About Us


Dr. Dawn Rayner-Brosnan, Psychologist.
AHPRA 2010 PSY0001485541 ( endorsed to practice Health Psychology)

Ph.D Psychosomatic Medicine /clinical psychophysiology
Member APS College of Health Psychologists
Specialising in psychophysiological, biopsychosocial and integrative approaches
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Dr. Rayner-Brosnan PhD MAPS COHPS Psychologist, registered for 30 years in private practice, and registered for medicare refunds is not a medical doctor but was awarded the title Dr. of Philosophy as a result of research all of which had the end goal of better therapies and strategies being developed for improving life quality in everyday life.


  • CSIRO remote area psychologist Qld Brisbane Rockhampton Townsville Cairns Atherton.
  • Psychologist for hospitalised Vietnam Veterans
  • University of Queensland: Tutor to psychology students, and visiting lecturer to medical students.
  • NH & MRC Research Fellow
  • Principal Investigator the Wellness programme NCHSR U of Q.
  • Consultant providing opinion for 10 years to the Lilian Cooper Womens medical centre as to involvement of psychosocial factors in hormonal dysfunction in women, and provision therapy for anxiety eating disorders and other conditions based on the bio-psycho-social model
  • Consultant to the Qld Workers Compensation Board Brisbane and Redcliffe providing opinion and integrated holistic therapeutic approach based on the bio-psycho-social model to lead to faster recovery times
  • Legal reports.
  • Research speaker at national and international conferences on research factors affecting mood, psychophysiological and immunological change and the use of hypnosis, guided imagery and cognitive reframing.
  • Member of the Aust. Psychological Society and invited representative for Tasmania on the APS national foundation committee College of Health psychologists
  • First chairperson Australian Psychological Society College of Health psychologists Tasmania.
  • Have worked in the Workers Compensation field for over 30 years.

Ongoing Peer supervision and professional development is a regular occurrence.

“I like people, and I find this combination of past expertise helps me have insight into the network of attitudes habits and self talk that combine to hold a client’s current problem in place. Removal of surface symptoms only will result in the problem returning. The core of a problem is revealed through listening and questioning.”

An example of respectful attention to a client’s personality and idiosyncratic response and resultant combination of CBT with client relevant approaches is shown here……… Neuroborreliosis: a novel approach


Guiding Principles (ethics & values)

The goal of psychological intervention is for the psychologist to become redundant –
“Give a man a fish feed him for a day teach him how to fish feed him for a lifetime”.

If a different approach will help you, you are referred on to that resource or your doctor is advised of the opinion.
From 30 years of experience, there is recognition that surface symptoms tend to disappear when the real problem or block to life satisfaction is removed – in the same time it takes to treat symptoms. This prevents return of the problem. The cause might be environmental, physical, or values which guide you or attitudes and beliefs about others or self , or a combination of all. Integration theorists argue that theories and approaches can become linked (integrated) depending on what becomes revealed as important, and this can be in the best interest of the client as shorter therapy time can be the result. The basic principles are evidence based. The Stress Clinic philosophy recognizes that broad-ranging support in the early phases of any bio-psycho-social crisis is known to shorten recovery time. For this reason shared care and early intervention is encouraged.

When you are in recovery and need support the psychologist Dr. Rayner-Brosnan PhD where appropriate and possible, will act beyond the therapy room on your behalf, providing letters, or attendance at meetings to help you achieve your goals (payment for which is assessed by whole or part of the hour). Hope and resources and support at the early stage are recognized and substantiated in the literature as leading to faster recovery times.

The guiding principle for Workplace intervention, is that we all (including the boss) deserve to earn our money in a harmonious environment. A win /win situation and mutual understanding of needs of others is the goal. Creative problem solving can lead to satisfaction for all parties. For six years at CSIRO I was told, these scientists are precious, their work will have consequences for all Australians. My goal was to help scientists rethink their lives and to continue their contribution to the planet. All people have a future potential contribution to the planet or a past contribution in some small way (even if they can’t see it now) and deserve the same opportunity so long as they are willing to participate. With workplace stress or post injury intervention earlier rather than later is helpful before systems and people collapse and require long recovery times.

paradoxically happiness cannot be a direct goal but can be a consequence of other smaller goals and experience.
Pathways can be identified which increase the likelihood of happiness.

Many people who come to the Stress Clinic often don’t tell friends or colleagues- they are highly driven or independent and embarrassed about coaching or therapy at this time. – in order to shift stigma associated with attendance we need to remember:
It’s the most competent sports people and performers in the world who rely on their psychological coaches to maintain peak performance and focus.