Mia Olsson

Mia Olsson PsychologistBA Psych (Hons), DipNurs, AMAPS.

A registered Psychologist and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society, Mia Olsson has had a broad interdisciplinary role in the health industry for over thirty years.

She began her career in 1983 with hospital-based nurse training, before completing an Honours Degree majoring in Psychology in 1990. Her work history has been within the nursing, research, counselling, medical education, and psychological areas of health care.

Mia has also worked in universities as a research assistant and psychology tutor, and for the last ten years as a sessional facilitator and lecturer at Griffith School of Medicine (problem-based learning; communication skills, motivational interviewing and clinical skills).

For two of the ten years at Griffith, Mia held the position of Lecturer in Primary Health Care for the Doctor and Health in the Community theme.

From June 2012 to April 2014 Mia was the State Coordinator for a not-for-profit organisation, of a program to provide a telephone de-briefing and referral service to disaster affected individuals across Queensland.

Mia has substantial post-graduate professional development and practice in Strength-Based and Solution Focused Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Suicide Intervention, Exposure Therapy, Evidence-Based Practice, and Trauma Intervention for complex trauma, based on advances in neuropsychology.

Approach to Therapy                             

Mia’s overall approach is client-centred, utilising the personal resources her client brings to therapy. As well as psychometric assessments, the client’s perceived experience of positive changes is measured in every session, as well as their response to the particular therapies and to the therapeutic relationship.

Mia allows her client the support and flexibility in therapy to discover their own personal journey and ways of coping. Mia particularly utilises developmental narrative to assist in making sense of the client’s life challenges. The application of psychological therapies focuses on psycho-education and self-empowerment to support sustained recovery as well as enhance overall functioning.

Mia is inclusive of culture and religion and enjoys working with CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) clients.

Areas of Interest

  • Generalised Anxiety and Major Depressive DisorderMia utilises evidence-based therapies from the Centre for Clinical Interventions as the basis for individually tailored therapy. Every client who attends the clinic has their own story, their own challenges to overcome, and a specific set of values that drive their life choices. Individual differences are accommodated and achievable goals for therapy are negotiated.
  • Acute and Chronic Complex Trauma – Mia has a particular interest in how client’s traumatic and illness experiences influence their decisions and outcomes in life. The focus of intervention is based on Gentry’s (2012) Treating Trauma Hierarchy and on Herman’s (1999) Tri-Phasic Model. Clients are taught techniques to stabilise and self-regulate, prior to the commencement of gentle narrative approaches which are utilised to process, de-sensitise, and resolve the trauma.
  • Health Related Issues and Chronic Disease Management – Mia has a long held personal and professional interest in how life-threatening and life-altering illnesses affect a client’s lived experience. Mia works with clients to adjust to the loss of their anticipated future, goals and dreams, and also to find alternative meaning and purpose in life. Intervention focused on health anxiety is also utilised to educate and support clients to learn adaptive coping skills, reduce symptoms and worries, and work towards healthy living including a plan for self-management.
  • Surgical Weight Loss Management / Bariatric Surgery – Mia also consults with clients who are considering, or are scheduled to have, bariatric surgery for the management of obesity. Not all bariatric surgery candidates are the same, thus pre-operative psychological evaluation is aimed at providing recommendations for optimising outcomes, rather than making recommendations as to suitability. Managing risk factors to increase the likelihood of post-operative success may be facilitated by pre-operative assessment, including a plan for post-operative supportive follow-up to address lifestyle changes that may affect weight loss and maintenance.

To make an appointment with Loganholme Psychologist Mia Olsson, you can try Online Booking – Loganholme or call M1 Psychology on (07) 3067 9129.