Are you feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, experienced trauma, or sad? Do you feel that you can’t relax, or can’t cope with difficult feelings, and it feels like something is holding you back from doing what you really want to do?
Sometimes life unexpectedly knocks you flying or creeps up on you, and you just don’t know how to get back on track. Events and issues can throw you into an emotional place you don’t want to be in. You can usually get back on track, but at particular times in your life you may find that you need to seek additional support from a mental health professional.
You may find that you are struggling with issues such as:
- Memories from a traumatic experience
- Excessive tiredness
- Dulled feelings
- Excessive sadness
- Thoughts that hold you back from doing things
- Difficulties with concentrating
- Angry a lot of the time
- What’s the point?
- Don’t think much of yourself
You may initially discuss a problem with your GP and your GP may recommend that you are referred to a mental health professional such as me. I am able to help you work with the feelings, thoughts and memories that might be getting in the way of you living the life that you would really like.
DO I REALLY NEED TO SEE A COUNSELLOR?
We might look after our physical body by feeding it healthy nutritious food, having good sleep, and doing physical activity, but we might forget that we also need to look after our mental health. Without caring for our mental health, our bodies are not going to work properly. Sometimes you might just need to learn a few practical strategies that are going to support good mental health, or the trauma history that happened years ago may now be influencing your life or your parenting in some way.
I am able to provide practical psychological strategies that are evidence based, and that can support you with good mental health throughout your lifetime. I can also support you to find solutions and strategies in a non-confrontational, safe and respectful way, when working with your ‘not so good’ childhood, traumatic and abusive past.
Sometimes you may only need support and advice on a short-term basis which I can offer via a few one-on-one in-person sessions, telephone or Skype. These services are not offered through the Medicare Mental Health Scheme, and do not require a referral from your GP.
If you feel that you need more than one or two sessions, and that the issues or problems have been with you for a while, you can consider going to your GP to get a Better Access Mental Health Care Plan (based on eligibility) which is subsidised by Medicare. The plan will entitle you to ten counselling sessions.
If you do not have a Mental Health Care Plan, you are able to come and see me directly.