Grief and Bereavement Service

Karuna has a wealth of experience and expertise in assisting people dealing with bereavement or a palliative illness. A charity since 1992, we are a leader in grief and bereavement support.

Our registered psychologists provide support to people who are:

  • Experiencing bereavement from any cause, at any stage of life
  • Coping with their own or a loved one’s palliative diagnosis
  • Providing care to a loved one at the end of their life
  • Working in a health profession where they are frequently dealing with dying and death

How to access our service:

  • Psychology sessions are provided at Karuna House, Windsor
  • Sessions can be bulk-billed under a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan from a GP (6-10 sessions)
  • A fee for service option is also available ($85). Rebates are available with appropriate private health insurance.
  • Clients must be over 18 years old, or 16 years old with parent consent
  • Karuna also offers a workshop on Managing Grief and Loss in the Workplace. To learn more about this program please contact Tracey (tracey@karuna.org.au) or phone 3632 8300.

Meet our team:

Sandy Hutchison

Sandy is a clinical psychologist with 28 years experience working in health-related fields. She has a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of Queensland and is endorsed as a clinical psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority). Sandy has worked within the health system as a clinical psychologist at Greenslopes Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in medicine, women’s health, and oncology. She then developed the Cancer Council Queensland’s Cancer Counselling Service – a state-wide service providing psychological interventions to people distressed by cancer throughout Queensland, and managed the service for 11 years. In addition to her work at Karuna she is also in private practice at Lilley Place Psychology. Her areas of expertise are clinical and health psychology, psycho-oncology, chronic illness, palliative care and end-of-life care, grief and bereavement, cognitive behaviour therapy, decision support, and mindful self-compassion based therapies.

Julie Green

Julie Green

Julie trained at the Queensland University of Technology, graduating with Distinction from a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree and being awarded the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize. Julie completed her doctoral thesis in partnership with Karuna investigating how family caregivers derive positive meaning from providing end-of-life care for a family member at home. While Julie has clinical experience supporting people with a range of issues, she has a particular interest in palliative care and bereavement. Drawing on evidence-based psychological methods, Julie provides support to families and individuals facing end-of-life issues and those affected by grief from bereavement to not only adapt to this inevitable part of life but to also find meaning amidst their loss.

Karuna Kids

Karuna Kids is a bereavement program designed especially to help kids between the ages of 5 to 12 years old explore and understand their grief. This is a supportive place for kids to express their feelings after the loss of someone special in their life, while meeting other children in similar situations. This a program of 6 weekly sessions held after school hours at Karuna House at Windsor.

The coordinated 6 week program covers bereavement topics including:

  • Getting to know you and your special person;
  • Let’s talk about feelings;
  • Dealing with changes in the family;
  • Dealing with strong feelings and anger;
  • Building strength and resilience; and
  • Making memories.

The sessions are facilitated by experienced grief and loss counselors and volunteers with relevant training and experience, support children in telling their stories and express their feelings so they can lead happier lives.

To learn more about the program or register interest please contact Tracey (tracey@tt3pk.hosts.cx) or phone 3632 8300.