Seeking help is hard enough,  but trying to find the best psychologist in the Sunshine Coast can feel even more daunting of a task. You’d think a quick google search would solve the issue . . . The Best Psychologist In the Sunshine Coast . . .  but the results might prove differently.

So why is it so difficult to find the best psychologist in the Sunshine Coast?  Why are there no articles listing The Best Psychologists in the Sunshine Coast or ranking the The Top Psychology Clinics?

Here’s why. . .

There are strict rules and guidelines when it comes to advertising or promoting yourself as a healthcare provider in Australia. As clinics or psychology professionals we are responsible for following the advertising guidelines of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Under the rules, it restricts anyone from claiming themselves to be “The Best” or “The Most Effective”.

A clear cut list of The Best Psychologists in the Sunshine Coast might seem more helpful on the surface. But, in fact, the regulations are a safeguard. They protect mental health from becoming a commercialised industry. Health care professionals can’t compete in advertising nor make detrimental claims to ‘cure’ individuals. It instills a code of ethics into the world of clinical psychology, as people are often at their most vulnerable when seeking mental health support, so it’s vital the healthcare space is a safe one.

Where to begin in finding the best psychologist in the Sunshine Coast?

There are some great resources available to help you begin and get an overview of the most qualified psychologists Sunshine Coast has to offer. We’ve done the research for you.


As we mentioned before, AHPRA is a great resource in finding a registered health professional. Their policies and standards are in place to protect anyone seeking help. All practitioners listed on their website are verified in accordance with their regulations, and their search engine allows you to narrow down your preferences by profession and location.

GP Referrals

Speaking with your general practitioner can be a great place to start. They provide a safe and confidential space when seeking help, and they can offer a recommendation and referral. Also, they can explain the benefits of the Mental Health Care Plan in claiming rebates for your sessions. A limitation of a GP referral is that their recommendations may be narrowed down to who they know or their in-house psychologist.

Online Directories

There are three major paid directories that list the therapists in your area.  Although, there’s not a lot of information on the quality of each practitioner, it does give a comprehensive index of choice.

Word of Mouth

Speaking with others can be a really beneficial way to find the best psychologist for you. You’ll never see testimonials on clinic websites directly linked to a professional client due to confidentiality of information and public reviews are rare. But sometimes those closest to us have needed help themselves, or know of someone else who received support, and through that, you may end up getting a recommendation.

Background and Qualifications

There are multiple ways to become a psychologist but there are some varying levels in qualifications and expertise. In order to work and practice, all psychologists must complete an undergraduate in the field of psychology, and then complete a Master’s degree or a two-year internship.

At Thriving Minds Psychology, all our psychologists are highly experienced in their field and we want to make sure our clients get the best therapy to suit their needs. Our team places a focus on our triage process to determine which psychologist will be the best to help you. Our priority is your wellbeing, and if we are not sure that we are the best fit for you – we will refer you to someone else that is able to help better.

Our psychologists are here to support you. Contact us today to discuss how we can be of help to you.

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Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Principal Psychologist and Director

Melissa Johnson, Principal Psychologist and Director of Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic, a private psychology clinic based in Buddina in the heart of the beautiful Sunshine Coast, QLD. Melissa has extensive experience  treating a full range of clinical conditions including: anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma and PTSD, obsessive disorders and pain management.  She has a particular interest working with families in the perinatal period who are trying to conceive, progressing through pregnancy and adjusting to  a new born baby.  And with busy professionals experiencing chronic stress and anxiety, burnout and struggling to establish the elusive work life harmony. If you would like to book an appointment with Melissa you can call our clinic on P: 0428 088 671 or email on

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