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 ....

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 counseling therapies can be put into four basic groups. There are ‘talk therapies’, action-based psychotherapies, memory processing therapies, and counseling 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 Psychotherapy Talking 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 ....

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 ....

Medicare and Mental Health Care Plans

https://youtu.be/-vEktevF2BU Do I have to use Medicare? No, you don’t. By paying for therapy yourself, you have the greatest amount of privacy because you don’t need to have your GP involved or seek approval from Medicare. But, Medicare rebates do allow you to reduce the cost of your therapy sessions. Am I eligible? All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents are entitled to a rebate on part of the cost of treatment by qualified and registered psychologists. How many sessions can I claim rebates for? You can claim rebates on up to 10 therapy sessions each calendar year. So, from January 1 to December 31st, you’re entitled to 10 rebates. And then at midnight on New Years Eve the clock resets and you’re entitled to another 10 rebates the following year. How do I get a rebate? The way to get these rebates is to go and see your ....

Men’s Psychology: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships and More

Why counselling for men’s psychology is important Men’s psychology is more than counselling for anger, anxiety, depression, and relationships. If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve been struggling for a long time and now are ready to do something about it. Men are good at a lot of things. Two things we tend to be terrible at are asking for help and talking about our feelings. It’s not really all that surprising. Most of us have been taught to shut down our emotions rather than understanding them. Instead of expressing the full range of human emotions we feel pressured into displaying anger, irritability, regret, and not much else. This causes problems. It can make us withdraw from others, lash out in anger, rely on alcohol and drugs, or suffer in silence. You may be surprised to learn that one out of every five men you know will have anxiety ....

Brief or Comprehensive Therapy?

What’s the difference? Brief therapy, involving three to ten treatment sessions, suits people who have a specific therapy goal.  Most people will benefit from this therapy and some people leave at this point and go on to do very well. Others will stay on to do comprehensive therapy or return after a break. Comprehensive therapy is longer and deeper than brief therapy. The longer length of treatment allows for the exploration of deeper levels of personal experience, such as developing insight into how your beliefs shape the way in which you see the world, the impact that your beliefs have on your life, understanding and interpreting childhood experiences, and strengthening your relationships with others. While brief therapy usually occurs weekly, comprehensive therapy may be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. Why choose comprehensive psychological therapy? Comprehensive psychological therapy will help you make deeper changes and maintain these changes across the course of ....

Learning to dance with stress and anxiety

If you are reading this, you know what it is like to be anxious and stressed. Many people with anxiety are highly distressed and often feel that nobody can understand how they are feeling. The good news is that you’re not alone. Anxiety and stress are the most common reasons that people come to see a psychologist. People with severe anxiety certainly benefit from treatment, but almost everyone could do with a few strategies to manage their anxiety. I’m not going to spend too much time talking about anxiety, because I think that it would me more helpful if I give you a couple of strategies that work. Why these strategies work The human mind and body are closely connected. When we have stressful thoughts such as “I can’t do this” or anxious thoughts such as “what if something bad happens”, our bodies respond to this. Feeling of anxiety are ....

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