COUNSELLING

Our team of psychologists offer counselling to individuals, couples and families.

DEPRESSION

While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.  Depression is common and is treatable and may occur in response to a stressful life event or seemingly for no obvious reason.

SLEEP DISORDERS

In many cases, people experience sleep disturbance because they develop a pattern of behaviour that interferes with good sleep habits. Sleeping difficulties are often connected to underlying problems such as stress, depression or anxiety. Good quality sleep isn’t necessarily a long sleep – it’s having what doctors call ‘deep sleep’ and ‘dream sleep’.  Lack of quality sleep can lead to poor concentration, emotion dysregulation and can impact negatively on your relationships. It is important to seek professional help when work, school, home life or relationships are affected.

COUPLES/RELATIONSHIPS

Couples’ therapy can assist with planning and negotiating health relationship patterns of behaviour issues such as conflict, however it is also useful for dealing with family violence, communication difficulties, intimacy problems, parenting, and with ruptures such as infidelity and secrecy. Some individuals also find therapy helpful to navigate the adjustment challenges, if the decision is to separate.

LOW SELF-ESTEEM

Negative thoughts strongly effect how you feel about yourself. Self-criticism and negative self-evaluation can lead you to feel opportunities are being missed. Therapy can help to explore patterns of behaviour and the underlying emotional difficulties. It can help you build new healthy coping mechanisms and enable you to work towards self-acceptance and even self-love.

ANXIETY

All of us experience anxiety and fear in different situations. However, when anxiety and fear becomes persistent, distressing and interferes with everyday functioning, this may indicate an anxiety disorder. There are a number of anxiety disorders including Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Phobias and Social Anxiety. Symptoms can include physical symptoms – trembling, sweating, increased heart rate, changes in breathing, reduced concentration, feeling faint and nausea; as well as excessive worries and avoidance (people, places, talking or thinking about whatever brings about panic and anxiety). Anxiety is very treatable and the treatment plan depends on what is your concern.

STRESS & ANGER MANAGEMENT

Anger and the experience of stress are normal human emotions, and can be very adaptive and helpful to mobilize us to escape danger or protect themselves. It can however, become problematic when expressed as aggression or violence. It can be a part of many mental health challenges including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. Anger can also be a learned experience. Therapy can assist in developing alternative coping mechanisms and recognising the early warning signs of emotional arousal and distress.

GRIEF/LOSS

Grief is the natural reaction to a variety of loss-related events, such as the death of a loved one, separation or divorce, the loss of sense of safety or predictability, physical incapacity through disability, or the loss of one’s home / community due to disaster. Recovery from grief is varied for every individual and therapy can be helpful to work through transitioning loss in a structured and supportive manner.

Antenatal & Postnatal Depression and Anxiety

Women (and men) can experience the onset of symptoms of depression/anxiety during pregnancy and/or following the birth of a baby (perinatal period). Physical changes in pregnancy can affect your emotions and mood, and being a parent may be different from your expectations. Symptoms can include tearfulness, feeling overwhelmed, having scary thoughts and feelings of detachment. If symptoms persist or increase in intensity it is important to seek professional support.

Health Psychology

Living with chronic illness, injury or disability can have a significant impact on the individual and significant others. Problems such as chronic pain, addiction, depression, anxiety, anger and grief often co-occur with illness or injury and contribute to suffering. A psychologist can help cope with the diagnosis, medical treatments, terminal illness and the impact of loss or life changes as well as pain management. We utilize evidence-based therapies to support clients to manage chronic illness, chronic pain and associated problems with the aim to live a fulfilling life in spite of illness, injury or disability.

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LIVE LIFE PSYCHOLOGY

 

livelifepsychology@gmail.com

9578 5522 or 0458 418 503