Senior Registered Psychologist
Couples counselling areas:
Paul Martin has over 30 years of experience as a senior registered psychologist with a long history of facilitating transformational outcomes for clients and supervising and lecturing in evidence-based counselling.Paul’s counselling style has been described as relaxed, authentic, and warm where people quickly feel at ease and develop trust in him. He has a deeply empathetic, compassionate, and non-judgemental connection with his clients who often say that they feel genuinely cared for. This type of positive professional relationship is the ideal foundation for a counselling experience that is often transformational for the couple, individual or business leader.
Paul has also been diagnosed with Adult ADHD, so has a personal understanding of how this neurological condition impacts, and at the same time understands how each person’s experience of neurodivergence is unique to them.
Paul founded Centre for Human Potential based on the guiding principle that “nature loves diversity, unfortunately, people hate it.” (Milton Diamond) He has been described as ‘sex positive’ given his extensive experience with clients who express and identify with many forms of sexual expression, identity and relationships. This includes LGBTIQ+, kink, polyamorous and BDSM. Another part of the wonderful richness of being human is also neurodivergence, which includes Autism Spectrum and ADHD. He is passionate about gender diversity and sees everybody’s journey is unique to them and honours whatever this is for a person at any one time. Paul has an ‘intersectional’ approach which considers the many complexities most of us humans experience including how trauma and neurodivergence impact.
Paul’s passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives was born out of his own trauma of being a leader and survivor of ‘Ex gay’ groups and conversion practices in his early 20’s. He grew up in a conservative Christian evangelical environment where sexual and gender diversity was considered sinful and psychologically disordered.
When Paul realised how damaging this ‘therapy’ and ideology was to himself and others, he left the ministry and chose to embrace his identity as a gay man. Paul spent many years educating as many as possible, mainly through media, about the dangers of the ex-gay movement and the extensive psychological damage it does.He has also been strongly involved in other areas of LGBTIQ+ advocacy, such as marriage equality and raised awareness about the connection between mental health and marriage equality for the public and politicians. He has written chapters about LGBTIQ mental health in books, appeared in documentaries, been extensively interviewed in the media and written columns in magazines.When not in the office, Paul enjoys staying fit, hanging out with friends, family, his dog and cat, socialising with family and friends, writing, listening to music and loves great coffee.
Mondays7:30am – 2:50pm
Tuesdays7:30am – 2:50pm
Wednesdays7:30am – 2:50pm
Fridays7:30am – 2:50pm
50-60 minutes. Contact our office to book.
50-60 minutes. Contact our office for fees.
$89.65 for individuals.
Preferred LocationLevel 8 / 288 Edward St, BrisbaneBuranda House, 154 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba
Preferred Gender of PsychologistMaleFemaleNo Preference
Areas of ConcernAddictionsAnger ManagementAnxietyCouples CounsellingDepressionDomestic ViolenceGrief/LossLGBTIQ+StressTrauma
Do You Identify AsLGBTIQSGBB+Aboriginal or Torres Strait IslanderCALD