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National Pain Week 20th – 26th July 2015. 


National Pain Week is from 20th – 26th July 2015 and aims at getting people to talk about living with 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. Talk to your GP about getting a referral to one of our psychologists, or ring our office today on 8295 4150. 


Currently it is National Pain Week. Visit their website for more information.

The Australian Pain Management Association, also have some resources available on their website. 


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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, uncomfortable or totally incapacitating.

Pain is chronic if it continues for one month following an injury, is not reduced by physical therapy, and produces a significant impact on a person’s lifestyle.

Adelaide Psychological Services have psychologists available who are skilled and focus on chronic pain and therapy.


Benefits of skilled psychological therapy include:

  • Help people to cope with chronic pain while medical treatment occurs
  • Minimise impacts of negative emotions
  • Help people to focus on what they can do rather than on impairments and distress
  • Help to communicate their pain objectively to others
  • Effectively self-manage symptoms of pain
  • Focus on enjoyable activities not only on loss


Psychological therapy for chronic pain addresses eight topics:

  • Education about pain
  • Effect of emotions on pain
  • Beliefs about pain
  • Pain and exercise
  • Self-management of pain
  • Family support
  • Medications and substances
  • Return to work issues

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Our psychologists provide intervention plans, based on an individual assessment. Evidence-based therapy practices are used and our psychologists collaborate with other health professionals.

GP’s can refer using a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, this allows Medicare rebates or alternatively some private health funds provide rebates.

We also accept referrals for WorkCover / ReturnToWork SA, Motor Vehicle Accidents (Allianz) and other 3rd parties.

For more information, please call our receptionist on 8295 4150.

The Australian Pain Management Association  and  National Pain Week have some resources available on their websites. 


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Depression and anxiety


Is depression and anxiety preventing you from enjoying your usual things in life?


Our psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services have many years experience and skills in treating anxiety disorders and mood disorders.

Anxiety symptoms may include:


  • Feelings of panic and fear
  • Felt irritable
  • Obsessive thinking and worrying
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Problems sleeping
  • Being unable to enjoy activities.


If you feel that you have anxiety or depression, make an appointment to see your GP. Your GP can refer you under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, to see a psychologist for treatment and management of anxiety and depression.


For more information, please call our receptionist on 8295 4150.


Beyond blue have brochures and factsheets about depression and anxiety. Visit beyond blue website.


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Family separation



Family separation can affect many family members, not just parents or children.


We have psychologists who are skilled in providing therapy for:


  • Separated families
  • Stress from proceeding with divorce or separation
  • Children and separation
  • Custody / access issues
  • Parenting
  • Relationship counselling
  • Child and adolescent behavioural issues
  • Split families

Some psychologists are able to provide legal reports to the Family Court.


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If you or a loved one is struggling with a family separation or divorce, call today to speak to our receptionist or to make an appointment on 8295 4150. 


Relationships Australia has useful information available on their website: Relationships Australia.



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Vocational Assessments


Are you confused about which career path you should take or have recently left school?


If you or someone you know needs direction in sourcing a new career and needs career advice, we can assist you.


At Adelaide Psychological Services, our psychologist offer Vocational Assessments to assist with finding you your next job.


Our Psychologists will work with you to:

  • Explore your transferrable skills
  • Discuss labour market and research job opportunities
  • Develop a resume
  • Learn basic interview techniques


Our vocational psychologist uses standard tests to identify skills and interests of each person.


If you are wanting more information, call our receptionist today on 8295 4150.


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Postnatal Depression


Are you a new Mother struggling with Postnatal Depression (PND)?  Are you struggling to navigate through the wave of emotions that are unique to new Mums?


Adelaide Psychological Services offers new (and existing) Mums a range of therapies to deal with:

  • Coping with mood changes
  • Dealing with negative thinking
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Trauma after childbirth
  • Unexpected complications in childbirth
  • Grief after pregnancy loss
  • Relationship changes
  • Coping with change including maternity leave
  • Social isolation
  • Adjusting to parenthood


New mothers may also experience stress and tension within their relationships and men can suffer from Postnatal Depression too. 

Call us today to make an appointment with Gemma, or to speak with our receptionist for more information.

Our Women’s Health & Pregnancy brochure has more information. 

PANDA Post and Antenatal Depression Association, has some helpful factsheets on Post Natal and Antenatal Depression. 


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Marriage counselling and couples therapy

Marriage counselling and couples therapy

Marriage counselling and couples therapy is ideal for couples who quarrel, disagree constantly, have conflicting views, have been dishonest, as well as for couples who want to rekindle and revitalize their relationship. 
Every relationship requires work and commitment, but in todays busy society, it’s common to neglect this commitment and this is when issues can start appearing.
If one member of a couple shows signs of anxiety or depression then the couple may be eligible for subsidised therapy under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, based on a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder.
Appointments with our skilled and trained relationship psychologists allows couples to open up and discuss a wide range of topics, issues and concerns in front of a trained relationship psychological therapist.
Call our receptionist today on 8295 4150 to find out which psychologist would be suitable.
Some relationship information can be found on the Relationships Australia website. 

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Couples Therapy and Marriage Counselling


Couples Therapy and Marriage Counselling


Couples Therapy and Marriage Counselling provided by skilled relationship psychologists has been shown to be effective in preventing breakups, while improving communication and harmony.

We have both female and male psychologists who are trained in relationship therapy. At Adelaide Psychological Services, we provide a safe and skilled environment for couples to talk about their difficulties and worries. The more couples practice discussing their emotional tensions, the sooner they make progress.

Our psychologists are committed to helping clients using established psychological interventions, they are relaxed and friendly people you will enjoy meeting again and they teach skills that last a lifetime.

If marital / relationship tensions lead to anxiety or depression, then you may eligible to receive Medicare rebates for therapy, under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan.

If the aim of therapy is to revitalise a relationship, with no depressive symptoms, it’s not covered under Medicare, however some private health funds provide rebates.

For more information or to make an appointment, phone our receptionist on 8295 4150.

Relationships Australia is a helpful website, for those interested in some reading materials 


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Christmas Closure

Christmas has crept up on us and now it’s near.

Adelaide Psychological Services will be closed from Friday 19th December and will reopen Monday 5th January.

During this time, if clients would like to make an appointment, please call in the new year and our receptionist will book a time.

If you need urgent assistance please contact ACIS, Adult Crisis Intervention Services on 13 14 65.

The team at Adelaide Psychological Services would like to wish all GP’s, clients and other professionals a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

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Postnatal Depression Awareness Week 16 – 22 November
Postnatal Depression Awareness Week 16 – 22 November


Prenatal / antenatal and postnatal depression affects many mothers and fathers. The emotions and experiences couples will encounter when they find out they are expecting a baby, can vary greatly.

Up to 1 in 10 Australian women experience depression during pregnancy. This increases to 1 in 7 new mums in the year following birth and 1 in 20 new dads.

Beyond Blue reports that Anxiety is even more common. The perinatal period covers pregnancy until 12 months after birth.

Having anxiety is common, but having depression and anxiety is not a normal part of having a baby. Postnatal depression and anxiety can take its toll on all family members.

Our psychologists Gemma Johnson and Olga Papadopoulos provide therapy and treatment to women and couples who are experiencing perinatal and postnatal issues and complications arising from childbirth and pregnancy loss.

Olga and Gemma also provide treatment for a wide range of women’s issues and couples counselling.


PANDA, Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. has some useful information and fact sheets. Visit PANDA website.

Sands: miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support has online resources available. Visit Sands website.


For more information, call our receptionist on 8295 4150.


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