Psychologist / Counselling for Young Adults (20-40yrs)

Mental health difficulties I can assist you with:

  • Anxiety Disorders: Generalised Anxiety, Social anxiety, Panic attacks, Agoraphobia, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Alcohol and other drugs: supporting people in recovery process.
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder.
  • Developmental Disorders: Adult ADHD.
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Unexplained Somatic Complaints
  • Sleeping Problems
  • WorkCover counselling

Please note that I am unable to support people with couples counselling or people experiencing psychosis or immediate crisis. If you are experiencing a lot of distress right now one of the numbers below may help:

Great Mental Health Websites for Young Adults:

GENERAL

ABC Health and Wellbeing

A to Z of health topic areas with related links. Very good. www.abc.net.au/health/library

Good Therapy Australia

An online resource outlining various approaches in counseling and psychotherapy. Site also has a directory of practitioners, a public forum, articles and a bookstore. www.goodtherapy.com.au

CBT Self Help Resources

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been proven to help mental health problems.  www.getselfhelp.co.uk. This website offers CBT self-help information, resources and tools, including therapy worksheets.

e-couch

e-couch provides evidence-based information about emotional problems (including depression and anxiety disorders) and teaches strategies that may help you to prevent problems and understand yourself better. www.ecouch.anu.edu.au

Head to Health

Australia has great mental health services and resources, but it can be tough finding the ones that suit you best. We’ve made your search easier by hand-picking resources from publicly funded providers. https://headtohealth.gov.au/

Healthdirect Australia

Healthdirect provides a range of free health services on behalf of the governments of Australia. www.healthdirect.gov.au/

Healthshare

Australia’s social health network. Healthshare was created to give Australians access to timely and relevant information and support resources. Share personal health experiences, learn from others, give and receive support, receive high quality health information, find people and professionals who can help.  www.healthshare.com.au/welcome

Lifeline Australia

A 24-hr telephone counseling service for anyone, at any time and from anywhere in Australia. www.lifeline.org.au

MedHelp

Consumer health information and communities on the internet. In the “Health Communities” forums, users post questions, comments and get responses and support from other users. MedHelp offers a series of Personal Health Applications, including Personal Health Records and Trackers, interactive tools to allow users to manage various conditions and goals such as addiction and mood. www.medhelp.org

Mental Health Association NSW

We provide two information lines: Mental Health Information Service 1300 794 991  – Information, telephone support and referral on issues relating to mental health generally.  Anxiety Disorder Support Information Line 1300 794 992 – Focuses specifically on anxiety disorders. http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/our-programs/mental-health-information-service.html

New Access

If life pressures are causing you stress, you can take action. NewAccess is a FREE service that provides support in the form of a coach. It’s someone who can guide you in setting practical goals that will get you back on track. http://www.beyondblue.org.au/resources/for-me/newaccess—a-beyondblue-program

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect is an online intervention designed to investigate what works to reduce the self-stigma (negative attitudes you have towards yourself) and perceived-stigma (negative attitudes you believe others have about you) among males from the farming community, aged 30-64 years, who have been bereaved by suicide, attempted suicide, cared for someone who attempted suicide, have had thoughts of suicide, or been touched by suicide in some other way. https://therippleeffect.com.au/

Sane Australia

SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia. http://www.sane.org/information

The Happiness Institute

Based on the field of positive psychology, the site offers a number of programs, a range of products, as well as online courseswww.thehappinessinstitute.com

Trauma Pages

The support links on this page are primarily for those seeking information about types of trauma, trauma responses, ways of coping with stress, treatment approaches, and related mental health issues. More research-related trauma links are listed elsewhere on this site. Since this can be a tricky distinction, please explore those other pages as well. www.trauma-pages.com/pg4.htm

My Trauma Recovery

My Trauma Recovery is free and is designed by experts in the field of trauma psychology. The My Trauma Recovery site helps recent trauma survivors understand common stress reactions that may occur after experiencing a trauma, and helps survivors to learn better ways to cope with these reactions. http://mytraumarecovery.com/introduction/how-to-use-this-site/

ANXIETY

Blue Board

BlueBoard is an online community for people suffering from depression or anxiety, their friends and carers, and for those who are concerned that they may have depression or anxiety and want some support. We hope that this bulletin board will enable people to reach out and both offer and receive help. The main thing we want you to know is that you are not alone! In order to post messages you will first need to register with a made-up alias. www.blueboard.anu.edu.au/

Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression

Self help for those troubled by anxiety and depression. Also information for clinicians. http://www.crufad.org/

