Positive Psychology – Dr Laurie Lumsden

Dr Laurie Lumsden    Quals: BA, MA, PhD, MAPS

Positive Psychology:  Positive Psychology is primarily concerned with using psychological theory, research and intervention techniques to understand the positive, adaptive, creative and emotionally fulfilling aspects of human behaviour. It is similar to Life Coaching but from a scientific perspective.

Counselling approach:  In therapy, I build on your strengths, abilities and habits you bring to the practice; you learn to observe and manage your thoughts and emotions. I help you develop interpersonal skills to manage work and family relationships better and help you develop practical thinking skills for everyday living. I help you identify and achieve goals, identify and further develop personal strengths and virtues. I lead you through the researched techniques that lead to happiness.

Dr Laurie Lumsden

Fees:  See Website

Current Availability: No waiting list

Practice Location: Suite 15a, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore

Appointments: Phone 1300 668 114

Website: www.peoplesolution.com.au

 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Dr Laurie Lumsden

Dr Laurie Lumsden    Quals: BA, MA, PhD, MAPS

Interpersonal Psychotherapy:  IPT is a supportive psychotherapy that is time-limited and focuses on building your interpersonal skills. Looking at how you interact with people can help you better understand your emotions in relation to them and how this can contribute to psychological problems.

Counselling Approach:  Social Learning Theory is used to explain how our communication skills and styles develop; how our values, attitudes and beliefs become what they are, and how they shape the way we perceive, interpret and respond to other people. Psychometric assessment using instruments such as the Young Schema Questionnaire and the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire could be used. Reading Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages is highly recommended.

Dr Laurie Lumsden

Fees:  See Website

Current Availability: No waiting list

Practice Location: Suite 15a, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore

Appointments: Phone 1300 668 114

Website: www.peoplesolution.com.au

 

Trauma and PTSD – Dr Laurie Lumsden

Dr Laurie Lumsden    Quals: BA, MA, PhD, MAPS

Trauma & PTSD:  PTSD is a condition that results from exposure to an incident of overwhelming horror. The exposure can be over a long period of time or experienced as a single incident. The experience is such that it is outside the range of normal expectation of the person, and cannot be processed normally.

The shock of the incident bursts in our memory like shattering glass. Some memories are clear and accurate. Some are distorted. Some shards of memory lie in wait for us to stand on (be triggered). The triggering process results in us reliving aspects of the trauma through memories and dreams, visual or other imagery such as sounds and movement, hyper-vigilance, and recall of actual emotional responses such as fear and disgust.

Counselling Approach: Counselling carefully avoids re-traumatising clients by asking them to relive the incident. The emphasis is to teach strategies to deal with symptoms such as depression, anger, and loss of self-esteem, flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts or images. CBT approaches and techniques are taught, leaving the client in control of the speed at which they move through to recovery.

Dr Laurie LumsdenFees:  See Website

Current Availability: No waiting list

Practice Location: Suite 15a, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore

Appointments: Phone 1300 668 114

Website: www.peoplesolution.com.au

CBT – Dr Laurie Lumsden

Dr Laurie Lumsden    Quals: BA, MA, PhD, MAPS

CBT: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is originally based on the theory of Operant Conditioning but now involves other psychological theories as well. It is based on the theory of how humans learn behaviour and develop their thoughts, how thoughts and behaviour are maintained, what triggers recall or relapse, how to extinguish unwanted thought and behaviour, and how to build new ones.

Basically CBT says that if we change the way we think about something, behaviour change can follow. If we become less bigoted as a result of some experience we become less likely to engage in racist behaviour. If we come to see the loss of our job as an opportunity for a new career rather than a catastrophe, then movement towards changed behaviour can follow. Conversely, if we change the way we behave, changes in the way we think can follow.

If we wear seatbelts in a car because it is the law we are likely to develop positive thoughts about using seatbelts. The brain does not like untidy thoughts so it reasons that seatbelts must a good idea because we wear them. If I communicate less defensively to my work colleagues they will respond to me more positively thus making my tendency to communicate effectively with them more likely.

