SPORTS & SPINAL NORTH LAKES

psychology services

North Lakes

Suite 9, Lvl 1, 12 North Lakes DriveNorth Lakes QLD 4509

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North Lakes Sports & Spinal is located opposite the Westfield Shopping Centre, conveniently located near Deception Bay, Narangba, Dakabin, Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Rothwell, Burpengary, Mango Hill, Caboolture and Morayfield.

Searching for a psychologist in South East Queensland?  Our practice has an experienced team of Psychologists dedicated to providing the highest quality psychological care to foster meaningful and lasting change in our clients’ lives.

We believe that a strong relationship between client and therapist is the foundation through which a client will progress towards their therapeutic and life goals.  Psychology @ Sports & Spinal offers a range of flexible service delivery options to suit your needs:

  • In-office
  • Mobile
  • Telehealth

Booking can be made online or by contacting our clinic directly, we do not require a referral from your GP to get booked in however to see our clinical psychologist under the Mental Health Care Plan by Medicare you will need to see your GP, the process starts with your GP preparing a Mental Health Care Plan which you then bring to your first appointment. A Mental Health Care Plan is not required to receive a rebate from your private health fund.

Psychology @ Sports & Spinal is deeply committed to ethical practice, integrity, confidentiality, understanding, and a caring approach to counselling. Our Psychologists are committed to working with individuals, couples, and groups with an enthusiasm for delivering workshops and seminars on a range of topics relating to life, health, performance, and sports subjects.

Our Psychologists have experience working with people facing a variety of psychological difficulties, including:

Depression, Anxiety/ Stress, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Lifestyle Change, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Arthritis, Cardiac Problems, Weight Loss, Treatment Adherence, Hypertension, Injury Management, Initiating Exercise Programs, Terminal Illness, Return to Work Programs, Addiction and Sleep Difficulties.

North Lakes Sports & Spinal is NDIS registered and accepts Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. 

services & FACILITIES

  • On-Site Parking (5 spaces)
  • Street Parking
  • Gym & Pilates Equipment
  • NDIS Registered
  • Medicare Rebates
  • HICAPS Health Fund Claims

OUR TEAM

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Emily Ricketts

Psychologist

Originally a Melbourne local, Emily is a psychologist who completed her undergraduate and graduates diploma studies at Monash University. She then completed her Master in Psychology (Sport and Exercise) at the University of Queensland. Emily is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, as well as a member of the College of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Emily has diverse experience working in general psychological counselling, chronic pain and the sporting world. She has worked with AFL and rugby league development teams and individual athletes, and provided mindfulness for the Australian Olympic Teams during quarantine. She has also provided psychology services to young people and adults with goals to improve quality of life and wellbeing, individuals adjusting to or returning from injury, those coping with anxiety, and/or depression, along with various other mental health concerns.

Emily is passionate about providing a safe space to help her clients build their self-confidence, improve their overall quality of life, and live their lives as authentically as possible.

Emily welcomes all clients, regardless of their presenting concerns and has a special interest in anxiety, depression, body image, adjustment to injury and general counselling.

Outside of work, Emily is passionate about health and fitness and will regularly be found in the gym or eating at one of QLD’s best restaurants.

Emily is available for Psychology appointments at our Chermside, North Lakes, and Springfield clinics.

“We are here to inspire, engage and empower everyone, on their journey of health and wellbeing”