No More Panic

This site provides valuable information for sufferers and carers of people with Panic, Anxiety, Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). Its purpose is to provide members with support, advice and a chance to meet like-minded people and make friends along the way. www.nomorepanic.co.uk/

OCD – UK

This website aims is to provide accurate information on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Whether you are a sufferer, family member, friend or health professional, this website aims to educate you on the signs and symptoms, how and where to seek help and the recommended treatment needed to overcome OCD. www.ocduk.org/

The Panic Centre

The Panic Centre offers personalized, interactive tools that have helped thousands of people challenge and overcome their anxiety and panic. They also offer the Panic Program, an interactive online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) course. Registering gives you posting privileges in the anonymous online support group. http://www.paniccenter.net/Default.aspx

ATTENTION DEFICIT

Information on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Here are three sites that provide a lot of good information  for parents, children, teenagers, university students, and adults about ADHD. Information about diagnosis, treatment, online articles, book reviews and resource lists. www.addvance.com/ www.chadd.org/ www.idonline.org

BODY IMAGE & EATING DISORDERS

Completely Gorgeous

Completely Gorgeous is an Australian website which presents issues relating to body and body image in a simple and fun way. www.completelygorgeous.com.au

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV)

A unique in Victoria in providing a comprehensive support and information service on all aspects of eating disorders. Website has good fact sheets and youth portal called “real youth”. http://www.eatingdisorders.org.au/

The Butterfly Foundation

Provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers. www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders

Provides good information abou the warning signs for eating disorders. www.cedd.org.au

Bulimia Help

Subscribe to Bulimia Help (it’s free), and see what exactly what works for bulimia recovery that you can start applying to your life. You’ll also get new insights and useful strategies for recovery. http://www.bulimiahelp.org/posts/about/

Centre for Clinical Interventions – Overcoming Disordered Eating

This information package is designed to provide you with some information about disordered eating – how it develops, how it is maintained, and strategies to start to change the problem behaviours associated with disordered eating.  It’s organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm

Smart Eating

“Smart Eating” is an internet-based self-help programme developed in the Asia-Pacific region to help people improve their eating behaviours and overcome eating disorders. Use of self-help approaches for the treatment of eating disorders has produced promising outcomes. http://www.smart-eating.com/en/Introduction/Welcome.asp

BOOKS

Human Condition Bookstore

The best selection of psychotherapy and counselling resources in Australia including books, DVDs and CDs. Thousands of titles online and instore. http://www.psychotherapy.com.au/shop/book-store.html

Child Abuse

Adults Surviving Child Abuse

ASCA is the leading national organisation working to improve the lives of Australian adults who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse. It helps adults who have experienced trauma in childhood recover. This includes people who have experienced child abuse in all its forms, neglect, domestic violence in childhood and other adverse childhood events. http://www.asca.org.au/About.aspx

CHRONIC PAIN

Chronic Pain Australia

A website aimed to reduce the unnecessary suffering and isolation caused by chronic pain in the Australian community – resources and information which help people manage their pain. www.chronicpainaustralia.org.au

Pain Management Network

This website is designed to help you gain a better understanding of your pain. The site contains information to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in the self management of your pain in partnership with your healthcare providers. http://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/chronic-pain

PainAction.com

PainAction.com is a 24/7 online advisor for people with chronic pain. It provides you with recommendations on ways to manage your pain. As you visit the site and answer some questions, you are able to get suggestions that fit you best. They provide you with a daily pain tracker so that you can give your doctor up-to-date and accurate information. The painACTION program features articles about pain management, interviews, and online tools for managing chronic pain. http://www.painaction.com/

DEPRESSION and Bipolar Disorder

Beyond Blue

A national, independent, not-for-profit organization working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. www.beyondblue.org.au

Black Dog Institute

Educational website specialising in mood disorders. Expert advice on depression and bipolar disorder, how to get help and stay well. www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

BluePages

Provides information about the symptoms of depression and how depression is diagnosed; which medical, psychological and alternative treatments work for depression and those which don’t. People, organisations, books, web sites and other resources that may be helpful if you are depressed. www.bluepages.anu.edu.au

DepressionNet

Provides a comprehensive online resource for Australians living with depression and their families and friends to come for information, help & support. The dNet team are Australians from a variety of backgrounds who have personal experiences with depression. www.depressionet.com.au

Dr Ivan’s Depression Central

This site is a central clearinghouse for information on all types of depressive disorders and on the most effective treatments for individuals suffering from Major Depression, Manic-Depression (Bipolar Disorder), Cyclothymia, Dysthymia and other mood disorders. http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.html

