Do I need a psychologist?

Anyone can benefit from seeing a psychologist at different times of their life. Life is hard. People get stuck. Patterns of thinking and behaving can become unhealthy. Here are some reasons you might seek psychological support:

  • Life transitions
    Everyone goes through transitions in life – starting school, getting married, becoming a parent, children leaving home, retiring. Sometimes these experiences are smooth and joyous, but all transitions involve a loss and people often benefit from extra support to navigate such changes.
  • Behavioural problems
    Whether adults or children, sometimes our behaviour doesn’t line up with our values and we can harm ourselves and our relationships. For children, especially, behaviour is a key way of communicating unmet needs or challenges.
  • Relationship difficulties
    Relationships are the place where we learn about ourselves. Early relationships shape our later relationships. Bringing patterns into consciousness can reduce the impact of history.
  • Trauma
    The impact of trauma lingers when the nervous system is overwhelmed by an experience. Simple and complex (ongoing, relational) trauma often requires support to be integrated and processed.
  • Self-medicating
    Self-medicating can be a sign of disconnection from yourself. In addition to alcohol and other drugs, self-medicating can include food, screens and gambling.
  • Anxiety
    There is an epidemic of anxiety in adults and children. It can be so restrictive and debilitating. Understanding your anxiety and developing strategies to tolerate and manage it will reduce its impact on your life.

Getting a referral

There are a few options for financial support to make psychological therapy more affordable. Talk to your GP about whether you’re eligible for a mental health care plan. I am also registered with the NDIS and the TAC, if this is relevant to your situation.