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

Sports & Spinal North Lakes comes highly recommended. I have attended this clinic 3 times a week for the past 5 months and everyday I’m greeted with a smile and great service. They have a great understanding of how to manage DVA clients which is fantastic and allows Vets to focus on their rehabilitation and reaching their goals.Thanks Sports & Spinal North Lakes for your continued support in my long recovery.🦉
I was recommended sports and spinal from a friend after I had suffered a dislocated shoulder outside of work and needed to get back to my job (carpentry) as soon as possible.I can't recommend these guys enough. With the treatment, exercises, mobile app and the extensive knowledge that the staff passed on I was able to get back to work and strengthen my shoulder more than I thought was possible post injury.100% will be going back if needed and will be telling everyone who needs to see a physio about them.
I have been so impressed by these guys that I thought I would write a detailed review re my experience with North LakeI damaged my back in a severe parachuting accident whilst serving in the Army, after 20 years of frustration, back pain and dealing with DVA and other health professionals I decided to seek the assistance of the staff at North lakes after being recommended to me by a friend.Due to injuries to my L2/3,3/4 and 4/5 vertebrae a program was developed, under the referral of my GP, to strengthen my core strength to support and mitigate the effects of my permanent disability.Over the last few months I have been regularly seeing Emily and Zac as my Exercise Physiologists, with focused on in improving my core strength, and Montana as my primary Physiotherapist who monitors my progress, overall plan and helps in recovery from my sessions with Emily and Zac. I am impressed on how all three communicate about my plan and goals and the feed back provided to me and my GP. I do love how they remember the personal things you discuss with them which provides a very personalised experience & service. Even admin support from Jess re appointments referrals is prompt, professional and friendly.As such I can not recommend these guys enough, having had multiple other service providers, I can categorically say that it has been 20 years since my lower back has felt so good.My most sincere thanks, it has been a game changer for me, which will allow me to start playing sport and live a more active lifestyle. In particular I would recommend to my fellow Vets on either white or gold cards.
Simon has done a great job in treating my tennis elbow.
Lovely people and very helpful
I had my first (of many) appointments here today, and instantly I was greeted by a very pleasant receptionist. My physio worked really well with me, and asked me lots of questions to effectively locate my pain and the ultimate diagnosis of my back injury. She was so pleasant, and listened to all my feedback. I definitely felt like my injury and my feelings surrounding it were highly valued!
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For all of 2022, we are celebrating 30 years of Sports & Spinal! ⁠
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Over this time we have helped thousands of patients, engaged with local communities, developed long-lasting allied health relationships and more. ⁠
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We are very proud of the achievements and milestones we have made and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for us and our teams 💙⁠
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Watch this space as we have a heap of plans installed to celebrate our 30th anniversary!
Do you know what MS is? How does it affect the human body? Can it be treated? Let us explain 👇⁠
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🧠 Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Today, 2.8 million people around the world have MS.⁠
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🧠 MS is an inflammatory demyelinating condition. It is caused by damage to myelin – a fatty material that insulates nerves. In MS, the loss of myelin affects the way nerves conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain. Symptoms can include blurred vision, weak limbs, tingling sensations, unsteadiness, memory problems, and fatigue.⁠
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🧠 Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is two to three times more common in women than in men. There is no drug that can cure MS, but treatments are available which can modify the course of the disease.⁠
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The Sports & Spinal team can help those with MS. Get in touch with our team today to learn more ⁠
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#ms #worldMSday #sportsandspinal #wearehereforyou
No other stage of life stresses the pelvic floor more than pregnancy and childbirth. Even caesarian births affect the pelvic floor as it still stretches and bears the weight of the pregnant uterus for nine months. ⁠
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Maintaining pelvic floor strength and function throughout your pregnancy and postnatally is essential.⁠
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Our Women's Health team can assist with all your pre-natal needs whether it be⁠
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💗 Pregnancy massage ⁠
💗 Pregnancy Exercise Classes ⁠
💗 Pelvic Pain ⁠
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We're also here to help during the post-natal stages too! Get in touch with your nearest clinic to find out more
World MS Day 🤍⁠
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World MS Day is officially marked on May 30. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). ⁠
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The Sports & Spinal Team are qualified to help people with MS through a range of therapies whether it is Physio, EP, Dietetics, Podiatry or Remedial Massage #wearehereforyou⁠
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Get in touch with the Sports & Spinal Team today and see how we can help 💚⁠
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#worldMSday #MS #sportsandspinal #msconnections
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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Exercise is vital for women across all stages of life.⁠
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Not only is being active important for your physical and mental health, but it can also play a crucial role when dealing with a range of women’s health conditions. ⁠
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Our women's health and exercise physiology team can assist with exercise prescription and education. Needing some help? ⁠
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Contact our team today 💻
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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How does exercise help with mental health? ⁠
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There is ample evidence that suggests exercise is an effective treatment method for people suffering from acute and chronic mental illness.⁠
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Exercise can make a big difference in mood and needs to be a fundamental part of mental health treatment. Even one workout a week is known to have great benefits.⁠
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Exercise can also counteract the side effects of some medications such as reducing the risk of falling by strengthening muscles and helping control body weight and blood pressure.⁠
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If you need help with getting more exercise into your life contact your nearest SSP exercise physiologist 💪
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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Exercise Right Week is aimed at encouraging all Australians to be more active and to know where to get the *right* advice when it comes to moving more.⁠
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This year’s theme is Exercise for the Right Reasons. Why?⁠
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Because a lot of the dialogue in the health and fitness industry turns exercise into a chore or punishment. It pushes exercise as merely a weight-loss tool or a way to create an “ideal” body. This can create a negative relationship between our minds and movement. We want to change that.⁠
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This Exercise Right Week, we want to highlight some of the incredible physical, mental, and social health benefits of exercise (that have NOTHING to do with the number on the scale!)
Meet Our Sunshine Coast  Women's Health Team 🤍⁠
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Emily Abbott, Ashley Vincent, Lauren Cameron and Holly Ryan 👋⁠
Left -> Right⁠
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We have some of the most dedicated and passionate Women's Health Physios on the Coast! Our team can see you for all of your pelvic health concerns. ⁠
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To find out more head to our bio 💗
World IBD Day 💜⁠
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#IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide. ⁠
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There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.⁠
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The Sports & SPinal Dietitian team can assist in managing IBD through nutrition and education. Get in touch with your nearest nutrition team today 💜⁠
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Working through the planking pain together all to raise awareness for breast cancer. Go team 🤍

