Following a career in business and time spent raising a family, Kristina returned to study to fulfil a long held interest in the practice of psychology. She now has experience in both government and non-government organisations, and in private practice settings. Kristina is committed to providing evidence-based psychological services tailored to her clients’ specific needs. Practicing predominantly from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT approach, a new wave form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Kristina also uses Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Schema and Mindfulness-based approaches where these are beneficial and appropriate for clients. Kristina has experience working with a wide range of clients from adolescents to the elderly, and across a range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, coping with loss and adjustment, and people experiencing stress. Kristina strives to provide clients with a safe, supportive and respectful place to talk and to create a collaborative client-therapist relationship to work together to create change.
Professional Qualifications, Registrations and Memberships
Graduate Diploma Psychology QUT
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) – Honours QUT
Masters of Professional Psychology (ACU – Brisbane)
Masters of Business Administration QUT
Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia
Blue Card Holder
A Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists
Member the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
Bringing Baby Home Educator
Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Workshop Leader
Much of Kristina’s training in recent years has been from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective. ACT training helps therapists to more readily develop compassion, acceptance, empathy, respect, and the ability to be present and engaged with their clients. ACT teaches therapists that we’re all on a journey and none of us has it all figured out. As ACT therapist Russ Harris says: “I don’t want you to think I’ve got my life completely in order. It’s more as if you’re climbing your mountain over there and I’m climbing my mountain over here. It’s not as if I’ve reached the top and I’m having a rest. It’s just that from where I am on my mountain, I can see obstacles on your mountain that you can’t see. So I can point those out to you, and maybe show you some alternative routes around them.” Kristina works by the APS Code of Ethics and standards of professional practice. She undertakes on-going professional development and supervision in order to maintain her expertise and to keep current with the latest research in the areas of her professional interests. Her clients are treated with an authentic, caring and respectful approach. Your confidentiality is absolutely assured. “Five adult children, including three stepchildren, have taught me that life isn’t simple… we all need to talk in challenging times.” “My clients inspire me. It’s a privilege to work with people who are coping with difficult circumstances, building new skills and making changes in their lives.” Kristina Challands
Why the Nautilus Shell?
The Nautilus Shell is a symbol for expansion and renewal. It is a classic example of a Fibonacci sequence, which is a series of numbers where a number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. A Fibonacci sequence describes an amazing variety of phenomena, in mathematics, science, art and nature. A cross-section of a Nautilus shell shows the cycles of its growth as a series of pearl lined chambers arranged in a precise Golden Mean spiral. The Golden Mean Spiral is thought to be symbolic of life’s unfolding mysteries. The Nautilus grows increasingly larger chambers each season, moving into the new chamber for the next stage of its life. The new stage growth has led to the Nautilus being used as a metaphor for spiritual evolution. The Nautilus has survived in our deep oceans almost unchanged for around 500 million years. As a symbol of expansion and renewal, the Nautilus illustrates the wonders of science and nature, and the personal evolution we progress through during our lives.
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