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Madonna Hirning: Your Sunshine Coast Psychologist

Meet Madonna Hirning, your local psychologist at Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic. Madonna Hirning is the Director of Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic and the first Certified Gottman Couples Therapist on the Sunshine Coast.


In this latest blog, we will be exploring Madonna’s work as a psychologist, and answering some common questions about psychologists, like:


  • What is a psychologist?

  • How can a psychologist help?

  • How can I see a psychologist?

  • Are psychologist services covered by Medicare?

  • Signs you should see a psychologist


What is a Psychologist?

Psychologists are trained experts in human behaviour and the human mind. They're here to help you navigate life’s ups and downs, offering strategies and support to improve your mental health and strengthen your relationships. 


Through compassionate understanding and proven therapeutic methods, psychologists like Madonna Hirning unlock paths to personal growth and deeper connections, helping to improve your overall quality of life.


How Can A Psychologist Help?

Whether it’s tackling personal issues, learning communication skills, or resolving deep-seated conflicts, psychologists offer a helping hand in various challenging aspects of life. 


Madonna Hirning, with her expertise in the Gottman Method, is especially skilled in helping couples to rebuild their relationships on a foundation of mutual respect and understanding.


Psychologists can help with managing a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, behavioural problems, ADHS, PTSD, and addiction.



Sunshine Psychologist | Madonna Hirning | Psychologist Near Me


Can A Psychologist help with Anxiety & Depression? 

Yes, absolutely. We see a lot of patients who suffer from Anxiety & Depression, it’s more common than most people think. You might find that you need a psychologist during particularly low periods, this might mean a visit with us only once or twice every few years, or you may need support every few weeks or months. There is no one size fits all solution – we work with you when you need and in the best way that suits your personal situation. You don’t have to battle alone, it’s important to consider professional help – it’s quite literally what we are here for.


“Depression is a complex condition, involving many systems of the body, including the immune system, either as cause or effect. It disrupts sleep and it interferes with appetite; in some cases, it causes weight loss; in others, it contributes to weight gain. Depression is also often accompanied by anxiety. Research indicates that not only do the two conditions co-occur but that they overlap in vulnerability patterns.” - Source, Quote from Psychology Today




How Can I See A Psychologist?

In Queensland, you don’t need a referral to see a psychologist. However, if you don’t get a referral first then you will need to pay for the full fee of your psychologist consultation without any medicare rebate.


If you are referred under a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP or Psychiatrist, you will be eligible for a Medicare rebate for your psychologist appointment/consultation.



Are Psychologist Services Covered By Medicare?

Yes, psychologist fees are partly covered by Medicare, but primarily for patients who are eligible under either the Better Access to Mental Health Care, Better Start for Children with Disability or Chronic Disease Management programs.


Psychology fees can also be covered partly under Medicare for women concerned about a current or recent pregnancy, or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people using follow-up allied health services.



Signs You Should See A Psychologist

It might be time to see a psychologist if:

  • You feel like you’re stuck in a rut, whether it’s personally or with your partner and your relationship

  • You have suffered trauma that is impacting your daily life

  • You are feeling disconnected from hobbies and things you enjoy



Signs You Should See A Psychologist | Sunshine Coast Psychologist



Introducing Madonna Hirning

Since 2006, Madonna has been a psychologist on the Sunshine Coast providing psychological therapy to both individuals and couples.


As the Sunshine Coast’s first Certified Gottman Therapist, Madonna brings extensive expertise to her role at Sunshine Coast Couples Clinic.


Madonna doesn’t just work with couples in traditional therapy settings, she also leads couples workshops that have helped many strengthen their bonds. Her approach is based on the Gottman Method of couples therapy.




Madonna Hirning | Sunshine Coast Psychologist | Certified Gottman Therapist


Book An Appointment Today

Taking the step to work with Madonna Hirning could be the start of a new chapter for you and your relationship. Check out our website to learn more about Madonna’s services and book an appointment. Whether you are looking for personal help, or couples therapy to help revitalise your relationship, Madonna is here to help.


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