It’s normal to sometimes feel down or to feel anxious about a stressful situation. But when it’s severe or ongoing, those feelings can be a sign of an underlying mental health disorder. Depression and anxiety commonly occur together and they both have various forms that may take different types of treatment to address. Some of the more common disorders include major depression, bipolar depression, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviours, and adjustment issues.
Stress comes about when any type of physical, emotional, or psychological strain causes unwanted responses in your body and/or mind. Everyone experiences stress to some degree, but the way you respond is what makes a big difference to your overall well-being. We can help you work through problems and give you tools to deal with stress better.
Conflict & Interpersonal Issues
Some degree of interpersonal conflict is a normal part of human interaction. But not everyone feels equiped to deal with it, especially if you have issues with assertiveness or find yourself overreacting and then later regretting your actions. We can equip you with skills to minimise conflict and to deal with any underlying psychological problems that cause your responses.
Trauma is a highly emotional response to a terrible event such as an accident, natural disaster, or some personal injury/abuse. But anything that you find physically or emotionally threatening can be experienced as traumatic. You may feel overwhelmed, helpless, shocked, or have difficulty making sense of your experience.
Trauma can have long-term effects on your well-being and it is important to get help from a trained therapist to properly deal with it.
Complex Psychological Issues
When problems with emotions, thinking and behaviour become significant or multiple in number, more serious or complex psychological conditions can occur. These include personality disorders, disturbances to perception, grief that won’t go away, or when you’re on a medication that alters your psychological functioning. A clinical psychologist is best equiped to deal with these types of issues as we have further training in these areas.
Relationship & Sexual Problems
Relationship can come undone, despite our best intentions. Some issues are best dealt with as a couple in couples therapy. Other times, our relationships are affected by our own issues, and it’s best to take the journey alone to be able to do individual growth. It your problems include sexual issues Gabrielle has the maturity and experience to make you feel comfortable to talk about them.