Welcome to Perth Psychologists

Everyone needs help at times, so asking for help is quite a natural thing to do. At Perth Psychologists we are here to help you find help with what is challenging you at the moment.

We believe in practically working with our clients and that with the right support, people can successfully deal with what is troubling them in their lives.

By only employing trained psychologists we believe our counsellors have the necessary skills and experience to help you understand your situation better, and the tools to show you to move forward.

At Perth Psychologists, we work with the belief that every person can create positive changes in their life, no matter how hard things may be at the moment. From the first session we aim to assist you to both understand the causes of your concerns and to start on the road of applying practical strategies to overcome them.

To make an appointment or enquiry please fill in your details or contact us on:

Phone:  1300 70 50 55

Email:   support@perthpsychologists.net.au

Fax:      (08) 6444 7433 

To see the profiles of our trained psychologists or make a booking online, click on your preferred location.

Cockburn Central

Nedlands

Joondalup

Harrisdale

 

WE SPECIALISE IN:

Anxiety

While stress can be a normal response to demanding situations, anxiety is when those worried feelings don’t go away when the event has ended or come up when there is no stressful event. Sometimes it’s the result of negative thinking or a habit we have got into during stressful times but either way it can have a big impact upon your life and make daily activities hard to manage.

Symptoms can be physical (panic attacks, racing heart, feeling tense or edgy); psychological (fear, worry, catastrophizing or obsessive thinking) or behavioural: (avoidance of situations or people, obsessive habits).

The good news is that when you ask for help from the right people like a trained psychologist, counselling can often help you both understand the cause and start to reduce the symptoms. Counselling has been found to be a very effective way to treat anxiety with most common method being cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). This says that a person's thinking (cognition) and acting (behaviour) affects the way they feel (emotions) so in counselling, the psychologist looks at the patterns of thinking and acting that are causing anxiety.

One example is “catastrophizing” (fearing the worst, believing something is worse than it actually is, anticipating things will go wrong) is often connected with anxiety. In counselling, the person works to change these patterns to a way of thinking that is more realistic and on problem-solving.

Anxiety is also often made worse when a person avoids things they are afraid of. Learning how to face situations that cause anxiety can make a big difference. With help a person can make changes to change these old patterns and develop new habits that reduce anxiety and improve quality of life.

At Perth Psychologists, we treat anxiety through treatment of choice methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Hypnosis or Mindfulness practices. By taking the step of speaking to someone about your concerns you can begin the path back to health and wellbeing.

To see the profiles of our trained psychologists or make a booking online, click on your preferred location.

Cockburn Central

Nedlands

Joondalup

Harrisdale

 

WE SPECIALISE IN:

Depression

Whilst feeling sad or moody can be quite common in response to upsetting events, depression has a more ongoing effect on your sense of wellbeing and can last for months or even years.

You may be depressed at some level if for more than several weeks, you've felt sad or down a lot of the time, or have lost your interest in your usual day to day activities.

If you have experienced a number of the symptoms listed below it may be beneficial to talk to a professional. It is equally important however to remember that we all experience some of these symptoms now and again, and while it’s always good to talk to someone it may not necessarily mean you're depressed.

Behaviour (Don’t go out as much, do less work, withdrawal from close family and friends, reliance on alcohol and sedatives, does less of the usual enjoyable activities, unable to concentrate as easily)

Psychological (Feelings of being sad or overwhelmed, guilty, irritable, more frustrated, less confident, indecisive. Thoughts can include a sense of being a failure, that life is not worth living, people would be better off without me or a general sense of pessimism or worthlessness.

Physical (Tired a lot of the time, feeling sick or run down, headaches and muscle pain, sleep disturbance, change of appetite or greater weight loss or gain).

People suffering with depression often have an ongoing negative view about themselves and the world around them. Experiences may be distorted through a negative filter and these thinking patterns become such a habit that it becomes increasingly hard to break out of.

If you answered yes to a number of these symptoms and you think that you or someone you know may be experiencing some form of depression it may be good to talk to someone. Counselling helps you see how your thinking and actions affects your mood and like other habits they can be changed with help.

At Perth Psychologists we have trained professionals who can talk this through with you. They can help you take practical steps to think and act in a different and more energised, motivated way towards life.

To see the profiles of our trained psychologists or make a booking online, click on your preferred location.

Cockburn Central

Nedlands

Joondalup

Harrisdale

 

WE SPECIALISE IN:

Relationships

Sometimes conflict happens in relationships but there are ways to deal with it so it doesn’t affect you individually or as a couple.

In fact relationships can become stronger if both partners can talk about the issues as part of their relationship. Differences can usually be resolved with through respectful and clear communication. But if emotions are running high this can be harder to do and we may need some help to move through it.

Relationship counselling or couples therapy works with the differences in views and feelings between partners and attempts to bring solutions to the issues that come up. Popular types of therapy include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT).

In CBT the counsellor aims to increase each person’s awareness about the unspoken assumptions or interaction styles between the couple. One of the main goals is to look at communication problems such as jumping to conclusions, not being open to the other’s point of view or not letting go of the past.

Relationship counselling also helps each person uncover negative beliefs or habits from the past that cause relationship distress. It also focuses on acceptance and change as positive goals for couples in therapy. Research on what makes successful counselling has found that couples who succeed in therapy need to be open to making changes and show greater emotional acceptance of the other.

Counselling also focuses on improving relationships by increasing positive exchanges and decreasing the frequency of negative or punishing interactions. This approach also sees that a person’s history can affect their interactions and that by improving communication about the past and the present the couples can learn to let go and move on in a healthy way in their relationship.

In this way couples counselling can greatly help couples to change old destructive communication patterns and rebuild connection.

At Perth Psychologists our counsellors are specifically trained in couples counselling. They are able to support you through the challenging times that all relationships experience so that you are able to work through your issues in a clear and open way.

To see the profiles of our trained psychologists or make a booking online, click on your preferred location.

Cockburn Central

Nedlands

Joondalup

Harrisdale

Areas we can also help you with

Anger managementAnxiety • Behaviour problems • Depression • Grief and loss • Mediation • Panic attacks • Parenting (child and adolescent) • Phobias • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Relationships • Self-harm/suicide • Sexual abuse • Separation/Divorce • Workplace problems • Workers Compensation • Well-Being