Suicide

Even the word suicide has become taboo in our society, but the reality is that suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. Situations such as depression and anxiety, the breakdown of a relationship, retrenchment/unemployment or other mental conditions can all lead to a person attempting to end their…

Perinatal Depression

Finding out that you are pregnant is seen as a great joy to most couples. But what about when it is not? Perinatal Depression (or Antenatal Depression) can strike at anytime during your pregnancy. Often it can be brought about by situational factors (unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, relationship issues) or by pre-existing factors (having previously…

Stress Management

Stress affects us all, every day. For the most part we cope with it, alleviate it and move on. However sometimes it feels like we just cannot get a break. The bills are piling up, there aren’t enough hours in the day and family responsibilities are overwhelming you. While this may happen to most of…

Parenting

If only children came with instruction books! How often have you heard that lament from your parenting peers, or even from yourself? While they don’t come with instruction books, a trained psychologist can help you when you feel things are going awry, or even before that, to prevent problems arising. A trained psychologist can help…

Social Anxiety

Very few people have the ability to get up in front of people and make a speech, or walk into a room of strangers and immediately feel at home. However, sometimes, these difficulties go beyond a case of nerves or a temporary discomfort. Social phobia is ongoing, intense fear in social situations, which can often…

Panic Attacks

Fear and panic are normal responses to danger or threatening situations. They are your body’s reactions to events, which have served us well as we have evolved and kept us safe. The sweating hands, the racing heart are all signs that your nervous system is getting ready to fight or flee. For some people though,…

Sleep Difficulties

Sleep difficulties cover a range of situations. From general sleeplessness or insomnia to disordered sleep-wake cycles, sleep difficulties can affect every aspect of your life. Insomnia is often considered a symptom of something else such as depression or stress, and these root causes need to be identified and treated. Disordered sleep-wake cycles are defined as…