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Evidence-based psychology for mental health, well-being and personal development

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Children and Adolescents

Anthony Engel has many years experience working with children and teenagers. His unique style and friendly disposition allows the young person to quickly become engaged in the counselling session, as he makes the therapeutic experience a friendly, productive and rewarding occasion for them.

Anthony understands the nature of children and teenagers and the developmental processes involved. He relies on evidence-based therapies and years of practical experience to bring about positive change. He teaches individuals age-appropriate coping strategies that will benefit the young person for many years to come, and works with parents, schools and other agencies where appropriate.

Children and adolescents may sometimes encounter great difficulties as they mature, including:

  • Social challenges
  • Biological challenges
  • Cognitive challenges
  • Emotional challenges
  • Moral challenges.

Young people are resilient and will have a better chance coping during this transition and sometimes tumultuous stage in their lives if they have the appropriate skills and necessary tools to help them move forward in a happy and constructive way.

Young people may also face environmental stresses such as separation and divorce, family blended issues, cultural concerns, domestic violence, a family member with a mental health or drug or alcohol issue, to name but just a few. Usually, when stressed or anxious, the child may act out and behave contrary to what he or she is normally like. Their behaviour may become aggressive, distant, irritating, alarming, clingy, or they may withdraw altogether. Children and adolescents will often ‘act out’ when they perceive that something is wrong or when they feel insecure, frightened or unhappy.

The far most common psychological disorders experienced by young people are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorder
  • Anger
  • Early signs of psychosis
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Anthony uses the pro-active approach, ensuring that the counselling process is tailored specifically to meet the young person’s unique needs. He also uses:

  • Creative strategies such as role play
  • Art and journals and relaxation
  • Play therapy and EMDR
  • Symbolic strategies
  • Social skills training
  • Psycho-education and training
  • Narrative therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapy
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Skills training
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation exercises

Anthony also provides vocational guidance, assertiveness training, coaching and mentoring services.

Biopsychosocial Approach

The biopsychosocial approach thoroughly considers biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding biological, psychological and social causes of mental health. This idea links the outside world to someone’s biology and psyche. It also covers consciousness, feelings and attitudes and behaviours. Anthony is also competent in neuroplasticity and incorporates this new science in his treatment plans where necessary.

Gut-Brain Connection

New evidence suggests that the gut-brain partnership affect mental health. Researchers say controlling the bacterial population of the gastrointestinal tract may help improve symptoms of mental disorders. We have good and bad bacteria in our gut and when there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria, this can harm your physical and mental health if left untreated. Anthony takes all this into consideration as he works with the ‘whole’ person to assess the best treatment and ways to move forward.


Anthony Engel is a popular and knowledgeable psychologist with many years of practical experience. He is friendly and easy to talk to. He especially helps people with:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Adjustments
  • Addictions/Obsessions
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Identity and Personal Development

He also helps those with low self-esteem, work and uni related issues and career change/guidance

Anthony has worked with countless people over the years from all backgrounds and ages and has become one of the Gold Coast's most popular psychologists. Many doctors, psychiatrists and mental health experts (from all over the Gold Coast and surrounding areas) refer their patients to him because of his expertise in particular areas of psychology. Why don't you email or contact him to find out if he can help you too.

Anthony Engel uses evidence-based therapies such as:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Narrative therapy

Other therapeutic approaches include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing/Enhancement therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Voice dialogue
  • Transactional analysis
  • Self-hypnosis and visualisation
  • Exposure-based treatment
  • And more...
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