Our Team

Our Stories

Mind Matters Cairns’ mission is to provide excellence in the practice of psychology and neuropsychophysiology (brain, body and mind) so that we can ease suffering and promote good mental health in our clients which we believe will inspire and assist them toward the kind of transformational change that will spread into society and inspire the same change in others.


Above all, we value compassion for all living beings

  • We believe in delivering quality psychological services that will have a positive impact on not only our clients but our community as well
  • We strive to demonstrate integrity, accountability and transparency in all we do.
  • We hold a belief in the inherent interconnection of all things, from our mind and body, to our relationships with our families, our friends, our work, our community and our world.  With this belief in mind we aim to assist holistically by encouraging and assisting our clients to make healthy lifestyle choices because a healthy mind matters.

Nia Barnes

B.Psych; GradCertMMH; CertAdvClinHyp; GradCertNeuropsychophysiology; BCN; ANSA; AAPI

Nia works with adults, adolescents and children. She is passionate about the human brain and in particular how the events of the past have contributed to the current functioning of the brain and the nervous system.   She has dedicated much time, money and energy in increasing her knowledge in this area and uses it to help her clients deal with life’s challenges in more productive ways primarily through the use of psycho education and in being able to offer a range of therapies that will suit each person’s individual needs and personality.

Nia provides qEEG assessments and neurofeedback therapy to address longstanding conditions in adults and adolescents as well as symptoms associated with neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, ASD) in children. She is also trained in Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), as well as the more traditional therapies such as EMDR, Schema Therapy, CBT, ACT and Sandplay Therapy.

She has worked with individuals struggling with mood disorders including anxiety and depression, Trauma (Developmental Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,Bullying, Domestic Violence), Dissociative Disorders, ADHD and ASD in adults and children as well as working with high achieving individuals on peak performance to reach their full potential.  She is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc and is an accredited neurofeedback practitioner with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance – Australia (BCIA-A).

Nia is married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

Laura Phillips

Neurofeedback Technician

Laura is currently completing her Bachelor of Psychology Degree and is trained in the technical aspects of Neurofeedback Therapy whilst working towards certification. Her warm, caring and bubbly personality makes her a hit with the children and adults she works with.

Laura also ensures the smooth running of our practice and the first person to speak to about any difficulties or issues you may have.

Marijke Patterson


Marijke works with adolescents, young children (and the adults in their lives) and adults.  She has specific knowledge of school systems having worked as a school psychologist for many years.  She understands well the expectations and challenges students face and how neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD and ADHD as well as trauma can impact on the learning journey.  Marijke actively seeks a team approach when working with school related issues and encourages her clients’ schools to work with her.

Marijke is passionate about neuroplasticity and the brain’s capacity to change, re-learn and grow.  She strives to identify the function behind presenting behaviours and find individual solutions to grow a healthy mind and a love of learning.  She is also keenly interested in the links between positive mental health and exercise.

Marijke provides psychoeducational assessments, CBT and Sand and Expressive therapies.  She has experience working with individuals struggling with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, trauma (developmental and complex trauma, bullying, domestic violence), ADHD and ASD.  She has been fully registered as a psychologist for 20 years.

Marijke is married with 1 child.  She and her family enjoy an active lifestyle so on the weekends they may be found climbing all the coloured arrows or riding up and down mountains on their bikes.

Alexander Barnes

Part time Admin Assistant

Alexander joined us in late 2017. He has been instrumental in designing our new logo and assisting in establishing routine procedures and practices to ensure that our clients experience is a smooth one from the moment they call to enquire about therapy to the time their journey with us comes to an end. Alex is currently completing a Bachelor of Creative Media at JCU as well as an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media through AIE. His knowledge in these areas make him a hit with adolescents who have interest in gaming.