One in five Australians aged 16-85 years will experience depression, anxiety or another mental health disorder in any given year. Others need help to cope with significant life events, such as a relationship breakdown, serious illness, death of a loved one, or job loss. Through psychotherapy, we help people to work through such problems and live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Our clients frequently report that psychotherapy increases their sense of self-worth and resilience, improves communication skills and the ability to tackle ongoing life issues.
Psychotherapy provides a safe, compassionate, and confidential space for a person to explore their beliefs, emotions, and experiences. During the course of therapy, clients learn ways of changing longstanding beliefs and behaviours that have hindered their wellbeing and satisfaction with life.
Psychotherapy allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective and nonjudgmental. Applying scientifically-validated procedures, your Psychologist works with you to identify and change the thought and behaviour patterns that are preventing you from getting the most out of life and your relationships. Drawing on your personal strengths and values, you will develop effective strategies for managing feelings of stress, overcoming fears and insecurities, and achieving lasting improvements to your mental health. Psychotherapy can also assist you to clarify your personal goals, improve your relationships, or chart a new life direction.
Some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depressed, anxious, or angry for a long time. Others may have short-term challenges they need help navigating. They may be going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job, or grieving the loss of a loved one. Signs that you could benefit from individual psychotherapy include:
- Feeling an overwhelming, prolonged sense of sadness.
- Difficulty concentrating on work or carrying out other daily activities.
- Worrying excessively, expecting the worst, or constantly feeling on edge.
- Avoiding everyday situations or activities due to fear and insecurity.
- Relying on alcohol or drugs to reduce stress or manage your mood.
- Behaving in ways that are harming your relationships with others.
- Feeling “stuck” or not in control of your life.