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Mental Health Week October 5th – 12th 2014 
World Mental Health Day – October 10th

World Mental Health Day is on October 10th every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and organising efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make psychological well-being a a reality for people worldwide.

As many as one in five Australians may develop a mental illness at some stage in their lives. Everyone is vulnerable to mental health problems. It affects people regardless of age, culture, education or income. Mental Health Week aims to educate, activate and engage people about mental health through a week of interactive events including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theater and seminars.

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Needing a balance in lifestyle?


Needing a balance in lifestyle?

When needing a balance in lifestyle, what would you do? Is your lifestyle getting the better of you? Are you or someone you know feeling stressed, overwhelmed, suffering from depression, anxiety, sleep issues, work issues or chronic pain? If you would like your lifestyle to be healthy and balanced, then our Psychologists can help.

Psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services provide established therapies and evidenced based treatment for a wide range of mental health issues. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.

Our experienced and caring psychologists can provide therapy to individuals, couples and families.

The most common mental health issues are depression, anxiety and substance use disorder. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS, almost half (45 %) of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.  If you feel that you or a loved one is needing therapy, visit your GP for advice or call our friendly receptionist today.

With treatment and support, the majority of people with a mental illness will recover well.

SA Health has some tips on healthy living. Visit SA Health website.

If you would like more information on how our friendly psychologists can help you, or the services we provide, phone our receptionist on 8295 4150.


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Harassment in the workplace
 Harassment in the workplace 

Harassment in the workplace and workplace bullying can be emotionally draining and psychologically damaging.

Workers report they often feel harassed and bullied in their workplace.

Skilled psychological therapy can reduce trauma experienced by harassed workers and assist workers to communicate effectively in their workplace. Prompt and safe return to work for employees who have been affected by workplace harassment or bullying, can be achieved by seeing a skilled Rehabilitation Psychologist.


What is Workplace bullying?

The following definition is from “Dealing with Workplace bullying” – A practical guide for employees, by SafeWork SA and Government of South Australia.

“Workplace bullying means any behaviour that is repeated, systematic and directed towards an employee or group of employees that a reasonable person, having regard to the circumstances, would expect to victimise, humiliate, undermine or threaten and which creates a risk to health and safety”. 


Rehabilitation Psychologists at Adelaide Psychological Services provide effective therapy for employees and can liaise with employers both to assist a prompt return to work and to reassure workers that a repetition of incidents is unlikely.

If you are feeling anxious about a workplace situation, visit your GP and ask for a referral to see our Rehabilitation Psychologist who will teach coping methods with workplace stresses.

For more information, call us on 8295 4150.


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Rehabilitation Psychology


Rehabilitation Psychology

Adelaide Psychological Services provides a rehabilitation psychology approach for clients with psychological injuries due to work or other accidents.

A rehabilitation approach is based on a professional assessment of psychological conditions and impairment, followed by therapy that aims for full recovery so that the person returns to their previous functioning. Rehabilitation psychologists cooperate with mediators when this is required.



Rehabilitation therapy provides education to a client about the nature of a condition, leading to self management.  Clients are given a copy of any reports provided to other parties so that they are aware of changes and to remain informed and in control of their own treatment.  Of course, treatment that is funded by insurers must follow guidelines set by the insurer.



Rehabilitation psychologists work collaboratively with other professionals in a health care team approach. Our psychologists aim at getting clients back at work, when they have sufficiently recovered from their injury.  After assessing a client, a rehabilitation psychologist is able to provide mediators with a report that describes issues concerning the client. Providing this information helps mediators and clients to reach agreed goals and to ensure that efforts of all parties are coordinated.



If a client continues to experience impairment following therapy, this is recognised in a treatment report.  Recommendations may be made to interested parties in a treatment report.



We welcome referrals from GP’s that includes both a general referral and a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan to ensure there are no obstacles in commencing therapy.

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Psychological Diversion Programme
Psychological Diversion Programme


Adelaide Psychological Services provides a psychological diversion programme for workers who are considering lodging either a WorkCover claim or a complaint to the Fair Work Commission for bullying and harassment.

The Psychological Diversion Programme provides independent assessment and advice to:

  • assess the nature of the worker’s complaint to clarify the balance of personal and workplace issues
  • identify a worker’s strengths in dealing with issues
  • recommend mediation and conflict resolution to resolve workplace issues
  • recommend teaching of coping skills for personal issues


 The Psychological Diversion Programme is provided to individual workers in three sessions.  Sessions can be funded by an employer, a worker, or by WorkCover.


 The Psychological Diversion program aims to:

  • focus on recovery from injury rather than on industrial issues or compensation
  • maintain workers in their current workplace
  • help those workers who want to change work to identify this option
  • minimise escalation of disputes
  • identify barriers to resolving disputes
  • reduce maladaptive coping
  • improve a worker’s negotiation skills
  • separate personal issues from workplace issues


Coping Skills

The Psychology Diversion Programme may recommend that a worker participate in a further programme to develop personal coping skills.  Personal development programmes may be funded privately, by a medicare referral, or by WorkCover.

If you would like more information, please call our receptionist on 8295 4150.


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Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas 

It’s that time of year again and the Christmas season is upon us.  It has been a long and busy year and we have welcomed our new psychologist Cathi Arthurson who has settled in well and has become a valued member of our team.

With some other news, after helping and working with many children, adolescents, parents and adults, our long standing child and adolescent psychologist George Wasyluk is retiring this December. Psychologists and clients wish George the very best for his retirement and he will be greatly missed.

Our office will be closed over the Christmas break. We are closed from Friday 20th December and will return Monday 6th January 2014.

If clients are needing an appointment, please call us in the new year and our receptionist will be able to book a time. If needing 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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Adelaide Psychological Services has a new website
New Website

Adelaide Psychological Services would like to introduce our new website. We also have a new logo and a new blog available and we will be updating our blog on a regular basis so please check our website regularly.

Adelaide Psychological Services is a group practice of experienced Psychologists with qualifications in clinical, family, rehabilitation, health, child and couples psychology.

If you would like information on the services we provide, please call our receptionist today on 8295 4150.


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