Depression – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Depression: Some people find themselves struggling with low mood, poor motivations, and changes to appetite, energy levels and sleep. The difficulties can be severe, and some people may struggle to find meaning in life or hope for the future.

Counselling Approach: In order to help a person improve low mood, it is important to look closely at the reasons for the mood difficulty. In some people, the mood problems are linked to high levels of stress, and a stress management plan may be necessary. Other people notice certain thinking patterns that maintain their low mood, so skills to manage or address these thought patterns may be beneficial. For some people, the mood difficulty may be linked to relationship difficulties, or problems maintaining relationships, in which case communication and relationship skills may be needed. Treatment may involve examining current thoughts, behaviours and sensations, and using a cognitive behavioural therapy approach.

Where the difficulty is long-standing and the causes originated in childhood or adolescence, therapy may involve healing those old injuries using a schema focused therapy approach. When a person spends a lot of time worrying about the past or the future, an acceptance and commitment therapy approach may be helpful. If a person is extremely self-critical, therapy may involved developing compassion and empathy for oneself, using a compassion focused therapy approach.

Dr Catherine Hynes Psychologist

Current Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422