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Clinical Psychologist Mel Zimmerman and Darren Pinks At Brightwater

Mel Zimmerman Clinical Psychologist 

Angela Bankier - Psychologist at Doctors On Buderim

Mel is a Clinical Psychologist passionate about helping others to achieve their life goals. Prior to moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2017, she worked as a Psychologist at the University of Southern Queensland. She has experience working with a diverse range of clients from 4 to 90 years of age. In addition to an interest in helping people affected by traumatic and adverse life events, Mel also provides assistance with grief and loss, chronic disease and pain, life transitions, depression, anxiety, addiction, workplace injury / stress, adjustment disorders, and relationship conflict.

In her current practice Mel uses a number of treatment modalities including: Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Mel is also trained in the Gottman method of couples therapy which is effective for skill building to managing conflict and helping couples create shared meaning, ultimately fostering a trusting and committed relationship.
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Before training as a psychologist Mel worked as a Detective in the Queensland Police. Her previous career provided a profound understanding of human behaviour and the consequences harmful behaviours have. This understanding has assisted many people involved in the court process, or affected by any legal proceedings.

Mel understands each person is an individual and will tailor therapy to meet your needs. Whether you would like to work through painful past events that hold you back from living the life you want right now, or are having trouble managing stress or a medical condition, Mel will work with you to achieve the results you are looking for.


Mel is available on Wednesday afternoons, every Thursday and alternate Fridays.  Appointments can be booked  by calling the clinic at 5493 2888 or booking counseling sessions online here


Darren Pinks Clinical Psychologist 

Darren Pinks - Psychologist at Brightwater Medical Centre Currimundi

Darren is a clinically trained Psychologist passionate about supporting people to live their best lives. Originally from the UK he has travelled Australia living in WA and NSW before calling the Sunshine Coast home with his two daughters. Darren has worked across the lifespan including cognitive assessment and therapy support of children and teenagers with a range of behavioural difficulties and diagnosis including ASD and ADHD, he has worked with men for over 10 years including facilitating men's groups, and also provides therapy.

In addition, Darren is trained in a range of therapeutic interventions including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy, to assist with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction, life's challenges and conflicts. He is also trained in the Gottman method of couples therapy which is effective for skill-building to managing conflict and helping couples create shared meaning, ultimately fostering a trusting and committed relationship.

Before training as a psychologist, Darren had a corporate career at an executive level and received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of NSW. This career provided an opportunity to coach and support senior leaders with work-based stress and professional development. This experience assisted him in his recent position as a  hospital staff psychologist in supporting Doctors during the COVID response.

Darren works with each person's unique needs and approaches therapy with their goals at the centre. Contact us if you would like to book an appointment with Darren to discuss past trauma, difficulties managing current stress, or if you wish to improve life into the future.


Darren is available every Monday.  Appointments can be booked  by calling the clinic at 5493 2888 or booking counseling sessions online here


 Our psychologist Angela Bankier is taking a one year leave of absence while she looks after her newborn baby!