About The Mindful Collective
Hi! I’m Amy Kate – the proud founder and owner of The Mindful Collective. If you’re wondering how we came about, grab a cup of tea because I’d love to tell you our story!
I completed the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program at the University of Queensland and then tackled the Masters of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) program at the Queensland University of Technology. During my study I realised that I wanted to decrease the stress levels of as many people as I could. That’s it!
The Australian Psychological Society’s 2015 Psychology Week survey report of the previous five years had some key findings that spurred me into action:
- ::Younger people (18-25 years) have consistently reported lower levels of wellbeing than older Australians;
- ::35% of Australians report having a significant level of distress in their lives;
- ::Personal health (44%) and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle (40%) were some of the most frequently identified reasons for Australians experiencing stress;
- ::Increased use of coping strategies that cause other life stresses was noted (like gambling, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and taking recreational drugs).
So, The Mindful Collective was created – advocating for (and making accessible in a fun and authentic way) the use of mindfulness and compassion with other stress-reduction techniques, while also discussing other health, wellness and lifestyle topics. Our aim is to bring you a mix of science-based information and incredible stories (with a splash of honesty and humour).
We love mindfulness and compassion so much that we have partnered with the Charter for Compassion! Kristen Neff is a world-renown researcher of compassion and she believes that self-compassion includes three keys: self-kindness, the belief in a common humanity, and mindfulness. I think we could all use a little more of them! We would love for you to sign the Charter for Compassion – the best idea humanity has ever had!
I have been working with children, adolescents and their families in both employed and voluntary capacities since 2012. While completing post-graduate training in Educational and Developmental Psychology, I developed my clinical skills in the Queensland University of Technology Health Clinic, Brisbane Catholic Education schools and a youth-focused non-government organisation.
I am now a registered Psychologist, an Educational & Developmental Psychology Registrar, a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, and an Associate Member of the Australian Educational & Developmental College.
I am skilled in completing behavioural, academic and cognitive assessments. When counselling children, adolescence, adults and families experiencing a range of difficulties, my practice includes a flexible approach tailored to the individual. This often includes Feedback-Informed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Attachment therapies such as using the Circle of Security (COS) framework.
I am an approved Brisbane MIND provider. Brisbane MIND is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, and is managed by Brisbane North PHN. I also provide services through the Medicare Better Access Initiative, with the use of Mental Health Care Plans to provide Government funding for psychological sessions.