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Our Services


We provide early childhood intervention for children  0-6 years of age. This involves a psychology or behaviour support service to address specific childhood problems such as attachment difficulties, separation anxiety, aggression, self-injury, childhood anxiety or trauma  and other areas of concern. We also provide support around assessment and diagnosis of childhood conditions. We have extensive experience working with children who have developmental delays or disabilities. Our approach is strengths based and family-centred and we aim to collaborate with the other important services in your child's life.


We can provide group based programs including:


  • Circle of Security

  • Triple P Stepping Stones 


Positive Behaviour Support is an evidenced-based approach that focuses on increasing a person's quality of life as well as reducing behaviours of concern. It usually involves an in-depth functional assessment that includes observations across settings, review of specific incidents, getting to know and understand the person and their support team. A Positive Behaviour Support Plan is developed to help guide intervention and in some cases, meet legislative requirements. Our team will provide training and support with the implementation of the plan recommendations. We also provide direct support to the client focusing on their specific goals and areas of skill development. Our team previously worked for the QLD Government's Disability Services and has extensive experience and training in this area. We incorporate a strength based, person-centred and trauma informed approach to our work. 


We are a registered NDIS provider of Improved Relationships funding. 


We provide individual therapy sessions to children, adolescences and adults for a range of concerns and treatment goals. Our approach incorporates evidenced-based practice such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  and Family Therapy.  We have experience working with people who have a dual disability and creatively adapting standard practice to make it accessible to people with additional needs. 


We can also run a number of group-based programs which you may find under our group programs heading. 


At Connect and Thrive Psychology, we provide a range of assessments including the following:


  • Cognitive assessments for IQ/intelligence, learning difficulties or cognitive functioning. 

  • Assessments for diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (includes the ADOS-2) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

  • Adaptive functioning assessments such as for access to the NDIS or to identify specific support. 

  • Psychosocial assessments for specific mental health concerns. 


Equine Assisted Therapy refers to psychology/therapy sessions that also incorporate an experiential element of equine assisted activities. This treatment modality is helpful to those who find room-based therapeutic settings difficult. Incorporating the horses into the sessions can provide an experiential way  to explore emotions, boundaries and relationships in the context of a safe non threatening relationship, facilitated by the practitioner. 


Rowena Woolley has been a practicing psychologist for 12 years and completed her training as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute in 2019. Sessions incorporate standard evidence-based psychology practice such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and  may move between a room setting and the natural environment depending on your specific presentation and agreed treatment plan. 


Rowena can also provide group-based programs such as:


  • The Horse Wisdom Program - a 6 to 8 week program for young people focusing on social and emotional skills development, mindfulness and wellbeing. 

  • Short retreats or half day workshops for groups focused on areas such as team building, self-care/development or wellbeing. 

  • Workshops can be designed for specific groups on request. 


We have a diverse range of programs available for both, NDIS participants seeking support and Self-Funded participants in multiple areas. Some of our programs include:

  • Kids Country (horsemanship, rewilding, survival skills, social and emotional regulation, mindfulness)

  • Little Kids Country

  • NDIS Social and Emotional Skills program

  • Home Schooling Program

  • NDIS Adults farm day

See our Group program page for more information.

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