Kathie McDonald

Clinical Psychologist


"In the end, only kindness matters"

Jewel Kilcher.

Kathie McDonald completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. For over a decade, she has worked with clients in hospital settings, in the community, and in private practice.


Kathie has also worked as a lecturer in psychology at the University of Southern Queensland. Kathie was initially drawn to the psychology profession as she was interested in developing a deeper understanding of the mind and body connection.


In her private practice, Kathie works with individuals aged over 16 years, and she uses evidence- based treatments including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Kathie provides a judgement-free, warm and professional space to help people overcome their challenges; a space where individuals can reflect, reframe, and refocus on what is important to them.

Kathie enjoys helping a broad range of people, and has a special interest in helping people adjust to various life transitions such as changes in work, relationships, parenthood, and health conditions. Kathie is also skilled in helping transgender individuals and their families navigate the transgender experience, and in helping women work through issues related to sexual intimacy.


- Masters of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland.

- Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland.

- Complementary Education in a range of professional development areas including oncology, gender dysphoria, and mindfulness.

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Areas of experience
  • Mood and anxiety disorders 

  • Trauma

  • Personality disorders

  • Psychosis

  • Gender dysphoria

  • Adjustment to terminal and chronic health conditions

  • Self harm and suicide risk

  • Substance use

  • Somatic and dissociative disorders

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Sleep problems

    Kathie enjoys helping individuals dealing with:

  • Identity clarification and strengthening 

  • Reconnection with purpose and meaning relationship challenges

  • Improving sexual intimacy and communication

  • Adjustment to new roles and life transitions

  • Work challenges and changes 

  • Improving confidence 

  • Resilience building

  • Stress management

  • Grief and loss