What conditions do you treat?
I treat most of the conditions that impact peoples’ general emotional and psychological wellbeing. From my experience significant transition points can precipitate a crisis and it is at this point that people might come for help. For instance for teenagers who maybe having problems with their peers at school, or when going from the relative safety of school life to work or university there are the pressures of having to make it on their own. Being single and not wanting to be and having a string of unhappy and empty relationships can leave people to wonder “what’s wrong with me”. Workplace issues such as bullying will often prompt someone to come for counselling.
Getting married is widely recognised as a major transition point where despite expectations of a rosy and happy event all sorts of issues can be brought into sharp focus. This is sometimes the first time a couple will experience conflict in their relationship. At these times peoples’ unspoken values and expectations come to the fore and can cause tensions and upset if not understood and addressed at the time. Losing a parent whilst a part of life, nonetheless can trigger a strong grief reaction. Similarly a relationship breakup can be painful and debilitating and seriously impact one’s self esteem and confidence.
The transition to motherhood is often described as the most significant life changing event a woman can go through. For some it can bring an overwhelming sense of joy and fulfillment with their baby’s arrival. Whereas for others this time can be fraught with feelings of anxiety, guilt or being left with a sense of nothingness - what was all the fuss about? For some women the art of mothering comes naturally; whereas for others, it’s a struggle. Some experience an overwhelming loss of self. At times all these can be experienced on one day. This can lead some women to question - how can the reality fall short of the dream?
Planning for retirement requires more than financial planning. Following an active career outside the home many people find themselves in no man’s land – feeling neither relevant nor productive – as they enter the next phase of their life. Some people become anxious in anticipation of their retirement and put off the retirement date. Some retirees experience overwhelming loss and depression in this apparently irrelevant time in their lives. Whilst for others it is a feeling of ecstatic joy and release. This leads some people in the early phase of their retirement to question their ongoing relevance.
I have been a member of the Australian Psychological Society for more than 25 years. I am an APS registered Counselling Psychologist and as a registered psychologist I attend professional development training every year which enables me to be up to date with latest therapeutic interventions and thinking. I have also completed The Richards Trauma Process training which treats trauma, anxiety and depression with hypnosis in 3 - 5 sessions (http://therichardstraumaprocess.com/
Services and Conditions:
- Psychotherapy and Counselling for Individuals and Couples
- Individual Focussed Psychological Strategies
- Anxiety, depression, Post-Natal Depression
- Eating Issues
- Dealing with difficult people
- Grief and Loss
- Trauma as a result of domestic violence, abuse and early childhood sexual abuse
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Relationship Issues
- Singles Issues
- Communication Skills
- Pregnancy Support
- Parenting Skills
- Preparation for Retirement
- Skills for new parents