• Is it effective?  

A systematic review of 42 studies (Backhause et al., 2012)  found video therapies have similar outcomes to therapy done in person, and clients reported high satisfaction with the services.

  • Advantages of video therapy?

​Another review of 23 studies (Simpson & Reid, 2014) found clients were satisfied with the bond and presence of the therapists during video therapy, they feel safer and more able to communicate via video. Other benefits: no need to travel, no parking expenses

  • Is it easy to use?

You will receive an invitation via email, simply click on the link and join the meeting.  No need to download any software or create an account.​​


Jane holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with distinction (University of Newcastle, U.K.); Master of Science in Social Research (University of Bath, U.K.);   Bachelor of Science in Psychology (University of Durham, U.K.); Bachelor of Science in English & Business Management (Beijing International Studies University, China)

Jane is a Clinical Psychologist registered with AHPRA, member of Australian Psychological Society,  member of EMDR Association of Australia, and AHPRA-approved Clinical Supervisor.


Jane is experienced in treating anxiety and depression, with special interests in trauma and anxiety. Uses Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnosis.  

​Jane does not provide assessment reports or medical certificates.

中文普通话 (国语)心理治疗 Also provide Therapies in Mandarin Chinese

Jane是心理学博士,资深临床心理医生, 澳洲心理协会会员(APS)和澳洲卫生从业者监管机构(AHPRA)执业医师.  对治疗焦虑,抑郁,心理创伤,恐慌症,强迫症等经验丰富。持有英国临床心理学博士学位 (Newcastle大学,), 心理学学士(Durham大学), 社会调研硕士(Bath大学)。使用有确凿医疗证据的疗法包括: 认知行为疗法,眼动脱敏疗法,接受和承诺疗法.

Jane 不提供假条或诊断鉴定书。



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What is EMDR?  

EMDR is an evidence-based therapy, designed to resolve the impacts of past trauma or disturbing memories on present living. Therapists need to receive specialist training to use this therapy.


How does it work?  

EMDR therapy proposes that the mind is like a factory continuously processing and resolving life events, and much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Traumatic experiences can overwhelm the mind's capacity to cope, causing the system to grind to a halt. EMDR appears to re-activates the brain’s self-healing process through bilateral stimulation, simulating REM whilst clients remain awake and in control.


What problems does it help with?

For suitable clients, EMDR can accelerate the resolution of traumas, often resulting in positive changes, such as greater sense of self-worth, increased  confidence, and a sense of peace when recalling past traumas. Clinical research shows that it is effective in treating trauma, with potentials in helping with anxiety, phobia, panic disorder, OCD,  performance anxiety, depression and grief.

What is ACT? 

ACT is an evidence-based therapy.  ACT believes that suffering occurs when thoughts or emotions pull us away from doing what is important and meaningful. 


How does ACT work? 

ACT aims to help develop vital life skills of mindfulness and acceptance. This enables you to distance from unhelpful thoughts and to expand your capacity to deal with painful emotions, so that you have more freedom to act in line with your values and move towards your goals.


What problems does ACT help with?

Research has shown that ACT is effective in treating depression, chronic pain, PTSD, trauma and addiction.

What is Schema Therapy? 

This is an evidence-based integrative therapy, developed to help people with long standing issues or personality disorders .

What are schemas? 

Schemas are negative beliefs about oneself and others, such as ‘I’m not important’ or ‘People can’t be trusted’. Schemas are formed during childhood and compel us to think, act or feel in a certain way. They may lead us to  repeatedly fall into the same 'life traps' and keep us stuck. Some common schemas are:  fear of ‘Abandonment’, ‘Defectiveness’,  ‘Approval Seeking’ and ‘Negativism’.

How does it help?  

This therapy helps you become aware which schema may be operating in the background, and guides you to use various strategies to modify them, thus preventing history from being repeated again. 

What is CBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly structured, practical, and collaborative treatment for people suffering from depression or anxiety. CBT aims to help you change certain negative and unhelpful ways of thinking (“Cognitive”) and modify what you do  (“Behaviour”), in order to help you to feel better.  

