Family Counsellor and Therapist
All counselling is private and confidential. The information gathered is part of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the client’s condition.
The information is retained in order to document each session to enable the Counsellor to provide a relevant and informed service and to meet statutory medico-legal requirements.
All accredited Mental Health Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists are required to be members of their peak professional associations, the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Australian Psychological Society. They are also required to meet established and assessed standards of practice and continuing professional education and comply with the ethics of their profession.
Who We Are
Director, Social Worker and Family Therapist
Glenn Munt is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist and graduated from University of Queensland in 1982. In the past 30 years he has gained extensive experience in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and child protection as a family and individual therapist. Glenn managed the family therapy unit at Lifeline, Brisbane, was Senior Social Worker and Family Therapist, Child and Family Therapy Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Consultant Counsellor at Qld Teachers Stress Management Centre, Child and Family Therapist, Abused Child Trust, Clinical Supervisor, Kids Help Line/Parentline and Senior Social Worker Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Royal Children’s Hospital district. He has had a private practice since 1988.
Glenn was President of the Qld Association of Family Therapy, 1995 -1998, has published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, was a member of the Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy from 1996 – 2000. He was also a member of the Qld Children’s Commission Appeals Tribunal from 1997 – 2000.
In 2006 he became an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Medicare Provider.
His private practice reflects his specialization in family and couple relationship counselling, separation and divorce, parenting and child behaviour management.
He has expertise in family based treatments for a range of disorders including the Family Based Treatment for adolescent Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa (Maudsley Model) and attachment based family therapy for adolescent Depression and Self harm. He is also a Workcover provider.
Director and Clinical Psychologist
Mary McGrath is a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings, including child and adolescent mental health in hospital and community settings, adult community mental health, as well as in private practice. She graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in Psychology (Clinical and Counselling), and from the Australian National University with a Masters of Clinical Psychology. She has published in family therapy journals in the area of using metaphor and rituals in therapy; and has presented training workshops for professionals working with families throughout QLD.
Mary is a very experienced Clinical Psychologist with the confidence, skill and knowledge to work with all age groups. She is a warm, friendly and relaxed therapist who is very adept in engaging and working with children and adolescents, while relating easily to their parents.
Mary is passionate about supporting women in the post natal period including those diagnosed with post natal depression. She also works with women presenting for support and therapy related to parenting, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress management, and chronic illness.
Mary has extensive experience in child and adolescent assessment and therapy including intellectual assessment, and therapy for child behaviour disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and loss and due to illness, death or parental separation/divorce, along with supporting children and adolescents struggling with peer related issues.
Mary has a longstanding interest in working with gifted children and their families, from the assessment phase to providing social, emotional, educational and family supports to cater for their unique cognitive and emotional needs. She has developed unique strategies for working with bright and busy minds, to manage anxiety, promote effective and calm problem solving, and support happy peer and family relations.
Mary’s work is informed by an understanding of human development, relationships and mental health. Mary draws on a variety of evidenced based therapies including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, schema therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and family therapy to name a few. She is committed to providing individualised therapy, and to taking the time to listen and understand each clients needs, as well as providing them with the strategies they need to meet life’s challenges
Dr Lizzy Talbot
Dr Lizzy Talbot has recently returned from maternity leave to Thinking Families, working part-time.
Lizzy has a particular interest in helping perinatal and postnatal mothers and feels that adequately supporting parents is crucial to the mental health and wellbeing of both themselves and their infants/children. She also enjoys working with children experiencing emotional difficulties and with adolescents and adults who are experiencing difficulties with adjustment, stress, anxiety, depression so that they can function well and enjoy their lives.
Over the last 14 years Lizzy has predominantly worked in private practice in QLD but has also enjoyed some time practicing in Sydney’s inner Northern suburbs and, when she lived in the UK with her husband, heading up a clinical psychology arm in a West End practice in London.
Lizzy completed her undergraduate Arts degree with Honours in Psychology at the University of QLD (UQ). She then went on to complete a Doctorate in Psychology at UQ and has also completed Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) training, Perinatal counselling training and many other courses to expand her working knowledge over the years. She is a member of the APS and is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency).
Although predominantly trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Lizzy takes an eclectic approach to therapy, integrating approaches from other modalities (Non-directive counselling, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapy) depending on what the unique needs of the client are.
When not at work, Lizzy spends time enjoying (and juggling the demands of) life with her family and friends, focusing on raising her three children who are seven, five and two and each a wonderful force of nature in their own ways!