New Directions Psychology

Dr Carrie Rainbow

Carrie Rainbow

Clinical Psychologist & Director
B SocSci (Health) B Arts (Psych) (Hons)
D Psych (Clinical) MAPS

Psychology Board of Australia-approved
Supervisor (Clinical Psychology)

Jindalee Practice

Carrie has always had a keen interest in the human experience, and particularly psychological suffering - as it is an experience that rather than separates us, connects us all. Part of her therapeutic approach is to assist individuals to recognise this and work towards bringing a stance of acceptance and compassion to themselves and their internal world. In turn, she finds it extremely rewarding to be provided the opportunity by the people she works with to assist them in moving past psychological and other related barriers to bring about improved coping, wellbeing and life fulfilment.

While Carrie works within a range of therapeutic approaches, she has a particular passion for mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies for the treatment of emotional and psychological difficulties. She particularly values assisting people to gain perspective from the ‘problems’ that bring them to therapy, to reconnect with what is meaningful and important to them, and progress towards actualising life goals, and generally creating more connected and satisfying lives.

Carrie has 12 years experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults, both individually and in groups, with a wide variety of psychological, emotional and behavioural problems. She has an interest and experience in adolescent mental health; depressive and anxiety disorders particularly in adolescents and adults; eating disorders; self-acceptance and compassion approaches especially to difficulties related to self-esteem; PTSD and complex trauma; childhood abuse; and parenting, particularly attachment and emotion-focussed parenting.

She has provided effective psychological assessment and treatment to individuals and groups across a range of settings. These have included community-based private and not-for-profit psychology clinics and hospital-based services including an alcohol and drug assessment and treatment service, adolescent extended treatment and rehabilitation facility, and psychological consultation services to medical in-patients and out-patients experiencing psychological difficulties.

Carrie has also been involved in clinical research both as an assistant and investigator including in the areas of alcohol and depression treatment, attachment and adjustment in children in out of home care, and parenting including her own research on the Mindfulness for Parents Program.   This program was aimed at improving parent’s emotion and behaviour regulation, to in turn, facilitate effective parenting practices and more connected, positive relationships with their children. She also worked for five years as a research officer at the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, which is an organisation responsible for ensuring the wellbeing, interests and safety of children and young people in Queensland.

In addition to clinical practice Carrie has been a guest lecturer and Honorary Lecturer for the UQ School of Psychology and continues to contribute to the postgraduate Clinical Psychology Training program through the supervision and training of postgraduate clinical psychology students.

If you are in crisis or have a mental health emergency and require immediate assistance:

Phone the Ambulance Service - 000
Visit your local hospital emergency department
Call or visit your local mental health service
Contact your local GP