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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave person is not someone who does not feel afraid, but who conquers that fear”
~ Nelson Mandela

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Sometimes life throws challenges at us that can feel like the rug has just been ripped from under your feet. Seeing a psychologist can help you, your partner and family get through life’s challenges and lead a happier and more meaningful life.

Common issues for seeing a psychologist include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis and not able to talk yourself out of it.
  • Losing interest in things in your life.
  • Trouble winding down and relaxing.
  • Retrenchment and feeling depressed.
  • Being a young mother and not coping.
  • For women, pregnancy, motherhood and menopause.
  • Struggling with problems from your childhood.
  • Dealing with major health problems.
  • For men employment problems, physical health issues, drug & alcohol use.
  • Caring for family members who are unable to care for themselves.
  • Trying to adjustment to a major life incident.
  • Couples and families with relationship issues.
  • A young person dealing with sexuality issues.
  • Being involved in the Family Court, separation or divorce.
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Stress is often described as a feeling of being overloaded, wound up, tense and worried. We all experience stress at times. It can sometimes help to motivate us to get a task finished, or perform well. But stress can also be harmful if we become over-stressed and it interferes with our ability to get on with our normal life for too long.

Stress can be:
Acute: brief and specific to the demands of particular situation
Episodic Acute: Experienced over and over. Often due to a series of very stressful life challenges
Chronic: Ongoing pressures and demands that seem to go on forever. Chronic stress is very harmful even though some people seem to get used to it.
is involves ongoing demands, pressures and worries that seem to go on forever, with little hope of letting up. Chronic stress is very harmful to people’s health and happiness. Even though people can sometimes get u Signs of stress
When we face a stressful event, our bodies respond by activating the nervous system and releasing hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones cause physical changes in the body which help us to react quickly and effectively to get through the stressful situation. This is sometimes called the ‘fight or flight’ response.

These symptoms can include:
• Headaches, other aches and pains
• Sleep disturbance, insomnia
• Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
• Anxiety
• Anger, irritability
• Depression
• Fatigue
• Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
• Feeling moody, tearful
• Difficulty concentrating
• Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
• High blood pressure
• Weakened immune system
• Heart disease

There are many reasons why we respond with anger it is a basic human emotion and feeling angry is OK. It is how we respond and express anger that can become problematic. Angry behaviours include yelling, throwing things, criticising, ignoring, storming out and sometimes withdrawing and doing nothing.

When should you seek help?
When it creates problems for you with other people, your work, in your day-to-day living, your health or with the law. Anger management is about understanding your anger and why it happens. It is learning better ways to express your frustrations and anger and knowing how to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Anger management teaches you how to recognise your triggers, regulate your feeling and lear techniques to calm down and control a situation before it gets out of hand.

How we can help.
Our psychologists provide counselling for anxiety in adults and adolescence. We focus on working with our clients to identify and manage a large spectrum of anxiety symptoms. The aim of anxiety counselling is to provide people with a range of adaptive coping skills to deal with the challenges daily life often brings as well as specific triggers and severe anxiety.

When to seek professional help?
While anxiety is considered a natural reaction to a stressful situation, for some people anxious thoughts, feelings, or physical symptoms can become severe and upsetting, interfering with their ability to go about their daily lives.Where symptoms of anxiety occur frequently, occur over a period of time, and interfere with daily life, professional help is needed to manage these symptoms. If anxiety is affecting a person’s work, school, home life, or relationships, psychological assistance should be considered.

Signs and Symptoms
Although the experience of anxiety will vary from person to person, feeling stressed, worried, and having anxious thoughts are common symptoms. Other common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Avoidance behaviour
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Feeling lightheaded or faint
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Upset stomach or nausea
  • Sweating

If you are experiencing concerning levels of anxiety and finding it difficult to cope, contact us to book an appointment or use our online appointment booking system.

Do you:

  • Feel overwhelmed by so many career options and not sure where to start?
  • Feel stressed trying to decide today what career you want to do for the rest of your life?
  • Worry about making a career choice and then getting board or wanting to change your mind?
  • Feel like your different interest areas and talents are so diverse to each other and wonder whether you will have to abandon one to follow the other?

It is quite normal to feel this way and you are not alone. Many school leavers share your thoughts.

At Leading Change Psychology we offer Career Guidance for School Leavers.

Our robust process of aptitude tests and in-depth discussions with you, aim to explore your:

  • Career thoughts
  • Abilities
  • Personality
  • Interests
  • Values

Through this thorough process, you are likely to see common threads emerge that can point you closer towards the study path and career of your choice. 

