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Individual Counselling & Therapy

If you are looking for a therapist in Brisbane that can help with the emotional and psychological challenges that life brings, Psychology Consultants offers a large and diverse team of female and male Clinical Psychologists to choose from. Our therapists use evidenced based therapies to help clients achieve personal goals and implement strategies outside of the therapy room. Our Brisbane based therapists draw from a number of therapeutic strategies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Psychologists are trained and experienced in using evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to achieve the best outcomes for people of all ages, as well as couples, families, and larger groups and organisations.

Generally speaking, Psychologists focus on thoughts and beliefs, behaviours and actions, and the emotions or feelings related to a person’s specific problem. This begins with an assessment phase, where the psychologist builds an understanding of a person’s problems. Following this is a treatment phase, where specific exercises, techniques and strategies are developed and practiced.

The amount of time spent in treatment varies. For some, it is useful to meet for several sessions to allow a thorough assessment and effective treatment approach. For others, ongoing therapy might not be necessary, with just a few sessions assisting greatly in helping you work through a specific change or problem that you are experiencing.

Individuals, couples, and families commonly work with a psychologist to help:

  • Manage depression;
  • Cope with anxiety or stress;
  • Improve sleep;
  • Manage anger;
  • Assist with goals and direction in life;
  • Manage addictions;
  • Manage acute and chronic pain;
  • Adjust to personal loss or trauma;
  • Manage eating disorders;
  • Deal with child behavioural and emotional concerns such as anxiety and fear, sadness, and ADHD;
  • Improve parenting skills;
  • Cope with life transitions;
  • Make career decisions;
  • Enhance relationships;
  • Manage health concerns; and
  • Manage dealing with disabilities.

An individual counselling appointment with a psychologist generally lasts for 45 – 60 minutes.

During the first appointment, you will have an opportunity to explain your current concerns. Your psychologist will work to understand your concerns by exploring thoughts, emotions and behaviour, asking about the background of the problem, and asking you to fill out questionnaires where appropriate.

In subsequent appointments, you and the psychologist will work together on strategies to improve problem areas.

A referral is not necessary to see a psychologist.  Private health insurance rebates are available for those individuals with eligible health funds and can usually be processed on the spot.

Medicare does rebate for psychology, however, clients must be referred by their GP in the context of a GP Mental Health Care Plan, or by their psychiatrist or paediatrician. We require clients to pay our full fee upfront and then claim a rebate from Medicare which can be processed at the practice. See our FAQs for further information regarding the Medicare scheme.

For appointments to be covered by a third party such as WorkCover, insurance claims, or rehabilitation programs, referral details must be provided when booking the appointment.

To find out more about each psychologist’s specific skills, background and qualifications, view our team profiles.

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Couples Counselling

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Couples Counselling & Therapy Brisbane

Practicing at both Morningside and Newmarket, Psychology Consultants have many Clinical Psychologists who are experienced in relationship counseling in Brisbane.  We counsel couples who are experiencing relationship difficulties and provide practical strategies to improve positive behaviours, effective communication and resolve conflict.

View our relationships page for more articles like the one below on marital satisfaction.

Want a long and happy relationship?

Research indicates that for many, marital satisfaction decreases within the first two to three years of marriage.

“There are many factors that can impact on marital satisfaction in these early stages including the birth of a child, changes in employment, sexual problems, financial pressures or other day-to-day hassles,” says clinical psychologist Dr Stan Steindl

“Some couples find it difficult to resolve problems when they arise. Unresolved issues can lead to ongoing conflict in a relationship and a continuing decline in marital satisfaction.”

It is a well-known fact that very low levels of marital satisfaction are linked with increased likelihood for divorce. In Australia , the rate of divorce is rising. The likelihood that any marriage will end in divorce is estimated at 32% (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001).

But, the outlook is not all doom and gloom. Researchers have also investigated factors that will enhance marital satisfaction and stability. Couples that are satisfied in their relationship usually can:

  • Engage in positive exchanges with each other regularly;
  • Effectively communicate with each other;
  • Solve problems adequately;
  • Manage their own negative thoughts and emotions; and
  • Resolve conflict.

