Depression – Dr David Wells

Dr David Wells      Quals: B Psych (Hons), Dip Prof Couns, D Psych (Clin Geropsychology).

Depression: Depression is a normal human condition. Depression can be because of the passing of someone close to us, because of an illness, or because of relationship issues. Sometimes people with depression need help when trying to manage and process their condition.

Counselling Approach: Evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the primary approach adopted to help deal with depression. Other therapy approaches will be utilised whenever necessary.

Dr David Wells Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr; $260 for initial appointment. Please call reception to discuss hardship rates.

Current Availability: Usually within a week inc after hours.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!

CBT- Melanie Green

Melanie Green –   Quals: B. Psych (Hons); Cert in Comm Services; AMAPS – Provisional Psychologist.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: CBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy found to be effective in the treatment of a range of mental and emotional health issues such as anxiety, depression, anger and insomnia. It is based on the theory that problems develop as a consequence of learned ways of thinking and behaving. CBT therapists teach their clients to become more aware of their thoughts and help them to develop new ways of thinking and behaving that will have a more effective impact on emotions and wellbeing.

Counselling approach: Melanie takes a collaborative and supportive approach in helping individuals to overcome challenges in their lives such as depression, anxiety and anger. She utilises many CBT techniques to help individuals identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and learn problem solving and behaviour modification strategies to improve emotional wellbeing.

Current availability: Usually within one week

Fees: $90 for initial and subsequent sessions. Hardship rates are also available for those experiencing financial hardship. PLEASE NOTE: There are no Medicare or Health rebates available for seeing a provisional psychologist.

Practice Location: Mt Gravatt- 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt
Loganholme- Unit 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Mt Gravatt – Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now!

Infant Mental Health – Cassandra Gist

Cassandra Gist  –  Quals: B Psych (Hons), M Applied Psychology (Health)

Infant Mental Health: Infant mental health is very important for young children as it is the baseline for their future mental health. Research shows that children’s abilities to effectively manage their emotions is one of the most important factors for success in school, work, and relationships in the long-term. Babies are influenced by genetics from their biological parents and by the environment they are born into. For example if the baby’s mother has mental health issues, this can increase the likelihood that the child will be at risk of mental health issues. Additionally, how the child is raised, what they are exposed to during developmental stages, can also effect their mental health. This infers that the mental health of the parent is critical factor in the mental health of the child. Studies show that early childhood trauma left untreated for long time periods, can increase the intensity of a mental health condition later on in life.

Counselling Approach: Cassandra believes that it is important to integrate therapy with both the parent and the child, especially a young child. Cassandra provides a warm, empathetic approach to explore the issues with the whole family. She utilises evidence based therapeutic methods that are proven to achieve positive outcomes. Quite often, treating a parent’s mental health condition or distress, can have a positive effect on the child. Ideally, if the psychologist can provide skills to the parent across some therapy sessions, then the parent can interact and manage their child on their own using these new techniques. As we know it is the parent who spends a greater amount of time with their children and can pass on their skills to their children. Parents can be provided with psychoeducation, cognitive behaviour therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), while play therapy and Cognitive behavioural therapy can be integrated between the child and parent.

Fees:
 Usually $180/hr (initial appt $220). Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship.

Availability: Usually within a week including evening appointments.

Practice Location: M1 Psychology, 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, QLD.

Appointments: 3067 9129 or book with Cassandra Gist online now!

Happiness Development – Melanie Green

Melanie Green –   Quals: B. Psych (Hons); Cert in Comm Services; AMAPS – Provisional Psychologist.

Happiness Development: People experience a wide range of emotions on a daily basis. Negative emotions such as fear and anger help us to escape danger or defend ourselves. Positive emotions such as joy and enthusiasm help us to connect with others. Happiness is not about feeling good all the time but about making the most of the good times and helping us to cope effectively with the inevitable bad times.

Counselling approach: Melanie takes an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based approach to happiness development. She helps her clients identify what is important and meaningful to them and uses that knowledge to guide and motivate them towards a happy and fulfilling life. Melanie also teaches them skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings in a way that has a less negative impact and influence over them.

Current availability: Usually within one week

Fees: $90 for initial and subsequent sessions. Hardship rates are also available for those experiencing financial hardship. PLEASE NOTE: There are no Medicare or Health rebates available for seeing a provisional psychologist.Melanie-Green

Practice Location: Mt Gravatt- 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt
Loganholme- Unit 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Mt Gravatt – Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now!

Hypnotherapy – Dr Alistair Campbell

Dr Alistair Campbell    BA (Hons), M Psych (Clinical), PhD.

Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis is one way for people to experience trance states. Trance is a normal altered state of consciousness. Trance is an effective way for people to communicate with their subconscious mind. The subconscious mind operates differently from the conscious mind. The subconscious mind processes emotions and understands at the level of global metaphors and images. The subconscious mind focuses especially on learning and taking over jobs to help the conscious mind by freeing it up to do other tasks.

Think of driving. This is a largely subconscious skill. Your subconscious deals with most of the driving so that your conscious mind can focus on other things- talking, listening to music, enjoying the scenery. Mostly that’s a good thing. Sometimes the subconscious mind takes on jobs that it shouldn’t. Sometimes it thinks it is helping when it’s not. Hypnosis is a way of showing you how to communicate with the subconscious mind so it is fully able to help you to achieve the things that are going to be of benefit to you.

Hypnosis is skill that we all have to some degree. It can be used to help with pretty much any situation that you can think of. Whatever your issues hypnosis can help you to learn how to use all aspects of your mind to their fullest capacity.

