Addictions Counselling – Paul Carver

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

Addictions Counselling: Addictions are very destructive, and even though we know that we could lose everything we value as a result of them, we seem powerless to stop our behaviour.

The power of the addiction comes not from the substance or addictive object, but the internal state of the person using it. Addictions are connected to what we need for our emotional survival; they are driven by intolerable or very unpleasant feelings that we feel we need to escape from (such as numbness, anxiety, feeling flat, helpless, continually stressed, empty, down) because they feel unworkable. Going right to the heart of the problem, and working with the feelings that we cannot easily bear, Paul has found that addictions can be unravelled at their core.

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

 

 

Health Psychology – Paul Carver

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

Health Psychology: In Health Psychology, the emphasis is on promoting health as well as the prevention and treatment of disease and illness. A Health Psychologist can help people with things like coping with chronic or terminal illness; adjusting to a disability; hospital and treatment fears; pain management; obesity and eating disorders; grief and loss.

Paul-Caver-300x225Counselling 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 needs.

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

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

Trauma and PTSD – Paul Carver

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

Trauma and PTSD: Trauma can occur through early childhood experiences of neglect, physical or sexual abuse; or as a result of experiencing a horrifying event and not being to escape it.

Early childhood aversive experiences can leave us feeling unstable, unable to feel good, full of self hatred and guilt, and unsafe in the world.

Other trauma can lock us into the past, putting us on the lookout for danger, or make our future look bleak.

Counselling Approach: Paul works at a number of levels, depending on need. Work may involve building a self  that is worthy of love, learning how to meet one’s own needs, and learning how to feel safe in the world. It may involve learning how to make oneself feel good rather than distressed all the time. Sometimes it involves making sense of what happened, working through feelings, and releasing emotions that get trapped in one’s body, making us behave automatically in response to certain triggers.Paul uses CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) originally developed for trauma relating to sexual abuse, but also very effective for PTSD, and  sensorimotor therapies, which work at a more physical level (but don’t involve touch).

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: 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

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

 

 

Eating Disorders – Paul Carver

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

Eating Disorders: Eating disorders include Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa, and Binge Eating. Treatments in this area could have been better in the past, with many having little effect. Hence theprognosis has not always been good for someone with this problem. Now things have changed. An analysis revealed there was a clear frontrunner in terms of effectiveness, and that that was CBT-BN. THe treatment Paul uses is this one, now including some improvements and called CBT-E., or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Enhanced.

Counselling Approach: Paul utilises CBT-BN and CBT-E. The focus is on what is driving the disorder, which is an overemphasis on weight and shape in order to feel a sense of self-worth. It is an outpatient programme, 20 weeks long for those with a BMI of over 17.5, or longer for those with a BMI of 15 or under. Paul is happy to work with other medical health professionals as part of treatment programme.

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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

 

 

Psychology Supervisors – Paul Carver

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

Psychology Supervision: Paul Carver has extensive experience in supervising other psychologists. He has previously been in charge of running a large primary care mental health service for a population of 177,000 in New Zealand, with 66 contracted Psychologists and Therapists. Paul was responsible for the quality of the mental health service, and also worked as a clinician.

Counselling Approach: Paul Carver is an endorsed Health Psychologist, and is highly experienced in treating conditions such as Adult ADHD; early onset psychosis; men’s health (erection problems, low libido, interpersonal issues); addictions; childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect (often known as ACE or aversive childhood experience); chronic health problems; pain management; eating disorders; and working with the elderly.

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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

 

 

Adult ADHD – Paul Carver

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

Adult ADHD: ADHD symptoms don’t necessarily disappear in adulthood, although Adult ADHD is seldom diagnosed in primary care. Adults can have problems with memory, getting organised, concentrating, and keeping focused on things. In addition interpersonal problems caused by irritability and impulsivity can be distressing. Add to this the energy “crashes”which can occur after a person has put everything into trying to keep going at work, and life can become unworkable.

Paul-Caver-300x225Counselling Approach: Paul has a comprehensive non-drug based solution that can trun the whole situation around. It involves:

  • Standardised testing to make a diagnosis and pinpoint areas of difficulty;
  • Plant-based natural medication that can be as effective as stimulants but without the side effects (such as insomnia);
  • ADHD-specialised memory and organisation tools;
  • CBT-ADHD, a special type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) adapted for ADHD that is effective in helping with lack of confidence, self-esteem issues and depression that often accompany ADHD;
  • Biofeedback, a recognised treatment that can improve focus and concentration.

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

Psychosis – Paul Carver

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

Psychosis: Many people who have been diagnosed with a “psychotic disorder” find that just treatment with medication and possibly Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) has not given them the help they needed.

Paul regards Psychosis as a personal crisis, rather than just a brain abnormality. People who hear voices or see hallucinations are reacting to frustrated ambitions, trauma or an overwhelming situation they could not emotionally process, rather than being “crazy”.

Rather than try to get rid of the voices or hallucinations, or fight them, which only seems to make the problem worse, Paul finds that listening to these voices and other experiences provides important information that is needed to resolve the underlying crisis at its root.

Once the so-called “patient” discovers that it’s not what’s wrong with them, but what happened to them that is salient, normality can return. Studies show this approach is more effective long-term than medication, although a combination of both can be used.

Counselling Approach: Paul is happy to work in conjunction with a psychiatrist and other mental health professionals in a treatment-phased approach to psychosis. He also uses CBT for relapse prevention, to consolidate any gains from recent hospitalisation and medication.

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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