Trauma

Many people will witness or experience a frightening or distressing event and be able to walk away from it. However, there are many that won’t be able to, and will experience emotional trauma as a result. They may find that they have difficulty coping or functioning in day to day life, they may find that…

Work Related Stress

In recent times there has been much recognition of the importance of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Many of the recommendations have been for physical safety, but what about mental safety? Many places of employment are starting to focus on their employees emotional health, watching them for signs of stress and distress. Work place stress…

Workplace Bullying

It is everyone’s right to feel safe and valued in their workplace. Workplace bullying may be obvious things like being threatened physically, to more subtle practices like gossiping, setting an employee up to fail regularly, exclusion or mind games. Ongoing workplace bullying can result in physical injury, a loss of self-esteem and depression. There are…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A car accident, abuse, war, natural disasters all of these are terrifying at the time. But for some people the terror doesn’t end there. They experience unwanted and recurring memories of the event, they have trouble sleeping or they might feel emotionally numb. All of these things are symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If…

WorkCover and 3rd Party Psychological Injuries

Over the last couple of years there has been a steady rise in psychological injuries, being reported and treated through WorkCover. This recognition of injuries extending past the physical has been a tremendous breakthrough, and a great step towards getting people back to work. Psychological injury can result from workplace bullying, witnessing or experiencing a…

Post Natal Depression

Nine months of anticipation, watching your belly get bigger and waiting to meet your precious bundle, and now you just feel like crying. What happened? Many women go through mood changes after they have a baby. They are still experiencing the melting pot of hormones as well as the realisation that this wee creature is…

Phobias

Phobias are an anxiety reaction to a specific trigger. And that trigger could be anything! People have reported phobias from buttons to heights, animals to water. Individuals may encounter their trigger as benignly as on the television and still have a reaction to that trigger. A phobic reaction typically is sweating palms, pounding heart, nausea,…