Domestic Violence – Trudy Sheffield

Trudy Sheffield       Quals: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons)

Domestic Voilence: Domestic Violence is when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to control or dominate the other person, causing them to live in fear. There are several different forms of abuse including psychological abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and physical abuse.
Counselling sessions are available by appointment only and last for approximately fifty minutes to one hour. It is not appropriate to bring partners or children to counselling appointments.
Intervention will include risk assessment and safety planning.  Safety will always come first and it must be understood that intervention could include advocacy with and referral to other key services.
Intervention will focus on understanding cycle of violence, understanding power and control in relationships, healthy boundaries and healthy relationships.

Counselling Approach: Trudy has experience and training to work with perpetrators of domestic and general violence to learn the drivers behind family violence, core beliefs, gendered beliefs and how to challenge these to make significant positive changes and work towards equality and respect within relationships.  Her approach is based on Cognitive Behavioural and Duluth model training and experience to identify permission statements, dysfunction core beliefs and thought challenging strategies to impact upon emotions and subsequent behaviors.  Violence is an epidemic that must be reduced and stopped in our communities.

Current Availability: Usually 2-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment for clinical appointments.  Health or Medicare Rebates may apply. Forensic sessions (for non-mental health based clients) incur an initial fee of $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $210.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments:   Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online.

Family Therapy – Trudy Sheffield

Trudy Sheffield       Quals: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) 

Critical Parent Syndrome: So many people are effected by critical or chaotic parents.  This leads to insecure attachments, anxiety, low self-esteem, low self worth, a lack of sense of self, and depression. If you can relate to being subject to a highly critical parent, or a parent/s with chaotic and unusual behaviours, you can find help and develop a meaningful, stable life.  Your concerns and issues need to be valued.  You may often find you question your own ability to make decisions and value.  Having a critical parent can also significantly impact on your ability to adjust to major life changes, or managing conflict, and assert yourself in everyday interactions.  Or, perhaps you find yourself very angry, depressed and uncertain.

Counselling Approach: Trudy Sheffield has extensive training in working with clients with complex family trauma and self-value issues.
Trudy draws on Cognitve Behavioural, Strength based and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychoanalytic Therapy when working with you to make positive change. She has a respectful, warm approach to clients, offering a non-judgmental environment to clients whilst maintaining strong professional boundaries.

Current Availability: Usually 2-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment for clinical appointments.  Health or Medicare Rebates may apply. Forensic sessions (for non-mental health based clients) incur an initial fee of $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $210.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments:   Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online.

Stress – Trudy Sheffield

Trudy Sheffield       Quals: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) 

Critical Parent Syndrome: Surprisingly stress can be a good thing in our life. It is that little physical jolt that drives us to achieve things.  However, stress becomes a problem when it becomes overpowering and creates a sense of dread, anxiety or simply feeling out of control.  Ever woken up to the day just feeling like you just want to stay in bed and hide because you can’t face the day ahead?  It is these times that stress and life events are no longer motivating and manageable, but it can be addressed and help is available.

Consistent high levels, or overwhelming stress can impact on us both mentally and physically.  You might feel unsure where to start a task or activity, or that things you used to cope with are now much more difficult.  You might physically experience body pains, headaches and pick up every ‘bug’ going around. Stress can leave you feeling intolerant, frustrated and exhausted.  The human body is not designed to live in a constant state of stress.

When medical conditions are ruled out, it might be that it is the reaction of your body to ongoing levels of unmanaged stress.

The good news is that stress, even overwhelming stress, can be managed. Trudy is a psychologist who can help you to identify stressors, and learn techniques that suit you individually to manage your levels of stress.  We all deserve to be happy and balanced.

Trudy can work calmly to assist you to deal with stress and its symptoms so you can get back to enjoying life.

Counselling Approach: There are many techniques that can help you reduce ongoing stress, and such related concerns as anger, anxiety and depression. If you are finding everything a bit too challenging and you would like some support to better handle the ongoing stress in your life, make an appointment now.

Current Availability: Usually 2-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment for clinical appointments.  Health or Medicare Rebates may apply. Forensic sessions (for non-mental health based clients) incur an initial fee of $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $210.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments:   Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online.

