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Meet The Team

Our values at Active Health Psychology are to create connection with people and provide meaningful support to help them achieve their full potential. 

Reece Danaher

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REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST, PERSONAL TRAINER AND COMPANY DIRECTOR

Personal values: "To be courageous, committed and have fun."

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE: 
- Performance Psychology - Townsville Fire Psychologist
- ACT therapy 
- CBT
- EMDR therapy 
- Neurotherapy 
- Play therapy 
- Active counselling
- Neurodevelopmental disorders 
- Psychometric assessments 

 

I am a registered Psychologist who grew up in Townsville playing a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities and have a desire to help people to achieve their full potential. I completed my Bachelors of Psychology (Honours) in 2013 and spent my early career psychology days working with children, adolescents, adults, groups and families in a government organisation and private practice. During my undergraduate degree I developed a keen passion for neuroscience which led me to seek out training in neurotherapy and neurofeedback through the Neurofeedback International Academy. I started delivering a variety of neurotherapy and neurofeedback programs to clients alongside psychological interventions and absolutely love helping clients understand their mental processes from a neurological perspective. I developed a strong interest in supporting children, adolescents and their families through a range of issues such as trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence and a range of neurodevelopmental disorders and underwent training in many areas such as play therapy, EMDR, ACT therapy and CBT.  I have always loved playing sports and grew up predominantly playing cricket and AFL. Growing up in a sporty family with an older brother, spending most of our time outdoors likely sparked my interest in exploring the benefits of exercise on mental health and well-being. I formally began studying the outcomes of exercise alongside psychology sessions with my clients in 2014 and was astounded by the results. This led me to acquiring my personal training qualifications so as to be able to safely offer my clients this type of therapy or "active counselling" as I like to call it. I opened Active Health Psychology in 2020 and our growing team have been committed to supporting clients with a range of psychological and neurodevelopmental difficulties to achieve their full potential. From a very young age I have always been interested in the mental processes involved in peak performance and throughout my career I love helping people to obtain their goals, whether they be related to physical or mental health, career, sports performance, or personal development. I love helping athletes and coaches to understand the mental processes involved in peak performance and currently work with professional and amateur athletes across a range of sports such as; Rugby league, triathlon, rugby union, cycling, basketball, motor cross, soccer, weight lifting, track and field and swimming. I am proud to be working closely with the  WNBL team the Townsville Fire as their preferred Psychologist.

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Katie Pryce-Jones

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST 

Personal values: "To be determined, skilful and playful". 
 
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE: 
- ACT therapy 
- CBT
- EMDR therapy 
- Play therapy 
- Active counselling
- Neurodevelopmental disorders 
- Psychometric assessments 
- Performance Psychology 

After completing my Bachelors of Psychology (Honours) in 2021, I became a member of the Active Health Psychology team and have since enjoyed developing my skills and applying learnt knowledge to help individuals in their day to day lives. Throughout my degree I gained valuable knowledge in both health care and sport, being an NDIS support worker and High Performance Sports Ambassador for the University of the Sunshine Coast. A combination of playing golf at a high level and a desire to help people achieve their potential saw much of my time spent travelling to schools in Queensland, encouraging high performance in both sport and academics. My role at Active Health Psychology allows me to combine my passion for sport with the desire to assist individuals across the lifespan to make positive change. Throughout my journey at Active Health Psychology I have sought training and supervision in EMDR, ACT, CBT and Play Therapy. I continue to develop my counselling skills and knowledge of the discipline with regular engagement in professional development and supervision. I feel inspired to work at Active Health Psychology as it gives me the freedom to encourage growth and development through both ‘active’ and ‘non-active’ sessions.

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Naomi Coleman 

PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST 

Personal values: "To be kind, curious and adventurous". 

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE: 
- ACT therapy
- CBT
- Play therapy
- Active counselling
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Psychometric assessments 

After completing my Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2021 I was keen to start working with a range of clients and presentations. I have also had a particular interest in working with children and their families to provide support for their needs. During my undergraduate degree, I worked as a support worker for people aged 6-64 with a variety of developmental concerns and neurological disorders. It was during this time that my passion for helping children with disabilities magnified seeing the daily struggles both children and their families have. Understanding what skills individuals need to function day-to-day helps guide my intervention approach. I joined the team at Active Health Psychology in 2022 after having seen and experienced the therapeutic benefits of exercise, I jumped at the chance to implement this into my practice. Growing up in an active family, sport and staying active is always something I have found important. Throughout my childhood, I was involved in a range of sports, from surf life-saving to netball and my weekends were filled with trips to local watering holes. Currently, I try to lead an active life through a range of activities including; Pilates, Yoga, weightlifting, hiking waterfalls and swimming at the beach with friends. The active counselling approach was something that heavily interested me as it allowed me to combine two of my biggest passions, mental health and fitness. Growing up in Townsville, I fell in love with the community and want to give back in any way I can. Ensuring clients feel comfortable and have a safe space to talk is key to my therapy approach. Using a client-centred approach, I like to work with the individual and their family to address their presenting concerns and help them achieve their goals. The flexibility of active and non-active sessions allows me to tailor the intervention to the client's skills and values, promoting continued engagement. I am excited to continue learning and increasing my skills through professional development and supervision.

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Ailish Daly

ADMINISTRATOR

Personal values: "To show respect, gratitude and be creative.'

I am currently studying a Bachelors of Psychological Science at James Cook University. I completed placement hours as an undergraduate student with Active Health Psychology and this led me to the opportunity to now work with the team as an Assistant Administrator. Active Health Psychology’s focus on active counseling and performance therapy drew my interest and I feel privileged to now work alongside professionals interested in incorporating being active into psychology.

I have always been fascinated with the inner workings of the brain and understanding what makes people tick, as well as having a passion for helping others and making a positive difference.

When I find time between working and studying, I like to spend my downtime socialising with my university friends, drawing, or walking the Castle Hill trails and goat track. I also like to keep myself fit and strong by going to the gym, running, and occasionally bike riding.

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Petrea Medway

ADMINISTRATOR

Personal values: "Treat everyone the way you like to be treated. Sometimes a smile can make someone's day."

I’m an experienced corporate business planner and administrator with over 10+ years’ experience.  I’ve been fortunate to experience working in a variety of industries including but not limited to Healthcare, Medical Technology, Community Support and Event Management.

I take immense pride in customer service delivery and am always looking for ways to improve processes and customer satisfaction.  I enjoy working alongside a team of professionals whose dedication to supporting people to reveal their full potential is paramount.

Look forward to seeing you in clinic or speaking with you to support you and your family to achieve your goals.

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