Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Leia Redman

Leia Redman   Quals: B. Psych; M. Psych (Clinical); MAPS; CCLIN

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be debilitating and frustrating for children and teens. It is defined by obsessions and compulsions that are time consuming and cause distress. Obsessions are the thoughts that go around and around in the mind, almost as if there is a glitch and they get stuck on repeat. Compulsions are the behaviours your child/teen does in an attempt to get rid of the negative thoughts (Obsessions) and feelings. For example a child may wash their hands over and over not because they want to, but because they feel they have to.

Counselling Approach: Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. For the treatment of OCD, understanding contributing factors can help parents and children/teens work on alleviating pressure from their lives. Treatment specifically for children/teens will combine Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. A key component to treatment is Gradual Exposure Therapy, whereby the child/teen gradually exposes themselves to the feared stimuli while utilising Anxiety Management Strategies to help them cope. After repeated exposure, symptoms reduce. Children/teens will also gain a better understanding of emotions and thoughts during Treatment, and will learn how to deal with them in an effective way; learn coping strategies to manage their anxiety such as Mindfulness and Deep Breathing; and they will also learn Relapse Prevention. Leia provides Parenting Strategies to parents and they may also be included in the therapeutic process with their child/teen, where necessary.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.Leia Redman Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book online now.

Website:  leiaredmanclinicalpsychology.com

Weight Loss Management – Leia Redman

Leia Redman  Quals: B. Psych; M. Psych (Clinical); MAPS; CCLIN

Overcoming Psychological Barrier to Weight Loss: Many people often experience failed attempts at weight loss due to repeated use of fad diets, instead of looking at weight loss from a lifestyle change perspective. People often forget to consider and treat the psychological barriers that contribute to weight gain; and jump quickly into weight reduction techniques. Not addressing the causes to weight gain often leads to minimal or no weight loss and increased hopelessness, disappointment and shame.

Counselling Approach:  Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. For clients seeking to lose weight, Leia uses a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Behaviour Modification. ACT helps to establish your values; provide strategies for taking committed action to change; as well as coping strategies. It is also important to explore why comfort eating occurs (e.g. trauma) as this will often help deal with triggers to unhealthy lifestyle choices, and alleviate the desire to do it. For example, sometimes people eat to avoid feeling emotional pain (to distract themselves). Learning helpful strategies can reduce the desire to use food to numb pain, and actually effectively deal with the pain itself.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.Leia Redman Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book online now.

Website:  leiaredmanclinicalpsychology.com

Parenting Tips for Surviving the Teenage Years – Leia Redman

Leia Redman   Quals: B. Psych; M. Psych (Clinical); MAPS; CCLIN

Parenting Tips for Surviving the Teenage Years: Parenting teenagers is one of the most challenging periods of life as a parent. Teenagers tend to come in three types: those that cause parents much less worry, change slowly and have less involvement with their peers; those that pull away somewhat and cause some worry; and those that cause serious concern, pull away from you a lot, act out, engage in dangerous behaviour and have significant emotional issues. It is useful to understand where your teenager fits amongst those categories and what you can do to help.

Psychological Therapy Approach: Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. Deciding whether to intervene (picking your battles) due to your teenagers challenging behaviour can be a tough decision. It is helpful to categorise problems into two areas: Minor but Annoying: e.g. long phone conversations with friends, messy bedroom etc.; or Serious: e.g. drugs, alcohol, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse, ADHD, family issues like divorce etc. If the teenager’s behaviour is considered serious and is impacting their functioning (i.e. drugs, alcohol, depression etc.) it is time to seek professional advice and treatment. Clinical Psychologists can help to address Parenting Strategies specific to yourself and your teenager; and also work directly with the teenager to understand what is going on for them and the triggers/causes to the problem, to learn how to manage their symptoms and to rebuild their relationships.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.Leia Redman Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book online now.

Website:  leiaredmanclinicalpsychology.com

Teenage Self-Harm – Leia Redman

Leia Redman   Quals: B. Psych; M. Psych (Clinical); MAPS; CCLIN

Teenage Self-Harm: Self-harm is used by some teenagers to cope with emotional pain. Self-harm is when a teenager intentionally harms themselves and the most common method is cutting or burning the skin. Teenagers who self-harm often feel ashamed and keep it a secret. Self-Harm occurs with both males and females.

Psychological Therapy Approach: Leia uses evidence based therapeutic techniques in her treatment with clients. For the treatment of Self-Harm, understanding contributing factors can help parents and teenagers work on alleviating pressure from their lives. Therapy specifically for teenagers will focus on an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, that will include: Understanding why they self-harm; addressing any trauma that is associated with the self-harm; learning to process the emotional pain in more helpful ways; learning to deal with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings rather than using self-harm as a distraction tool; Emotional Regulation Skills; building a positive self-image; values and goal setting; rebuilding relationships through communication which may involve joint session/s with the teenager and their parent/s. Specific Parent Strategies are an important component of therapy and will be provided during the sessions.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.Leia Redman Clinical Psychologist Brisbane

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book online now.

Website:  leiaredmanclinicalpsychology.com