Living with depression
An interview with Clinical Psychologist Dr Dawn Proctor
Chronic Illness a big cause of depression People with chronic illnesses can be two to three times more likely to suffer from depression than the general population, says psychologist Briohny Cotter.
Fighting depression with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Feeling sad or depressed is a normal part of life. But life pressures can often cause otherwise normal depressed feelings to interfere with people’s personal and working life.
While childbirth is a natural phenomenon and is joyful for many, it is also often a stressful event that is associated with a substantial risk for psychological distress. Unfortunately, a mother’s need for assistance is often not met and some endure psychological problems following childbirth for many years. This was the case with Claire.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY- ACT TO IMPROVE WELLBEING
WHAT IS ACT?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is now recognised as a powerful evidence based therapy for a range of conditions from depression, anxiety and stress to post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and even schizophrenia.
The aim of ACT is to help people create rich and meaningful lifes while effectively handling the pain and stress that life inevitably brings.
HOW DO PSYCHOLOGISTS HELP?
By teaching clients mindfulness skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings so that they have much less impact and influence.
Helping clients clarify what is truly important and meaningful, so that they can use these values to guide, inspire and motivate them to change life dor the better.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
ACT Group sessions cost a total of $360 for the six week course. Each payment is required of $60. If your GP has provided you with a referral for a group session a Medicare rebate of $41.70 per week is available, making the gap only $18.30 per week, or $109.80 for the six week course.
Note the group therapy referral is separate to the individual Mental Healthcare Plan your GPmay have provided you with for individual sessions.
MAKE YOUR BOOKING NOW
The ACT Group takes a maximum of 10 people. To book your place now please call our friendly reception team on (07) 3356 8255.