Couples Therapy – Trudy Sheffield

Trudy Sheffield       Quals: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) 

Fly in/ Fly out relationships: In an ever changing economic client, fly in and fly out or shift worker relationships are becoming an ever common reality in Australia.  This can cause separation issues, distrust, miscommunication or non-communication. Although quite common, conflict in a couple’s relationship is very distressing and if ongoing and unresolved can lead to eventual relationship breakdown, depression and anxiety conditions. Instead, why not identify realistic and meaningful strategies that can assist trust, open two way communication, negotiation and equality that healthy relationships thrive upon.

Counselling Approach: Trudy has worked with clients who have relationship disturbances for many years, including those who have lost equality and trust in their relationship.  Her approach is based upon honesty, openness, assertiveness and rebuilding trust to offer the best chance of relationship success.  She is skilled in working with individuals or couples to address mistrust, miscommunication and a failure to foster equality.  Trudy also helps people accept diversity within relationships, communicate needs and consider other’s perspectives.  Her engaging and motivational approach helps individuals or couples to consider the importance, confidence and desire to change, and how they can increase these importance aspects of motivation

Current Availability: Usually 2-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment for clinical appointments.  Health or Medicare Rebates may apply. Forensic sessions (for non-mental health based clients) incur an initial fee of $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $210.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments:   Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online.

Addictions – Trudy Sheffield

Trudy Sheffield       Quals: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) 

Addictions: Addiction is the condition of being habitually occupied with or involved in something. Physiological or psychological dependence, such as a substance or an activity, significantly impact on cognitive processes and behaviours.  These effects negatively impact on the health status and functioning of individuals.  For example, frequent use of a substance can lead to the development of dependence and associated withdrawal, damage to physical and mental health, accidents and injury, family and social disruption, workplace concerns and violence and crime.  Trudy works with clients who are experiencing life disturbances due to addictions and are contemplating change. Individuals with drug related or other addictions deserve to be extended the same rights that apply to all. Trudy demonstrates a commitment to professional interventions with appropriate outcome goals that are practical and achievable. Continual assessment, negotiation and evaluations of these goals help to avoid discrepancies and maximize change for the client.

Counselling Approach: Trudy has an engaging and realistic approach to therapy, and draws on a variety of evidence-based approaches to collaboratively develop a plan to suit each client. Her therapeutic orientation is a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.

Current Availability: Usually 2-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment for clinical appointments.  Health or Medicare Rebates may apply. Forensic sessions (for non-mental health based clients) incur an initial fee of $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $210.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments:   Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online.

Psychological Assessments – Trudy Sheffield

Trudy Sheffield       Quals: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) 

Forensic assessments and intervention: Trudy has extensive experience working in a public forensic setting, providing and overseeing the assessment and management of high-risk forensic clients. Trudy is an accredited assessor and trainer in the Static 99R and STABLE 2007 (Sexual Offending), the Violence Risk Scale and many other assessments.  She also has extensive experience in the assessment and intervention with sexual, violence, general and substance abuse forensic clients.

Counselling Approach: Forensic assessment and reporting requires experience in working with complex issues and assessment of dynamic and static risk. Trudy approaches these clients through an evidence-based approach and has long-term experience in engaging clients with complex forensic related issues.  Sound assessment, enables suitable reporting, intervention planning and intervention on either an individual or group basis

Current Availability: Usually 2-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment for clinical appointments.  Health or Medicare Rebates may apply. Forensic sessions (for non-mental health based clients) incur an initial fee of $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $210.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments:   Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online.

Forensic Psychology – Trudy Sheffield

Trudy Sheffield       Quals: Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons) 

Forensic Psychology: After being convicted of an offence/s it is important for members of the person’s family or other support people from the community, to understand offending behaviour, offence cycles and form part of the circle of support around an ex-offender.  As part of that circle you receive support and information from professionals, who form the outer circle.  This enables the support people to facilitate the person’s reintegration into the community (if coming from imprisonment), provide emotional support without enabling poor behaviours, and support them to achieve practical goals (i.e., access to medical services, social assistance, attainment of employment/affordable housing, etc.).  The ideas is to work to support the person to develop constructive and pro-social strategies to address everyday problems, and to challenge the behaviors and attitudes of the core member that may be associated with his offending cycle.

Counselling Approach: Trudy has an engaging and realistic approach to intervention, support and education for families of people who have committed offences, and who also may be victims of crime.   The intervention draws on cognitive behavioural, acceptance and reality therapies.

Current Availability: Usually 2-3 weeks.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appointment for clinical appointments.  Health or Medicare Rebates may apply. Forensic sessions (for non-mental health based clients) incur an initial fee of $250. Subsequent sessions will cost $210.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments:   Office (07) 3088 5422 or book online.