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Welcome Kylie Darly to the team

Kylie has experience in working with children, adolescents and adult services. Having a special interest in anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioural issues, relationship issues as well as grief and loss. She also specialises in NDIS patients and assessment, Workcover and Motor Vehicle accident clients.

Kylie utilises a number of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational interviewing

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Welcome Gavin Giles to the team

Introducing Mr Gavin Giles, Registered Psychologist to our Psychology Practice.

Gavin holds a Masters In Clinical Psychology and has been a practicing and registered Psychologist for 30 years. Specialist skills in General Adult, Rehabilitation and Workcover. Gavin is an expert in all facets of Psychological Treatment methods, with particular expertise in Cognitive-Behaviour and Mindfulness to adult clients.

You will find Gavin is friendly and professional to achieve client outcomes.

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Welcome Amanda Haselgrove to the team

Adelaide Psychological Services would like to welcome Amanda Haselgrove to the team. 

Amanda is keen to see adults with varying presenting concerns, and tailor assessment/treatment approaches to client needs using best evidence-based practice. She has experience in treating depression, anxiety (generalised or social), post-traumatic stress disorder, panic, eating binges, obsessive/perfectionistic compulsions, anger, stress, grief and loss, cancer related concerns, and suicidal thinking.

Amanda also has research experience in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and moral injury in military personnel, in addition to her own previous employment experience as a soldier and police officer, so she can understand some of the specific challenges faced by those working in these roles.

Amanda primarily uses a cognitive behavior therapy approach, but she also incorporates elements of acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practices. Amanda intends to expand her use of therapy modalities over time.

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Is my Stress Healthy Stress??

Our psychologists are skilled at treating clients who suffer from anxiety, depression, grief and loss.

There are many causes of stress and stress affects each person differently, depending on how we handle a situation. Chronic stress can hinder healthy and happy lifestyles and may cause further issues or symptoms of anxiety and or depression.

When you are in a stressful situation, your body launches a physical response. Your nervous system springs into action, releasing hormones that prepare you to either fight or take off. It’s called the “fight or flight” response, and it’s why, when you’re in a stressful situation, you may notice that your heartbeat speeds up, your muscles tense up, your breathing gets faster and you start to sweat. This kind is short-term (acute stress) and your body usually recovers quickly from it.

However if your stress system stays activated over long periods of time (chronic stress), it can lead to serious health problems. The constant rush of hormones can put a lot of wear and tear on your body, causing it to age more quickly and making it more prone to illness.

If you feel you can’t remain calm or relaxed in certain situations, we are here to help. We have psychologists who are able to address and treat many concerns and issues.

Call us today on 8295 4150 for more information or to make an appointment.

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EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

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The 7:30 report on the ABC produced this segment on EMDR as the calls for EMDR treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder to be made more widely available to emergency services workers.

Please click on the link below to watch the segment.

Clinicians have also successfully used EMDR as a treatment component in the management of:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Panic attacks
• Personality disorders
• Complicated grief
• Dissociative disorders
• Pain disorders
• Body dysmorphic disorders
• Eating disorders
• Sexual or Physical abuse
• Performance anxiety
• Stress reduction
• Disturbing memories
• Phobias
• Addictions

If you know someone who would benefit from EMDR treatment our psychologist Gemma Johnson provides EMDR and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to clients. For more information or to make an appointment, please call our office on 8295 4150.


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National Pain Week 25th – 31st July 2016

National Pain Week is from 25th– 31st July 2016 led by Chronic Pain Australia and promotes four core aims:

  1. To de-stigmatise the experience of chronic pain;
  2. Promote current thinking to explain chronic pain to the wider Australian community;
  3. Create healing relationships between the person in pain and their pain clinician;
  4. Reduce the isolation and suffering of people in pain.

At Adelaide Psychological Services, we see clients who suffer from chronic pain and many other issues.

Our psychologists provide evidence based approaches to sufferers of chronic pain. It is beneficial for people with pain to understand the causes and processes associated with chronic pain and our psychologists will provide therapy and explain these processes.

View our Pain Brochure

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GP’s can refer using a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Rebates are available from Medicare and some private health funds.  We also accept referrals from Work cover / Allianz, lawyers and other insurance providers. Talk to your GP about getting a referral to see one of our psychologists, or ring our office today on 8295 4150.

To promote the week, Healthdirect Australia, the national health information on pain funded by the Australian Government has put together some key information on pain and how sufferers can receive help, please follow the link or you can visit their website for reliable, up-to-date information to help Australians manage their health.

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Clinical Psychologists/Registrars/Registered Psychologists

Do you want to work for a well-established group practice located in the popular seaside suburb of Glenelg East?

  • Full admin and marketing support
  • Are you looking for flexibility in your work schedule?
  • Be part of a fantastic clinical team
  • In-house professional development provided

This is an excellent opportunity for Clinical Psychologists/Clinical Registrars who are skilled in working with a diverse range of clientele and in some cases couples, families, and other client groups.

Adelaide Psychological Services provide evidence based therapy for a varied range of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, WorkCover, couples relationships, families, children’s and adolescents issues and mood disorders.

If you want to be part of a friendly team; enjoy flexibility, job satisfaction without the stress – then this may be the job for you! Work in large furnished consulting rooms with an established referral structure with opportunities to extend your current skills and to learn and develop new skills to further develop your career.

