Treatments and Therapy
Counselling services are provided for adults who are facing a variety of curve balls that life has thrown at them or who may feel that they can’t move through a particular event or area in their life.
Couples & Families
Navigating relationships and family life can be difficult. We can provide support and conflict resolution, no matter how big or small the problem may be. We can help to repair communication break downs and foster relationships built on mutual respect which are integral to any couple or family unit.
Children & Adolescents
Being young is tough and our brains go through major changes during childhood and adolescence. We provide counselling services for children and young people with sensitivity to their needs, developmental stages and experiences to help them build resilience and feel comfortable within themselves.
Traumatic events can be hard to overcome – the event may be singular or repeated and can result in physical and psychological scars. This may come in the form of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, psychological), neglect, a life threatening situation (war, armed robbery, car accident, natural disaster) or acts of violence/bullying. These events may happen directly to the individual or may be witnessed by the individual but leave scars all the same. We can provide treatment to help people work through the emotions associated with their trauma.
Depression & Anxiety
An individual can be affected by depression at any stage of their life and the reality is that many individuals can experience low moods from time to time or even regularly. Similarly, it is common for individuals to be worried or nervous about many things – it can be as regular from once in a blue moon to chronic worrying or nervousness. We can help work through these difficult times and provide coping strategies for all ages.
Fight or flight is one of our body’s most primal responses to perceived/actual threats and sometimes it can be difficult for an individual to rationalise their responses to those threats. This can lead to panic attacks and/or constant and intense feelings of anxiety which may impact on an individual’s ability to complete daily tasks. Through mindfulness practices and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, we are able to teach people about the symptoms they are experiencing and provide them with practical strategies to implement in their daily lives.
Insomnia & Sleep Issues
A good night’s sleep is integral to our health and wellbeing. A lack of sleep can have significant physical and psychological ramifications. Difficulties with sleep can be indicative of underlying psychological concerns such as stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and more. We can assist people to change their behaviours surrounding sleep by identifying the thoughts and emotions that may restrict a good night’s sleep.
Ex-servicemen and women are amongst the most courageous in our society and put their lives on the line for the safety of their countries. With this comes formidable challenges that they face in the line of duty. Whether they are currently serving or retired, they may require support and a place to be able to disclose their personal stories. Our principal psychologist is approved to provide therapy for the Department of Veterans Affairs, to enquire about funding please send us an enquiry.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Disordered eating patterns can have serious consequences on an individual’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Eating disorders require a multidisciplinary approach including input from a psychologist, GP, and nutritionist to ensure that the individual’s health is effectively managed. We will work alongside these practitioners to provide the psychological therapy component necessary for the case management.
Anger is an emotion and is an appropriate response to many situations. However, some people’s actions when experiencing this emotion can be detrimental to themselves or those around them. We offer individual and group sessions for those who want to learn techniques of how to deal with their anger and change their responses to their anger.
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Delays in a child’s ability to socialise and communicate effectively requires early intervention and treatment to improve the child’s ability to be adaptable to their ever-changing environments. We have diagnostic tools for ADD, ADHD and Autism to assist with identifying whether children/young people are exhibiting behaviours consistent with these disorders. We provide strategies and techniques to individuals of all ages and their families to help with managing the difficulties that arise with these diagnoses.
LGBTQI Related Issues
Sexuality is a complicated and fluid thing. Many people struggle with confusion or stress around their sexuality and have trouble with self/family acceptance and feel as though they need to hide it for various reasons. This can lead to disruptions in other areas of their lives and increase vulnerability to experiencing mental health issues. We provide a safe, non-judgmental place for people of all ages so that the individual feels comfortable to disclose what they are experiencing.
Personality disorders are hard to detect but they have a high prevalence in society. Individuals affected by personality disorders are commonly stigmatised by the community and may feel as if they receive negative responses from all kinds of health professionals. We commit to demonstrating empathy, respect and a non-judgmental approach when listening to their stories. We will provide strategies to foster change in the individual’s intrapersonal and interpersonal environments.
WPPSI IV – this measures cognitive development for preschoolers and young children (2 years 6 months to 7 years 7 months). It takes approx. 30 to 60 minutes to administer this test depending on the age of the child
WISC V – this test measures a child’s intellectual ability (6 years to 16 years 11 months) and takes approx. 60 to 80 minutes to administer.
WAIS IV – this measures an individual’s cognitive ability (16 years to 90 years 11 months) and takes approx. 60 to 80 minutes to administer.
KBIT 2 – this measures non-verbal and verbal ability for ages 4 to 90 years and takes approx. 20 minutes to administer.
ABAS-3, CARS-2 & ADOS-2 – in order to formally diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder we use a full suite of psychometric testing. We use a combination of the ABAS-3, CARS-2 and ADOS-2 to diagnose Autism. In our reports we also include a cognitive assessment, as well as ruling in or out common co-morbidities such as ADHD, ADD or anxiety. Classroom observations and/or interviews with parents and teachers may also be necessary. Formal diagnosis of Autism can take anywhere from 4-10 weeks from assessment to completion of the report as there are many components involved. Please contact us to find out more.
CONNERS 3 – is a diagnostic tool for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. It is used on children aged 6-18 and also parents and teachers of these children. It takes approx. 45 minutes to administer.
Depression & Anxiety Scales
DASS – is a depression and anxiety stress scale for ages 14 years and older and takes approx. 15 minutes to complete.
K10 - is a depression and anxiety scale for adults and takes approx. 10 minutes to administer.
SDQ - is a strengths and difficulties questionnaire for children aged 2 to 17 years old. This assessment can be completed by the child's parent/guardian, teacher or the child themself (if over 11 years old). This takes approx. 20 minutes to complete.
Memory and Learning Test
WRAML 2 – assesses memory functions of children and adults aged 5 to 90 years and takes approx. 75 minutes to complete.
Individual Achievement Test
WIAT III – this is used to identify academic strengths/weaknesses of a student. It is used on ages 4 to 50 years and takes approx. 60 minutes to administer.
DES II – is a scale for various types of dissociation for ages 14 years and older and takes approx. 25 minutes to complete. It is also a screening tool for dissociative disorders (DID, PTSD, etc).
Impact of Events Scale
IES-R – is helpful in measuring the effect of life stress, everyday traumas and acute stress. It is used on people aged 14 years and older and takes approx. 25 minutes to administer.
Parenting Stress Index
PSI 4 – is a screening tool for evaluating the degree of stress in the parent/child system. It is used for children and parents of all ages and takes approx. 30 minutes to complete.
NEO PI-3 – provides a detailed assessment of personality in adolescents and adults and takes approx. 45 minutes to administer.