These factors have been found to enhance couple satisfaction and lead to a longer marriage.

Relationship Tips

Here are some tips to help you with these factors in your relationship.

Increase positive behaviours

  • Sit down and develop a list of positive behaviours that you would like to do for one another (e.g. sharing a cuddle or kiss, or asking about their day). Behaviours must be positive, specific, small and not a source of recent conflict.
  • Put the list up in a noticeable place like on the fridge or in the bedroom.
  • Choose a positive behaviour to do for your partner every day.
  • When receiving a positive behaviour, make sure to thank your partner in some way. This will increase the likelihood that your partner will engage in this behaviour again.

Effectively communicate


DO
  • Express your feelings with I statements (e.g. I feel upset when you don’t say hello when you come home from work ).
  • Show you are paying attention with your body language.
  • Use verbal encouragement (e.g. OK, Yes ).
  • Try to understand your partner’s feelings.
  • Summarise what your partner has said.
DON’T
  • Use insults.
  • Blame your partner for something.
  • Say you always, you never, you should.
  • Bring up the past.
  • Interrupt when your partner is talking.

Solve problems

  • Pick an appropriate time to discuss the problem (both parties should be relaxed and have time to talk).
  • Define the problem and brainstorm all the possible solutions.
  • List the positives and negatives for each solution and work together to find the best solution.
  • Implement the solution.
  • Set a time to review the outcome of the action taken. If the problem has been resolved, fantastic! If not, implement the next best solution.

Manage thoughts and emotions

  • Take some time out for yourself each week and do something that you find positive and fulfilling.
  • Use slow breathing or other relaxation strategies to calm yourself down in times of tension.
  • Identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns.
  • Seek professional support if you are experiencing significant emotional problems like depression, anxiety or substance abuse problems.

Resolve conflict

  • Identify high-risk times for conflict and high-risk argument topics.
  • Regularly engage in some relationship planning sessions where these topics are discussed before the problem arises.
  • If an argument does arise, take time to calm down. Then communicate effectively about the issue.
  • Sometimes communicating feelings is all that is needed to diffuse an argument. But, if a problem needs to be solved, then you may want to use your problem solving skills.

If the conflict continues despite these efforts, it may be necessary for both people to agree to cease the discussion. Make sure that a time is set in a day or two to resume the discussion.

 

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Family Counselling

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Family Counselling & Therapy Brisbane

Family life can present many challenges and sometimes professional advice is needed to help you and your children through difficult times. We have Clinical Psychologists at both Morningside and Newmarket that can assist with parenting and family issues such as:

  • Children with ADHD and other behavioural problems
  • School bullying
  • Children with anxiety, fears and depression
  • Families going through separation and divorce
  • Children with emotional and development issues
  • Assessment and intervention

To view our full team of Psychologists and their specialisations click here.

For more information on family related topics visit our relationships page.

 

 

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Towards Better Sleep

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Towards Better Sleep- Next Group Commencing Thursday 19th October

If you are suffer from insomnia or long term sleep programmes, you may benefit from our group programme, Towards Better Sleep. To register for the next programme, call (07) 3356 8255 or email tbs@psychologyconsultants.com.au, group runs with 9 people or less so places are limited.

Towards Better Sleep is a proven six session group program assisting people who suffer from insomnia and other sleep related problems. Conducted by consultant psychiatrist, Dr Curt Gray and clinical psychologist, Kathryn Smith, in groups of 9 or less the sessions run over six weeks and provide participants with proven techniques to effectively improve sleep.

Each session costs $95.00 to attend, however we request full programme payment of $380.00 prior to the programmes’ commencement. The medicare rebate currently stands at $41.95 (as at 1 Nov 2011). GPs can refer by downloading the direct referral form and more information can be found in our information for clients brochure.

For further information visit www.towardsbettersleep.com.au or to register your interest in the next available group, please phone (07) 3356 8255 or email tbs@psychologyconsultants.com.au

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