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Mia Olsson

SENIOR CONSULTANT PSYCHOLOGIST – B.A. Psych (HONS), DIP Nursing, Assoc. MAPS.
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SENIOR CONSULTANT PSYCHOLOGIST

Mia Olsson Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours Newcastle University NSW (1990)

Diploma of Nursing (hospital based training) Mater Misericordiae Hospital , Newcastle NSW (1986)

Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Full registration with AHPRA as a generalist psychologist

ABOUT ME

I’m Mia, a Generalist Psychologist with previous clinical training/experience as a Registered Nurse. I have had post-graduate experience in research, tertiary education (medicine), non-government organisations/not-for-profits, psychological assessment, and private practice for the past eleven years. Training in Mental Health First Aid in the Tertiary and Public settings is also something I provide.

I work with adults and near-adults, with a therapy focus on enhancing existing strengths and resilience, self-empowerment, and changing the mental, emotional, and behavioural habits that contribute to mental health challenges.

I moved to the Gold Coast early 2023, having lived here for a year previously. I have lived in South East Queensland for 22 years, so it was not a big move! I love living and working on the Gold Coast as there is always something to do outdoors, it is warm enough to swim for most of the year, and there are plenty of places to swim! Not many cities are so accessible to the sun, surf, and hinterland, and also offer so much in terms of services. It’s a great place to live, and allows me to have so much work/life balance.

My Therapeutic Approach

My approach to therapy is client-centered, humanistic, and evidence-informed care, and I tailor interventions to your needs. Regular review of the therapeutic strategy and your outcomes help inform the ongoing approach to your therapy.

I employ appropriate elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Focused Therapy, including EMDR and EFT. I always assess your current functioning, as factors such as poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise/fresh air/sunshine, and relationship challenges will all impact your mental health.

I work with the following presentations:

We all work with common presentations such as stress, adjustment, depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. In addition, I focus on the following challenges:

  • Acute Stress & PTSD
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm and Suicidality
  • Anger management
  • Pregnancy Related Support
  • Post-Natal Depression
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Work burnout
  • Adult ADHD
  • Guilt and shame
  • Life coaching and personal growth
People I work with:

  • Adults and Adolescents 16+
  • Adult NDIS clients with a psychosocial disability
  • Adult Work Cover & Insurance
  • Adult First Responders, ADF and DVA Members
  • Adult Medicare
  • Adult Private