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Monique Bricknell

Psychologist / Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), Australian Catholic University

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Federation University

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science, Deakin University

  • Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Deakin University

About Monique

Monique is passionate about creating a space that feels safe and supportive for every person. She believes the therapeutic relationship is incredibly important and feels it is a privilege to be a part of someone’s healing journey. Monique believes in taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and she likes to consider the influence of the mind-body connection.

Before training as a psychologist Monique volunteered for an intersectional feminist organisation, providing support and referrals to folks looking for help with a range of challenges, including difficulties with discrimination, physical and mental health, legal issues and family violence. This work has framed the way Monique conceptualises health. She is interested in helping individuals to discover the ways in which their socio-cultural context contributes to their health and the way that the systems and structures in society may play a role in their experience of wellbeing.

She draws on a mix of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based techniques and mind-body work to help individuals understand themselves and their difficulties with more clarity and draw on their strengths to develop tools that will help them to overcome their challenges.

 

Monique believes in supporting clients to explore their pasts in order to develop a deeper understanding of their present challenges and to move towards a fulfilling future.

Therapeutic Interests

Monique enjoys working with adolescents and adults experiencing:

  • Challenges with identity, self-concept and self-esteem

  • Recovery from stress, burnout and overwhelm

  • Recovery from trauma, abuse and neglect (including family violence)

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Challenges linked with identifying as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community

  • Drug and alcohol use

  • Disordered eating

  • Interpersonal difficulties

  • Existential crises and the desire for a more meaningful life

Other Professional Interests

Outside of MPC, Monique works in the public health sector with young people and their families. She also enjoys tutoring in psychology at university and playing keyboard in a local country-folk band.

​​Monique Bricknell (ABN 20 672 691 598) is an independent psychologist practicing from the MPC consulting rooms.