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?​A 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.

Limits of video sessions? network connection may affect the quality, some therapy methods may not be suited to use via video


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, P.R.China).


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


Jane works well with adults (>25 years old),  experienced in treating anxiety and depression, with special interests in trauma, PTSD and grief. Uses Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnosis.  

​Jane also speak fluent Mandarin Chinese, does not provide assessment reports or medical certificates.

Jane is an AHPRA-approved Supervisor,  providing clinical supervision for professional development purposes.



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What is EMDR?  

EMDR is an evidence-based therapy, designed to reduce the impacts of trauma. Therapists need to receive specialist training to use this therapy. Jane received training with EMDR Institute Australia, completing Level One & Two, Structural Dissociation and Master Class.


How does it work?  

EMDR therapy proposes that the mind is like a factory continuously processing and resolving life events, traumatic experiences can overwhelm this process, causing the system to grind to a halt. EMDR appears to re-activate the brain’s self-healing process through bilateral stimulation, simulating what occurs during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep 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 more compassionate views of self, greater sense of empowerment, and a sense of peace when recalling the trauma memories. 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 proposes that people suffer when their thoughts or emotions pull them away from doing what is important and meaningful to their lives. 


How does ACT work? 

ACT aims to develop vital life skills of mindfulness and acceptance, which aims to reduce the power of unhelpful thoughts and to expand the capacity to handle painful emotions, so that people have more freedom to act according to their deeply- held values and move towards life goals that truly matter to them.


What problems does ACT help with?

Research has shown that ACT can be 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 chronic relationship issues or personality disorders .

What are schemas? 

Schemas refer to negative patterns of thinking feeling and responding, usually formed during early life stages. Schemas are often implicit thus not in the conscious awareness but have powerful influence on how a person feel think and respond to life situations. As a result, people may found themselves falling into the same negative life patterns repeatedly and involuntarily. Some common schemas are:  fear of ‘Abandonment’, ‘Defectiveness’,  ‘Approval Seeking’ and ‘Negativism’.

How does it help?  

This therapy aims to help a person become  more aware of the schemas that may be operating in the background, and move towards establishing healthier patterns, in order to meet their needs effectively.

What is CBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a structured, practical and collaborative treatment for people suffering from depression or anxiety. CBT aims to improve moods by modifying unhelpful ways of thinking and unhelpful actions. CBT focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and move towards specific goals, instead of exploring causes from the past.  

How effective is CBT?

Numerous research demonstrates that CBT is as effective as antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications in treating major depression and anxiety. 



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 outcome.  For suitable clients and with their consent, Jane may use this technique in conjunction with other evidence-based therapy methods to enhance treatment effect.  Jane received training from Dr Michael Yapko Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist ("12-Day Intensive Training in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Therapy", and Two-Day "Experiential Treatment of Depression Master Class".

How does hypnosis work?

In hypnosis, your body is relaxed and mind is focused,  hypnosis thus creates a space where the learning of new ways of thinking or behaving can happen more easily . 


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.







$230 per session (50 minutes)

If you have a GP referral and mental health care plan, you will receive a Medicare rebate of 128.4 after paying the above fee. Alternatively you may use private health fund, refund varies depending on your level of cover.


You may be eligible for a total of 20 medicare rebates each calendar year.

Working Hours:

Wednesday 10am  -7pm

Thursday  10am-7pm

Friday   10am-7pm

Saturday  10am-6pm


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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. 


Understanding the Purpose of Psychology and the Work of  Psychologists

One reason some people are nervous about visiting a psychologist is that they do not fully understand what psychology is all about. Simply put, psychology is the study of thinking, emotions and behaviours.  As the relationship between these factors 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 psychologists you can learn to conquer the mental and emotional blocks that are holding you back, therefore more likely to live a more fulfilling life. These benefits often have profound results that impact all areas of your life.


Different Tactics Used by  Psychologists in Brisbane

As you consider treatment, you need to know that different treatment methods can be used throughout your therapy, and many psychologists in Brisbane 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 healing mechanism that is believed to occur during REM sleep. 

  • 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 psychologists in Brisbane, 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.    Hypnosis puts patients in a relaxed state that shifts their focus inward.  During a hypnosis session, your mind is more receptive to changes you would otherwise resist.  For clients and issues suitable for this method, Jane uses hypnosis in conjunction with other evidence-based treatment methods to maximise the effect.

Conditions That Can Be Treated by Psychologists in Brisbane

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. 


Psychologists 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 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 therapy 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. 


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 Psychologist in Brisbane 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. 


Take Action to 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.   To explore your treatment options, call or email Dr. Jane Zhao-O'Brien today to set up an appointment.


0411 40 8866

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