Anyone who has experienced chronic pain understands how debilitating it can be. Chronic pain and its psychological effects have the potential to reduce your quality of life and increase the risk of depression and or anxiety. Under-managed chronic pain can lead to sleep problems, symptoms of stress, relationship and work problems. There is growing evidence on the association between chronic pain and mental health. One in five adult Australians suffer from both severe chronic pain and depression or another mood disorder.

How can a psychologist help?
Successfully living with chronic pain involves a lot of work by the person with pain. There are no easy answers but psychological theapy can help to to decrease suffering and pain over time by:

  • Building knowledge of chronic pain to lessen the fear that the pain is causing more damage
  • Teaching meditation and relaxation techniques to reduce the muscle tension caused by pain and which in turn leads to more pain
  • Improving sleep patterns because living with pain is exhausting and this fatigue can increase the pain experience and decrease the ability to cope
  • Recognising unhelpful thoughts and swapping these to improve mood and coping ability
  • Assisting you to improve the quality of your lifestyle to begin to move pain into the background
  • Learn mindfulness techniques

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has been recognised as a strategy to maximise pain management. This type of therapy may be a key element in lessening pain’s interference in people’s lives over the long-term.

Can help you dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way. We are experienced Couples’ Therapists trained in world class Gottman Therapy, an evidence-based therapy that actually works to help couples achieve a long-term healthy relationship.

Couples Therapy helps partners:

  • Increase respect, affection & closeness
  • Break through & resolve conflict when they feel stuck
  • Generate greater understanding between partners
  • Keep conflict discussions calm

For more information about the Gottman Therapy method you can head on over to the official website here: www.gottman.com

How we can help.

Everyone experiences feelings of sadness, disappointment, or ‘the blues’ from time to time. Depression however refers to a range of mood and other symptoms that are more intense, pervasive and long-lasting, are distressing to the person, and interfere with their day-to-day life and relationships. Our service provides a safe space for people to be themselves and talk about their problems without fear of being judged.

When to seek professional help?

When low mood persists for over two weeks and is affecting a person’s work, school, home life, or relationships, psychological assistance should be considered.
Signs and symptoms The key symptoms of depression include one or both of the following: Feelings of sadness, emptiness or lowered mood that lasts for most of the day, nearly every day Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable, like going out, seeing friends, or pursuing interests and hobbies. These symptoms are experienced persistently for at least two weeks, along with several other symptoms over the same period.

These vary from person to person, but can include:

  • Significant changes in appetite and/or weight in the absence of dieting
  • Difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • Sluggishness
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness, or excessive guilt
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Thoughts of suicide or a feeling that life is not worth living

Grief is an intense emotional and physical reaction following the death of a loved one. It is often described like a wave-like pattern and as a highly individualised process that involves many ups and downs. Grief is one of most powerful stressors in everyday life, often causing significant distress to all those closely connected to the deceased.

How Grief Counselling Helps:

Psychologists can play an important role in helping you adapt to your loss so you can continue to live a meaningful life. No two people will experience the death of a loved one in the same way, how you express your pain depends upon a number of factors. One of the hardest things for people is ‘not knowing’ what to expect, especially in the first few months. It is normal to question whether your experience is ‘normal’ and wonder whether you are going crazy.

Part of the role of the psychologist is to educate about what might be experienced following the death of someone, in an attempt to increase a sense of control and facilitate adaptation.

Some older people struggle with loneliness and isolation. As certain activities get to harder or we get more anxious about them, (like driving), our world feels like it gets smaller. Everyone else seems so busy these days. We miss our loved ones. Sometimes when we are older, we start to stop and think about what we really want out of life for ourselves and wonder why our childhood pains where others may have hurt us still make us so sore, even though it has been years that have passed. Sometimes guilt plagues us. We worry about our kids and our grandkids and the things they face or choices they make. No matter how old they are, they will always be our kids. 

Old age is not for the faint hearted. Daily our character is tested. We are lifelong learners.

Sometimes you just want someone to chat to. Like the analogy of looking through a shoebox of old photos. You would like someone to sit with you as you unpack your life so far and processes all that has happened, that you wish could have happened, and are grateful did happen.

Becoming a parent bring a wide range of emotions, including joy, intense love, apprehension and self-doubt. The physical and hormonal change you go through can also affect your mood and feelings. Whilst it is normal to feel ups and downs in the first couple of years after child birth depression is more than low mood, it is a serious health condition that can get worse if it isn’t recognised. Perinatal depression doesn’t just affect you, but those around you and your baby’s development.

