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Welcome Amanda Bakker to the Team

Amanda enjoys working with a wide variety of clients. She works with adults, adolescents and children in a non-judgemental, empathetic, and confidential manner.

In the throes of publishing her research on sex drive, sociosexuality and gender fluidity, Amanda has a passion for sexuality and LGBTIQ+ counselling including relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity and dysphoria, sexual desires and practices, and addiction.

Amanda also administers educational (cognitive and academic) assessments for clients six years and over. She also works with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, including clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to improve emotional regulation and behaviour.

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Educational Assessments and Treatments Including Autism Spectrum Disorder

At Adelaide Psychological Services we have a dedicated team of experienced Senior Psychologists who perform a range of Educational assessments and treatments including that of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our Autism treatment programs are tailored to each child’s individual needs and often encompass areas such as social skills training, emotional regulation, and applied behavioural analysis. We provide services to those who are registered with plans through the NDIS and for private patients. Medicare rebates may be available for some of these services.

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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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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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