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