Who is iMind

Who is imind?

iMind principals/directors are psychologists with extensive academic and clinical experience

iMind associates are psychologists or counselors who adhere to the imind principles and process

iMind trainees are psychologists or counselors who have:

  • passion for their profession
  • curiosity about harnessing the capacities defining what it is to be human
  • thirst for an holistic core-centered psychological approach
  • initiative to explore and integrate useful strategies driven by an

underlying model for therapeutic change

  • interest in enduring outcomes rather than in short-term gains without addressing core processes

iMind psychology

Penny Brabin - Psychologist BSc, MEd, PhD, FAPS, FCCP, FEDP
Dr Penny Brabin BSc, MEd, PhD, FAPS, FCCP, FEDP


Dr Penny Brabin BSc BEd MEd PhD FAPS

Fellow– APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Fellow – APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists

Penny is a Clinical and Educational & Developmental Psychologist (endorsed with AHPRA – the registration body) with over 30 years’ experience, initially in schools

as a teacher and then Guidance Officer (teacher-psychologist) followed by independent

practice with adults, adolescents and parents.  She completed her PhD in family trauma,

Parenting subsequent to stillbirth, recognition of her contribution to the profession

in this area leading to her being made a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

Undertaking Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training she was part of a group (Australian

Institute of Rational Emotive Therapy) that developed the profile of this approach in

Australia, training many psychologists and counselors from the1990s into the 2000s.

Through her clinical experience she recognized that the view of Self was the core of our

cognitive-emotional experience with its role in driving behavior. While we all know and

endorse the universal truth that all people are equal this is frequently not integrated in

our way of living.  She noticed that the common focus on viewing the self as ‘how we feel

about ourselves’ resulted in the drive to seek constant approval and validation to promote

feeling good as ‘evidence’ of our worth and that when this failed the outcome was

typically depression – this striving and its failure reflecting the core of

all emotional and behavioral problems.

As a result, Penny has developed a dynamic model she has regularly presented

at academic and professional forums, which demonstrates the outcomes of these

two ways of seeing ourselves – contrasting the experience of i, what we know is true

about ourselves, with the experience of our minds, what we feel to be true,

providing an explanation for the evolutionary and developmental context of our

human-only awareness of ‘self’.  This Self model was similarly described by

Dr Karen Horney in 1950 and is further confirmed by the wisdom of the ages reflected

in the core understandings of spirituality from both Eastern and Western traditions.

Over the last 15 years Penny has been developing focused treatment consistent

with her understanding of human behavior drawing relevant techniques from many

approaches to enable clients to shift towards living more consciously through their

valid Self with greater experience of freedom and happiness – moving away from

being trapped in the automatic emotional experiences created from the

stories their minds make up about themselves.