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About Us

We are a group of independent clinical psychologists and performance coaches who frequently refer clients to each other.  We offer you brief and effective approaches to emotional and performance problems.

We are…

Peter Hamer, B.A. (Hons), M.Psych. MAPS
Clinical Psychologist and Business and Performance Coach

Marie-Louise Craske, B.A. (Hons), Ph.D (Clin Psych), MAPS
Clinical Psychologist

Vanessa Stevenson,
Event Management and Product Branding Coach

Further details about each of us are available below.

Our Approaches to Therapy and Performance Coaching

We believe firstly, our current lives are the result of choices we have made in the past and are making now.  These choices are dictated mostly by our own view of the world, our belief system. Our belief system is both the storehouse and the fountain of our thoughts.  It is also part of a feedback loop whereby it is continually reinforced by information from the environment around us - what happens to us.  This self-perpetuating mechanism simply produces more of the conditions that we experience now - whether those experiences are positive or negative. Our treatment approaches break into this feedback loop and allow the emergence of a new - more productive and rewarding set of thoughts and choices.

Secondly, we believe that therapy and counselling should not take more than 2 to 4 sessions before you experience major positive changes. In many cases, because of our commitment to brief and effective therapy, you will experience a marked improvement in the way you feel after the first or second session.

Thirdly, we believe in staying affordable, so... if you don't have private health insurance we can discuss a fee that you can afford.  This applies especially if you are a pensioner, student, or are looking for work. We can discuss your fee (it's not set in granite) and there won't be many sessions anyway before you feel satisfied.

This also applies to performance coaching. Not everyone is already a successful athlete, businessperson, musician, etc. and can afford the fees charged by some coaches.

Finally, we believe that every single person has the right to, and the ability within him/her to lead a fulfilled and successful life.  This ability however, depends on a willingness to examine and re-evaluate your current belief system, and the flexibility to entertain alternative ideas and behaviours. In a nutshell, you have the answer inside you (but it might not be the first one that pops up).

That's basically the gist of our approaches to therapy and performance enhancement. So, in a little more detail, we are:

Peter Hamer, M.Psych. MAPS
Clinical and Counselling Psychologist and Performance Coach

Peter uses a range of approaches with the intention of achieving significant emotional relief as soon as possible.  He uses the most effective therapies available, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Cognitive Restructuring, and other lesser know approaches that have been shown to work effectively.

Peter's approaches focus on reducing emotional distress quickly and permanently without arousing this distress in the process.  This is very possible and eminently successful with EFT and CBT.

To arrange an appointment with Peter for either face-to-face or telephone counselling call (03) 62292111.

If you are calling internationally dial your international access number (get this from your telco), then dial 61 (International number for Australia.), then 03 (area code) -(dial only '3' if calling from US), and then the number 62292111.  Leave a message with your telephone number and where you are calling from if I'm working with a client when you call, and I will call you back.

- Practice Locations-

            13 Ferguson Court                                  16 Archer St
            Kingston, Tasmania                                 New Town, Tas.
            Australia, 7050                                        Australia, 7008
 For Appointment
(for both practice locations)
Aust. Ph. 03 6229 2111
Ph. Internl. 61 3 6229 2111
Email: peter@newchoices.ws

Marie-Louise Craske, Ph.D (Clin Psych), MAPS
Clinical Psychologist

Marie-Louise has over 20 years of experience helping people in both the public and private sectors, and conducts her own practice in various locations in Southern Tasmania..

Marie-Louise has expertise with a variety of problem areas including the psychological management of chronic pain, substance abuse, eating disorders, stress and self-esteem issues, depression and trauma.  She has a particular interest in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

While Marie-Louise's primary therapy orientation is cognitive-behavioural, she is able to tailor treatment to the particular needs of the client using a range of therapy techniques (e.g.. EMDR, hypnosis, interpersonal therapy, solution-oriented therapy).

To make an appointment with Dr. Craske call (03) 6243 9362

- Practice Location -
24 Wellington Road
Lindisfarne, Tas. 7015
Ph: 03 6243 9362
Fax: 03 62431100
Email: mcraske@tassie.net.au

Vanessa Stevenson
Event Mangement and Product Branding

Vanessa Stevenson is an experienced international Event Manager with a strong background in building brand identities for individuals and organisations. She has worked with major brands such as Nike, Sony and Coca Cola and undertaken a number of individual brand coaching positions.

Vanessa offers career development and brand coaching to Tasmanian artists, training them to recognise commercial opportunities, potential target markets and to maximise their exhibition activities.

She conducts a two day course targeted at emerging Australian visual artists titled the 'art of selling'. Vanessa conducts group sessions all over Australia as well as working on a one-to-one basis. 

Vanessa can be best reached on her mobile: Call  0418 429010

We can help you make new choices that lead to a more successful and fulfilling life.

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