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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.

OUR TEAM

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Domonique Doyle

Psychologist

Domonique is a performance psychologist who has received a Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) from Queensland. Domonique has diverse experience working in mental health, including mental health case management, performance psychologist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and several sports academies, spinal cord injury, NDIS, work cover, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and general psychological counselling and services.

Domonique is passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life and achieve goals in a safe and heard environment through face-to-face, telehealth, and/or video platform.

Without restricting to any presenting issue, Domonique welcomes all enquiries for therapy with a special interest in depression and anxiety, athlete wellbeing, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support, work cover (including pain and injury support) substance use, LBTIQ+, and general counselling.

Domonique is available for Psychology appointments at our Coolum clinic, and is also available for online appointments.

Julia Camporeale

Psychologist

Julia has many years of experience as both a psychologist and physiotherapist making her perfectly positioned to have a great understanding of both professions, particularly the impact of pain and its underpinnings and complexities for clients. With her physiotherapy and psychology background, Julia has an excellent understanding of disability. She also has a passion for counselling and working with clients to understand situations and make forward plans for the future.

Julia is available for Psychology appointments at our Redcliffe clinic.

CLINIC LOCATIONS

National NAIDOC Week 🟡⚫🔴⁠
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Celebrations are held across to celebrate and recognize the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ⁠
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NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. ⁠
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You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country.
Dry July, Are You In? 🍺⁠
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Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages you to go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer. ⁠
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The funds you raise as part of your Dry July will provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment. ⁠
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Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So, you're not only helping others, you're helping yourself. It's a win-win! ⁠
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Use the link in our bio to learn how you can be dry this July 👍
Global MND Awareness Day 🧠⁠
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Last week marked MND day. MND or Motor Neuron Disease causes messages from the motor neurones to gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes in their thinking and behaviour.⁠
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There is no cure for MND but regular treatment can help to retain function and quality of life and provide comfort.⁠
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Our allied health team can assist with MND and can help patients live fuller lives through a range of our services including Physiotherapy, OT, Dietetics and Exercise Physiology 🏃‍♂️⁠
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To learn more get in touch with your local team today.
$245,000 raised for SunnyKids! 💙⁠
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The annual Wine Makers lunch held last month had a record-breaking $245,000 raised for SunnyKids! ⁠
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The money raised will enable the not-for-profit organisation to expand its crucial social programs such as SunnyKids in School and Mentoring Through Sports.⁠
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Well done to our team members and local Doctors who attended the event. It was such an amazing achievement 🙌
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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🚻 Over 5 million Australians – 1 in 4 people aged 15 years or over – experience bladder or bowel control problems. This number is predicted to grow to 6.5 million by 2030.⁠
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🚻 80% of people with urinary incontinence are women.⁠
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🚻1 in 3 women who ever had a baby wet themselves.⁠
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🚻 Strong pelvic floor muscles are necessary for bladder and bowel control and good sexual function.⁠
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🚻 Pelvic floor muscle exercises have been shown to prevent and treat incontinence at any age.⁠
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🚻 Less than 2 out of 10 women (7.66%) do their pelvic floor exercises daily.⁠
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🚻 70% of incontinent people do not seek help.⁠
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🚻 Bladder and bowel control problems are not a natural part of ageing or having a baby.⁠
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🚻 Incontinence can have a long-term physical and emotional impact; affecting self-esteem, motivation and independence.⁠
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If you need help with your bladder or pelvic health get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal today and let us help you 🙌
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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WHAT IS INCONTINENCE?⁠
Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of:⁠
👉 Urine (wee) from the bladder – known as urinary incontinence⁠
👉 Faeces (poo) or flatus (wind) from the bowel – known as faecal incontinence.⁠
👉Incontinence can range in severity from a small leak to complete loss of bladder or bowel control.⁠
