Psychology is the science of the human psyche– or mind. A complex interplay of factors including cognition (how we think), emotion (how we feel) and behaviour (the way we act, often as a result of how we think and feel about ourselves and our experiences), a person’s psychological health determines how well they function and perform in life areas from work to relationships. What makes the practice of psychology such a powerful tool in achieving personal wellbeing is that much of what we think and feel happens beyond consciousness, making it difficult to identify problems and solutions without expert insight. Whether a client presents with symptoms such as lethargy and low mood, struggles to cope with stress or wishes for greater success in a certain life area, a psychologist combines their intimate knowledge of the human condition with appropriate evidence-based therapeutic paradigms and techniques to achieve maximum benefit. Psychologists also work with children, adolescents and adults experiencing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and addiction and may work with a GP or psychiatrist to integrate therapy with medication. They may also assess and support children and adolescents with learning and behavioural difficulties.
In children, mental health issues and developmental delays can be hard to detect. Often, behaviour such as playground aggression or defying authority figures, or poor performance on kinder or school tasks, signals either psychological distress or frustration to keep up academically or socially. Whatever the root cause, early intervention is key to preventing cumulative consequences such as a child falling further behind or becoming alienated from peers. A Soaring Health Thomastown psychologist can assess various domains of psychological and cognitive function, administer assessments for specific mental health conditions, refer a child for medication appraisal as required, and provide early intervention using evidence-based therapy techniques.
Adolescents are susceptible to many psychological and emotional issues that may manifest as behavioural problems at home or school or culminate in mood swings or mental distress (which may be difficult to detect). Adolescents can also become overwhelmed and struggle to adapt to the rapid changes of pre-adolescence and adolescence – from identity and body image issues to school and social demands. Early teen years are also often when emerging mental health conditions become evident, making expert assessment of any psychological symptoms crucial. Soaring Health’s Thomastown psychologists will apply evidence-based therapeutic paradigms and techniques to help a young person realise their best level of functioning, life satisfaction and wellbeing.
- Those who are experiencing stress and/or burnout (may present as low energy, fatigue and apathy)
- Those seeking greater clarity in goals and life direction
- Those seeking better relationships in any domain (intimate, friendship, workplace)
- Those seeking to change limiting habits and patterns such as addictions and compulsions (including gambling, Internet/social media, alcohol/drugs, shopping, overeating)
- Those with diagnosed mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and mood disorders seeking to learn skills to manage symptoms
- Adolescents and children with behavioural and or/social issues, or reported mental distress
- Children with developmental delays or learning difficulties
- Assessment for mental health conditions that may produce exhibited symptoms
- Appraisal of mental and emotional functioning (with comprehensive health history)
- Therapy that works to shift and resolve issues identified as underlying difficulties (evidence-based paradigms such as CBT and ACT, tailored to the individual)
- Referral to a psychiatrist for medication assessment/collaboration with psychiatrist or GP to integrate medication with therapy
- Stress and burnout
- Depression and anxiety
- Relationship issues (recurring patterns or issues such as conflict or codependency)
- Addiction and compulsion (e.g. alcohol, gambling, social media, compulsive shopping, overeating)
- Lack of clarity in goals/values and life direction (possibly after unexpected unemployment or leaving the workforce to have children)
- Issues resulting from trauma (e.g. major accident), including PTSD
- Grief and bereavement (including post-separation or divorce)