Approach to Hypnosis: I have been using hypnosis in therapy since 1996. I approach hypnotic trance as a usual and everyday human experience. I help you to learn how to access your ability for trance to enable you to communicate with your subconscious mind. Once you are able to do that it is possible to work out rapid and interesting ways of understanding and resolving the issues that you want to focus on.

Current Availability: Usually within one week. After hours available at both clinics and Sundays at Vision Psychology

Fees: $260-$150, depending on financial circumstances.

Appointments:

Mt Gravatt –  (07) 3088 5422, or Online Booking – Mt Gravatt
Loganholme –  (07) 3067 9129, or Online Booking – Loganholme

Employee Assistance Program – Dr. Jan Philamon

Dr. Jan Philamon    Quals: BA (Hons) Psychology, D Teaching, JP (Qual) Qld, PhD, MAPS.

EAP: An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work-based confidential intervention program designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological well being of all employees, including management. It also includes services for immediate family members.

The aim is to provide preventive and proactive interventions for the early detection, identification and/or resolution of both work and personal problems that may adversely affect performance and well being. These problems and issues may include, but are not limited to, work-related or personal relationships, health, trauma, substance abuse, gambling and other addictions, financial problems, depression, anxiety disorders, communication problems, and coping with change.

Counselling Approach: EAP’s typically provide a limited number of sessions with a psychologist, usually three to start. The first session is used to identify the issues and set goals that will be achievable in the time frame provided by the work-place. Because of the short time frame, an eclectic approach is used with emphasis on a positive, solution focused approach to treatment. Other therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion focused therapy are all used as required to meet the needs of the client.

Current Availability: Usually within 1 to 2 weeks.

Fees: There is no out of pocket cost for approved EAP appointments. General costs run along a sliding scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 for standard appointments. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Please contact reception if you require reduced rates.

Practice Location: 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, Brisbane.

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 to book Dr Jan Philamon now!

Anxiety – Dr. Jan Philamon

Dr. Jan Philamon    Quals: BA (Hons) Psychology, D Teaching, JP (Qual) Qld, PhD, MAPS.

Anxiety:  How often do you find yourself stuck in ‘catastrophising thinking patterns?’ Thinking of the worst possible outcomes, believing something is far worse than it actually is, or anticipating things will go wrong. Yes…It’s nasty old anxiety.

Anxiety is a very common mental health condition in Australia. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety. Anxiety is a common mental health condition, and it can make people feel quite miserable. The good news is that the sooner people with anxiety seek help, the sooner they are likely to recover.

Usually, an anxiety condition isn’t developed or caused by a single factor but a combination of things. Personality factors, difficult life experiences and physical health all play a role. Research suggests that people with certain personality traits are more likely to experience anxiety. For example, both adults and children who are perfectionists, easily flustered, shy, lack confidence in themselves, have low self-esteem or want to control everything, sometimes develop anxiety during childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

Anxiety conditions may develop as a result of stressful life events, such as work place stress or job change, financial concerns, loss of employment, shifting house, family issues and relationship breakdowns. Other more serious events that may lead to an anxiety condition include the death of a loved one, verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse and trauma. It is important to remember that everyone is different and it’s often a combination of factors that can contribute to developing an anxiety condition. You can’t always identify the cause of anxiety or change difficult circumstances, the most important thing is to recognise the signs and symptoms and seek advice and support.

Counselling Approach:  There are several types of effective psychological treatments Jan implements for anxiety. One of which is CBT. This approach helps by teaching you to become aware of your thoughts and to consciously think more realistically. If you actively avoid situations or things that cause anxiety, CBT can help you face your fears and approach these situations more rationally and calmly. CBT can help you recognise the difference between productive and unproductive worries and teach you to let go of those negative and destructive thoughts.

Jan can also help you use relaxation, visualisation and breathing techniques, particularly muscle relaxation, to control anxiety and the physical symptoms of tension.

Current Availability: Usually within 1 to 2 weeks.

Fees: Sliding scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 for standard appointments. Medicare and health rebates may apply. Please contact reception if you require reduced rates.

Practice Location: 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, Brisbane.

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 to book Dr Jan Philamon now!

Couples Counselling – Dr David Wells

Dr David Wells      Quals: B Psych (Hons), Dip Prof Couns, D Psych (Clin Geropsychology).

Couples Counselling: David spends a good portion of his practice helping couples through communication issues, infidelity, relationship dissatisfaction and those who just wish to oomph back into their relationship.

Counselling Approach: David has been trained to Level 3 Gottman Couples therapy; trained to Doctorate level in family systems, cognitive behavioural therapy; and had professional development in brief therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. Overall David’s approach is focussed on listening, understanding, being patient, dealing as equals and working on decided upon solutions.

Dr David Wells Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr; $260 for initial appointment. Please call reception to discuss hardship rates.

Current Availability: Usually within a week inc after hours.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Dr David Wells

Dr David Wells      Quals: B Psych (Hons), Dip Prof Couns, D Psych (Clin Geropsychology).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: sometimes called therapy’s third wave this therapy approach seeks to minimize the struggle clients have with their thoughts. When the struggle is minimised we look to our value structure to dictate our direction in our lives. ACT is proven to be effective in the treatment of depression, pain, and anxiety.

Counselling Approach: Clients find the methods for the letting go of our thoughts and identifying their own value structure as being both productive and interesting. The mindfulness methods used to help calm the clients mind are seen as greatly beneficial.

Dr David Wells Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr; $260 for initial appointment. Please call reception to discuss hardship rates.

Current Availability: Usually within a week inc after hours.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!