North Queensland Psychology Services

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Staff Profiles

See the diverse range of qualifications and many years’ experience of the staff at North Queensland Psychology Services.

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Michael Schauer

Director of North Queensland Psychology Services P/L
Clinical Psychologist
APS College Fellow of Clinical Psychologists
APS Member


Graduate Diploma in Pedagogics/ Social Work (MA level), Teachers College of Freiburg/ Germany

Graduate Diploma in Psychology (MA level), University of Freiburg/ Germany, specialising in clinical and educational psychology


Michael completed his postgraduate studies in Clinical and Educational Psychology at of Freiburg/Germany in 1980.    


Following years of travel as a backpacker he fell in love with Tropical North Queensland where he settled with his family in 1987. Michael has always been keen to assist people with their life challenges and personal growth, looking for better and more effective ways to help clients on their personal journey. He takes a holistic, multi-level approach.


Michael was one of the first psychologists in Townsville who was trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to help clients to find greater fulfilment in their personal life. Michael has been working in private practice over 30 years. Michael has experience in all areas of Mental Health issues. His areas of interest are Stress, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Depression, Anger, substance abuse, PTSD, relationship problems, Hypnosis, EMDR

Areas of Expertise
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness and relaxation techniques
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Trauma counselling including EMDR, Transformational chair work
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Gottman’s Couple Relationship Therapy

Dr. Tracy Spencer (Assoc MAPS, Clin PACFA)

Available for Phone and Skype sessions only

Assoc MAPS No.017892 Prov. Registration PSY0002194518
PACFA Clinical Reg. No. 22613


  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology Hons), University of Melbourne, 1988
  • Post Graduate Batchelor of Education (Counselling) Latrobe University, 1990
  • PhD, Flinders University, 2011
  • Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work, University of Melbourne, 2014
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Sand play Therapy, Levels 1-3
  • Senior EAP Counsellor
  • MTIA qualified Mindfulness Teacher
  • Theraplay Level 1

Tracy has over thirty years’ experience delivering therapeutic interventions with adults, children, couples and families, and has lived and worked throughout Australia. She is registered as a Provisional Psychologist and is a Senior EAP Counsellor. She also delivers group training programs in the workplace, on a range of topics from stress management to addiction and including psychoeducation drawing on recent developments in neuropsychology and attachment theory. She is passionate about helping people identify their own strengths and supporting them to build on these to respond to the challenges that life may bring.

Areas of Expertise

  • Narrative therapy and CBT for addressing issues related to stress, depression, anxiety and other difficult psychological conditions
  • Addiction Counselling, groupwork and training
  • Trauma Recovery, including sexual abuse, violence, grief and loss
  • EFT-based Couple Therapy
  • Play therapy for children including Sand play and Theraplay inspired parenting practices
  • Mindfulness practices and courses
  • Trauma-informed, Strengths-based counselling


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Dr. Maureen Alsop PhD

Registered Psychologist

BA, MS, MFA, Eds, PhD

Maureen Alsop, PhD is a registered psychologist. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree with a dual major in Psychology and English at Michigan State University. She attended graduate school at Radford University earning a Masters of Science (MS) and Educational Specialist (EdS) degrees in psychology. She completed her doctorate (PhD) at James Cook University studying depression and anxiety and held a fellowship at the Australian Institute of Research and Prevention at Griffith University.  She holds over twenty years of experience as a psychologist providing counselling in a variety of settings including University Counselling Centre, private practice, and as both an administrator and psychologist in public schools. Maureen has further experience working in rural and remote North Queensland in the capacity for community development programs on mental health education for General Practitioners. She has worked in the disability sector in both community based services and public education. She is clinically experienced in assessment and the application of appropriate measures for the identification of psychological disorders using a variety of psychometric instruments for diagnosis including autism, learning disabilities, processing disorders and intellectual disabilities.  She further holds a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from Vermont College where she studied creative writing (poetry). She is a yoga instructor having completed her yoga teacher training with Saul David Raye. Maureen’s counselling approach is eclectic including evidence based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behavioural, and Applied Behavioural Analysis. She is skilled in Behavioural Interventions for children and has worked extensively with children and adolescents. She is experienced in working with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships.  She holds an interest in creative therapies including writing and art therapy. She has also received various literary awards for her poetry and is the author of several poetry collections