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Christmas 2018
Christmas Closure

Merry Christmas.

It’s that time of the year and Christmas is upon us.  It’s been a busy year for Adelaide Psychological Services celebrating our 10 year anniversary.

2018 is going to a busy, exciting time for us at Adelaide Psychological Services and we look forward to the times ahead.  In January, Julie Stanley has increased her days to four days.

Our office will be closed for Christmas from Wednesday 20th December and we will return on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.  If clients need an appointment, please call us in the new year and our receptionist will be able to 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 happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.

 

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National Pain Week 24th-30th July 2017

National Pain Week is from 24th– 30th July 2017 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.

Living with chronic pain is linked with depression for many people and has long been a focus for the team at Adelaide Psychological Services. Research shows women are more susceptible to depression based on the level of pain, whereas men are more susceptible to depression based on how their pain interferes with daily activities, work and lifestyle.

Adelaide Psychological Services early intervention approach works with a broad range of clients to help them cope with the psychological impacts of pain. The team at Adelaide Psychological Services work through common challenges for our clients including

¨ acceptance of the cause of pain, workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents or other serious injury

¨ managing long term pain levels by adjusting to life changes brought on by chronic pain

¨ maintaining healthy relationships within the family whilst living with chronic pain.

¨ return to work

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 Return to Work SA / 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

View our Pain Brochure

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7th World Congress on Family Law

Dr Don Tustin presented a paper about Mental Health Treatment Reports submitted as evidence to a Family Court at the recent 7th World Congress on Family Law. Following the introduction of subsidies for psychological treatment for people with anxiety and depression in Australia in 2006, GPs are increasingly referring parents who are experiencing difficulties over separations and family law proceedings.

Following therapy, some parents ask for a treatment report about progress they have made in therapy and submit these reports to a Family Court.   Australian Family Law Courts are increasingly accepting mental health treatment reports. Family Courts have shown particular interest in treatment reports for parents who: struggle to co-parent, involve children in adult disputes, struggle to discipline their child because the child becomes anxious, struggle to establish clear boundaries, and when two parents struggle to communicate without one parent becoming anxious or depressed.

Judges are expressing interest in treatment reports that help a child to learn resilience skills, and to participate in family discussions about disputes between their parents that impact on the child.  There is also interest in parenting practices that are suitable for children with distinct temperaments.

Feedback from judges is that these reports help to clarify complex topics, and support parents to maintain contact with their children which is the aim of the 2006 amendments to the Family Law Act.

The feedback about Don’s paper was that Australia is ahead of other parts of the world in providing therapy for families who are distressed by separation.

If you would like more information on this approach please contact Adelaide Psychological Services on 82954150.

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Coping with exam stress

With exam time just a few months away many students are already feeling the pressure to succeed. Year 12 exams for many young adults are the most stressful time of their lives so far. Dealing with pressure to succeed, university entrance and making some big life decisions can really test students coping skills.

Learning some key stress management techniques which empower students to deal with stress proactively before it takes a toll can not only help their school performance it can greatly reduce the long term effects this stress takes on their mental health.

Last year saw a rise in year 12 students applying for special conditions due to anxiety related conditions.

The team at Adelaide Psychological’s approach to early intervention psychology will help students learn to deal with this stress in a healthy way before it becomes a significant problem.

 

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Welcome Sarah Kordick to the Team

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Adelaide Psychological Services welcome Sarah Kordick to the team.

Sarah has relocated from Cairns where she operated her own private practice.

Sarah has experience working with parents, couples, children, both as individuals and groups.

She has a special interest in depression, anxiety, perinatal mental health, grief and loss, parenting issues, behavioural problems, addiction, relationship problems, interpersonal issues, managing emotions, anger management, sleep problems and motivational issues.

Sarah integrates a range of approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing.

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

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Christmas Closure

Merry Christmas.

It’s that time of the year and Christmas is upon us.  It’s been a busy year for Adelaide Psychological Services.  We welcomed Kirsty our new practice manager in May and Mel our new receptionist in September and both have become valuable members of our team.

