Dr Yolande Breyder - Psychological Medicine

  • M.B.B.S (Qld)
  • B.A. (Psychology) (Qld)
  • Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
  • Certificate in Rational-Emotive Therapy
  • Clinical Traineeship in Clinical Hypnosis
  • Experienced ACT Therapist

Hawthorne Psychology’s Principal, Dr Yolande Breyder, is a General Practitioner whose area of special interest is in Psychological Medicine. She is proud to be a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine.


Dr Yolande Breyder’s practice is confined to adult mental health and areas of special interest where she has had extensive experience include:

  • Mood disorders (including major depression and bipolar disorders)
  • Anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia)
  • Mixed anxiety/depression
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Bereavement disorder
  • Relationship and marital distress

Policy on work-place injuries

Please be aware that Dr Yolande Breyder does not offer psychological treatment for conditions resultant from work-place injuries and is not available to submit psychological reports relating to these.

Psychology centre patients in Brisbane


Dr Yolande Breyder is available to accept patients who have already been commenced on a Mental Health Treatment Plan by their usual GP. Alternatively, patients without a referral are accepted and a Mental Health Treatment Plan will be initiated at the patient’s request.
Patients can be seen privately without meeting the Medicare Mental Health Treatment Plan referral criteria.


Patients are privately billed with payment required at the time of consultation. The fee for service is $198.00 per consultation. Accounts can be paid via cash, cheque, debit or credit card. Each consultation is 50 minutes in length. Each patient seen on a Mental Health Treatment Plan will be entitled to the set Medicare Rebate of $134.00. A Medicare Easyclaim facility is available to all patients. This electronic health claiming and payment system allows patients to claim automatically after their consultation without having to make a separate trip to Medicare. A cancellation fee of $75.00 may apply to any cancellations occurring within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment time. Please note that this fee is a private fee and is not refundable under Medicare.


All patients seen on a Mental Health Treatment Plan are entitled to a total of ten visits per calendar year. If necessary, patients may continue therapy beyond their initial quota of ten visits but will be entitled to a lesser rebate from Medicare for subsequent visits.

Contact details

As a psychologically-skilled GP, Dr Yolande Breyder is in the unique position of providing a potential point of first contact to those with emotional or mental health issues and is able to provide holistic care, administering both psychological intervention and prescribing psychotropic medication as indicated.  Each patient is assessed on an individual basis and a treatment plan is tailored to each patient’s specific needs.  This may involve medication, various focused psychological strategies, or a combination of the two.  Various evidence-based psychological strategies are offered:

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive-behaviour therapy is often the treatment of choice for depression and anxiety disorders and involves a process of cognitive restructuring and various behavioural techniques including assertiveness skills training, communication skills training, problem-solving, activity scheduling, and stress management.

Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the recent mindfulness-based behaviour therapies, which unlike most Western psychotherapies, does not have symptom reduction as a goal.  This is based on the view that ongoing attempts to get rid of “symptoms” can create clinic disorders in the first place.  ACT encourages taking mindful action guided by one’s values in order to create a rich and meaningful life.

Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy

EFT is a short term psychotherapy approach to working with distressed couples.  Negative cycles of interaction are isolated and negative emotions are targeted and managed.  Couples are guided to the expression of emotions that pull for compassion and connection.  The goal of therapy is the development of new attachment bonds.

“At Hawthorne Psychology I can provide clients in Brisbane with professional psychotherapy treatment in a secure and comfortable environment.  I understand that taking that first step to opening up about your situation can be difficult, and sometimes you are not sure what the process will involve or the results will be.  I will recommend the most appropriate treatment given your circumstances, and can advise on the length of the treatment and what the commitment to therapy will involve.  There is no judgement; only openness, acceptance and useful advice.  As your therapist, I am able to guarantee complete confidentiality and professional discretion.”