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

 

Schizophrenia – Vivian Jarrett

Vivian Jarrett    Quals: B Psych (hons), GCert Res Com, MAPS, MAICD

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia describes a range of disorders where individuals may experience hallucinations, voices, odd or very different beliefs, mood instability and often appear to have lost contact with what others think of as “reality”.  Often Schizophrenia, psychosis and bipolar disorder are mislabelled in the early days as all disorders have episodes that may have symptoms in common.  Many people with Schizophrenia recover well given the right support.

Counselling Approach: I prefer to work with individuals skills and strengths in conjunction with their treating GP and/or psychiatrist. I manage a small number of clients, so this means that I may be more accessible in case of an episode.  I can often see clients within a day or two which helps immensely with disorders like schizophrenia. Those that are maintaining full time employment, study, children and relationships may find my positive non-labelling approach helpful.

Current Availability: Appointments are available week days and after hours. Limited availability at Loganholme.

Fees: $260 for initial appointment, $220 thereafter. Medicare and health refunds may apply. Bartercard clients are welcome.

Practice Location:

Vivian-Jarrett-PsychMt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt.
Loganholme – Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments:

Mt Gravatt – Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online.
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now.

Web: vivianjarrett.com