Workplace Bullying: Making a Strategic Exit, Part 3

This is part three of a series on surviving workplace bullying. Have a read of part one Part 1 & Part 2 before reading further.There is wisdom in standing up for yourself and also wisdom in knowing when to walk away. Remember that your mental, physical, and financial well-being is more important than your job and more important than proving you were right.Before you leave have your plan B in place and a collection of references from your last job. Letters from superiors are best and letters from colleagues are useful if your superiors refuse. You may need a little time to clear your head, however, start looking for your next job quickly. Having a temporary job that might not be a 100% fit is easier to put on your resume than long gaps. Working in a new environment with a supportive culture may actually help you to recover from the psychological ....

Workplace Bullying: The Smart Approach, Part 2

This is part two of a series on surviving workplace bullying. Have a look at part one before reading further.If you are staying in your job you will need all of your personal strengths and your external supports ready. Know why you are staying. What are the values and motives that drive you to see this through to the end? Is it about fairness? Protecting others? Respect for yourself and what is right? Understanding why this matter to you will be important when things get tough and you want to throw in the towel. You can also consider going part-time to help see you through until it is resolved.We all have self-doubts and internal criticisms. If you have made mistakes, own these and take responsibility for your actions. It will also remove any ‘ammunition’ that could be used against you. It is also important to see the abuse as being ....

Workplace Bullying: A Non-Sugar-Coated Survival Guide, Part 1

Anger, frustration, self-doubt, sadness, and helplessness. If you are being bullied at work it will likely be one of the most challenging phases of your career. There are three options open to you: accept the bullying and do your best to protect yourself, fight the bullying, or move to another organisation or department. Unless you have a good reason to do so, staying where you are will take a toll on your mental health over the long-term. If you decide to fight the bullying you will need to gather your resources, recruit allies, have a plan B, know what your motivations are, and know when to walk away. For many people, moving to another position works out best for their own mental, physical, and financial well-being. Although it is not fair that you’re being bullied, no-one performs at the their best while sitting in a toxic quagmire.To get where you ....

Trauma and Your Relationship: Connecting, Healing and Loving.

Is my relationship doomed? Why are relationships so difficult Why does this keep happening? What Actually Works? Find a Good Theapist A Hope for the Future Trauma and Your Relationship: Connecting, Healing and Loving. *Please note that TrueHope Psychology does not offer couples counselling. We do, however, help individuals improve the quality of all their relationships. Jessica* can’t sleep. She lies awake at night staring at the walls, a thousand thoughts rushing through her head. Work is good, but stressful. She does remarkably well for someone living on four hours sleep. But it’s not her job that keeps her awake.“Why did I do that?” The thoughts tumble around and around in her head. She has been in a relationship with Michael for six months and it is going really well. He is patient, kind and good at his job. He’s a world apart from her ex. He doesn’t hit her, ....

Psychological Depression Treatment and Depression Help.

Am I Depressed?We all feel down from time to time and this part of our normal psychology. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re depressed. Depression is a pervasive sense of sadness, low motivation, and a loss of pleasure in things that used to bring us joy. Quite often people will feel worthless, hopeless, irritable or guilt ridden. It can become a clinical depression, or major depression, when it last for more than two weeks, stops you from doing your usual activities or is distressing for you. Some people don’t have severe sadness, like in major depression, but feel ‘not great’ (dysthymic). And this can last for months or even years. When we get depressed it can feel like we’re ‘stuck’ in a hole and nothing we do seems to help. It saps our motivation and can make it very difficult to recover from a depression on our own, even when ....

Anxiety Treatment and Anxiety Help, and Panic Attack Help

What is anxiety, and what are panic attacks? Anxiety may be the most distressing thing that you will experience, but TrueHope anxiety counselling can help. Anxiety treatment can help you to feel less anxious, and more centred, composed, and calm. We all experience small amounts of anxiety from time to time. Sometimes it helps us to pay attention to things that are important or dangerous. But it can also easily become painful and overwhelming, making it difficult for you to do the things that you want or need to do. Sudden surges of anxiety can make you feel like you’re losing control, and some people even feel like they’re going to die. These surges are called panic attacks or anxiety attacks. Anxiety and panic can make us withdraw from others and avoid anything that makes us anxious. This can leave us feeling worthless, afraid and alone. Is what I'm feel ....

What is a psychotherapy session like?

At it’s core, psychotherapy is about your life, and the type of life that you would like to live. There are many different ideas about mental health therapy because it comes in many different forms. The different psychological and counselling therapies can be put into four basic groups. There are ‘talk therapies’, action-based psychotherapies, memory processing therapies, and counselling therapies to help with relationships. Give us a call if you would like further information. You can also book and appointment online.Talk Therapies and Cognitive PsychotherapyTalking is normally a large component psychological therapy, including cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy, and humanistic therapy. Some people have initial nervousness about talking about themselves, but this dissipates quickly. Most people enjoy the opportunity to say what has really been on their mind. Through the process of being able to express yourself and receive feedback from your psychologist, you will come to a greater ....

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

https://youtu.be/5-A_eifa9cY Who is eligible? This type of funding is available for anyone who has a white card, a gold, or has served at least one day in continuous full-time service either for the armed forces or for the army reserve. What is covered? You can access support for any mental health condition, whether that is related to your time in service or not. How many sessions? Normally there is no limit on the number of sessions you can access. The only exception to this is if you are seeking support for trauma or PTSD. In these cases, we would need to send a review through at the end of eight sessions to access further funding. How do I access these rebates? The way that you can access this support is by going your GP and requesting a mental health assessment. When you do that mental health, assessment ask your GP ....

Private Health Insurance

https://youtu.be/um6cN0DL6NI Is it worth getting private health insurance? For the most part, it is not worth taking out private health insurance just to pay for your therapy sessions. And that’s because the cost of the insurance will likely be greater than the cost of the therapy sessions. There are three exceptions to this. What are the three exceptions? 1. If you have this cover all ready. If this is true for you, access those rebates that you’re entitled to. 2. If you would like cover for your physical health as well. In that case you might like to consider a package that covers both your physical health and your mental health. You will want to make that psychology is included in your package. 3. If you need cover for in-patient psychiatric treatment. If you have private health insurance, it means that you can access a more comprehensive treatment. It also ....

Chronic Disease Management Rebates

https://youtu.be/997sCQZ7Dbc What is the Chronic Disease Management program? This form of Medicare funding is designed to help people who are living with a chronic illness or a chronic disease and need some psychological counselling to help them to cope with this illness or limit the affect that it’s having on their lives. In some circumstances this will include chronic mental health conditions. How much is the rebate? The size of these rebates is less than what you would get under a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). So, most people will access the 10 rebates under a Mental Health Care Plan first, and then transfer to the Chronic Disease Management program. At he time of publication the rebate is $52.95. How many can I claim? If eligible, you can claim up to five of these rebates each calendar year. That is, from January 1 to December 31st. At midnight on New-Years-Eve, the ....

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