Olivia Donaghy


Olivia Donaghy is a registered psychologist who focuses on

  1. Supporting people with diverse sexuality and/or gender expression, including living non-binary, those experiencing gender incongruence or those seeking medical treatments for gender dysphoria. Supporting parents and families of gender diverse or intersex children or teenagers
  2. Child and Adolescent mental health: young people experiencing distress, low self esteem, risk taking behaviour, anxiety, depression, body image or relationship problems
  3. Supporting parents of young children with social emotional and behaviour difficulties and/or problems at school. Challenges like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Attachment disruption


Olivia operates a small private practice and offers appointments on Tuesday during business hours. Enquiries or bookings can be made by fax or email.

  • od.psychologist@gmail.com
  • Fax: (07) 3112 5066
  • Phone number is restricted.  If you call the administration number you will be supplied with the email contact listed above.

Professional background

Qualifications: B.A. (Psychology) U.Q; Postgrad Dip (Psychology) C.Q.U.; Postgrad Dip Statistics, Trinity College.

Olivia has 15 years experience working with adults and young people in the NGO sector in various counselling, program development and leadership roles and as a psychologist in public community mental health. Concurrent with private practice Olivia works as a senior psychologist within Child & Youth Mental Health. Whilst Olivia tailors her practice to individual needs and preferences her therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory and combines a systemic lens with evidence based interventions drawn from ACT, CBT, Family Therapy, MBT/mentalization and skills training. Her practice framework encompasses a belief in human dignity and potential for change. She is motivated to assist people to achieve the outcomes that they set for themselves.

Registrations and Memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioners Registration PSY0000979791
  • Australia and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health



A standard fee of $160 per 55minute session applies to all counselling sessions. A concession rate of $120 per session for eligible concession card holders. Referrals are not required but a GP or Psychiatrist referral will enable you to access an $84 rebate. Private health insurance rebates may apply if ineligible for medicare rebates.

Conference presentations

Donaghy, O. Childhood Gender VarianceIris Best Practice In Transgender Health Conference, 11 February 2018, Brisbane

Donaghy, O. Transitioning the family system: Applying systemic practice with gender diverse children and teenagers. ANZPATH Biennial Conference, 1 October 2017, Sydney

O’Brien, N., Donaghy, O. & Hunter, M. More than a cup of tea: an evaluation of an intervention program empowering parents to be effective members of the treating team for young people with eating disorders. 2014 ANZAED Conference: Driven Bodies Driven Brains Fremantle, Australia. 22-23 August 2014

Donaghy, O. A cis-gendered therapist’s journey supporting children and adults of diverse sex or gender. MindOut Conference, Sydney, 26-27 June 2014

Donaghy, O.& Pitt, D. Psychological Support of the Gender Diverse Community. The Third International ANZPATH Biennial Conference, Adelaide, 4-6 October 2014

Olivia Donaghy (15 April 2015) Gender Diversity: responding to gender incongruence and/or people who identify as transgender Webinar, National LGBTI Health Alliance