• Nick Smith

    Forensic Psychologist

    Nick is a Forensic Psychologist and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists, with more than 17 years experience working with vulnerable individuals and offenders, both adult and adolescent. He began his career working in the area of substance use treatment, before moving progressively into the area of dual-diagnosis (co-occurring substance use and mental disorders), followed by five years with the Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service.

    After leaving the public service and entering full-time private practice in 2011, Nick built a solid reputation for writing high-standard medico-legal reports and providing effective interventions with high-risk violent and sexual offenders. He has established and maintained positive and productive relationships with many criminal law firms in Brisbane, as well as with Queensland Corrective Services and Crown Law. Nick is well known for his relaxed and easy-going manner, as well as his willingness to work collaboratively with referrers to achieve optimal outcomes with regard to both the interests of the client and the safety of the community.

    Nick maintains high standards of ethics and outcomes in his work, and in addition to his forensic work he also has substantial clinical experience in the treatment of severe mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, problematic sexual behaviours, impulse control issues and addictions. He has worked extensively with clients who are struggling with serious mental illness, intellectual impairment, pervasive developmental disorders, severe personality disorders, and behavioural regulation difficulties.

    Nick believes that it is crucial for psychologists to build effective therapeutic relationships with their clients, and holds the values of compassion, openness, learning, honesty, acceptance and collaboration in the highest esteem.