How does it help?

CBT focuses on your ‘here and now’ problems, mainly looking for ways to improve your state of mind instead of exploring causes from the past. You and your therapist will set specific goals you wish to achieve—such as increasing self-esteem, or improving communication.  

How effective is CBT?

Numerous research demonstrates that CBT is as effective as antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications in treating major depression and a variety of anxiety disorders. Moreover, most patients in CBT maintain their improved mood at long term follow-up after completing therapy.  



What is Clinical Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural, relaxed state of inner-focused attention.  Hypnosis can be used by credentialed professionals in clinical and medical settings as a technique to enhance treatment. Dr Jane Zhao-O’Brien received training from Dr Michael Yapko Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist and renowned hypnosis trainer.

How does hypnosis work?

In hypnosis, your body is relaxed and mind is focused, you become more receptive to constructive ideas you may otherwise reject when in a usual state of consciousness. Hypnosis aims to mobilise your strengths and resources  to facilitate positive changes.


What issues can hypnosis help with?

Clinical research shows that hypnosis is effective in reducing acute or chronic pain, and has potential in managing stress and anxiety and improving sleep.


What is a hypnosis session like?

You will be guided to enter a state of relaxation, with your attention narrowed down and focusing on the constructive suggestions made by the therapist. Guided Imagery is often used during hypnosis. At the end of the session, your therapist will help you re-orient to your surroundings.






With a GP referral :


Online video therapy: Gap fee 63.5 per session (Full fee of 190 minus 126.5 medicare rebate you will receive, hence the gap fee)


In-clinic appointment: Gap fee 103.5  (Full fee 230 minus rebate of 126.5, hence the gap)

Without a GP referral (self fund, or private health fund, rebate level differs with insurers):


Online video therapy: 190 per session


In-clinic appointment: 230 per session



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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”

What Psychologists in Brisbane Can Do For You

People regularly visit a medical doctor to maintain their physical health. These routine checkups ensure that the body is functioning properly, and can help stave off any negative symptoms that may develop. While most people understand the importance of these physical checkups, not as many people have embraced such measures for their mental health. The fact is that most people can benefit from routine mental health evaluation and support. Therefore, it is time to educate yourself about the importance and potential of visiting a psychologist in Brisbane. 


Understanding the Purpose of Psychology and the Work of  Psychologists

One reason people are nervous about visiting a psychologist is that they do not fully understand what psychology is all about. Unfortunately, psychology can have a negative connotation due to this lack of understanding. However, with a little insight into what visiting Brisbane psychologists is about, it is easier to see why it is so useful to so many people. 


Simply put, psychology is the study of thinking, emotions and behavior. A therapist is trained to look for the relationship between thought, emotions and actions. As this relationship is explored, psychologists can help patients understand their own choices better. This understanding can lead to better decisions in the future.   


In short, with the support of Brisbane psychologists you can learn to conquer the mental and emotional blocks that are holding you back. With this freedom, you will be able to live a better, more fulfilling life. These benefits often have profound results that impact all areas of your life.


Different Tactics Used by  Brisbane Psychologists

As you consider treatment, you need to know that different tactics can be used throughout your therapy, and many Brisbane psychologists use an integrative approach to maximise the treatment outcomes. These tactics vary depending on the psychologist’s skill set and training. The patient's conditions and predisposition are also considered. 

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: EMDR has been intensively tested, and it must be conducted by a specially trained therapist, Dr Jane Zhao-O’Brien is amongst the few Brisbane psychologists who are qualified to provide this treatment. It is used most often to treat trauma by sparking the natural coping mechanism of REM sleep. In this therapy, the     is stimulated to mimic REM sleep in order to spur on natural mental healing.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: ACT is a popular method favoured by many Brisbane psychologists. ACT therapy can help patients shift their focus from negative thoughts and emotions and redirect their energies to meaningful activities. ACT thus empowers patients to overcome the mental obstacles, and move towards living a more fulfilling life. 

