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Hats off to the Class of 2020

Posted on August 13, 2020 in Uncategorized -

Words by Dr Stan Steindl- Clinical Psychologist

Grade 12 in high school is such an important year in so many ways. Academically, of course, but also socially, in sports and the arts. Young people are traditionally having peak experiences during grade 12, and many of us might reflect fondly on experiences we had around that time. Not that it is all a bed of roses, of course. Grade 12 is also a very tough year, with lots of study and stress, especially regarding what’s going to happen next.

This year, out of no where, everything changed. All that was expected to happen basically vanished when COVID arrived. Study and exams were all different, young people had to be super-flexible and mentally agile to make all sorts of sudden shifts. For some, the transition worked ok, but for many there was increases in anxiety and stress, and at times depression.

Anxiety is a future oriented emotion. “What if I fail?” “What if I can’t get into uni or a trade?” “What if my dream job doesn’t exist anymore.” Young people are seeing the effects of the pandemic on the community and on people they know. And so, for example, dreams of being a pilot are now very uncertain.

Depression is largely a past oriented emotion. And often about things that have gone wrong, disappointments and losses. And young people in grade 12 have had many of those. Team sports? Canceled. School play? Canceled. Formal? Canceled. Let alone being able to hang out with mates on the weekend. And don’t forget, friends are such an important part of any young person’s social support and coping, and this is experienced as a great loss.

And so, what will next year bring? Young people in grade 12 face a very uncertain future. They know the economy has taken a hit. The know that many jobs have had to stop, and that the job market is difficult. They know that universities are struggling, and uni places are somewhat uncertain. But, knowing all this, Grade 12 students are starting to adapt. If not this, then what about that?

Young adulthood can be a time of great optimism and hope. Every day there are new experiences, new ideas and opportunities. And for all that is going on the world still does offer opportunities. The growth in certain industries has been phenomenal. From healthcare to deliveries, and anything online, there seems to be growth. And the opportunities for entrepreneurship are endless.

So where possible, we want to offer young people three key things: validation, reassurance and encouragement. Validation means validating that this really is as awful as they feel it is. This is tough, upsetting, and we wish it wasn’t so. Reassurance means finding words to reassure the young person that things will be ok, this too will pass, they will get there and the world will find its new normal. And encouragement is about saying “You can do it, I believe in you,” and exploring those possibilities, gently guiding things towards hope and optimism, confidence and action.

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Staying motivated during troubling times

Posted on August 7, 2020 in Uncategorized -

The world is living through very troubling times indeed with coronavirus taking the world by storm, its’ force so unyielding that the whole world has changed the way we go about daily life. The rippling effect of the virus, even on those who are least impacted, has changed how we work, socialise, exercise, travel, holiday, recreate; the list goes on and on. Not surprisingly, maintaining motivation for work, exercise, study or the general daily toil can be challenging during these times and with no clear end in sight, enthusiasm can start to wane.

Whatever is the root of your waning enthusiasm, these tips can help you keep on track.
Re-adjust your 2020 goals

So perhaps you haven’t quite nailed those goals you set as the clock struck midnight and we blindly enter the whirlwind that is 2020 – and that is completely understandable. Whether they are personal goals or work-based goals, make your goals realistic and achievable in context of the current situation the world is facing. Setting some short-term goals as well as longer term goals, will enable you to tick off those smaller achievements, giving you a greater sense of fulfilment.

Share your goals

Sharing your goals with your friends, colleagues or those you trust means you are more likely to be held accountable. If you are comfortable with complete transparency writing your goals down and pinning them up on the fridge or your work desk may increase your motivation further.

Cut yourself some slack

Self-compassion during these testing times has become more important than ever. By treating yourself with care, respect and a gentle attitude, you might find yourself thinking more positively about achieving the goals you have set.

Reward yourself

There is nothing more motivating than a reward; we have been conditioned to this from a very young age. Celebrate the milestones and treat yourself to whatever it is that you love and enjoy. Your personal rewards will help push you along on those tough days.

Surround yourself with like-minded people

Birds of a feather flock together. If you surround yourself with motivated, positive people, the infectious behaviour will spread.

