It can be helpful to speak with trusted friends or family when having difficulties with how we feel, what we are thinking or habits we wish to change. However most of us will experience a time where it helps to speak with a trained professional to build self-understanding, learn new tools and improve your mental health and well-being.
Clinicians at Inner North are trained to provide compassionate, professional and evidence-based support for a range of mental health difficulties as outlined below. Our team have diverse backgrounds, areas of clinical interest and experience working with young people through to older adults.
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Depression affects 1 in 7 Australians. Depression is a serious condition that can affect your physical and mental health. Depression is not just about feeling down, as we all do from time to time. Rather, it involves a number of other symptoms and interferes with daily life and relationships.
It can be hard to break out of a cycle of feeling overwhelmed by sorrow and helplessness on your own. The good news is, depression can be treated. Our experienced therapists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help you overcome depression, develop healthy coping strategies, and improve your overall well-being.
Everyone feels stressed and worried in moments throughout their life, often brought on by stressful events. Typically, these feelings will pass when the stressful event passes. But if these feelings stay with you after the stressful event or situation has passed, and you can't put your finger on why, it may be worth speaking to a professional. Some common symptoms of anxiety include feeling worried a lot of the time, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, feeling agitated or irritable, shortness of breath, feeling excessively tired or lacking energy, rapid heartbeats.
If anxiety is affecting your life, a psychologist may be able to help. They will take time to understand your individual situation and work with you to find the best way to improve your situation
Grief is a natural human response to loss and can impact upon your ability to think, to feel, and to participate in aspects of your life once important to you. Grief is often experienced following the death of a loved one, the break-down of a relationship, illness, an event that may affect your phsyical capacity, or a natural disaster.
People cope with grief in different ways. Many find that the intensity of emotions experienced reduce over time. However, for some it is helpful to speak with a professional to assist to adjust to your loss and cope with your grief.
Neurodiversity recognises that human brains, thinking, feeling and behaviours are diverse in nature. Humans vary on a wide range of qualities and characteristics including our ability to pay attention, the gender we identify with, the intensity of our emotional experience, our range of interests and our sensitivity to light, sound or touch. Through a scientific lens, we are increasingly understanding psychological characteristics on a continuum (e.g. ranging from 0 – 100), rather than category (e.g. present or absent).
There are terms being used to understand a person’s psychological profile with respect to neurodiversity. For example, when a majority of people are believed to share a way of thinking and relating to the world (e.g. having a wide range of interests), this can be referred to as "neurotypical". Alternatively, people’s experience of very high levels of a certain characteristic (e.g. sensitivity to sound) or very low levels of a certain characteristic (e.g. ability to pay attention to one stimulus); can be understood as “neurodivergence.” Neurodivergence is sometimes associated with clinical diagnoses like Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or learning disorders, however it is not limited to people who have a diagnosis.
Individuals with neurodivergent traits or characteristics can experience them as strengths, or they can be very stressful or limiting. Some of the stress can relate to the idea that we all need to fit into the needs of the neurotypical majority. This can place those with neurodivergence at greater risk of mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety & depression.
At Inner North, we support the growing idea of neurodivergence, and encourage respect towards each individuals unique strengths and weaknesses. In treatment, we aim to treat each person using evidence-based approaches that affirms each individual and adapts to their unique needs.
Phobias and intense fears can have a significant impact on quality of life. If left untreated, phobias can manifest as physical symptoms, cause rifts in relationships, or leave you unable to function normally. At Inner North, our qualified therapists can help you manage your phobia and regain control of your life.
Some of the phobias we can help with include:
It is common for all of us to experience strong emotions in the aftermath of traumatic events, such as natural disasters, accidents, acts of violence, or finding out that a loved one was involved in a traumatic event. With support of family and friends, many people are able to cope. However, for others the symptoms of trauma may last longer and be more severe. Trauma can impact upon a person's physical, mental and emotional well-being, often leading to symptoms like anxiety, depression, flashbacks, nightmares, and difficulty in forming healthy relationships. Seeking psychological therapy can provide a safe space to explore and process these distressing experiences, and develop coping strategies to improve the quality of your life.
Stress is a perfectly natural human sensation. In fact, stress can be a helpful motivator to help us rise to a challenge. Stress can be described as a tense, worrying feeling you get when feel as though you are unable to cope with the challenges life is throwing your way.
If stress is ongoing, long term or acute, it can have a negative impact on your physical and/or mental health. Physical symptoms of stress can include heart palpitations, high blood pressure, stomach upset and aches and pains. Psychological symptoms of stress include feelings of worry, fear, anger, tearfulness, irritability, anxiety, helplessness, difficulties with concentration or memory, or feeling overwhelmed
Many can manage their own stress through calming activities and support from friends and family. However, if you find your stress is prolonged you may benefit from psychological support.
Many of us have experienced the worrying thought that we have left the oven on or forgotten to lock the front door. For someone with OCD, such thoughts and worries can become overwhelming and interfere with their life every day.
OCD is characterised by:
If you are experiencing symptoms of OCD that are affecting aspects of your life, a psychologist may be able to help. At Inner North we can work with you and other medical professionals to help reduce your stress and regain control over your life
Anger is an emotion experienced by most. It can range from mildly annoyed to fits of rage. Anger is usually experienced when we perceive an injustice or threat directed at us or someone we care about.
Anger can be a perfectly healthy and protective emotion when expressed in a calm, respectful and rational manner. However, it can be problematic when it emerges frequently, causes fear for others, regret for you in the aftermath and negatively affects your relationships.
Problem anger can be described as frequent, intense and long-lasting. The experience of anger can involve a person’s thoughts, emotions, physical responses and behaviours.
If anger is a problem in your life, a psychologist may be able to help you identify what triggers your intense emotions and work with you to change your thinking and behaviours.
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