Do you feel down, sad, negative or worried, and you can’t seem to get out of the rut? Maybe you feel stressed, angry or struggle to sleep because your mind is racing?
We all have good days and bad days but if the bad days are out numbering the good it might be time to seek outside help.
People can experience the following:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Can’t concentrate
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Changes to appetite
- Negative thoughts that seem constant
- Using unhealthy behaviours to self soothe (food, alcohol, gambling etc.)
If these symptoms persist you might find yourself sitting in your doctor’s office and it’s possible you will be diagnosed with depression or anxiety and referred to someone like me for help in assisting with practical strategies to feel better and move forward. Check out my articles on ways to fight depression without medication and food to help your mood.
What Other Problems Do People Come to See You About?
Some people find me online when they are searching for help about recent issues that have come up in their lives, like a divorce or separation, health issues, stress at work, relationship conflict, or midlife issues.
When Should I Seek Help?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of anxiety and depression it is really important to see your doctor and get a referral to a professional for counselling. Also if family and friends are concerned about you it would be a good idea to go ahead and book an appointment.
Counselling isn’t always about feeling unwell or struggling to cope, it can also be about feeling really stuck and unable to find a solution to your problem when you have tried a number of strategies.
I’m Not Crazy – Am I?
I am actually asked this question on a regular basis. The answer is NO you are not, but if you are seeking help you probably have some things going on that are negatively affecting your life and the sooner you get help the sooner you will start to feel better.
I Don’t Know What to Talk About!
Lots of people worry about this, but you really don’t need to. I find once a person is sitting down with me they are able talk openly about what has been happening recently and how they came to book an appointment with me. My job is to help you feel comfortable and able to talk about any topic that is important to you and then help you find solutions or provide you with strategies to try to get your life back on track.
Talking About My Problems Will Just Make Them Worse!
Sharing fears and concerns with a trained professional actually helps to reduce pain and increase your understanding of the issues you are facing. We discuss your problems and concerns and then explore options available to you which can help with your decision making.
But I Don’t Know What is Wrong with Me
This is a common concern. It’s possible that there is not one obvious issue causing your distress – it may be a number of smaller issues, or it could be a life transition which we all face during our life time, but especially during our late 30’s and 40’s. Counselling during these times can help you explore the cause of your unhappiness and to clarify what it is that you need to make your life better.
I can provide short term solution focused advice on a single issue over one or two appointments by telephone, skype or in person. You do not need a referral from a doctor to access this service and there is no Medicare rebate available.
Alternatively if the issue has been going on for some time or is more complex you can get a Mental Health Care Plan (if eligible) from your doctor to access psychotherapy which is provided in person at my Kenmore Clinic and allows for ten appointments that are Medicare subsidized. You need a referral from your doctor to access this service.
You are able to contact me by email or telephone, and can book an appointment to see me using the schedule tab below.