Psychosis – Paul Carver

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

Psychosis: Many people who have been diagnosed with a “psychotic disorder” find that just treatment with medication and possibly Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) has not given them the help they needed.

Paul regards Psychosis as a personal crisis, rather than just a brain abnormality. People who hear voices or see hallucinations are reacting to frustrated ambitions, trauma or an overwhelming situation they could not emotionally process, rather than being “crazy”.

Rather than try to get rid of the voices or hallucinations, or fight them, which only seems to make the problem worse, Paul finds that listening to these voices and other experiences provides important information that is needed to resolve the underlying crisis at its root.

Once the so-called “patient” discovers that it’s not what’s wrong with them, but what happened to them that is salient, normality can return. Studies show this approach is more effective long-term than medication, although a combination of both can be used.

Counselling Approach: Paul is happy to work in conjunction with a psychiatrist and other mental health professionals in a treatment-phased approach to psychosis. He also uses CBT for relapse prevention, to consolidate any gains from recent hospitalisation and medication.

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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