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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES

Assisting Adults with Specific Mental Health Concerns

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorder (with or without Agoraphobia)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
  • Specific Phobias
  • Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling Disorder)
  • Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder

Other Specific Topics:

  • Improve Wellbeing
  • Stress management
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Behaviour change
  • Grief and loss
  • Sexuality
  • Gender Identity
If you are having difficulties with any of the above issues, contact Room for Positive Change to arrange an appointment and engage with effective, evidence-based treatments such as:
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Please Note: If you are seeking support for other conditions not listed here, please consider seeking alternate services as your referral may not be accepted. You may find helpful information at the Useful Links tab of this website.

Len focuses on collaboration with clients in order to develop a practical and individually tailored treatment plan focused on client goals, attaining new skills, reducing distress, and facilitating room for positive change. A strong focus is placed on examining one’s beliefs/thoughts about life situations and exploring additional ways of thinking and/or behaving that are geared toward altering undesirable emotional states. All the above and more aimed at developing a proactive, enriched, and fulfilled life!

What are these mental health issues all about?

Anxiety Disorders

Although anxiety is a common and normal emotion often experienced during stressful situations, an Anxiety Disorder is associated with persistent fear, anxiety, and/or avoidance combined with physiological symptoms that significantly interfere with important aspects of daily life (e.g., employment, relationships).

 

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Involves at least a six-month period of frequent and excessive worry about many aspects of life such as: health, work, relationships, finances, and other issues. Such worry is often considered uncontrollable and disruptive to daily functioning (e.g., difficulty relaxing, disturbed sleep, physical tension, feeling irritable, easily fatigued, poor concentration and difficulty with focusing on a task)

Panic Disorder (with or without Agoraphobia)

Panic Attacks: involve sudden surges of extreme fear, matched with intense physiological arousal such as: chest pain/pressure, racing/pounding heartbeat, difficulty breathing, choking sensations, feeling dizzy/faint, trembling/shakiness, sweating, hot/cold flushes, and/or stomach problems. There is often a fear of dying, losing control, having another attack, and/or going crazy. Such fear often leads to unhelpful changes in behaviour (e.g., avoidance).

Agoraphobia involves fear and anxiety about two or more of the following: being in open or enclosed spaces, using public transportation, standing in line or being in crowds and/or being alone outside the home environment. Often due to fear of experiencing a panic attack where help or escape may be difficult.

Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

An often overwhelming feeling of anxiety and fear about social situations. Involves excessive worry about several social aspects such as: offending others, being criticised, embarrassed, humiliated, or rejected. Such situations are often avoided or endured with extreme discomfort.

Specific Phobias

Involves excessive and persistent fear or anxiety associated with a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, needles, vomiting, lifts/elevators, heights, animals, shy bladder). Such objects or situations are often avoided or endured with significant distress.

Other Disorders

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as actual or threatened death, serious injury, or violence. Some of the symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, intense fear, avoidance, and other unhelpful changes in thinking, emotions, and behaviour. If symptoms worsen or last for extended periods of time and significantly interfere with daily life, a diagnosis of PTSD is possible.

Adjustment Disorder

A stress-related issue associated with major difficulty in adjusting to significant changes in life such as job loss, relationship breakdown, or retirement.

The distress is considered severe and interferes with social, occupational, and/or other important areas of daily life

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Experiencing random, intrusive, and upsetting thoughts is common. Behaviours of double-checking are also quite common: Is the stove really off? Did I really lock the door?

The difference with OCD is that the thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions) are repetitive, frequent, distressing, and significantly interfere with one’s ability to engage with daily activity.

Common obsessions: contamination, safety, concern with order and symmetry 

Common compulsions: excessive cleaning, checking, ordering

 

All provided services adhere to the highest levels of professional integrity and practice as reflected in the APS Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines.