Brisbane Psychologists: Our Practitioners

Dr Lyn Hand – BA (Psych) BSocSc (Psych)(Hons, Masters of Research, PhD, MAPS

10600362_361505384004960_8449107919022902598_nLyn Hand is the Senior Psychologist at Mater Hill Psychology Services.

She has been practising Psychology for the past 20 years in Private Practice and prior worked at Teen Challenge for 11 years as both Volunteer and Counsellor.

Relationship counselling, either working with the couple toward maintaining their relationship or working toward exiting the relationship are areas which Lyn is held in high regard by her patients and peers. Lyn has a broad understanding of working with couples in a non judgemental and caring way.

Lyn writes family reports on request, to be used in Family Court to assist with the transition for children and divorced couples.

Her interests are in psychological treatment of chronic illness, depression and anxiety and she has a keen interest in assisting in relationship issues. She has maintained a presence within the Indigenous Community assisting with mental health and behavioural problems within Indigenous families.

Lyn has completed her PhD in Psychoneurology, which outlines the correlation between the brain and nervous system and psychological wellness. Her dissertation is “The Study of Imprinting on large groups of people in the Personal Development arena.”

The underlying premise of Psychoneurology is that human beings are already perfect and whole as opposed to broken or diseased. Therefore, rather than trying to focus on fixing a broken person, psychoneurology helps the client develop new resources that will assist in enhancing the life of the client to reach the highest level of thriving. Thriving, in Psychoneurology, is achieved through bringing mind, spirit and body into direct and harmonious alignment to create the highest vibrations and experience of joy, freedom and fulfilment attainable.

Lyn uses a very eclectic range of therapies according to patient’s needs, with major focus on Solution Focussed therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Positive Psychology.

Major Psychology Influences: Martin Seligman (Positive Psychology), David Deida (Language Patterns), Milton Erickson (Hypnotherapy) and Virginia Satir.


Matthew Hand B.Soc.Sci Psych (Hons), Adv Dip Health Sci, ND, DHM, MAPS, MAAP

Matthew commenced full-time private practice at Mater Hill Psychology in 2005. Matthew holds an Honours degree in Psychology from Bond University, as well as a Diploma in Health Sciences and he continues  post-graduate training in many fields of Psychology. Prior to joining Mater Hill Matthew held positions in Psychology at Corrective Services Queensland and Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS).

As a Psychologist Matthew has co-developed and delivered a CBT-based inpatient Pain Management Program to Pain Mx, a privately operated, multi-disciplinary pain management program in Brisbane. Matthew was also appointed a Senior Research Technician through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland where he researched and conducted school-based mental health training programs to Primary and Secondary School Educators throughout Queensland.

Matthew believes that therapy needs to be as individual as the clients who he sees and with this in mind he draws on his extensive knowledge of different schools of Psychological thought to tailor therapy to each client’s specific needs.

Major Psychological Influences: Viktor Frankl (Existential Psychotherapy). Irvin Yalom (Existential Psychotherapy). Martin Seligman (Positive Psychology). Stephen de Shazer (Solution Focused Therapy). Milton Erikson (Hypnotherapy).


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