Our areas of interest include
(but are not limited to):
Anxiety is a completely normal and healthy emotion that helps us to function, however every now and then someone might find it has taken over their life. When anxiety takes over, just getting through each day can become exhausting and overwhelming. As your psychologists, our aim is to assist you with strategies and new ways of thinking that will result in anxiety having far less of an effect on your daily functioning.
Depression is a super common condition; one that affects around 20% of Australians at some point in their lives. For most forms of depression, talk therapy is one of the most effective interventions. Even in long term major depression successful treatment is possible. We know that the hardest step can be making an appointment with us (or with your GP to get a referral), however please know that you don't have to go through this alone.
Anger is another natural, instinctive response that we all experience at times, but it can sometimes be difficult to manage. Difficulties with anger can get to the point where there are extremely negative effects on relationships, family and work life. Anger management counselling aims to change your relationship with anger, so that you can remain in control of your responses, and can deal with difficult situations in more helpful ways.
All relationships face challenges and rough patches. While at first everything can seem perfect, as time goes on disagreements can escalate, communication can decrease in quality, finances can add pressure, and even infidelity can pop its head in. Seeking relationship counselling early on allows opportunities for problem solving and reconnection - before things fall apart. Some sessions with a psychologist can give you a safe space to communicate in new ways, with guidance from a supportive and unbiased third party.
While many think of childhood as being a happy and carefree time, many children can find themselves struggling with stress and uncertainty. Often support from parents is enough to help children cope with a difficult time in their lives. Sometimes however, a parent may struggle to offer the right support and feel unable to help. When dealing with issues such as grief, changes and transitions, social difficulties, family problems, separation and divorce, children's counselling can offer a great support system and a safe space for a child to explore their feelings.
Stress might be one of the most unifying experiences in all humanity. Stress is a physical and psychological response to a perceived threat, and a lot of the time it provides us with the energy and motivation to persist in the face of challenges. However, stress can become problematic when solutions are difficult to identify or put in place, or when the demands placed on us exceed our personal resources. Seeing a psychologist can provide a space to explore what's going on, build on your strengths, find and work through solutions, and improve your ability to cope.
Sexual abuse & sexual assault
With extensive training and experience in working with people who have experienced sexual abuse as children, or sexual assault as adults, this is an area that we know can be so hard to reach out for support and assistance. Please know that there is hope, and that recovery is possible. We are here to work with you in a trauma-informed way, to progress at a pace with which you feel comfortable and safe. This is not something you need to go through alone.
Trauma & complex trauma
Living with a history or a recent experience of trauma can feel like you're travelling through life with a burden; an isolating and overwhelming experience that seems insurmountable. We practise under a three phase trauma model — an evidence based framework that first ensures your safety and stability before moving on to process your experiences and how they impact on your wellbeing. Please know that there is hope, and healing is possible.
Grief & loss
Grief is a perfectly understandable response to any form of loss, however the experience of grief can be overwhelming and can involve a range of seemingly incomprehensible emotional reactions. We all cope with these experiences in a highly individual way, and there is absolutely no wrong or right when it comes to this. However if you have concerns or questions about this process, either for you or a loved one, it may help to come in for a chat about how it can be supported and managed.
As you may have heard, coming to the realisation that you may be addicted to or dependent on a substance (like alcohol and other drugs) or a behaviour (like gambling, use of pornography, or sex) can be one of the hardest steps to take. Even after acknowledging the issue, trying to implement change can be a confusing and disheartening process. Talking to a psychologist can give you a safe space to ask questions, strengthen your motivation, and map out a realistic and achievable plan of action.
While family relationships can provide a wealth of connection and support, there are undoubtedly many factors that will present challenges and weigh down a family. Issues such as differences in values and opinions, family separation, conflict between family members, re-partnering, and blended families can introduce issues that have the potential to create lasting damage and distance. The fact is, even the most functional families need the extra support of a counsellor on occasion.
Difficult life events can occur at any time, and often without warning. Unexpected illness or injury, family breakdown, financial difficulty, and many other emotional events can have a dramatic effect on our mental health. It’s often easy to compare our lives to others and imagine that we have it easy, but the truth is it's all relative: life is hard for all of us sometimes. If you're not sure what to do next, it might be helpful to talk things through with a counsellor. We are more than willing and able to work with you towards a solution.
Feeling happy and safe in your professional life is important, not just because it’s a source of income and security, but because many of us spend the majority of our social time there. Problems that a psychologist can help with include workplace bullying, issues with communication, learning to manage workload, assertive boundary setting, stress management, and productivity and motivation. Your psychologist will aim to help you identify barriers to making the changes you want, and learning the skills to overcome these issues.
Sexuality & gender
Confusion and anxiety around sexual and gender identity issues can be deeply troubling and can have a profound impact on your own wellbeing, mental health and sense of safety. This can become reflected in your relationships with others, and your ability to cope with related social stressors. Speaking to a psychologist who understands these issues can help you to identify what is important to you, how you define yourself, and how you relate to others.
When clients first come to discuss self esteem, they often talk about not being confident enough to achieve what they want to, and that they are too self-critical. We can safely tell you that you are not alone there: These are feelings we all deal with. The trick is developing a sense of self compassion and self acceptance. Coming in to have a chat about these ideas, while we recognise it can be deeply challenging at first, will give you the opportunity to develop a range of strategies for changing your mind-set around these issues.
This is just a small subset of the kinds of issues for which we can provide support; we can assist in most mental health and wellbeing areas. Some other common problems we have seen clients for include life coaching, insomnia, weight management, pain management, career counselling, personality disorder, chronic illness or disability, domestic and family violence, disordered eating, living with a loved one with mental illness, compulsive behaviours, anxiety disorders such as OCD, mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, making a major life decision, and much more. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about how we can help you.