WHAT I CAN HELP WITH
Persistent or intermittent low mood; loss of enjoyment in activities; thoughts of suicide; unexplained appetite/weight changes; feelings of hopelessness; fatigue; sleep disturbances; no sense of purpose.
Specific phobia; social anxiety; panic disorder; agoraphobia; generalised anxiety; obsessive-compulsive tendencies.
Trouble getting to sleep; trouble staying asleep; too much sleep.
MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH
Recognising how mental health difficulties present differently in men; managing aggression; supporting men to have better relationships.
PERSONALITY RELATED DIFFICULTIES
Support for clients who have been diagnosed with or think they may have a personality disorder.
Assessment and treatment for those who think they may be relying on alcohol or other drugs to help them cope.
Experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and other sexuality, sex and gender diverse clients.
Experience in building respectful, understanding and collaborative therapeutic relationships with clients from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
HOW WE WILL WORK TOGETHER
I use an open, collaborative approach to first develop an understanding of your needs. Then, we'll work together to skill you up in developing effective strategies aimed at reducing the impacts of any distress you might be feeling on your functioning in your relationships or in your work/study to help you build a more fulfilling life. Below are introductions to the approaches I typically use.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets its name from one of its core messages: be willing to accept what is out of your personal control while committing to taking action that will improve your quality of life. The target of ACT is to help individuals to develop psychological flexibility and to create a rich full and meaningful life, while navigating the pain and stress that life inevitably brings.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a structured therapeutic approach directed at solving an individual's current problems and reducing undesired behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapists help clients to identify and challenge inaccurate or unhelpful patterns of thinking that are seen to maintain symptoms of specific disorders like depression and anxiety although CBT has been shown to be effective for a broad range of mental health difficulties.
A standard 50 minute consultation. Medicare rebates of $92.20 per session are claimable by individuals seeing me under a Mental Health Treatment Plan (a special kind of referral from a doctor). Private health funds may offer rebates for psychological treatment. Please check with your health fund about whether you have appropriate cover.
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"