fbpx
Effective, personalised clinical psychology
We're a psychology practice focusing on using the most modern, most effective types of therapy to help our clients move forward.
Ease Suffering, Engage Strengths, Increase Open, Valued Living and Set Achievable Goals
We are Queensland’s first Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT – spoken as one word) centre, located centrally in Brisbane in Milton just off Coronation Drive with plenty of on site parking.
Have you tried hard to be happier — and found it just wasn’t that easy?

If so, you aren’t alone. Pretty much all of us will struggle with unwanted and uncomfortable mental experiences in the form of difficult thoughts, feelings and memories at some stage in our life. Unfortunately commonplace notions of happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and can even make you miserable. For example, modern research suggests positive thinking often does NOT work – and that positive affirmations can even make many people feel worse.
Using cutting edge science to create a strong foundation, ACT provides a new, research backed perspective on how to manage difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences.. ACT skills help you cultivate long-lasting healthy vitality and well-being through mindfulness and values-guided action.

We have gathered a team of compassionate and skilled ACT therapists who will expertly help you overcome your struggles with painful thoughts and feelings, and help you build a more rich, full and personally meaningful life. Each therapist has been hand picked for their expertise, compassion and warmth to best guide you in developing these skills.Our ACT therapists teach simple, scientifically proven life skills to help you more effectively handle difficult thoughts and feelings. We offer unique collaborative care between you and your therapist with an emphasis on ongoing learning at a pace that works for you.

We take the time to learn what you really care about. We help you take purposeful life steps each and every day. Our counselling emphasises effective, valued ACTion.
Why Choose Therapy at the Brisbane ACT Centre?
• We practice what we preach – being centred, open, and engaged with YOU

• Caring, sensitive, warm, safe, compassionate therapy

• Easy access to medication advice

• GP mental health care plan for Medicare, or private health insurance funding available.

• Proactive contact with your GP using encrypted email

• Fantastic central location, easy and free parking

• Comfortable, safe and soundproofed rooms

• Mobile and online resources to build skills

• Groups and after hours sessions available

• Easy road, bus and train access
Dr. Rob Purssey 
Adult and Adolescent Psychiatrist, ACT Therapist, Pharmacology Expert
Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm
Rob is a Consultant Psychiatrist with over 20 years’ experience and is also a highly skilled ACT therapist. He is passionate about helping his clients achieve long-lasting benefits in their lives. Rob hopes his work with you will maximise your potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. Science, compassion, mindfulness, acceptance, values, and community inspire Rob’s life and work.
View Profile
Marcela Costanzo
Clinical Psychologist – Bsc Psych (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS
Mondays (Telehealth) 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesdays 10:00am – 5:00 pm
Fridays 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Marcela is a clinical psychologist and ACT clinician who is passionate about using modern cognitive behaviour therapies, in particular Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (i.e. ACT!), to help ease many common human struggles. She has expertise in helping clients with a range of presentations including but not limited to anxiety, depression, life transitions, acute stress, relationship issues, change of careers, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, sleep difficulties, self-esteem, chronic pain and body image (all ages).
Marcela Costanzo - Central Brisbane Psychologist
Sam Zimmer
Psychologist - BA (Psych)Qld GDipPsych Monash, Assoc MAPS
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
Sam has a diverse background working as a student counsellor, a psychologist, and a research field worker.
Sam has spent much of his working career within the university setting as a student counsellor. He has also worked as a psychologist in private practice and as a research field worker in the School of Psychology and Social Work at QUT. The most meaningful part of Sam's work as a psychologist is learning about people’s lives from the unbearably painful periods to post traumatic growth.
Sebastian Barbero
Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Clinical Psychology
Availability: Wednesdays 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Sebastian’s wide experience comes from working in a variety of settings, both in the public and private sectors. He is particularly interested in working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing a range of mental health issues including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, stress, drug and alcohol dependency, anger management, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, family issues, and trauma.
Georgia Watkins-Allen
Clinical Psychologist -BA (Psychology); Hons; Masters of Clinical Psychology; MAPS; AABCAP
Mondays 9:30am – 5:30pm
Tuesdays 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Georgia works from a holistic perspective working together with you to maximize your effective adjustment to the many different and difficult life challenges that arise. If it’s humanly possible, it’s normal. It’s about finding the optimal balance for you. By helping you to explore your full potential, while living a value based life, you can choose to respond optimally to the world rather than defensively reacting to it where you may find yourself getting lost or completely stuck.
Jeremy Villanueva
Psychologist – BPsych (Honours), MAppPsych (Sport & Exercise), MAPS
Tuesdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jeremy is a registered psychologist who has a genuine interest in helping people and making a difference to their lives. His warm and easy-going nature allows others to open up and engage during sessions. He enjoys staying active, getting outdoors, travelling, and meeting new people.
Jeremy has worked in a variety of settings such as sport and exercise, drug and alcohol use, chronic pain and injury rehabilitation. He has also worked with a range of ages including children, adolescents, up to older adults. In particular, Jeremy is passionate about working in performance psychology to maximise a person’s full potential.
Ali Flint
Registered Psychologist - B. Psychology (Hons); Associate MAPS; AABCAP
Wednesdays 9:00am-3:00pm
Ali is a compassionate, highly intuitive psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience. Friendly, down-to-earth and practical in her approach, Ali seeks to truly connect with her clients and support them to tap into their own inner wisdom and strength. Ali is a natural teacher and believes that information is power – the more people understand, the more they can change the type of person they wish to be and the type of life they want to live.
Tomas Tapper
Performance and General Psychologist -
MAppPsyc (Sport & Exercise), BA (Psych), PGDip (Psych/Sc), MAPS (CoSEP)
Tuesdays – 8am – 4pm
Thursdays – 10am – 2:00pm
Tomas provides individual psychological support and treatment to children, adolescents, and adults for a range of presenting issues. Tomas understands that no two clients are alike, and as such, tailors his approach to the individual. His counselling style is about building a relationship to work together with the client so that they can determine and pursue the goals that are most important to them, not someone else’s agenda. Tomas works primarily with the psychological therapy techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. 
Nikita Kotlarov
Psychologist, ACT Therapist, MAPS, Coach, Counsellor - BBehSci, BA(Crim), BPsychSci(Hons)
Fridays 8am-12pm
Expertise: Couples, relationships. Adult and Adolescent anxiety, depression, struggles with stress and trauma, chronic pain.

Nik has experience working in different settings and provides a range of treatments, including high suicide risk as well as workplace issues. His approach is Client-centred and he uses the latest scientific advancements to tailor the best intervention to help Clients reduce pain and suffering and move to effectively pursue vital life. For more information: www.mindzone.com.au
View Profile
Join our  mailing list
Occasional updates, our blog posts and useful psychology tips.

Get in touch

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Preferred Contact Number

    Your Message

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Address
    7 Marie Street, Milton
    Brisbane, QLD 4064
    Phone
    07 3193 1072
    Social
    Opening Hours
    Monday, Thursday, Friday:  8:30am-5:30pm

    Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30am-9pm
    (receptionist available until 6pm).