My interest in psychology began from an early age, reading books from the local library about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
Since then I have completed a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Health Psychology at The University of Queensland, and have worked in a variety of settings while raising my family.
Children, Adolescents and Adults
I have provided assessment and therapy for children, adolescents and adults.
While working with Queensland Health in a hospital setting, I assessed children and adolescents for:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD);
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD);
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
- learning difficulties;
- anxiety; and
- depressive disorders.
I worked with children and their families to diagnose and treat their individual issues in a holistic manner. I found this experience to be both gratifying and humbling to spend time getting to know each child and their parents individually, and guiding them to integrate the recommendations into the home and schooling environments.
Additionally, I have been engaged in academic research in the areas of health psychology and families. I have presented at conferences and published articles in these interest areas across Australia.
Specifically, I investigated food choice of parents when one or many of their children have autism, including how parents cope with the difficult behaviours that are often apparent with their children. I also examined the way parents of children with food allergies select food for their families, including the distress they face when managing this issue.
I have also worked alongside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. In this environment, I assisted this community with chronic diseases including diabetes, musculoskeletal issues, mental health, respiratory disease, hypertension, cholesterol issues and chronic pain to name a few. Treatment included exercise, diet changes and psychoeducation around their illnesses, with an empathetic approach using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Being a descendent from England I was christened through the Church of England, however I was raised with the view that it did not really matter which church we attended. And thus my growth in various religions began.
Currently I uphold my parents’ stance that my beliefs are within me, however, my daughter attends a pentecostal school.
As a psychologist, I practice in an open, empathetic, non-judgemental and compassionate manner, with an understanding of christian values.
To make an appointment with Brisbane Psychologist Cassandra Gist, try Online Booking – Mt Gravatt or Online Booking – Loganholme. Alternatively, you can call Vision Psychology (Mt Gravatt) on (07) 3088 5422, or M1 Psychology (Loganholme) on (07) 3067 9129.
Cassandra Gist, BPsych (Hons), MPsych, MAPS.