About W.A.G. Therapy

W.A.G. Therapeutic Service is a private psychology practice founded by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Michelle Farbotko.

 

Dr Michelle has worked in, and help set up, some of the most highly specialized mental health services within the Queensland government .  When she decided to "go private" and open her own clinic, she wanted to develop a practice that provided quality, evidence-based mental health treatment in a relaxed environment. In particular, she wanted to use the playful, non-judgemental, nonverbal, and friendly attributes of animals to facilitate safe and trusting opportunities for therapy.

Animal- Assisted Therapy

WAG Therapy is the only clinic in Brisbane formally trained in the use of animals in a therapeutic capacity by the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play TherapyTM.  Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a form of creative therapy that utilises highly trained and credentialed therapy animals (not just pets!) to provide goal-directed interventions to individuals of all ages.  AAT can be used with various types of psychological, emotional, developmental, cognitive, motivational, or physical impairments.  

Our Team

Dr. Michelle Farbotko

BSc(Hons) DPsych(Clin) MAPS(CClin)

Dr Michelle Farbotko is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years' experience working with children, teenagers, adults, and families. She has completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Dr Michelle is a former Senior Clinical Psychologist with Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS) has has both worked in, and set up, some of the Queensland governments most specialized mental health teams.  

Dr Michelle has significant experience working with clients of all ages experiencing mental health difficulties, in both public and private settings. She practices a client-centred approach utilising strategies from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), and Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT).

Dr Michelle is a clinical supervisor (STAP-trained), is accredited in Triple P and Circle of Security parenting programs, and the FRIENDS resilience programs, and has completed Level 2 with the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play TherapyTM.

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Ms. Megan James

BSc(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS

Megan is a General Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist Registrar) registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA). She has completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology and a Master of Psychology (Clinical). 

Megan is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and draws on a range of other therapeutic modalities as required, to best meet her client's needs (such as Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy). She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addictive behaviours (such as substance abuse), workplace and relationship issues. Megan brings a warm compassionate approach to therapy and aims to help her clients learn to manage their pain and distress and to connect with their values. 

Megan is also enthusiastic about the benefits of animal-assisted therapy having found her dog, Amber, offered both emotional support and light relief during difficult times. 

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Ms. Poh Wan (Tzoe) Wong

BSc(Hons)Psych MPsych(Clin)

Tzoe is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degrees before embarking on roles within the private and public health sectors.

Tzoe enjoys working with people of all ages to understand their unique needs based on a client-centered approach.  Tzoe has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds to address concerns such as anxiety and depression, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment disorders, substance use, and personality disorders. Tzoe strives to provide a safe and supportive environment in which clients can work through difficulties such as family or relationship conflict, workplace stress, life transitions and adjustments, parenting and behavioural management concerns, or coping with chronic health conditions or injury. Tzoe utilises evidence-based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and tailors her approach to her client’s needs and goals. 

 

Ms. Chris Barallon

BA(Psych.), Grad.Dip.Ed.Psych., MPsych(Ed & Dev), MAAPi

Chris is a Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) and a Board Approved Supervisor. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), a Graduate Diploma of Educational Psychology and a Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental).
 

Since 2001, Chris has worked in a variety of settings with children, youth and their families in Melbourne, Canberra and Queensland. Chris has significant experience in child and youth mental health (CYMHS).  She has training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and adapts her style to meet the needs of each individual client.

With 20 years of experience as a Psychologist, Chris continues to feel inspired through helping others to be empowered and to reach their goals. She brings a calm, compassionate and practical approach to helping children and families. Her interest areas include autism, anxiety, parenting and developmental disabilities.

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Ms. Peta Maynard

BBSc (Psych), P.G. DipPsych, MPsych(Clin)

Peta is a General Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Registrar) registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA).

She has completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), Graduate Diploma of Psychology and a Master of Psychology (Clinical).

 

Peta has experience supporting children, young people, adults and families from diverse backgrounds and through a variety of settings, including foster care, child and family services, disability and corrections.

Peta uses a client- focused approach and draws on strategies from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support clients. Peta also has experience administering a range of psychometric assessments, including the WISC-V, WAIS-IV and WIAT-III.

Peta is passionate about walking alongside clients on their journey and supporting clients to overcome challenges. Her areas of interest include early childhood trauma, as well as the human-animal relationship. Peta completed both her theses on human-animal attachment, co-sleeping behaviour and mental health.

Smudge

Smudge is a 6 year old black Labrador. He is an old soul, intelligent, and has plenty of personality. Smudge is very curious and loves to supervise people! Smudge helps clients reach goals related to self-esteem, anxiety, emotion regulation, friendship, and attention issues.  He loves to play frisbee and tug.

Ash

Ash is a 5 year old black Labrador. He is an energetic and affectionate dog and loves to be cuddled. Ash's favourite activity is to retrieve. Ash helps clients reach goals related to self-control, depression, emotion regulation, and self-esteem