About Katy

Katy is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with more than 10 years experience in private practice, including working as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in Sydney, before to relocating to the Gold Coast.

Experienced in both individual and group therapy, with a specialty in the use of mindfulness, Katy works within the principles of mindfulness, non-judgement & curiosity, mind-body wholism, self-responsibility, self-empowerment, acceptance & commitment, and intention & gratitude, as she collaborates with clients towards their desired therapeutic goals in creating a fulfilling, meaningful, and joyful life.

Katy’s approach is wholistic, integrating findings from the fields of Neuroscience and Empirically Supported Therapy research. She draws on Developmental Psychology, Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic Theory & Personality Development, Mindfulness–Based approaches, Somatic & Sensorimotor Processing approaches and Cognitive & Behavioural approaches in her work with clients.

Katy is experienced in working with a range of presenting issues including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive presentations, specific phobias, adjustment to illness, injury & chronic pain, adjustment to life crises, grief & loss work, depression, stress and post-traumatic stress. She views these presenting issues as normal adaptations to life’s experiences, that signal a need for change. She also assists clients with self-knowledge work, especially when clients feel “lost” or “stuck”, and has much experience assisting introverts and highly sensitive people to understand their unique needs and assertively set healthy boundaries to enhance their lives.

In addition to her clinical training Katy has extensive training in mindfulness-based somatic methods with the Hakomi Institute, having graduated from both their three year professional training in the Hakomi Method, as well completing their advanced relationships training “Experiential Disidentification”. Always seeking to grow her skills base, along with her usual professional development activities, Katy is currently enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Therapy (Art Therapy) with the College of Complimentary Medicine.


Master of Clinical Psychology.
Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours (First Class).
Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
Bachelor of Arts Diploma of Education (Primary) Major: Education.

(BA Dip Ed, G Dip Psych, BSc Psych (Hons), M Psych Clin.)


Clinical Psychology
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy

Hakomi Institute.

HAKOMI GRADUATE. Awarded July 5th 2009.
Completion of 9 x 9 day modules over three years. Presenters: Maya Shaw Gale, Trainer, Hakomi Pacifica Team. Manuela Mishke-Reeds Trainer, Hakomi Pacifica Team.

Completion March 4th 2007.  3 x 9 day workshops. Focus on working with dyads/couples, group process, and self-care.  Presenter: Halko Weiss, Clinical Psychologist, presenter, Director of Hakomi Institute, Europe.


Hudson, J. L., Vidler, K. I., Seely Wait, E., & Bovopoulos, N. (2005). Assertiveness Training, in M. Hersen., A.M.Gross., & R. S. Drabman (Eds) Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Volume Two, Child Clinical Applications. Sage Publications Inc, California.

Cultivating Calm: Mindfulness Meditation & Relaxation-Beginning Practices. Katy Vidler, Clinical Psychologist. Audio CD Produced by Southside Health &Wellbeing.


Kinoshita, S. & Vidler, K., (2003, April). Locus of response congruence compatibility effect in masked priming. Paper presented at the 30th Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, University of Western Sydney, NSW.


Adults, Older Adults, Teens, Women, Men, Non-Binary Persons, Highly Sensitive People, Introverts, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ+ 


Katy has training and experience in utilising a wide variety of treatment modalities including:

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Training (DBT Skills Training)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Schema Therapy
Sensorimotor Processing Psychotherapy (SP)
Grief & Loss