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Grief Counselling in Perth

How we help with grief

Grief is a natural reaction to loss.  There are so many different losses a person can experience.  These can include the death of a loved one, a terminal diagnosis, significant change, the loss of a pet, or a relationship breakdown.  As these experiences vary with each person, it is important for us to take the time to understand the situation and develop individualised and personable treatment.

Am I experiencing grief?

Feelings such as disbelief, panic, anger, sadness, relief and numbness are common.  Grief can affect how we think and it can affect our concentration.  It can trigger physical symptoms such as headaches, loss of appetite and sleep disturbance.

There is no right way to grieve, some people will be open about a loss and others will grieve privately.  Grief can last for months or years.

Should I seek help?

It can be helpful to seek psychological support to express grief.  Do you feel like you would like to speak to someone confidentially?  Sometimes people can worry they will burden others if they speak about their feelings.  You can book in to speak to one of our Clinical Psychologists, where we provide a safe and confidential environment that is designed to focus on your individual experience.

Drug, Alcohol And Other Addiction Counselling in Perth

Is treatment for you?

Every client’s experiences and symptoms are unique to them, therefore its important to take time to understand your situation so that we can develop an individualised treatment plan.  During treatment, we will explore the different reasons why addictions might manifest and what function the addiction might be serving.

Do I have an addiction?

People of all ages can develop an addiction, including adolescents and adults.  The addiction may be to alcohol or other substances or vices.

Substance use and other addictions can lead to psychological or physiological dependence or addiction. With physiological dependence, a person’s body becomes tolerant of the effects of a substance, and it can take more of the substance to produce the same effect.  Withdrawal can be experienced when the substance is not being used, and this can make it difficult to cease the behaviour.  This leads to a detrimental cycle of addiction.

 

Types of addictions

We are able to help treat addictions to alcohol, and other substances such as prescription medication.  People can also become addicted to activities. Common activity addictions include:

  • Gambling
  • Shopping
  • Gaming
  • Internet and screen
  • Pornography

We have a great deal of experience dealing with these addictions.

 

Addiction in teenagers

Common addictions in adolescence include gaming, pornography and internet and screen addictions. Gaming is designed to be highly engaging, and teens can become addicted to the excitement they experience whilst playing. Online activities are very common. However, it can become a problem when an excessive amount of time is spent using screens and other areas of life are neglected.

Teenagers can become anxious, withdrawn, agitated, or aggressive if they are unable to engage in the behaviour. It can affect socialising, relationships and sleep.

 

I am looking for a friend or family member.

Your loved one may not be ready to acknowledge they have a problem.  This is often a part of the addiction cycle.  You can book an appointment with one of our clinical psychologists if you wish to seek further information on how best to support your loved one.

If you have more questions you can view our FAQ or type in your search on the search bar on the right.

Eating Disorder Help & Counselling in Perth

Is treatment for you?

The assessment process is very important in helping identify whether you or a loved one has an eating disorder, and if so what treatment plan is required. Our clinical psychologists have significant experience and training in this area.  Please contact us if you are concerned that you are a loved one may have an eating disorder.

How we help

Every individual’s experiences and symptoms are unique to them, therefore it’s important to take time to understand your situation so that we can develop an individualised treatment plan.  During treatment, we will explore your history, how you feel about it and the therapeutic approaches we can use to give you personalised treatment and help.

Do I have an eating disorder?

Below are some questions that may help you identify if you have an eating disorder

  • Do you find yourself being preoccupied by worries about eating and about your weight? Do you find yourself thinking you want to eat more ‘healthily’, but then you start to restrict your food intake more and more?
  • Do you find yourself believing you need to lose weight, even though you are in a healthy weight range?
  • Do you find yourself eating uncontrollably and then feeling very guilty afterwards?
  • Or do you worry that a loved one’s eating habits have changed significantly, and you are concerned about their weight or wellbeing?

This may mean that you or a loved one may have an eating disorder.  Research has identified that it is crucial to seek help as early as possible.

What is an eating disorder?

Eating Disorders are characterised by significant disturbances in eating behaviour.  Common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimina Nervosa (BN) and Binge Eating Disorder (BED).

People who are diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa demonstrate persistent restriction of food, which leads to significant low body weight for their age and height.  A person will experience an intense fear of gaining weight even though underweight.  People with AN also have a disturbed perception of how their body looks.

People who are diagnosed with Bulimina Nervosa engage in ongoing episodes of binge eating – binge eating is when a person eats in a discrete period of time (within two hours), an amount of food that is significantly more than most people would eat in that same time frame and under similar circumstances – with inappropriate compensatory behaviour to prevent any weight gain (for example, vomiting or excessive exercise).  People with BN, like those with AN, also experience an intense fear of gaining weight even though underweight.

People who are diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder engage in recurrent episodes of binge eating.  As explained above, binge eating is when a person eats in a discrete period of time (within two hours), an amount of food that is significantly more than most people would eat in that same time frame and under similar circumstances.  During that time, people feel out of control when eating and may eat rapidly, and continuously even when not physically hungry.  The eating often occurs in secret, and feelings of shame or guilt after these episodes is common.  Binge eating is much more severe than overeating.

