults and has experience working with clients in non-governmental organisations, university clinics, private practice, and educational settings.
Krystle has been part of the Benchmark team since 2013. She enjoys spending her spare time in the outdoors with her family, and likes to relax by watching a good movie or doing yoga.
Erica enjoys keeping busy spending time with her family including keeping up with her two young children. She also enjoys some quiet time reading a good book.
Julia is currently undertaking a bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. She enjoys watching sports (her favourites being Rugby League, Formula One and MMA), travelling, cooking and playing with her cat, Chuck.
Ruby is a second year Speech Pathology student. She is a cinephile and has a fondness for classic black and white films.
Michelle is currently undertaking her Masters in Clinical Psychology, and is working towards becoming a registered psychologist. She enjoys a friendly chat, jokes and a good cup of coffee.
Kayhler is currently undertaking her Masters in Clinical Psychology, and is a registered provisional psychologist. She enjoys spending quality time with her young daughter and sitting in the sun with a good book.
Lauren is currently undertaking her Honours in Psychology, and is hoping to become a child psychologist in the future. In her down time she enjoys reading a good book, and catching up with friends.
Ashleigh has a background in psychology and is a Master of Teaching student. Ashleigh is pleased to be combining her passion for health and wellbeing with her administrative skills. She loves art and road trips and enjoys spending time with her family.
Rebecca enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her family. She loves coffee, pastries and animals. In her spare time she is often out exploring with her young son, husband and 2 dogs or watching a good film at home.