Anxiety Disorders – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Anxiety Disorders: Our bodies have evolved to cope with serious threats to our survival – such as wild animals in our environment, and our brains have evolved to solve very complicated problems. For these reasons, we have a tendency to focus on threats and problems in our environments, rather than on positive and pleasant things. If this tendency gets over-activated for some reason, we can end up with an anxiety disorder, and feel that we are constantly under threat, or are constantly facing a serious problem. In this situation, we feel unable to focus on the positive aspects of our lives.

Counselling Approach: The good news is that it is possible to get out of the cycle of feeling anxious because we are focusing too much on threats and problems. In therapy, you might learn some ways of calming your body down, using breathing, muscle relaxation or imagery techniques. You might look at your thought patterns, and learn new ways to shape and manage your thoughts so that your thinking patterns don’t fan the flames of your anxiety. You might also look at how your behaviour influences your anxiety, an learn how to make changes there.

Depending on your personal preferences and personality style, you might choose to follow a cognitive behavioural therapy approach, a mindfulness based approach, or a schema focused therapy approach.

Dr Catherine Hynes PsychologistCurrent Availability: Usually within a week.

Fees: $230 per hour, negotiable based on financial need. Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924.