Believe in yourself

As Theodore Roosevelt once said; “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

If you focus on what’s really important to you and the stepping stones that will make those things happen, your levels of motivation will naturally lift. Sometime, however low levels of motivation are a sign of more serious wellness concerns. If you are experiencing constant low mood and your levels of motivation are impacting your daily function, it is important to speak to your doctor about how you are feeling. Your GP may refer you to a Psychologist who can help you work through your feelings with practical advice and a personalised plan to improve your overall health and wellbeing.  To view our team of Clinical Psychologists and their areas of specialisation, visit the Brisbane Psychologists page.

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Frozen by self-doubt

Posted on July 28, 2020 in Uncategorized -

Most of us have experienced self-doubt at some point in our lives; it’s an in-built way to keep us safe from danger and in the modern world from failure. However, for some of us, self-doubt is totally immobilising with thanks to our inner self-critic who can bring our greatest hopes and dreams to grinding halt. Fortunately, you are the puppeteer of your inner self-critic and taking back control is achievable if you strongly commit to the cause.

Self-doubt  has  been  defined by experts as;  “uncertainty  about one’s abilities, potential for success, or competence in performance situations. As self-doubt concerning  personal  abilities  increases,  global  self-esteem tends  to  decrease  because  self-doubt  presents  the threat  to  global. 

So, what causes us to question our ability or competency and how do we mute that little voice inside our head that says; ‘you can’t do it’.

Causes of self-doubt vary but our upbringing and life experiences have a lot to do with how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. Those who have experienced trauma in their lives may also respond with self-doubt, as a protective mechanism. Anxiety and other mental health concerns can also come into play.  Empowering yourself with self-belief may mean saying goodbye to past experiences that have knocked your confidence or jaded your perspective.

We live in a fast-paced, digitally connected world where competition is fierce and it’s all too easy to compare ourselves to others. Social media has enabled this immensely, providing the perfect platform to glorify and embellish our lives and achievements. It’s important to remember that we are all running our own race; comparing yourself to others is exhausting and achieves very little.

The fear of failure is another common cause of immobilising self-doubt; it even has a clinical name, ‘atychiphobia’. It is impossible to overcome fear of failure without embracing the notion that is okay to make mistakes and central to this journey is self-compassion.

Published author on the topic of self-compassion, Dr Stan Steindl puts it quite simply by saying; “Self-compassion is the answer to self-criticism.”

He elaborates by explaining; “it’s the ability, within a state of calm, and with a friendly voice, to reassure ourselves that this is not our fault. We are a product of evolution and the brain is indeed tricky. We quite naturally feel worry and fear, anger, sadness, guilt, shame and self-criticism. We have evolved this way, even though it may be less useful today. So, we can forgive these feelings, accept that they might be there, recognise that they will come and go, and develop this compassionate self that, when we think, you can’t do it responds with- yes you can!”

It’s natural to question whether you are ‘smart enough’, ‘talented enough’ or ‘good enough’ but if your level of self-doubt is paralysing, speaking with a psychologist can help you to decode the reasons for your self-doubt and develop personalised strategies to start truly believing in yourself and all that you are capable of.

To read more about our team of Clinical Psychologists head to the Brisbane Psychologists page.

 

 

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Dear Diary

Posted on July 21, 2020 in Uncategorized -

The benefits of putting pen to paper

Therapeutic writing; it’s the new technical term for something that’s as old as the ink well itself, perhaps even older. So rather than claim it as a hot new trend, we are here to pay homage to the age-old art of writing down your feelings….with a pen (gasp)!

With technology and more specifically social media taking the world by storm, our ability to share (and overshare) has never been more accessible. Back in the day, people and especially youngsters, wrote a diary to vent their feelings but technology has somewhat replaced putting pen to paper. But does the digital space provide the same opportunity to be true to yourself and express your real emotions?

Social media provides a platform to create a brand for yourself, your business and everything in between; pets you are not exempt. People’s online profiles are usually an embellishment of their normal more vanilla lives and as a result, social media can sometimes create feelings of inferiority and insecurity. So, what does this analogy have to do with writing a diary, I hear you ask? Even though our society has become increasingly expressive, with the ability to share our lives, every waking moment, often those stories don’t convey the real you.

Enter….the good old written diary. This age-old little gem offers a safe haven to say whatever the heck you like with the added benefit of scrunching it up and throwing it in a real-life bin, should you ever feel the urge. Although some people may feel Microsoft Word offers the same benefit, your digital footprint is permanent, not to mention grammar and spell check getting in the way of pouring your little heart out.

