Phobias – Nicole Wimmer

Nicole Wimmer    Quals: B Sc (Psych), MA (Psych), PG Cert Mgmt, Grad Dip Safety Science, MAPS.

Phobias (Agoraphobia): Agoraphobia in the most general terms is a fear of being in public places. It is an anxiety disorder and in the most severe cases, people suffering from this disorder are housebound. Typically, it starts off as a mild anxiety about a particular place or situation that escalates over time into a generalised fear of being in public. Agoraphobia is a disabling fear. It is associated with panic attacks and anxiety. Often the reason behind the person not being able to be in public places, or leave the perceived safety or their own homes is the fear of having a panic attack, of losing ‘control’ or embarrassing themselves.

Counselling Approach: Nicole has a relaxed and engaging approach to therapy, and draws on a variety of evidence-based approaches to individually tailor a plan to suit each client. Her therapeutic orientation is a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

For obvious reasons, a person suffering from agoraphobia’s ability to attend treatment is limited. Nicole is able to assist by offering the option of home visits initially (Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Brisbane) until a person is able to attend the clinic.

Fees:   Usually $180/hr and inital appointments $220 hr. Medicare and health rebates may apply.  Evening appointments available.  For reduced rates please contact reception.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.

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Practice Location:

Brisbane – 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt

Appointments:

Brisbane(07) 3088 5422 or book online

Anxiety Disorders – Paul Carver

Paul Carver    Quals: BSc, MSc, PG Dip Hlth Psych

Anxiety Disorders: Paul Carver has expertise in:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder, with or without agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Needle phobia

It used to be that if you were diagnosed as a chronic worrier (GAD), a really compulsive and obsessive person experiencing unwanted or unacceptable intrusive thoughts and behavioural rituals such as checking (OCD), or someone who is chronically shy and suffers from disruptive anxiety on social contact (Social Anxiety Disorder), you had to learn to live with your limitations. Scientific innovation has brought new advances in treatment, and Paul uses the latest specialised forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which are remarkably effective in treating what used to be regarded as intractable problems. Anxiety is very common, but experiencing too much of it feels terrible and it is very disabling. It also has a high social cost. Now there is no reason to put off doing something – experience new levels of wellness and get your life back within limited time frames! Panic disorder and phobias are also very responsive to treatment.

Counselling Approach: Paul has a very flexible approach, and a great toolbox from which the right solution for each person can be discovered. He uses Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Relapse Prevention and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, depending on the individual’s need.

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Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195/hr and $240 initial appt. Reduced rates may be available for those on a pension. Appointments available Sundays.

Availability: Usually 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments:  (07) 3088 5422  or book Paul Carver online