Individual Therapy

In the first appointment we will develop the working relationship and identify the areas you would like to focus on. This may include relationships, work or study, physical or mental health, or managing stress.


Mindfulness can be useful to focus or calm the mind and body.  Carolyn has experience using mindfulness with binge eating, anxiety, depression and to stop self harm or using drugs or alcohol. Carolyn has used mindfulness techniques with children, adolescents and adults. Mindfulness techniques often start with describing sensations or mindfully completing an activity eg colouring in or eating by observing every morsel. Then mindfulness can be applied to thoughts, emotions and interactions with other people.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Carolyn has over 12 years experience with DBT. She has worked as an individual therapist and group skills trainer for DBT Brisbane. Currently Carolyn offers DBT informed individual therapy.


Sensory Modulation is using the senses to change your emotions. Often Sensory Modulation is used to provide calming. More information can be found in the resources section or at Carolyn and co-author Julie O’Sullivan have written a book to assist people to get started using sensory modulation: Sensory Modulation Resource Manual.


Sensory Profiles Assessments can provide information on how you sensations are processed. This is very individual and can vary between the senses. The options include avoiding sensations, missing sensations, seeking sensations or being sensitive to sensations.


Carolyn Fitzgibbon is an Occupational Therapist with experience in mental health, sensory modulation, sensory processing and dialectical behavior therapy.

Carolyn is able to work with individuals to identify psychological and sensory factors that can be enhanced to make it easier for people to do what they want to in the home, in the community and with other people.

 Skills Training

 Carolyn provides skills training to increase capacity. This includes:

 ·         anxiety management skills

·         interpersonal effectiveness skills

·         crisis management skills

·         emotion regulation skills

·         self management skills

 Sensory Assessments

 A sensory assessments can be conducted to gather information on the sensory triggers, patterns, and preferences that may be contributing to an individual participating in activities of daily living, work, education or community participation and friendships. A plan can be developed to assist the person, change what they are doing, or the environment.

For example, a person who is having difficulty with shopping may have some sensory sensitivities that are contributing to the difficulty. This may include: a sensitivity to the smells in the shop, or the movement of other customers or the bright lights, sounds etc. An assessment could be useful to identify these factors and establish a plan to increase capacity.

 Sensory Modulation

 Sensory Modulation Brisbane therapists have written a Sensory Modulation Resource Manual to assist with using the senses to change how a person feels. There are worksheets that have sensory modulation strategies to try for anxiety, self harm, trauma, pain .

A sensory modulation plan can be developed to identity what would be useful for an individual to use to self regulate.

 Other Services

 Training, Consultancy (eg sensory or safe spaces) and Supervision is available.


Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision is provided for Mental Health Clinicians and Occupational Therapists on an individual basis. The supervision meets AHPRA requirements for CPD including Clinical Supervision agreements and records. Carolyn has supervised OTs in acute care, continuing care teams, homeless teams, adolescent units, community care units, older persons, inpatient units and non-government agencies.

Clinical Supervision for Overseas Trained Occupational Therapists.

Carolyn also offers Clinical Supervision to Overseas Trained Occupational Therapists to meet OT Council Requirements. This includes on-site supervision, observation of clinical sessions, development plans and OT Council reports.

Clinical Supervision for OTs returning to the workforce or changing specialties to mental health.

Carolyn can support the OT to develop a plan to learn skills relevant to Mental Health and identify suitable resources and training. The Clinical Supervision meets AHPRA requirements for CPD including Clinical Supervision agreements and records.


Carolyn can undertake projects in hospitals, non-government agencies and schools. She has contributed Occupational Therapy input to designing a playground for a prep-campus, and designed sensory spaces both indoors and outdoors.


Carolyn offers training in Mental Health, Supervision, Working with People with Personality Disorders, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Sensory Approaches and Mental Health Occupational Therapy.

Sensory Modulation Training - workshops and webinars:


Sensory Modulation in Practice: How to start using sensory modulation with a client

Enrollment Dates: Enroll Anytime

Who can Enroll: Anyone

Webinar Language: English



For information and to enrol:

About this Webinar

Delivery Method:            Online

Overview:  Sensory modulation involves supporting and guiding people to find effective ways to change how they feel by using their senses.  Sensory input can include sight, smell, sound, movement, touch and deep pressure. In doing so, individuals can acquire adaptive skills in self soothing and self -management to better cope with illness symptoms as well as address emotional and behavioural responses to stress.

Suggested Audience:  Mental Health Clinicians, Workers in Primary Care, Non-Government and Not for Profit Sectors, People working in educational and developmental sectors.

Learning Objectives:

This two hour on-demand webinar will look at:

  • Helpful definitions relating to sensory modulation

  • The use of sensory modulation to change mood & stress levels

  • The powerhouse sensory systems

  • Sensory Environments, Spaces and Rooms

  • Sensory Interventions, including sensory items, sensory kits and sensory diets

 Targeted neuroscience explaining:

How & why sensory approaches work

The role of sensory modulation in the treatment of trauma

Exploration of the E4 approach and integrating into clinical practice:

  • ExplainingHow do you raise sensory modulation with your clients?

  • ExploringHow do you introduce and education your clients about using sensory modulation?

  • EmbeddingHow do you adopt sensory informed approaches into your day to day practice?

  • EvaluatingHow do you know it’s working? How do you measure its effectiveness?