Counselling Approach: CBT entrenches the idea that we can control our own thoughts and behaviour. Being controlled by our thoughts and feelings is not inevitable. Knowing how the brain works enables psychologists to help you learn specific ways to “trick it” so that habitual ways of responding to situations can be stopped and better ways can be used instead. CBT involves many techniques for changing the way we think about life and its issues and of behaving differently in situations through building new habits.

Dr Laurie Lumsden

Fees:  See Website

Current Availability: No waiting list

Practice Location: Suite 15a, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore

Appointments: Phone 1300 668 114

Website: www.peoplesolution.com.au

 

Anxiety Disorders – Dr Laurie Lumsden

Dr Laurie Lumsden    Quals: BA, MA, PhD, MAPS

Anxiety Disorders: While everyone feels anxious from time to time, some people experience these feelings so often and/or so strongly that it can affect their everyday lives. Often people confuse anxiety disorders with stress. Stress is a normal reaction to a situation where a person feels under pressure. For example, it’s common for people to feel stressed or uptight when meeting work deadlines, sitting exams or speaking in front of a group of people. However, for some people these feelings are ongoing, happening for no apparent reason, or continue after the stressful event has passed.

Counselling Approach:  The way in which anxiety disorders develop is explained through Social Learning Theory. This is a blame free/weakness free approach. Through CBT techniques, triggers for dysfunctional thinking are identified and strategies developed to avoid and/or deal with the triggers. Relaxation and grounding skills are taught.  elapse prevention is planned and rehearsed. Relapse is viewed as an opportunity to debrief strategies, identify what went wrong and to strengthen them. Relapse is not failuremjust progress towards recovery.

Dr Laurie Lumsden

Fees:  See Website

Current Availability: No waiting list

Practice Location: Suite 15a, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore

Appointments: Phone 1300 668 114

Website: www.peoplesolution.com.au

 

Addictions Counselling – Dr Laurie Lumsden

Dr Laurie Lumsden    Quals: BA, MA, PhD, MAPS

Addictions:  Addiction issues covered by Dr Laurie Lumsden range from alcohol and other drugs, and smoking, where an addictive substance is involved, to equally destructive behaviours such as gambling, Internet use including pornography, sex, work, etc.

Adverse consequence of addictions can involve health, relationships, employment, and legal issues (Roizen’s 1979 model) thus my approach is one of harm minimisation on all four fronts.

Counselling Approach: The way in which addictions develop is explained through Social Learning Theory. This is a blame free/weakness free approach. Through CBT techniques, triggers for dysfunctional behaviour are identified and strategies developed to avoid and/or deal with the triggers. Relapse prevention is planned and rehearsed. Relapse is viewed as an opportunity to debrief strategies, identify what went wrong and develop strengthened strategies. Relapse is not failure, just progress towards recovery. Given the harm minimisation approach, total abstinence is not an end in itself.

Dr Laurie Lumsden

Fees:  See Website

Current Availability: No waiting list

Practice Location: Suite 15a, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore

Appointments: Phone 1300 668 114

Website: www.peoplesolution.com.au

 

Stress Management – Dr Laurie Lumsden

Dr Laurie Lumsden    Quals: BA, MA, PhD, MAPS

Stress Management: Stress is the biological reaction to a perceived threat or challenge. All animals react to challenges to protect themselves, even single cell animals. Threats can involve physical danger or injury (trauma). Humans are social animals and threats and damage to relationships cause the body to react in much the same way as it does to physical threats. In mammals like us, the body reacts to get ready to protect itself.

Stress becomes a problem for humans when they do not remove or resolve the physical and/or social danger, because the danger is lodged in our memory, or when our intelligence enables us to construct credible threats. This is when stress becomes anxiety.

Counselling Approach: The nature of stress and how it develops is explained through the development of human physiology. An evolutionary model is used. Through CBT techniques, triggers for stress are identified. Strategies to solve problems causing stress are developed and/or strategies are developed to avoid the triggers. Relaxation and grounding skills are taught. Clients learn uniquely developed and owned socially acceptable ways to express emotions and thoughts resulting from stress. Self-care and social support approaches are developed.

Dr Laurie Lumsden

Fees:  See Website

Current Availability: No waiting list

Practice Location: Suite 15a, Kenmore Village, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore

Appointments: Phone 1300 668 114

Website: www.peoplesolution.com.au