Social Anxiety – Dr Catherine Hynes

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

Social Anxiety: Some people find interacting with other people, particularly groups of new people, or attractive others, absolutely terrifying. They may find themselves avoiding social engagements, which can cause problemms at work, or at home, and may lead to social isolation and loneliness. For some people, the anxiety is so severe, it can develop into a full blown phobia.

Counselling Approach: I work with people in a warm and compassionate way to help them to examine and understand the reasons for their social anxiety. We may look at behaviour patterns and thought patterns, and try to develop more helpful behaviours and thoughts to assist with social situations. We may also look at significant triggering events, and reprocess the painful experiences locked in those memories to assist in creating a more positive sense of a person’s future socialising. I use a flexible approach to therapy, and may draw on strategies such as motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), or Compassion Focused Therapy.

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

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Schema Focused Therapy – Dr Catherine Hynes

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

Schema Focused Therapy: This is an enhanced form of CBT that is helpful when the difficulties someone is experiencing are long-standing, and originated in childhood or adolescence. Schemas are collections of feelings, interpretations, thought and behaviour patterns that influence the way we interact with ourselves and others, and the world at large. Sometimes, we develop unhelpful schemas that get us stuck in recurring patterns or cycles that result in repetitive patterns of difficulty and pain.

Counselling Approach: When Schema Focused Therapy might be helpful to someone, I will usually begin by asking them to complete a long questionnaire at home, and bring it into the next session. If parts of the questionnaire seem to capture the difficulties the person is having, then we will begin to identify the schemas that are troubling them. We will then think about how to tackle these schemas, through increased awareness of how they get triggered, changing behaviour to reduce their influence, challenging thinking patterns that come from the schemas, and sometimes using imagery to relive and heal early memories that may have generated the schemas.

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

 

 

Self Harm – Dr Catherine Hynes

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

Self Harm: Sometimes, being you, being in the circumstances you are in, or remembering the things that have happened to you, can be unbearable. Sometimes, you don’t know how to manage the overwhelming feelings you experience, and you need some way to cope. Sometimes, you resort to harming your own body to make the emotional pain into something clearer, something physical, to be in cotnrol of the amount of pain your are feeling, or perhaps to punish yourself. The problem is, sometimes it can get out of control and frighten you, or frighten those around you.

Counselling Approach: I work with people who self harm in a warm and compassionate way to understand why damaging your own body has become such an important coping strategy. Together, we might explore your reasons for doing it, and look at ways to resolve those difficulties. If that is too difficult to confront at the moment, we might look at alternatives to self harm, and figure out  ways that you can achieve the same emotional goals without damaging your body. I use a flexible approach to therapy, and may draw on strategies from motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and therapy for trauma and dissociation.

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

 

 

Anger Management – Dr Catherine Hynes

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

Anger Management: Managing our emotions can present a challenge, and many people have difficulties controlling anger. Anger management difficulties can show up with anger directed towards others, directed towards oneself, or both. When the anger is directed externally, a person may find themselves having freqeuent conflict and arguments, lashing out at inanimate objects, animals or other people. In serious cases, a person may find themselves in trouble with the law. When the anger is self-directed, a person may find themselves criticising or running themselves down, punishing themselves or hurting themselves.

Counselling Approach: I work with people in a warm and compassionate way to help them understand the causes and triggers for their anger, and to develop alternative means of expressing themselves that don’t cause so much internal and external conflict. This may involve examining current thoughts, behaviours and sensations, and using a cognitive behavioural therapy approach. Where the anger is a long-standing problem and the causes originated in childhood or adolescence, therapy may involve healing those old injuries using a schema focused approach. If a person is extremely self-critical, therapy may involve 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