Strong research backs up the mental health benefits of therapeutic writing with American social psychologist Dr James Pennebaker leading the way since the 1980s. Research aside, the fact that humans have been writing diaries for centuries is testament to the theory that writing down your emotions and taking time to reflect before making your next move is powerful.

For those of you who haven’t contemplated writing a diary since third grade, it can be a little confronting but here are a few basic steps to get you back into the groove:

  1. Buy a really nice diary or piece of stationery that you love.
  2. Pick up time when you can allocate 10 minutes to yourself. This may be first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
  3. Start writing! It may seem like written diarrhoea but writing anything that comes into your head with no censor will help you to get your emotions on paper. Remember no-one has to ever read it.
  4. Read what you have written
  5. Reflect on what you have written, what sort of emotions are being conveyed.

By writing down a whole raft of uncensored emotions that may have been stored up, you are releasing emotions and developing new personal insight. Although therapeutic writing has many health benefits, if you have experienced trauma or are easily overwhelmed, consulting your doctor and a psychologist before starting this exercise is advised.

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The effects of compassion in a world pandemic

Posted on July 16, 2020 in Uncategorized -

4008 people across 23 countries worldwide have signed up to research that explores the psychological impacts of COVID-19.

An international consortium of researchers is in the midst of exploring how compassion can help reduce pandemic-related stress with the first round of data results to be reviewed in the coming months.

The Australian study co-lead author, Dr Stan Steindl co-director of Psychology Consultants practice and The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology, said people worldwide simultaneously were feeling the effects in different ways.

“The pandemic itself brings fear and anxiety, as does the loneliness of staying distant from loved ones, and stress about job loss and financial insecurity,” Dr Steindl said.

“While these experiences are universal, different political and health systems and economic factors create varying experiences for us all.

“We are thrilled with the research recruitment process and thank those who have generously given their time to share their experience with us”.

“The global research allows us to understand the commonalities and differences of experiences across a broad cross section of socio-demographic and geographic areas”.

Dr Steindl said the questionnaire which assesses participants three times across a series of months, asks people to reflect on their psychological wellbeing, and how their experiences of living through the pandemic continued to change and develop.

“We are particularly interested in how people can stay connected, have a sense of care, support, safeness and belonging during these times, and how confident they feel returning to various aspects of social connectedness as time goes on,” Dr Steindl said.

“Over the coming months, it will be very interesting to assess the effects of ‘second waves’ as people may start to feel disheartened and despondent that the virus has not gone away whilst dealing with the impact of return to lock down and associated financial pressures.

“Interpreting the data will enable us to develop models to provide recommended strategies people can use to better cope, survive and thrive through a pandemic.

“The study will add to the body of work around compassion and its effect on managing stress and trauma.

“Given the enormity of what the world is going through due to COVID-19 and restrictions placed on us to manage it, we appreciate the contribution people are making by participating in and sharing this study.”

 

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What is Schema Therapy?

Posted on June 30, 2020 in Uncategorized -

Schema therapy is an innovative psychotherapy for longstanding psychological disorders and disorders for which other methods have proved unsuccessful. It is an integrative approach that seeks to identify negative thoughts and behaviours and creating new and positive thoughts and behaviours. It combines many elements of cognitive, behavioural and experiential therapies which is extremely useful in dealing with chronic problems in a person’s life.

Generally there are 3 stages involved in Schema Therapy:

  1. Assessment
  2. Experential
  3. Behavioural

In the first stage, specific schemas (unhelpful beliefs and patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that were previously formed) are identified. Once the schemas are identified, your therapist will work with you to narrow down and understand how these schemas affect your day to day living. In the last phase, you and your therapist will determine the best way for dealing with the schemas and how to best achieve your goals.

Benefits of Schema Therapy

Schema therapy aims to empower you to better understand why you think and feel in certain ways. By recognising your schemas in play, it will help to change your thoughts and behaviours in a positive way. It opens the door for understanding and change.

Working with a schema therapist to recognise the dysfunctional schemas that are running your life in the background creates the opportunity for you to make positive changes of the long-held patterns. Schema therapy aims to help you get back in touch with your feelings, find better ways of dealing with your schemas and work to get your emotional needs met in healthier ways.

What is a Schema?

A maladaptive schema is “an extremely stable, enduring negative pattern that develops during childhood or adolescence and is elaborated through an individual’s life” (Bricker and Young, 2012).

Maladaptive schemas can continue to cause problems throughout life if they are not addresses.

