Dr James Welch

James is motivated and passionate about helping and supporting individuals. James has had several years of experience dealing with a diverse range of problems, in both counselling and psychological settings. He enjoys working with, and is experienced in adults suffering with depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship difficulties, sleeping difficulties, grief and loss, self-esteem and body image. His approach to therapy is focused on creating a supportive, non-judgmental and collaborative environment to facilitate change and growth. James has special interest in working with individuals with self-esteem and motivational difficulties. James has recently completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a research focus on adults with learning difficulties.

James’ say about taking the first step…

“It has been my clinical experience, as well as being indicated in the literature, that people come to therapy as a last resort. They have often experienced years of frustrations, problems, and distress, for which they have tried multiple strategies and problem solving techniques, to overcome or avoid issues faced in life. Unfortunately, it is often the case that one becomes stuck in this process, which only leads to more negative feelings, such as being inadequate, frustrated and/or defeated. The problem with life issues and difficulties is that it is very difficult to see the root of the problem from within. Its like a fish trying to describe the shape of his fish bowl – as an outsider one can identify the shape of the fishbowl, however if you’re the fish, describing the shape becomes so much harder – all you can do is swim around and bang your head against invisible walls (sound familiar?). So when one decides to take the first step in coming to therapy, it is important to see it as an opportunity to discover, overcome and defeat invisible walls and barriers, rather then seeing it as a failing or shortcoming.”


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Diploma in Introduction to Psychology
  • 100 hour training program and Master Class Program in the application of Clinical Hypnosis in Therapy


  • Australia Counselling Association (QMACA)
  • Australia Psychological Society (APS) Associate Member
  • Psychologist Board of Queensland

Professional Interests

  • The Therapeutic Process
  • Resistance and Motivation for Change
  • Individual and Interpersonal Development

Current Research Interest

  • Social and emotional Influences of Adults living with Learning Difficulties

Personal Passions

  • Sports
  • Movies