About Dr Sam Tan


Issues Sam Can Help You With

  • Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Adjusting to Chronic Health Problems
  • Depression and Low Mood
  • Difficult Life Transitions
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Personal Development
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sexuality and Gender Identity Issues (LGBTIQ) including assessment and reports for gender transitioning
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Issues / Bullying

Sam also enjoys working with people without a diagnosed mental health concern.

More About Sam

Sam is a Clinical Psychologist with special interests in working to support:

  1. Adults from the LGBTQ community
  2. Clients with psychological issues stemming from complex family-of-origin and childhood difficulties.
  3. Clients who have experienced trauma
  4. Clients wishing to successfully achieve health behaviour changes

With his down-to-earth, very open and warm approach, Sam works collaboratively with his clients to raise awareness of patterns within themselves and patterns of relating with others, and to develop skills to change unhelpful patterns and ultimately meet important emotional needs. 

He is also a board-approved supervisor and provides training and supervision for trainee psychologists.  He is currently supervising trainee psychologists at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.  He is particularly interested in supervising early-career psychologists and providing supervision in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Focusing-Oriented Therapy and other Process-Oriented Therapies.  He also supervises healthcare professionals working with the LGBT community.

Sam completed his Doctoral degree in clinical psychology with research focused on life transitions and well-being in mid and later life women.  Sam has worked as a mental health clinician for 13 years in not-for-profit, correctional, hospital and private practice settings.





Evidence-Based Therapeutic Approaches


Sam's Practice Location

English and Mandarin Chinese

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Health Psychology)

Bachelor of Social Science (1st Class Honours) in Psychology

STAP-training for clinical supervision

Focusing-Oriented Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapies

Psychodynamically-Informed Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Solution-Focussed Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Centre for Human Potential (www.cfhp.com.au)