PANDA

PANDA provides a vital service across Australia by offering the only specialist national perinatal mental health telephone counselling service, as well as reducing stigma around perinatal anxiety and depression, and providing education services to health professionals and the wider community. http://www.panda.org.au/

DRUGS, ALCOHOL & Gambling

Counselling Online

Counselling Online aims to improve community access to drug treatment and referral services, particularly in rural and regional areas. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service offers online text-based counselling to alcohol and other drug users, and others affected by alcohol and drug use in the community, including family members, relatives and friends. https://www.counsellingonline.org.au/

DrugInfo

A service offered  by the Australian Drug Foundation that offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms. www.druginfo.adf.org.au

Hello Sunday Morning

A website for individuals to create meaningful change in their lives by taking a short break from alcohol. By sharing their story, each persons’ stand is a unique and essential contribution to a better drinking culture. https://www.hellosundaymorning.org/

iCanQuit

Want to stop smoking? Find out how to get started on your quit journey, with handy tips and practical advice on how to quit smoking. https://www.icanquit.com.au/

National Drugs Campaign

Without realising it, drugs can become central to a person’s life and can affect their personal relationships, ability to study and work, mental health and quality of life. All too easily you can have one of those days when life just feels too hard. At some point most of us do. If you feel like you are losing it or you’re stressed out, it’s really helpful to seek help and support. drugs.health.gov.au

National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

A website providing cannabis information to the community, users, their families. Really good information to assist in reducing usage. https://ncpic.org.au/

The Right Mix

The Right Mix website to help people maintain a balance with alcohol and a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. The website gives you tools to assess your drinking, suggestions for actions to take to reduce alcohol consumption and tips on maintaining a healthy www.therightmix.gov.au.

Your Room

Your Room offers information about alcohol and a wide range of drugs, how they can affect people, side effects, withdrawal, and how to get help for yourself or for anyone else who needs it.You can access help, learn about support and treatment options, or test your knowledge about alcohol and other drugs with the Spinner Game. http://yourroom.com.au/

Gambling Help

Great website of information, resources and connection  to counselling support. https://gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/

FOR FAMILY

SANE Australia

A National charity helping people affected by mental illness through campaigning, educationa and research. SANE is an independent national organisation committed to improving the wellbeing of Australians seriously affected by mental illness. This site offers a wide range of information for carers, family and friends about mental illness. www.sane.org

Carers Australia: Carer Advisory Service

The Carer Advisory Service provides information and advice to carers and their families about carer supports and services. http://www.carersaustralia.com.au/how-we-work/national-programs/carer-advisory-service/

MEDICATION

HeadMeds

HeadMeds is a website for young people about mental health medication, launched in March 2014 and is owned and managed by the national charity YoungMinds. http://headmeds.org.uk/

MEN’S HEALTH

Dads in Distress

DIDSS offers peer support  that aims to provide help and hope for separated dads and their families. You can talk with someone who has personally experienced separation  and discover what it might take for you to get through it! http://www.dadsindistress.asn.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=818

Man Therapy

Man Therapy is a website for the 5.5 million Australian men aged 18 to 54. In particular, the site aims to reach young men aged 18 to 24, fathers aged 25 to 54, men living and working in urban growth areas, men living and working in regional and remote areas, men who are unemployed and men who are misusing alcohol or drugs and provide them with the instructions and tools so they can take action against depression and anxiety. http://www.mantherapy.org.au/

Mensline

MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way. http://www.mensline.org.au/Home.html

MINDFULNESS

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of clarity, calm and contentment.
So what are you waiting for, let’s do this. smilingmind.com.au 

Dan Siegel: Wheel of Awareness

A great set of mindfulness audio recording to to illuminate the nature of consciousness and its differentiated parts including the hub of knowing, the rim of the known, and the spoke of attention. Wheel of Awareness

Relationships

Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships. http://www.relationships.org.au/

1800Respect

Are you experiencing sexual assault or domestic and family violence? Seeking to support someone who is? We can help https://www.1800respect.org.au/

SCHIZOPHRENIA

Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

The Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc. is committed to improving the circumstances and welfare of people living with schizophrenia, their relatives and carers, and professionals working in the area. www.sfnsw.org.au

Veterns

At Ease

It’s not unusual to experience sadness, distress or anger after deployment. At Ease can help veterans, ADF personnel, and family members identify the symptoms of not coping. When you need to reach out, seek treatment or identify effective ways to move forward, At Ease can provide tips, treatment options & resources. http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/

Wellbeing Toolbox: The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult and is filled with challenges. The resources on this site can help with this adjustment, whether you’ve discharged recently or many years ago.