Addictions Counselling – Paul Carver

Paul Carver    Quals: BSc, MSc, PG Dip Hlth Psych

Addictions Counselling: Addictions are very destructive, and even though we know that we could lose everything we value as a result of them, we seem powerless to stop our behaviour.

The power of the addiction comes not from the substance or addictive object, but the internal state of the person using it. Addictions are connected to what we need for our emotional survival; they are driven by intolerable or very unpleasant feelings that we feel we need to escape from (such as numbness, anxiety, feeling flat, helpless, continually stressed, empty, down) because they feel unworkable. Going right to the heart of the problem, and working with the feelings that we cannot easily bear, Paul has found that addictions can be unravelled at their core.

Counselling Approach: Paul has a very flexible approach, and a great toolbox from which the right solution for each person can be discovered. He uses Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Relapse Prevention and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, depending on the individual’s need.

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Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195/hr and $240 initial appt. Reduced rates may be available for those on a pension. Appointments available Sundays.

Availability: Usually 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments:  (07) 3088 5422  or book Paul Carver online

 

 

Health Psychology – Paul Carver

Paul Carver    Quals: BSc, MSc, PG Dip Hlth Psych

Health Psychology: In Health Psychology, the emphasis is on promoting health as well as the prevention and treatment of disease and illness. A Health Psychologist can help people with things like coping with chronic or terminal illness; adjusting to a disability; hospital and treatment fears; pain management; obesity and eating disorders; grief and loss.

Paul-Caver-300x225Counselling Approach: Paul has a very flexible approach, and a great toolbox from which the right solution for each person can be discovered. He uses Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Relapse Prevention and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, depending on the individual’s needs.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195/hr and $240 initial appt. Reduced rates may be available for those on a pension. Appointments available Sundays.

Availability: Usually 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments:  (07) 3088 5422  or book Paul Carver online

Anxiety Disorders – Paul Carver

Paul Carver    Quals: BSc, MSc, PG Dip Hlth Psych

Anxiety Disorders: Paul Carver has expertise in:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder, with or without agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Needle phobia

It used to be that if you were diagnosed as a chronic worrier (GAD), a really compulsive and obsessive person experiencing unwanted or unacceptable intrusive thoughts and behavioural rituals such as checking (OCD), or someone who is chronically shy and suffers from disruptive anxiety on social contact (Social Anxiety Disorder), you had to learn to live with your limitations. Scientific innovation has brought new advances in treatment, and Paul uses the latest specialised forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which are remarkably effective in treating what used to be regarded as intractable problems. Anxiety is very common, but experiencing too much of it feels terrible and it is very disabling. It also has a high social cost. Now there is no reason to put off doing something – experience new levels of wellness and get your life back within limited time frames! Panic disorder and phobias are also very responsive to treatment.

Counselling Approach: Paul has a very flexible approach, and a great toolbox from which the right solution for each person can be discovered. He uses Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Relapse Prevention and Interpersonal Psychotherapy, depending on the individual’s need.

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Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195/hr and $240 initial appt. Reduced rates may be available for those on a pension. Appointments available Sundays.

Availability: Usually 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments:  (07) 3088 5422  or book Paul Carver online

Trauma and PTSD – Paul Carver

Paul Carver    Quals: BSc, MSc, PG Dip Hlth Psych

Trauma and PTSD: Trauma can occur through early childhood experiences of neglect, physical or sexual abuse; or as a result of experiencing a horrifying event and not being to escape it.

Early childhood aversive experiences can leave us feeling unstable, unable to feel good, full of self hatred and guilt, and unsafe in the world.

Other trauma can lock us into the past, putting us on the lookout for danger, or make our future look bleak.

Counselling Approach: Paul works at a number of levels, depending on need. Work may involve building a self  that is worthy of love, learning how to meet one’s own needs, and learning how to feel safe in the world. It may involve learning how to make oneself feel good rather than distressed all the time. Sometimes it involves making sense of what happened, working through feelings, and releasing emotions that get trapped in one’s body, making us behave automatically in response to certain triggers.Paul uses CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) originally developed for trauma relating to sexual abuse, but also very effective for PTSD, and  sensorimotor therapies, which work at a more physical level (but don’t involve touch).

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195/hr and $240 initial appt. Reduced rates may be available for those on a pension. Appointments available Sundays.

Availability: 1-2 weeks.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments:  (07) 3088 5422  or book Paul Carver online