There are 18 early maladaptive schemas

  • Emotional Deprivation
  • Abandonment/Instability
  • Mistrust/Abuse
  • Social Isolation/Alienation
  • Defectiveness/Shame
  • Failure
  • Dependence/Incompetence
  • Vulnerability to Harm and Illness
  • Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self
  • Subjugation
  • Self-Sacrifice
  • Emotional Inhibition
  • Unrelenting Standards/Hypercriticalness
  • Entitlement/Grandiosity
  • Insufficient Self-Control/Self-Discipline
  • Approval-Seeking/Recognition-Seeking
  • Negativity/Pessimism
  • Punitiveness

Chao (Iris) Huang is a psychologist at Psychology Consultants. Iris is passionate about practising schema therapy in her therapy work. She utilises experiential techniques such as Chairwork and Imagery work in her schema therapy sessions to help clients with their healing journey.

Do you have questions about Schema Therapy? We would love to hear your questions or please contact our Morningside office to book an appointment: (07) 3395 8633 or morningside@psychologyconsultants.com.au

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Psychologists jobs in Brisbane

Posted on June 15, 2020 in Uncategorized -

Clinical Psychologists wanted to join our team

Psychology Consultants is a Brisbane-based private practice, established in 1995. We have a team of 15 psychologists with offices based in Morningside and Newmarket.

Due to an extensive period of growth we currently have an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic part time or full time Clinical Psychologists to join our Newmarket and Morningside locations.

We offer a stimulating and rewarding work place in an environment that is friendly, professional and supportive. The successful candidate will have experience working with adults presenting with a range of cognitive, behavioural and emotional problems. There is also the opportunity to provide psychological services in special interest areas to adults, children, families, and groups.

The successful candidates will:
– Be a fully registered with AHPRA with an endorsement as a clinical psychologist
– Have the ability to obtain a Medicare provider number
– Have demonstrated clinical experience

To complement our team culture, the successful candidate will be flexible and reliable, with a focus and enthusiasm for providing a high quality service.

What we offer:

Psychology Consultants Directors: Dr Stan Steindl & Kathryn Smith

  • Professional consultation rooms
  • New client referrals
  • Administrative team that will also take care of all your bookings for you.
  • An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate.  Our long term practitioners are rewarded with a generous loyalty scheme.
  • You will also benefit from a practice that actively markets to maintain and increase it’s strong, well-established referral base.

If you believe you would make a great addition to our team please apply now by emailing a cover letter and resume to Tamarin@psychologyconsultants.com.au with the subject “Clinical Psychologist Position”.

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Finding the right fit

Posted on May 22, 2020 in Uncategorized -

Photo credit: Emma Simpson Unsplash

How to make the most out of therapy

Taking that first step in reaching out for professional help can be one of the hardest steps in the journey to psychological and emotional wellness. Like any relationship, finding the right fit is imperative to long term success and finding the right fit in a psychologist is no exception. Our large team of male and female clinical psychologists are trained across a broad range of areas and draw on evidenced based therapies to work with clients, adapting the therapeutic model to suit client’s individual needs. The combined knowledge and expertise of our team of clinical psychologists complement each other allowing us to service and help a wide range of clients with diverse needs.

Feeling Comfortable

It is important that you feel comfortable with your psychologist and develop a rapport where you can answer those difficult or confronting questions that can naturally feel a bit uneasy. You should feel like your psychologistis batting for you; working with you to achieve a common goal. Professional relationships are two-way to and in order to achieve your goals or resolve underlying issue or concerns, you must give back and commit to the plan that you have collectively composed.

Set some boundaries and expectations

Good communication is key, as is setting some boundaries around your professional relationship, like how often you will have sessions and how and when you can contact your Psychologist between appointments. Your psychologist may discuss your individual therapy needs and the frequency of appointments at the start of therapy. Typically, in the beginning, regular and frequent appointments will be scheduled and gradually this will be tapered off as indicated by therapeutic progress. Attending scheduled appointments will assist in your treatment progress and prevent relapse.

Do your homework

Therapy is most effective when you utilise what you learn in the sessions by integrating it into your everyday life. Typically, most therapy sessions will end with a homework assignment and review the progress with this at the start of the following session. It is also recommended to take notes at the end of each session to help you remember things or to write questions down that you would like to discuss at the next session.