  • Schema Therapy: This is a method used by some Brisbane psychologists, usually to treat personality disorders or chronic relationship issues. This therapy focuses on identifying problematic beliefs that create habits. Many of these beliefs, referred to as schemas, are solidified in childhood, and they provide a subconscious framework that shapes the rest of life. By becoming aware of your personal schemas, you can effectively change them. This allows patients to make better, healthier choices going forward.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: CBT is regularly used by many Brisbane psychologists, it is a very structured approach to overcoming negative life habits. In this therapy, patients learn to identify the negative thought processes that lead to unhelpful decisions. Once these thoughts are identified, practical actions are taken to change them. This therapy is very forward thinking and usually does not dwell on the past.

  • Clinical Hypnosis:  Dr Jane Zhao-O’Brien is one of the very few Brisbane psychologists who are trained in this method.   Many people think they know what hypnosis is, but in a clinical setting used by psychologists, it looks a little different. Hypnosis puts patients in a relaxed state that shifts their focus inward. A therapist and patient must both believe in the process in order to see results. During a hypnosis session, your mind is more receptive to changes you would otherwise resist. This allows change to start in your subconscious mind for sustained results.

Conditions That Can Be Treated by Psychologists

Given the range of therapy options, it should be no surprise that there are many conditions that can be effectively treated by psychologists in Brisbane. In some cases, you may consider using the help of a psychologist to resolve a trauma. Trauma can leave mental scars just as readily as it can leave physical scars. Just like the body needs assistance from medical professions to heal, the mind sometimes also needs help from a professional. 


Psychology can often help with issues like anxiety or depression. These mood disorders can have a broad impact on your life, limiting your productivity and restricting your relationships. Psychologists in Brisbane can help you understand these conditions and create an effective treatment plan to give you back control of your life. 


Many people are also surprised that psychology can be very effective for chronic pain conditions. While pain has a physical component, it can not always be cured with physical solutions. By addressing the problem psychologically, it is possible to control the chronic pain instead of letting it control you. 


Brisbane psychologists can treat other conditions like phobias, panic disorders, OCD, performance anxiety, grief, addiction, sleep disturbances and more. Even physical conditions like migraines or Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be effectively treated through psychology. 



Choosing the Right Brisbane Psychologist for Your Specific Needs

There are several considerations to remember when choosing a psychologist. While there are many psychologists practice in Brisbane, it is important you choose the one that works well for you. First, you need to ensure that the psychologist has received proper training and is licensed. Moreover, if you want a certain type of treatment, you should make sure that the therapist in question has been trained in that method. 


After considering the psychologist's qualifications, be sure to find out if you are comfortable with their style. You and your therapist have to work together to make therapy work. . A good rapport can make the process easier, and trust is essential for your treatment to move forward. If you do not feel comfortable with a therapist, then the qualifications are less important. 


Dr. Zhao-O'Brien is a Clinical Psychologist, and she is registered with the AHPRA Psychology Board and the Australian Psychological Society. She earned her doctorate at the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom. Other education was completed at the University of Bath and the University of Durham in the U.K. She has advanced training in several psychological methods including EMDR, ACT, CBT, Schema Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis. As a female Brisbane psychologist, Dr. Zhao-O'Brien can help patients with a wide range of concerns, and her areas of particular interest are trauma and anxiety. Therapy can also be provided via Skype.  Dr. Zhao-O'Brien is also one of the very few Chinese psychologists in Brisbane that offer therapy in Mandarin Chinese.


Manage Your Mental Health Today 

Your mental health matters. Too many people overlook their mental health without realising how much they are limiting their own potential. Everyone deserves to be happy and fulfilled, and a trained therapist can help you achieve such goals. 


Whether you are overcoming a trauma or simply trying to improve your approach to life, support from  psychologists does matter.  To explore your treatment options, call or email Dr. Jane Zhao-O'Brien today to set up an appointment, and start to move towards living your best possible life.


0411 40 8866

Suite 30, 121 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane,  QLD 4000, Australia