Pain Managment

Ongoing pain makes every day a nightmare. 1 in 5 Australians report ongoing, consistant pain that interferes with their day to day life. The most common pain is back pain, but there are many other causes of chronic pain and in some cases the cause is unknown. The effects of chronic pain on the body…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder, characterised by repeated thoughts (obsessions) and rituals or repeated behaviours to combat those thoughts (compulsions). Anxious thoughts are not always a bad thing – ‘Did I remember to turn off the iron’ will lead to the behaviour of going back and checking. However when these thoughts and behaviours start impacting…

Shyness/Social Phobia

Shyness is often a trait we associate with children, and assume that adolescents and adults will grow out of. What happens though, when this doesn’t happen? Shyness in adults is often more than just feeling uncomfortable in an unfamiliar situation or environment. Adulthood shyness can lead to social anxiety, social phobia and an overwhelming fear…

Learning Difficulties in Adults

Learning difficulties in adults can be ongoing from childhood, or can result from a brain injury or trauma. Learning difficulties in adults is characterised by difficulty reading, writing or performing simple maths sums. Often spelling is affected, leading to problems maintaining employment. Learning difficulties are diagnosed through an assortment of psychological tests. These tests must…

Health Related Problems

Chronic health conditions plague many of our population. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis or chronic fatigue syndrome to name a few can make life nearly unbearable for suffers. Psychologists working with other medical practitioners can help create a team to support suffers of chronic health conditions, and help them live productive fulfilled lives.…

Grief

Grief and loss are a universal, intrinsic element of the human experience. Every culture, every society has rituals and beliefs surrounding death and that have been nurtured and continued for generations. Grief and loss is not the sole domain of death however, but is in response to change of any kind. Many people find that…

Sexual/Physical/Verbal Abuse

Abuse manifests in many different forms and can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender. Although women and children are the most frequently effected, men also can be victims of abuse. Sexual abuse occurs when someone is forced to have sex, forced to watch others have sex, is sexually harassed, or has sex used…