Feeling comfortable, understood and respected are the pillars of success for a strong relationship with your psychologist. With the current state of the world, investing in your health and wellbeing has never been more important. If you feel you need psychological or emotional support at the present time, don’t hesitate to speak to your GP about a mental health plan. The next step is researching your psychologist to find the right fit for you.

To peruse our team of clinical psychologistswho are available both in practice and via telehealth, click here.

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AM I OK?

Posted on May 11, 2020 in Uncategorized -

The importance of the daily mental health check

The situation the world is facing and has endured over the last few months, would have been previously unimaginable, affecting every human being on the planet; physically, financially, socially, emotionally and psychologically. The impact of this global pandemic has been devastating, and we are living through a part of history that future generations will marvel at, and perhaps have to cope with the potential ongoing aftereffects.

As we all learn to ‘cope’ with our new way of living, it’s more important than ever to keep our mental and emotional wellbeing in check.  Just as we would for physical symptoms, we need to check in with our emotional selves daily and kindly ask; ‘Am I okay’?

If the answer is ‘No’, or even ‘I’m not sure,’ then don’t brush those feelings under the carpet. Asking for help or talking about your feelings with someone you trust has never been more important. Remember there is no shame in asking for help; it is an act of courage and will only lead to a better coping and resilience. And when we feel better able to cope ourselves, then we can also turn our attention to supporting others!

During this time, clinical psychologists have taken to offering therapy via telehealth as we strive to maintain a way of safely relating, while continuing to help people manage their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Telehealth is therapy via phone or online platforms and has many proven benefits.

People can experience a range of barriers when taking those first steps towards professional help and many of these can be resolved by telehealth or online therapy. Barriers like, how to discretely fit a therapy session into your work day, as well as the emotional step of physically attending a therapist’s practice. Telehealth allows people to seek psychological help and therapy from the comfort and safety of their own home, and with discretion and convenience.

Clinical psychologist, Dr Nicola Spence, shares her honest views on telehealth; “To be honest, the prospect of offering psychology sessions through Telehealth did not sound appealing at the beginning. I didn’t believe that it would allow me and the person to form as significant a relationship and might not be useful. Reluctantly, I commenced Telehealth sessions due to the COVID19 pandemic. I have been really surprised by how well the sessions flow and how, with some simple tweaks, I am still able to deliver effective therapy strategies and tools. Even with people I am meeting for the first time, we have been able to connect and work well together. I completely understand the hesitancy some people may feel about having their psychology sessions using Telehealth. My best advice would be to give it a go and try it out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”.

Heightened levels of anxiety are to be expected at this time as we try to manage the many changes and uncertainties that COVID-19 has brought. If you are experiencing anxiety, anger, sadness or a whole range of other possible emotional responses and concerns during these difficult times, talking to a clinical psychologist can help to develop personal strategies to manage your feelings. To view our team of Clinical Psychologists, all of whom can provide telehealth sessions, head to the Brisbane Psychologists page of our website. If you would prefer to come into the practice, many of our clinical psychologists at Newmarket and Morningside are still offering face-to-face sessions whilst adhering to social distancing and hygiene regulations.

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The Ultimate Test

Posted on May 4, 2020 in Uncategorized -

Words by Dr Nicola Spence – Clinical Psychologist

COVID-19- it’s the ultimate test of our resilience! Humanity is being challenged to survive, physically, emotionally and psychologically. Japanese scholar, Okakura Kakuzo once wrote; “The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings”.

Aptly defined by studies undertaken by Department of Mental Health & Learning Disabilities, London; “resilience comprised the ability to frame difficult life events in positive terms, accept what cannot be changed, manage worry and anxiety effectively, develop psychological flexibility in the face of change and continually seek opportunities for growth.”

So how do we build resilience in a time when we are faced with set-backs, financial worries and a new social dynamic that defies humankind?  Dr Nicola Spence provides some insight into how we can build resilience in the face of adversity.

Make choices about what and who you pay attention to

What we pay attention to matters. It affects our emotions, thoughts, behaviours and relationships. If we spend our time absorbed in reading negative news stories and thinking or talking about the ‘what if’s of the pandemic we fill our mind with worries and end up feeling stressed and low. Making choices to limit the amount of time we spend reading or hearing about the pandemic and only getting our information from reputable sources (rather than our Facebook feeds!) can really help us to put some boundaries around the amount of worrying content coming ‘in’ from the outside world.  We can also make a conscious effort to seek out the exceptions and look for the positive or heartwarming stories of the pandemic – communities coming together, recovery rates growing, the planet rejuvenating.

