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 Gottman Therapy

 Jani has undertaken Gottman Therapy Training and has been offering this service to couples throughout this year.  After 20 yrs of offering other styles of Relationship Therapy, she is convinced that Gottman Therapy is the most effective therapy available.

In October she intends to undertake additional specialist training with Drs Julie & John Gottman.  

Meet our brilliant Counsellors

Rachel Whitehead

Rachel has a degree in Occupational Therapy and a Masters of Counselling 
with14 years experience in mental health and counselling.  She has worked for State Govt.s and NGOs.  
Her work includes mild to severe mental health conditions, eating disorders, and grief and loss. 
She has worked for Isis-The Eating Issues Centre, and in private practice 
with people from all walks of life.  

She has also designed and/or facilitated numerous therapeutic groups with high retention rates. 
Rachel is particularly passionate about working with young people, girls and women who have developed an 
eating disorder, people affected by grief and loss, including health and capacity loss and end-of-life

issues, and has had helped to change lives of people experiencing anxiety and/or depression to move

through that which has held them back, and into a place of enthusiasm for life.  

Rachel is available on Monday-Wednesday, Friday evenings and Saturdays by appointment

Paul Dunne

Paul has practised as a registered Psychologist for almost 25 years.

He describes himself as a Holistic Psychologist focusing on the physical, mental, emotional,

and spiritual aspects of your life.  Paul provides our clients with information, knowledge,

skills and techniques useful for developing personal empowerment. Everyone needs support and

guidance at times to meet the variety of challenges life presents.

In a dynamic and challenging psychology career, Paul has provided training to the community

and youth sector in the areas of youth suicide and self-harm, Domestic and Family Violence,

Palliative Care, Aged Care, Death and Dying, and young people at risk of harm.

Paul maintains a special interest in finding ways of empowering young people 30 years and younger.

Paul’s interventions are tailored for the individual needs of each client.

Your individual sessions with Paul provide you with insight into the way in which your

physical body cooperates with your brain and inner mind, and how each of these aspects

interacts with your energy system.

You will learn how to re-establish your personal power, challenge outdated old belief systems, and access a freedom that allows you to make choices for personal wellbeing and happiness.

Paul will teach you how to communicate with your inner self and utilises CBT, Mindfulness, Meditation, Energy Psychology Techniques, and evidence based practices to dissolve pain in your life and support you to be empowered and engaged in new and positive ways for a brighter future.

Paul is available Wednesday & Friday each week from 10am to 7pm   

Samantha Bagnall

Sam is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker* with a wide experience and has just

embarked upon adding EMDR to her professional toolbox.  She is a very practical, warm

and supportive counsellor and we are grateful to her for agreeing to work with us regularly.  

She already is qualified and experienced in DBT and Schema Therapy and is a proficient trainer

and group work facilitator.  Sam is well versed in complex PTSD, in emotional regulation

challenges and works with people who are feeling that life seems to include overwhelming

crises, all too often. 

She is experienced in working with children from age four, teens, adults and families.  

She is trained to manage a large array of most mental health concerns including depression,

anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self harm, low self esteem, bipolar and many more. 

"If you want someone in your corner who is caring and can help you make positive long term

changes in your life then I am the right counsellor for you." 

Sam is available on Fridays

Shanna McLeod

Shanna McLeod is a highly qualified Transpersonal Art Therapist and an associated member of 
Australian creative arts therapy association (ACATA) and 
International expressive arts therapy association (IEATA). 
Shanna is a peer worker and mental health first aider. 

Shanna's passion for Creative Arts Therapy has grown out of her own lived experience of mental health 
recovery using visual art as a method of inner exploration and self preservation. Her years of deeper 
learning have assisted her in developing a passion for psychosocial wellbeing and develops regular 
programs to support a sense of altruism, interpersonal learning and growth within communities.

Shanna is actively involved in group work.

Shanna is available Thursdays and Fridays by appointment

​​Administrative Support

Dr Don Wyatt, is our Practice Manager, he has an extensive background in Health, Education

and Community Development, in academia, diverse workforces and has worked across

continents and cultures.  

He is completing a Bachelor of Naturopathic Medicine and will join the Practice full time 

in that capacity on completion.  However, due to his previous areas of work and study,

he is knowledgable and experienced

in herbal treatment, food as medicine and holistic approaches to all health concerns and

especially mental health.  

He also has a lot of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,

those with CALD backgrounds, LGBTIQA and FIFO roles.  

Ask Don about Medicare Rebates, ATAPS and DVA Services through your GP.  

He can explain to you the process of gaining an appropriate referral.  

He is also able to arrange your appointments and is covered by the same

Confidentiality Agreement as everyone at Brilliance Counselling and Consultancy.

Animal Assisted Therapy Project

We have a 2 yr old puppy undergoing extensive training as a Therapy Dog.  She is a sweet girl.

We are familiarising her with her work place and our clients. You may meet her as she becomes a more

frequent part of the Team.  Frida is very qualified in confidentiality and is covered by our code of ethics.


For clients who are uncomfortable around, or allergic to dogs, please advise us prior to your appointment. ​​

​​Everyone here at Brilliance shares a passion for planting seeds in the minds of all the people with whom we work. We endeavour to empower you to grow and reach your brightest potential.  Our business model includes showing warmth, compassion and assisting people to make sustainable change.

We are all covered by our Brilliance Code of Conduct and our Professional Codes of Conduct.  You may rest assured your information will be treated confidentially and with respect.  

We're so happy to have such a warm and mindful counsellor. Rachel offers her clients her compassion and reassurance.

Jani offers Skype counselling, supervision & clinical consultation internationally.

"Brilliance is about ensuring that we meet the needs of all clients.  Therefore this year we have endeavoured to provide more specialist services.  In this way our clients are able to see professionals who are committed to particular niche areas to suit specific client needs."  

We are all trained to offer suicide prevention, support clients with depression and anxiety and assist with family difficulties.

Jani is available full time & extended hours.

My vision for the Practice is to provide a holistic approach to health, counselling, training and professional supervision.

​We offer our inclusive & accessible services to all ages, cultures and genders.

About Us

Jani has a strong sense of fun

​when working with children

​​​​​​​​​​​​Clinical Director

Jani Forest-Wyatt

Jani is a passionate and dedictaed * Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, and a proud member of AASW, Anzapth, ISTSS, ASTSS, EDA, Gottman Referral Network and social justice organisations.  She initiated and facilitates the North Brisbane Private Practitioners Network.  She has 20 yrs experience counselling, supervising and training clients and other professionals. 

Jani's niches include but are not limited to: Trauma, Complex PTSD, PTSD, Gottman Therapy, LGBTIQA & working with Children & Young People. Her experience includes working with FIFO, with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People, CALD and other minority groups.  She is convinced that therapy needs to be holistic and dynamic.

Her group work has been a lot of fun whilst supporting skills development and personal growth.  She is now moving into helping people to meditate and will start a group in August.




Paul embodies all of the best of holistic approaches. We're very lucky to have found a male counsellor with his calm and peaceful energy.

Sam has joined us to bring her special skills with people who struggle with emotional regulation.  She offers EMDR and has worked extensively with young people.