#teamwork #physio #sport #exerciseright #plank #corestrength
We have an amazing program that is less about 'dieting' and more about the psychological reasons behind why YOU eat and what YOU eat and how we can make positive changes to improve your diet, health and lifestyle. ⁠
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Curated by our expert Dietitians the Diet, Behaviour & Beyond program is tailored to your health and wellbeing goals 🤍⁠
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Head to our bio to find out more
Early last month we were lucky enough to have run a photoshoot with the talented @occhilism.moments, our women's health team and some beautiful Sunshine Coast mumma's 🤍⁠
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 It was an amazing afternoon spent with some incredible women! ⁠
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If you or someone you know needs help with their women's health needs, get in touch with our team today 💗
Saturday marked National Cheese Day! 🧀⁠
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We all love a little bit (or a lot!) of cheese in our diets but sometimes cheese can come with the stigma that it's not good for us. To help clear that myth up, Sports & Spinal Dietitian Caitlin has weighed in on what she thinks about cheese in our diets 👇⁠
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Cheese Pros:⁠
 🧀 Good source of protein and calcium⁠
 🧀 Lots of different types that can be used for different things⁠
 🧀 Hard cheeses are low in lactose so are still suitable for people with lactose intolerance⁠
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Things to be mindful of:⁠
 🧀 Can be more energy-dense, so you may like to choose lite options depending on your nutrition goals⁠
 🧀 Need to be mindful of food safety when including them in sandwiches/salads/other dishes⁠
🧀 Need to keep cold with an ice brick in a cool bag when at school or work if you don't have access to a fridge⁠
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If you need help with their cheese intake or diet get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal team today!
World Hygiene Day 🤝⁠
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This year's theme for World Hand Hygiene Day is focused on recognizing that we can add to a facility's safety culture and quality through cleaning our hands but also that a strong quality and safety culture will encourage people to clean their hands at the right times and with the right products.⁠
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Sports & Spinal prides itself on instilling high hygiene standards across all our practices and services. We take hygiene seriously 🧼⁠
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Unite, talk and work together on hand hygiene for high quality safer care everywhere.⁠
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#worldhygieneday #sportsandspinal #washyourhads #sanitiser
Chronic pain can be worsened by underlying inflammation. There are a few key nutrients that can help to reduce inflammation and help to manage chronic pain.⁠
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Head to our bio to read more!
The Sports & Spinal website is being updated! 💚⁠
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Due to the launch occurring today the site may be down throughout today and tomorrow. We do apologise for any inconvenience but if you do run into any trouble with accessing the site or making a booking, please check back soon ⁠
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We are so excited to officially launch our new site to you!
Say G'Day to Sam👋⁠
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Sam is one of our Sports & Spinal Dietitians practising out of our Buderim, Maroochydore & Sippy Downs clinics.⁠
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Samantha studied a Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Samantha provides a warm and understanding environment in which she supports clients on their journey to improved wellbeing and quality of life. ⁠
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With her knowledge of food and medical nutrition therapy, she encourages sustainable eating behaviours and provides dietary advice that is guided by a client-centred approach, tailoring to the individual needs and unique background of each person. ⁠
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Samantha believes that food doesn’t have to be complicated in order to lead a healthy lifestyle and is meant to be enjoyed.⁠
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Samantha has special interests in sports nutrition, bariatric surgery (pre & post), gastrointestinal issues and elderly nutrition.⁠
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Head to our bio to learn more about Sam and how she can help you with your diet and nutrition needs 💚
In honour of March being Endometriosis Awareness month, we wanted to give a shoutout to an amazing foundation called the Pelvic Pain Foundation. ⁠
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PPFA brings medically responsible, positive, and interactive education to schools in Australia. ⁠
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PPFA is committed to supporting teenagers who suffer severe period pain, pelvic pain, and endometriosis to allow them to fulfil their potential and live the best life possible.⁠
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We applaud the PPFA team and all of their work! 🙌