Anxiety Treatment in Perth

Is treatment for you?

Many discard their symptoms as “not severe enough” or “too severe” to be helped. Are the symptoms you feel disrupting your life? Is the anxiety preventing you from living the life you desire? We can’t tell you if you need treatment but as clinical psychologists that have helped patients manage anxiety in the past, we can point you in the right direction.

 

In Australia, Anxiety affects one in four people!  Anxiety is treatable and the earlier you seek support the better the outcome.  Sometimes treatment includes both psychological intervention and medication, however, this can be decided after having an assessment that involves both your General Practitioner and Clinical Psychologist.

How we help with anxiety

Every client’s experiences and symptoms are unique to them, therefore it’s important to take time to understand your situation so that we can develop an individualised treatment plan.  During treatment, we will explore the different reasons why you feel anxiety, introduce therapeutic approaches and help manage the symptoms with a personalised solution.

What is anxiety and do I have it?

Almost everyone has felt anxious or stressed in response to pressure.  Anxiety, however, is different because the feelings don’t subside even when the pressure is off.  The feelings can be very hard to manage or control. It can be hard to know if you have anxiety. Below are some common symptoms.

Symptoms

Symptoms can include a feeling of fear and this is often accompanied by an intense physical response (due to the arousal of the nervous system). Physical symptoms can include increased heart rate, nausea, dizziness, tingling hands, wobbly legs and an urge to urinate. Cognitive symptoms include interpreting the situation as catastrophic, which then affects behaviour such as avoiding situations.

There are varying types of anxiety disorders:

Some people can experience excessive general worry and anxiety over a long period of time, at least six months, and this is called Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

 

Some people can have significant anxiety that is triggered by social or performance situations, which may result in avoiding these situations.  This is termed Social Phobia.

 

Specific Phobia is as the name suggests.  Some people can experience significant anxiety that is provoked by being exposed to a particular thing or situation, for example, seeing a spider or snake, or getting on a plane.  Again, this usually leads to trying to avoid particular things or situations.

 

For some people, they can experience obsessive thoughts and/or compulsions (compulsions are behaviours that serve to neutralise the obsessive thoughts).  This type of anxiety is termed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a type of anxiety that is triggered by a person experiencing a traumatic event that led them to believe they may die, and the person experiences intense fear and horror as a response.

 

Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety that causes people to experience recurrent panic attacks, sometimes also experiencing Agoraphobia.  Agoraphobia is when a person is very fearful of and often avoids being in a situation where they find it hard to escape.  A panic attack is when you can experience a feeling of fear accompanied by an intense physical reaction.  This can include increased heart rate, feeling nauseaus, dizziness, tingling hands, wobbly legs and an urge to urinate.  Cognitive symptoms include interpreting the situation as catastrophic.

 

Although it is easy to label disorders, we understand that everyones symptom, thoughts and feelings are different. At Vivid Psychology you are treated as a person and not as a disorder.

 

Should I seek help?

Vivid Psychology believes no issue too great or too small for psychological support. We can help you identify the whys and hows of your anxiety and give you steps to freeing yourself from these anxiety symptoms. We prioritise your comfort, privacy and discretion.

If you are unsure of what you’re feeling or have a question about the cost of sessions or rebates, we are happy to give you some guidance. Even if you’re not sure where to go from here, whether it be with Vivid Psychology or another practice, our number one priority is to improve the mental health and well being of others. Give us a call (by clicking above) and we can guide you in the right direction.

 

 

Depression Treatment In Perth

How we provide counselling at Vivid Psychology

Depression is a common word used by people to describe sadness or low mood. At Vivid Psychology we understand that Depression or Major Depression is different to experiencing sadness. Vivid Psychology are a small practice with only fully qualified clinical psychologists. We have counselled an treated many of our clients through depression and treat each client differently dependant on their experiences. We are highly trained in many therapeutic approaches but we understand no one person or mind is the same and there is no systematic way to treat symptoms. It is important to us that we help each client through personalisation, trusting and comfort.

Do you have Depression?

Symptoms of Depression can include low mood, a diminished interest or pleasure in activities, a change in weight or appetite, sleep disturbance, agitation, a loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty concentrating, indecisiveness, or suicidal thoughts or intent.

Being Depressed can affect how you function or behave, at home, school or work, or when socialising. People can stop going out and withdraw from family or friends. It can affect how you think, with thoughts such as “what’s the point”, or “I’m worthless”.
Factors that contribute to Depression include a family history

of Depression, biochemical imbalance and life experiences.

In Australia, Depression affects one in six people. Depression is treatable and the earlier you seek support the better the outcome. Treatment can include both psychological intervention and medication, however this can be decided after you speak to your Clinical Psychologist and GP.

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If you are unsure of what you’re feeling or have a question about the cost of sessions or rebates, we are happy to give you some guidance. Even if you’re not sure where to go from here, whether it be with Vivid Psychology or another practice, our number one priority is to improve the mental health and well being of others. Give us a call (by clicking above) and we can guide you in the right direction.