FRANZCP, MMH, Cert. Psychotherapy Psych

Consultant Psychiatrist, ISTDP Psychotherapist

Dr Sigrun Gutjahr is an experienced consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has practiced on the Gold Coast for over 12 years in both public and private settings after completing her training in psychiatry in Sydney. She has a wide range of experience in mental health, working with patients with severe psychotic illness as well as mood disorders, anxiety, depression and personality disorders. She has worked for many years with patients struggling with self-harming behaviours and has run a DBT program for this group.

Dr Gutjahr is a senior psychiatrist with the Gold Coast mental health service where her focus is on rehabilitation as well as treatment for patients with personality disorder. She supervises a psychotherapy clinic which provides training to registrars of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP).

While trained in  DBT  and psychodynamic psychotherapy her focus is now on Intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy ISTDP which is an efficient and evidence based treatment for a wide range of presentations.

Medication review and planning forms part of the assessment and will be discussed with the patients.

She holds a Masters in psychotherapy in psychiatric practice and is a member of the faculty of psychotherapy of the RANZCP.



MPsych(Clin), DPsych(Clin), MAPS, MCCP

Clinical Psychologist, ISTDP Psychotherapist

Dr Sarah Walker is a Clinical Psychologist and has extensive experience in working with a broad range of adult psychological problems including anxiety disorders, depression, trauma (PTSD), eating disorders, personality disorders, interpersonal difficulties and health psychology.

Sarah has specialist training in eating disorders, personality disorders and medically unexplained symptoms.  She has presented at conferences on the topic of treatment and research outcomes of eating disorder patients.

Sarah is a Senior Psychologist in the public sector and works part time in private practice, providing treatment for adults and older adolescents. She is a registered Clinical Supervisor with the board of psychologists (APHRA) and a registered supervisor for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

Sarah is trained and experienced in the application of a range of evidence based treatment models including behavioural, cognitive and dynamic models. Her preferred model of therapy is Intensive Short Term Psychotherapy (ISTDP) having completed 3 years core training and currently completing advanced training in ISTDP.  ISTDP is a dynamic approach which has extensive evidence for resistant depression, anxiety and personality disorders.


Pejman Hoviatdoost

MPsych(Clin), MAPS, MCCP

Clinical Psychologist, ISTDP Psychotherapist

Pejman Hoviatdoost is a Clinical Psychologist and has extensive experience in working with a broad range of adult psychological problems including anxiety disorders, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, personality disorders and interpersonal difficulties. Pejman completed his Bachelor degree in Clinical Psychology in Iran, at University of Tehran. Pejman moved to Australia 10 years ago where he completed his Master degree in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, and became a member of College of Clinical Psychologists. Pejman is a registered clinical supervisor, he provides supervision for private psychologists and psychology interns at Griffith University.

Pejman specialises in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), he has more than seven years of training in this model. Pejman is currently undertaking a part-time PhD with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), his research aims to better understand the mechanisms of change in ISTDP across the spectrum of psychological disorders.

Pejman provides psychotherapy in English and Farsi (Persian).


claudine lombard


Registered Psychologist

Claudine Lombard is a Masters-trained psychologist with experience working with a wide array of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, substance abuse, personality disorders, as well as attachment and trauma (including PTSD). Claudine brings significant experience working across both government and non-government sectors delivering integrated and coordinated care for young people with complex needs and their families.

Therapeutically, Claudine draws from a range of evidence-based approaches and modalities including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy. She has a passion for working with complex psychological problems and has a strong interest in attachment and trauma.

Claudine specialises in working with young people and adults with the above problems and has experience working with couples. She is committed to client-centered, strengths-based and collaborative approaches and believes that the best outcomes are made possible when working together.


Jean lightbody

DPsych. (Clin), BPsych(Hons), BSc(Psych)

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jean Lightbody works with adults, families, adolescents and children experiencing distress relating to anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, OCD, ADHD, Aspergers/Autism, adverse life circumstances, life adjustments and transitions. She has a particular interest in helping clients understand and work to decrease unwanted behaviour and increase behaviours consistent with wellbeing. Jean also works with parents who want to support their child/adolescent to better regulate their emotions to encourage better behaviour and relationships. Jean uses evidence based approaches grounded in research on attachment relationships, learning, behaviour and emotion regulation.

Jean has worked in a range of government, non-government and private sector roles. She has previously facilitated Dialectical Behaviour Therapy groups in a private hospital setting and now runs a weekly DBT skills group in the community. For the past seven years Jean has worked in part time private practice alongside midwives in private practice where she developed a keen interest in working with women experiencing acute distress in the early postnatal period.

Jean is a registered NDIS provider.



Renee McLaughlin

B Psych (Hons), Assoc MAPS

Registered Psychologist, ISTDP Psychotherapist

Renee is a registered psychologist with over 15 years’ experience providing treatment for a range of emotional problems, interpersonal difficulties and self-destructive behaviours. Having worked across a variety of organisational settings, Renee brings to her work a wealth of knowledge and professional experience. Prior to commencing private practice 6 years ago, Renee worked as a staff psychologist for Qld Health and Qld Police. She has also held positions with Education Qld and Corrective Services.

While Renee has extensive training in a range of therapeutic models, she works predominately from an Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) framework. ISTDP is an evidence-based psychotherapy that facilitates long-term resolution of a broad range of psychological and psychiatric problems. It’s a therapy that looks beyond symptom treatment and focuses on treating the root cause of the problem. Having completed 3 years core training in this model, Renee is currently completing advance training in ISDTP.

Renee has a trusted reputation within the Gold Coast community with the bulk of her referrals coming from word of mouth. She is a warm and caring psychologist who strives to work in partnership with her clients to create the outcomes they desire. Renee is passionate about helping clients to build on their strengths to achieve meaningful and sustained outcomes.

Renee is also a registered supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and is regularly involved in the supervision of other psychologists.






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