Dr Suzie Brans

BA(Hons), MPsych(Clin), PhD
Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Suzie Brans is a clinical psychologist currently working at Cygnet Clinic Fremantle. She is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.


Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, trauma, adjustment to illness and major life events, mood disorders, psycho-oncology, low self-esteem and emotion regulation difficulties.

Suzie has extensive experience working with the complex interplay between physical and mental health and a special interest in the integration of faith and psychology.

Clinical Experience
2010-2016 WA Psycho-Oncology Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital: Clinical Psychologist 
Duties: Individual, couple and group therapy with inpatients and outpatients affected by cancer (including carers); multidisciplinary consultation and training, supervision, research coordinator, periods of Acting Team Leader (management duties).

2008-2010 Centre for Clinical Interventions: Clinical Psychologist Registrar
Duties: Individual and group therapy, research, training, comprehensive assessment & report writing.

2004-2008 School of Psychology, University of Western Australia: Tutor

Education
2004-2009 Clinical Psychology Masters 
Ph.D., UWA
Thesis Title: Applying the sociological and social-cognitive models of stigma to student attitudes towards major depression and bipolar disorder.

2003 Honours in Psychology, First Class, UWA
Thesis Title: The Role of Health Perceptions in HRQoL Evaluation

2000-2002 Bachelor of Arts, UWA 


Memberships
Registered as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia with the endorsement ‘Clinical Psychologist’
Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), Member 
Australian Postgraduate Award

Clinical Interests
Suzie’s main areas of clinical interest include anxiety disorders, trauma, adjustment to illness and major life events, mood disorders, psycho-oncology, low self-esteem and emotion regulation difficulties. 

Suzie has extensive experience working with the complex interplay between physical and mental health and a special interest in the integration of faith and psychology when important for the client.

She works with the client to develop a safe and supportive environment and has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies including Mindfulness and Imagery Rescripting. She also has training in motivational interviewing, emotionally focussed therapy for couples, and EMDR.


Publications
McEvoy, P., Brans, S. (2013). Common versus unique variance across measures of worry and rumination: predictive utility and meditational models for anxiety and depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37 (1), 183-196.

Research Presentations
Brans, S. & McEvoy, P. (2009). “Shared and unshared variance in rumination and worry in a clinical sample”, National conference of Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, Perth, Australia.
Brans, S. (2007). “Avoiding difference: explaining students’ desire for social distance from individuals with a mood disorder”, European Congress of Psychology, Prague, Czech Republic. 
Brans, S. (2007). “The effects of causal beliefs on attitudes towards bipolar disorder; the importance of a multifactorial approach for reducing stigma”, World Congress of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy, Barcelona, Spain.

Clinical Presentations
As part of her work with WA Health, Suzie has presented and co-presented clinical workshops and presentations to multidisciplinary health care providers on a range of topics including Mindfulness in Oncology, Train the Trainer in Relaxation Skills for Oncology, Burnout and Self-Care, Identification of Clinically Significant Distress in Oncology, Communication Skills Training in Oncology, Advanced Training in Treatment of Low Self-Esteem and Introductory training in CBT.

Age Groups
Adolescents & Adults


Referrals
Referrals are accepted from MVA insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Medicare based referrals and self-referral.


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