Pay close attention to holistic health

Staying healthy is more than diet and exercise. We also need to pay close attention to getting good quality sleep and exercising our mind and staying connected with others. Some ways to improve sleep include; taking time out from technology in the evenings, having a regular routine, reducing caffeine and alcohol and getting daily exercise and fresh air. Mental exercise that includes practicing mindfulness, meditation or relaxation can help to improve cognitive function. In a time when we must be mindful of relating safely with one another, technology has become a vital part of staying connected. Telephone or video calls help us to keep in touch and give and receive care. It is not quite the same as physically connecting but it’s a good second place during the pandemic. Consider ways you can use your senses to keep the presence of others in mind and feel close to them. Sending voicemails rather than text messages so your voice can be heard, video calling instead of telephoning, reminiscing and looking through old photos or letters, virtually sharing a meal or activity with loved ones.

Finding a sense of purpose

In the face of adversity, finding a sense of purpose is a vital building block of resilience. Many of us have experienced changes in employment – redeployment, redundancy or being stood down since the outbreak of COVID19. These challenges can impact on our self-esteem and have us question our self-worth and sense of purpose. Carving a sense of routine and predictability is helpful. We are in extraordinary times so try to keep your expectations of yourself in check. Accept that there’s lots going on right now that is out of our control and you can only do your best. Look for ways to make a difference and have some control over what we can control. If it’s feasible for you to do so consider making a contribution to help others; such as volunteering for the Queensland Care Army or the Adopt a Healthcare Worker initiative.

Practicing Compassion

You may have noticed that you have felt more unpleasant emotions recently, started or increased behaviours that you know are unhelpful or noticed you have become withdrawn from others. All of these things are understandable reactions to us feeling a sense of threat. We likely find it easy to feel compassion for others being affected by the pandemic; every person who has caught COVID19, the healthcare workers on the frontline, the people in the ‘at risk’ health/age groups, people unable to attend their loved one’s funerals. Whilst feeling compassion for others is good, it’s just as important that we practise self-compassion, and allow ourselves to receive compassion from others. If your self-critic is causing mayhem – criticising your emotions, pressuring you to do or achieve more, berating you for not keeping more contact with loved ones – ask yourself “would I think this way about a friend if they were in the same situation?”. We often hold ourselves to standards that we would not hold for others. It can take practise to develop a more self-accepting, self-compassionate relationship.

Ask for help when you need it

There is no shame in asking for help. Reaching out to friends, family and professionals like Psychologists is an act of courage and a positive step forward towards living your best life.

Telehealth during COVID19

During this time of isolation, Psychologists have taken to offering therapy via telehealth as we strive to protect you, ourselves and the community physically, whilst continuing to help people manage their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Telehealth has many benefits. Research has shown that it is an effective way to receive psychological and emotional help and that those who use it tend to be happy with it. For more information on telehealth appointments visit our website.

About the author- Dr Nicola Spence

MA (Hons), DClinPsy, MAPS
Master of Arts (Hons) – Psychology, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
Membership: Australian Psychological Society

As a Clinical Psychologist, Nicola is often working in different roles; therapist, supervisor, leader, trainer. No matter what hat she is wearing her goals are the same – to help people to cope with whatever life is throwing at them, to help them grow and to support them with figuring out how to get to where they want to be. She works with people to find the right ‘fit’ for them in therapy and draws on therapy models that research shows to be effective.

Nicola has trained in and practices a number of different therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT). She has also studied approaches for helping people to cope with traumatic experiences, including trauma-informed care and trauma-focused interventions.

Nicola’s areas of interest include working with people who experience a range of difficulties, including :

  • anxiety (e.g. phobias, OCD, social anxiety, generalised anxiety)
  • depression
  • trauma and stress
  • psychosis
  • self-esteem difficulties
  • occupational stress
  • addictions

Nicola has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in both the UK and Australia since 2011, having obtained a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. She has worked in different roles in mental health since 2005. She considers it a privilege to be trusted with people’s life stories and to be able to make a difference in their lives. Nicola currently works in private practice and also in public health as a Psychology Professional Leader. The Psychology Board of Australia have approved Nicola as a Clinical Supervisor.

Nicola is taking telehealth appointments on Thursday & Friday; please phone (07) 3395 8633 to make an appointment or to discuss how telehealth appointment may work for you.

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