When to seek help?

Many women experience the baby blues between the 3rd & 10th day after childbirth and all parents experience an adjustment period as they struggle to manage the changes a baby brings. Whilst these experiences are normal, feeling distressed, overwhelmed or very sad for 2 weeks or more may mean you are experiencing depression. Having negative or potentially harmful thoughts such as harming your baby or thinking your partner or baby would be better off without you, requires professional help.

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Treatment for Perinatal Depression

There are a range of practical, psychological and medical supports to help you manage the effects of perinatal depression. Often a combination of practical (or physical) and psychological support can help you with your depression.

Leading Change Psychology offers Career Counselling for Adults who are thinking about making Career Transitions.

Do you: 

  • Feel like the pressure is closing in, you hate your current job and need to move but you have no idea where, how, what- but you know it needs to be soon
  • Feel discouraged, as you love your current job but the company is going through redundancies
  • Want to be proactive and start thinking about a career transition as you can see changes looming on the horizon
  • Worry about your skills becoming redundant and how you can transition them to a new environment or career
  • Feel worried and excited at the same time, when you think about re-inventing yourself in terms of your career

Through a robust process of aptitude tests and in-depth discussions with you, we explore your: Career Thoughts, Abilities, Personality, Interests and Values. Career Counselling takes a holistic approach that also looks at other aspects of yourself such as past work experience and transferrable skills to guide you towards a career you may really enjoy.

It is very important to do what you love. You spend more time at work in a day than you do with your loved ones. Most people want to make a difference through their work and have a fulfilling job that makes them ‘tick’.

Recovering from the rollercoaster of separation is one of the greatest challenges life can throw at you. We have worked with the Family Law Court and Family Law system for many years and offer separation counselling to help people move on and develop a new life after such a critical life event.

We can work with individuals or both parents (separately) to build a healthy co-parenting relationship that will benefit all parties involved in a constructive way.

We have psychologists who are Family Court appointment Family Consultants, experienced in Family Reports Assessments.

Sleep is one of the main pillars of health. Daytime distress and impairment are core features shared by all of the sleep disorders. Even though sleep comprises an essential part of our mental and physical health, around 10% of Australians have a diagnosed sleep disorder (this percentage is under-estimated figure as many people are unaware that they have a sleep disorder.)

Our psychologists are trained in sleep psychology under the Australian Psychological Society and are qualified to assess and treat a range of sleep problems and disorders including Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnoea (breathing related sleep disorders), nightmare disorders for children, adults and older people.

Psychological support after a traumatic event is important for optimal recovery. No matter how hard or overwhelming an experience has been remember many other people have experienced issues like you – you are not alone.

Many people who have sought trauma counselling have been able to go on to live meaningful and satisfying lives. Trauma counselling can assist you to develop healthy and adaptive coping strategies. It can help you change less constructive coping strategies you may have developed over time as a result of your traumatic experience.

We spend a large proportion of our lives at work so our work relationships and feelings about our work are crucial to our sense of wellbeing.

Sometimes it seems surprising that issues at work can affect us so much at home. (insert copy already loaded). As a result it has become commonplace for difficult work issues to affect our personal lives.

Signs that workplace problems are affecting our personal lives include:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Not being able to switch off from work when you are at home
  • Moodiness, irritability or anger
  • Dreading going to work on the weekend
  • Waking up feeling tired
  • An increase in arguments with your partner
  • An increase in alcohol consumption
  • Feeling Overwhelmed

As experienced providers of Organisational Consultancy services in our region we understand the triggers for these issues and are experienced in strategies to help you resolve these issues.

Some young people struggle with depression and anxiety. Often when we don’t have a vision, a goal to work towards or a direction to channel our energy, we get bored and down. Sometimes the effort to do anything seems boring, but staying where we are makes us more down.

It is not easy being a young adult, but it is an important part in our development towards healthy adulthood. Some young adults really wrestle with their identity and establishing boundaries with family or friends. Some ask ‘how do we make sense of our friend’s choices and all the pain we have been through or see around us’?

We may be hiding from the world, afraid or pretending we have it all together when in fact we are crying out on the inside.

It can really help to just be able to sit with someone and talk about all these things.

‘Social media can distract me, but I need some meat, I need to wrestle with real stuff. I know I have potential, I just don’t know where or how to channel this frustrated energy and my fears’.

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