It’s okay to not be feeling okay…

Life can be challenging.  If you are feeling low, anxious or stressed, finding a non-judgemental private space to take your concerns, where you can focus on your own needs exclusively, can be a relief.  You can safely address work issues, relationships, challenging life events (no matter how big or small) and uncomfortable feelings.  Know you’re not alone.  We ALL need support once in a while.

Renee Johnston


I’m so glad you’ve found your way here.

I’m a Sunshine Coast psychologist supporting adults experiencing stress, anxiety and/or depression.

You can be assured of being treated non-judgmentally and with warmth, respect and acceptance.

I can equip you with effective coping tools to manage difficult emotions, support you in overcoming challenging situations (big or small), build on your strengths, and work towards your personal and/or professional goals.

I’m here to support you.

Referral pathways:

Evidence-based treatment:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness Therapy

Areas of interest:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Perimenopause | Menopause
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma

Frequently Asked Questions

Are sessions in person or online?

I offer both in person and online psychology appointments.

In person appointments are available at Banksia Bloom Professional Suites, 8/102 Burnett Street, Buderim.

Online appointments are available via secure video conferencing technology (in the comfort of your own home, work, or anywhere in Australia).

What are your hours?

I understand you have a busy and varying schedule, therefore, I’ve built my service with flexibility in mind.

We will work together to find the right time and day.

What are the fees?

Medicare Standard Fee – $93.35 (out of pocket cost)

$190 is required to be paid upfront, then a Medicare rebate of $96.65 is applied (when there is a valid referral via a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan).

A GP Mental Health Treatment Plan entitles you to a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.  To access this rebate, talk to your doctor.

Private Pay – $190

No referral is required.

Private Health

Clients not claiming Medicare rebates may be able to claim through their private health fund (depending on level of cover).  Private health insurance cannot be used to top up the Medicare rebate.  Please contact your health fund to find out if you are eligible to claim for psychological services.

Third Party

Third party (such as WorkCover) are also accepted.  Fees are set by the third party.

What are the benefits of online therapy?
  • If you are a digital nomad remote therapy offers you a consistent online therapist to connect with, no matter where you are in Australia;
  • Do you work from home? Conveniently schedule your psychology session before you start your workday, in your lunch hour or at the end of your shift;
  • If you live in a rural area, you may find it difficult to find a psychologist in your area; need to take long drives to your nearest professional; or be concerned about privacy and stigma in a small town. Online therapy offers access to a psychologist from the privacy of your home.
  • If you suffer from a mental or physical illness, you may find it difficult to travel to a therapist’s office. Connecting online can be invaluable;
  • Are you a busy mum with little time and energy? Therapy can help reduce mum guilt, show that you are not alone and can empower you to reach your personal goals;
  • Or, you just might like the sanctuary of your own home, a cup of tea, with your fur baby by your side!

Whilst online therapy can be very beneficial, it is not suitable in the following situations:

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or is currently in a crisis situation please contact your GP, Lifeline 13 11 14 or 000 immediately.
  • If you have unreliable technology, face to face sessions will be more advisable.
  • If you don’t have a confidential safe space to discuss your concerns, seeing a therapist in clinic is advised.
  • If you have a serious psychiatric illness that requires close and direct in-person treatment (for example, a serious addiction or more complex symptoms of a mental health condition) it is advisable that you seek a face-to-face in clinic appointment.
Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral to see a psychologist.  However, in order to access Medicare Rebates a referral from your General Practitioner is required.  If you are referred by a third party (e.g. WorkCover) referral information must be made available at the time of making the appointment.

Please send your referral via email or secure fax.

Do you support clients referred by WorkCover?

Yes.  I have experience working with clients referred through WorkCover.  I have supported clients with a range of work-related presenting concerns including PTSD, adjustment to injury, anxiety and stress in the workplace.