Infant Mental Health – Cassandra Gist

Cassandra Gist  –  Quals: B Psych (Hons), M Applied Psychology (Health)

Infant Mental Health: Infant mental health is very important for young children as it is the baseline for their future mental health. Research shows that children’s abilities to effectively manage their emotions is one of the most important factors for success in school, work, and relationships in the long-term. Babies are influenced by genetics from their biological parents and by the environment they are born into. For example if the baby’s mother has mental health issues, this can increase the likelihood that the child will be at risk of mental health issues. Additionally, how the child is raised, what they are exposed to during developmental stages, can also effect their mental health. This infers that the mental health of the parent is critical factor in the mental health of the child. Studies show that early childhood trauma left untreated for long time periods, can increase the intensity of a mental health condition later on in life.

Counselling Approach: Cassandra believes that it is important to integrate therapy with both the parent and the child, especially a young child. Cassandra provides a warm, empathetic approach to explore the issues with the whole family. She utilises evidence based therapeutic methods that are proven to achieve positive outcomes. Quite often, treating a parent’s mental health condition or distress, can have a positive effect on the child. Ideally, if the psychologist can provide skills to the parent across some therapy sessions, then the parent can interact and manage their child on their own using these new techniques. As we know it is the parent who spends a greater amount of time with their children and can pass on their skills to their children. Parents can be provided with psychoeducation, cognitive behaviour therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), while play therapy and Cognitive behavioural therapy can be integrated between the child and parent.

Fees:
 Usually $180/hr (initial appt $220). Medicare and health rebates may apply. Reduced fees may be possible for clients experiencing financial hardship.

Availability: Usually within a week including evening appointments.

Practice Location: M1 Psychology, 16-18 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, QLD.

Appointments: 3067 9129 or book with Cassandra Gist online now!

Clinical Psychologist – Dr David Wells

Dr David Wells      Quals: B Psych (Hons), Dip Prof Couns, D Psych (Clin Geropsychology).

Clinical Psychologist: Dr David Wells is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist with expertise in the field of Geropsychology – that is, working with older people and their families, to help them maintain wellbeing, overcome problems and achieve maximum potential during later life. In addition to several years of experience working as a psychologist overseas, David brings much life experience to his professional role.

Counselling Approach: David strives to provide a safe environment for his clients where they can explore their issues and, with assistance, develop new techniques which will help them change their unproductive behaviours. The aim is for clients to have a happier life, as they reach their relationship, personal and life goals.

Dr David Wells Clinical Psychologist BrisbaneFees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $220/hr; $260 for initial appointment. Please call reception to discuss hardship rates.

Current Availability: Usually within a week inc after hours.

Practice Location:
Mt Gravatt – 3 / 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!

Trauma Counselling – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, MAPS.

Trauma Counselling: Trauma is often defined as complex, repeated incidents of abuse and horrific events in childhood, in relationships, or in war zones.  PTSD is the traumatic response, either to a single or several discrete yet shocking events. This response may overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope with fear, horror and pain in an effort to avoid any reminders or memories of the event/s. In doing so, individuals can often suffer from  some or all of the following symptoms: nightmares; flashbacks; hypervigilance; angry outbursts; substance abuse; anxiety; depression; dissociative symptoms.

Counselling Approach: The initial session of trauma counselling involves getting to know a client’s history and establishing a comfortable environment where she/he feels a sense of safety.  For badly traumatized clients this may take several sessions.  Susanne can then move on to some psychoeducation about trauma and simple explanations of the effects on the mind, how the brain can change through therapy to reduce and even eventually eliminate the disturbing symptoms. Susanne takes great care to understand the personality and interests of all her clients, weighing these against the intensity of trauma symptoms, in order to design the therapy plan best suited to the client.  Initially, self-calming strategies based on a neurological understanding of the stress response are taught.

Susanne considers listening to the client to be of paramount importance, as well as the continuous incorporation of physiological techniques to down-regulate the stress response and increase cognitive functioning.  This work may include Trauma Focused CBT, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Schema Therapy, Emotion Freedom Techniques (incorporating eye movement and acupressure points). Susanne works to adapt the therapeutic techniques to suit each individual, depending on the client’s  values,  lifestyle and preferred mode of learning. Susanne always encourages her clients to deepen their understanding with recommended readings or electronic resources according to their preference.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks.. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

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

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

 

Bipolar Disorder – Amanda Hansen

Amanda Hansen   Quals: B Psych, MAPS

Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder causes intense shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels and significantly affects the ability to carry out day-to-day activities. You may experience episodes of feeling high, over-excited and reckless which can then shift to feeling extremely low, helpless and depressed with a drop in motivation.

Counselling Approach: Using a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) we can work to reduce the impact of Bipolar Disorder in your life. Emotion regulation and assistance managing the effects of medication are also important aspects of the treatment process.

Amanda Hansen PsychCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: $180 for a standard 60 minute consultation; $220 for initial consult (60 – 90 mins). Medicare and health refunds may apply; please enquire when booking.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt.

Appointments: 1800 877 924  or book Amanda Hansen online now!