October we welcomed our new psychologist David Ahmed who has settled in well and in January we welcome Sarah Kordick our new psychologist who has relocated from Cairns.  2017 is going to a busy, exciting time for us at Adelaide Psychological and we look forward to the times ahead.

Our office will be closed for Christmas from Friday the 16th December and we will return on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.  If clients need an appointment, please call us in the new year and our receptionist will be able to 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 happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to working with you again in 2017.

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Adolescent Anxiety and Early Intervention

With ever increasing access to the world through social media our children are more exposed to the ugly side of the world than ever before.

The Guardian in the UK reports that a major British children’s charity has released research stating that an increasing number of our children are concerned over world events and this is their primary cause of anxiety.

Recent figures show a 35% uplift in contacts by children and teenagers to counselling services in the past 12 months alone.

At Adelaide Psychological we believe in Early Intervention Psychology, and our psychologists are experienced in working with teenagers who are showing the early signs of anxiety.

We believe that prevention is far better than cure when it comes to mental health.

World events can be upsetting, frightening and overwhelming to teenagers and we need to help our kids build a better resilience to cope with this new world.

If you or your child is struggling to find healthy coping strategies or want to make sure you have these in place, then we can help.

Ask us about Early Intervention Psychology.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/31/childline-anxiety-calls-spike-uk-children-express-fears-global-events-brexit-syria

 

 

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Welcome David Ahmed to the team

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Adelaide Psychological Services would like to welcome David Ahmed to the team.

David works across a range of age groups from adolescent to late adulthood and emphasises client centered skills that include relapse prevention.  David is dedicated to providing quality service that encompass the client’s input. David bases his therapy on building rapport with clients.

David’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and includes treatments from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).  David has experience in neuropsychological assessment including basic and complex tests of memory and intellectual functioning from a ‘gold standard’ clinical rehabilitation hospital over several years.

David has a strong interest in neurology and has significant experience in clinical rehabilitation.  David has undertaken a wide variety of projects involving people with chronic illness both assessing and treating psychological and psychosocial problems and David has published some of this work.

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

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Behavioural Change in Children

As parents we are always needing to guide our children’s behaviour.

From little things to big things, it can be quite a challenge sometimes teach our children the important life skills we know they need.

Small changes may occur simply because we ask.

But larger changes are more fundamental and require more effort from both our children and ourselves.

But where do you start?

At Adelaide Psychological we recommend a structure 5 step program to behavioural change.

  • What are you struggling with? What are you trying to change? Is it age appropriate?
  • Consider your child temperament. How does it affect the changes you are trying to make?
  • Consider your own parenting style? Yes we all have a different parenting style and it needs to adapt over time as our children grow older.
  • Tryout a set of interventions. Our intervention programs run over a 1 month period and are tailored to your needs by our psychologists.
  • Review your plan with our psychologists and ensure you are getting a positive outcome, and achieve great mental wellbeing in your family.

If you need help putting together your plan, understanding your child’s temperament or your own parenting style speak to one of our psychologists for more info.

PH 08 82954150

www.psychadelaide.com.au

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Do you feel “stuck” in life?

If you have had a deeply distressing or disturbing experience you could be facing the aftermath of a trauma.  Bad things can happen to any of us and it can feel like a negative downward cycle.  Your resilience may be depleted and you may start to feel overwhelmed.  It is normal to need someone to come along side of you to support you through these difficult times.

Common signs include:

  • Unwanted or distressing thoughts
  • Avoiding places or events
  • Being easily startled
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling detached
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Problems with concentration
  • Decreased energy levels
  • Loss of interest in things you use to enjoy
  • Irritable behaviour or angry outbursts
  • Behavioural changes that are unhelpful or self-destructive

The first step is recognising that something is not quite right.  It’s like an iceberg, most of the feelings are under the surface and come up at unexpected times.  This is your body telling you it is time to do something about it.

We can help you to

  • Understand more about what is going on in your body
  • Manage your thoughts
  • Develop some relaxation strategies
  • Learn to accept uncomfortable feelings as they pass
  • Reengage or start to enjoy life again

If you would like to discuss making an appointment to see one of our psychologists, call our receptionist today on 8295 4150.

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