SERVICES I OFFER
Most of my work consists of individual therapy, in which I collaborate with one person to assist them to reach their goals. Typical problems for which individuals might seek therapy include: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic stress, relationship difficulties, perinatal mood and anxiety, grief, trauma, low self-esteem, substance use disorders, and anger difficulties. I aim to provide a warm, caring, nonjudgmental, and professional service informed by thorough knowledge of evidence-based treatment. Individual therapy typically includes one or two initial assessment sessions, a feedback session, and then treatment sessions.
Psychologists are trained to undertake a variety of assessments. I have significant experience in the areas of psychological assessment, cognitive assessment, developmental assessment, fitness for duty, and drug and alcohol assessment. The assessment process typically includes an initial interview session, one or more assessment sessions, a written report, and a feedback session. My ability to undertake assessments depends on my access to the appropriate assessment tools. Please contact me directly if you are interested in an assessment.
Group therapy is a very useful tool with many benefits. For some, it can be helpful to hear about the experiences of others in order to understand your own experience. For others, the group processes themselves can help people learn new skills (as in learning social skills). I have completed group training in some group programs and am also able to develop programs in order to meet a particular need. Please contact me directly to enquire about group therapy programs.
Couple therapy can be an important tool to improve the quality of your relationship and to learn new skills for communicating with and relating to one another. Couple therapy has a different assessment process from individual therapy. The couple therapy assessment consists of three sessions: an initial, joint session in which the couple describes their concerns about the relationship; and one individual session for each partner, in which each partner's individual concerns and personal history are explored. Feedback to the couple occurs in the fourth session, at which point treatment commences. Please note that Medicare rebates do not apply to couple therapy.
Working with children is often very different from working adults, as it can include significant involvement from parents, teachers, and other important people in a child's life. I see children with a range of issues, including behaviour difficulties, developmental concerns, anxiety, trauma, and social skills deficits. During the early years, children require the assistance of the adults in their lives to recover from these problems. The adults are needed to create the conditions in which the child can learn new ways of coping. Because of this, my work may consist mostly or entirely of sessions with the parents for young children. As children age, the work shifts increasingly to teaching children themselves new skills. Please note that fo children under the age of eight, I spend most or all of the first two sessions with the parents. Typically, treatment sessions will be parent-only sessions, although treatment plans are made on a case-by-case basis. For this reason, I encourage parents to seek their own Mental Health Care Plans if they seek Medicare rebates for their sessions.
Depending on the area in which you live, you may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates for telehealth psychology services. I can undertake individual and couple therapy via Skype or phone, and some types of assessments. Please contact me directly for more information.