Mentoring and supervision from a Board approved Clinical Psychology supervisor to support and help build your professional profile.  A fantastic administration and promotion and marketing services provided.

To be successful in this dynamic role, you must have:  

  • Full registration with the Psychology Board
  • Registered with Medicare, preferably with clinical endorsement
  • Experience in assessments and intervention
  • Commitment to evidence based therapy
  • A high level of inter-personal skills
  • A high standard of professionalism
  • Ability to function both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Competence to liaise with GP’s and other referral sources
  • Excellent verbal and written communication

This position will suit those who:

  • Enjoy working in a relaxed, friendly supportive team.
  • Require flexibility in working hours.
  • Tailor your week to your needs.
  • Work is available in full and/or half day blocks.
  • flexibility and support to follow your own areas of interest
  • Suitable for client-centred practitioners with commitment to evidence-based practice.

If you believe you possess the exceptional professional and personal qualities required for this dynamic role and you are keen to on joining a dedicated and proficient private practice, please submit an expression of interest together with your CV and contact details for two referees.

Resumes can be emailed to Kirsty on

Further information is available on 8295 4150.

(Permanent, Full Time/Part Time)Sucessive experts

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – EMDR
About Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment that is proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as well as many other psychological conditions and has been extensively researched.


Often disturbing events happen in our lives that stay with us and sometimes our brain cannot process information as it ordinarily does. One moment can become ‘frozen in time’ and remembering the trauma may feel as bad as going through it for the first time. This is because the images, sounds, smells and feelings still seem to be there – they haven’t changed.


Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way that they relate to other people.


Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing has a positive effect on how the brain processes information. Following an EMDR session, the person no longer relives the trauma. They still recall that an incident happened, but it no longer feels upsetting and traumatic. EMDR is beneficial for those who feel restricted by past events and traumas.


Making an appointment

Our psychologist Gemma Johnson provides EMDR and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to clients. For more information or to make an appointment, please call our office on 8295 4150.


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Adelaide Psychological Services supports the initiatives by the SA Government to improve psychological rehabilitation services for workers with a mental health injury by amending the WorkCover Act and by re-organising the responsible agency to form ReturnToWorkSA.  The public was informed that the old WorkCover Corporation had faced financial troubles because of both the increasing number of claims for mental health injuries and the long periods workers remained on income support.  This is clearly an area where skilled rehabilitation psychologists can make a contribution to the community.


After a year of planning and 6 months of implementation, it is timely to review how well the new system is operating.


Adelaide Psychological Services is disappointed by the limited leadership shown by senior staff of the new ReturnToWorkSA.  As many psychologists have moved into private practice following the introduction of Medicare funding for psychological therapy in 2007, it is possible to widen the group of skilled therapists who assist workers with a mental health injury, and to move away from reliance solely on a small group of therapists who operated with WorkCover while the  troubles were developing.  It is appropriate for ReturnToWorkSA to introduce new practice guidelines to coordinate the efforts of multi-disciplinary professionals who operate within the Workers system, and to move away from the old system that did not work.


New practice guidelines could recognise not all workers have the same issues or the same level of difficulty, to introduce a system that provides a sequence of services that are delivered in phases for workers at each phase of recovery.  It is not sensible to continue with a system that dichotomises workers into those whose problems are simple and can be resolved within a few weeks, and those who are permanently impaired.  Many workers have serious injuries and require carefully coordinate inter-disciplinary support for a period of many months before they return to work, and these are the workers who should benefit from a revised system.


One senior staff of the old WorkCover informed the writer that WorkCover did not plan to introduce guidelines for dealing with complex cases, saying complex issues could wait until the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal made rulings.  This approach leads to litigation that is unnecessary and that increases psychological trauma for workers who are already injured.


Many cases have predictable complexities that would benefit from administrative guidelines provided in advance.  Workers who do not quickly return to work due to a mental health injury commonly have a medical treatment team (including a GP, physiotherapist, surgeon and psychologist), a return to work or rehabilitation coordinator, and a case manager.  But there are no guidelines about how these three sets of professionals will communicate or coordinate their efforts.


The powers of case managers have been increased, but the public has no precise information about how case managers use their new powers.  The new system continues the considerable confusion that bedevilled the old system, leaving workers still exposed to frustrations arising from dysfunctional communication within the rehabilitation system.  The new system appears to be diverting workers with a mental health injury away from effective therapy that is provided promptly.  The current system continues to exacerbate mental health distress for workers who begin with a mild and treatable case of anxiety or depression.


Adelaide Psychological Services also has concerns about the limited role being played by the national association presenting psychologists, the Australian Psychological Society.  These concerns were accentuated during the recent AGM of the state branch in December 2015.  Representatives of the national society meet regularly with ReturnToWorkSA.  But questions are being asked about whether the current committee is supporting the interests of the few psychologists who have always liaised with the WorkCover Corporation and who contributed to the troubles emerging, or whether the committee represents the interests of its wider membership.


The involvement of the state government in changing legislation reflects the high level of public interest in this important topic of how best to provide rehabilitation for workers with a psychological or mental health injury they incurred in their workplace.  There is a need for ongoing open discussion until the public is confident that changes have been made and a new system is functioning well.


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Christmas closure


Adelaide Psychological Services will be closed from Friday 18th December 2015 and will reopen Wednesday 6th January 2016. 


We hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


If you require immediate assistance, please call ACIS (Adult Crisis Mental Health Services) on 13 14 65. 

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