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Though Incontinence can impact a person's life quite dramatically, there are treatments and solutions to help manage it. ⁠
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Our Women's health team is one of those solutions! Our team can help both MEN and women with their pelvic health. ⁠
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To find out more head to our bio
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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World Continence Week (WCW) is a health campaign run by the World Federation For Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP) to raise awareness of incontinence related issues.⁠
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This year it takes place from the 21 – to the 27 of June and during the week the WFIPP highlights the impact urinary incontinence can have on our lives and encourages those living with it to seek help so they no longer have to suffer in silence.⁠
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Our Women's Health team are highly trained to assist women with continence. Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal and see how we can help today 🙌
Men's Health Week ♂️⁠
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Did you know that we have a range of services that can help you with your health? The Sports & Spinal team are here to assist you in getting back on track with your health, whether it be recovery, getting fitter or sorting out your diet-our team can do it all. ⁠
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Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal and let us help you today👍
Men's Health Week 2022 ⁠
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There are five key barriers that prevent men from seeking support and information for their health. It's important that we break these barriers down and encourage men that their health is not worth hiding behind! ⁠
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Understanding the five barriers 👇⁠
1. Hoping it's not an issue?⁠
You might be experiencing denial⁠
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2. Taking too long to do something about your health?⁠
This is known as delayed information seeking⁠
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3. Worried that asking for help is perceived as being weak?⁠
This is called the social construct of masculinity and it can be a barrier to us looking after our health⁠
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4. Have trouble talking about your health?⁠
Feeling nervous or embarrassed about starting a conversation can be a barrier to getting the support you need.⁠
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5. Not sure what information to trust?⁠
Figuring out what health information you can trust can be a barrier to taking action on our health.⁠
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Need some help? Head to healthymale.com to learn more👍
Men's Health Week 2022 ♂️⁠
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Good health is essential for a good life. But there are barriers that get in the way of keeping our body and mind in good nick and sometimes we need help to break them down. ⁠
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It's important to understand what's stopping you so you can take proactive steps to overcome it. ⁠
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See our recent blog on the five factors that prevent men from seeking support for their health and how to overcome them. ⁠
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It’s getting a little chilly around here ❄️⁠
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So why not make a hearty and nutritious Minestrone soup for your next dinner? Adding a soup mix like this one is a great way to boost the fibre and plant protein content of your meals! 🌿🌱⁠
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Here’s the recipe:⁠
🍲 1 cup Italian Soup Mix⁠
🍲 3 cups water⁠
🍲 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil⁠
🍲 ½ brown onion, sliced⁠
🍲 1 tsp crushed garlic⁠
🍲 1 carrot, diced⁠
🍲 1 small potato, diced⁠
🍲 ½ zucchini, diced⁠
🍲 100g frozen spinach⁠
🍲 1 tbsp tomato paste⁠
🍲 1 stock cube⁠
🍲 ½ tsp oregano⁠
🍲 Pinch of basil⁠
🍲 Pinch of parmesan⁠
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1. Prepare the soup mix as per packet instructions.⁠
In a medium saucepan add the olive oil, garlic and onion. Once translucent, add the potato, carrot, tomato paste, stock and water. Cook for 10 minutes.⁠
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2. Add the spinach and zucchini and season with oregano. Cook for another 10-15 minutes.⁠
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3. Once ready to serve, dish into bowls and top with parmesan cheese and basil and Voilà!!⁠
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The best part about minestrone is that you can use almost any veggies you have that are looking a little sad in the crisper! ⁠
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What Matters To You Day? 💙⁠
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What matters to you day encourages meaningful conversations between patients, caregivers, families and their health care providers.⁠
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WMTYD is a great way and reason to advance person and family-centeredd care, which is something we are all about here at SSP. ⁠
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What matters to Sports & Spinal is that we inspire, engage & empower everyone on their journey of health & well-being. This is something that underpins everything we do 🙌⁠
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#whatmatterstoyouday2022 #WMTYD2022 #sportsandspinal
Account Update! 📣 
Our Springfield team have created a new Instagram account @sportsspinalspringfield 

Be sure to check them out and chuck them a follow for awesome health content 🙌🏻 

The Springfield team celebrated in style for this year's Biggest Morning Tea. 1 in 2 Australians are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85 and the BMT wants to change that. 

Morning teas across the country will help raise vital funds to bring us closer to a cancer-free future.
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!
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 💪