We sometimes recognise that something isn’t right in our lives. Sometimes we know what that something is, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we can continue our daily lives despite it, sometimes we can’t.
Individuals commonly wonder “at what point should I be seeking help for this?”. The short answer is if it is causing you (or sometimes the people around you) distress, or it is impacting upon your ability to undertake your usual activities, it is likely that professional input can help.
All manner of concerns can impact our ability to undertake usual activities, or to do so with a clear mind. This doesn’t mean we’re crazy! Having the insight to seek therapeutic input when needed takes reason and good judgement. Sometimes things just get on top of us and it can be useful to gain some input from a well trained professional as to how to manage stress or difficult events in our lives. Other times individuals may suffer concerns which would fit psychological diagnoses. A wide range of concerns are treatable with effective support. The following are some common concerns adult clients seek help from North Adelaide Psychology for:
Depression and poor mood
Lack of life direction
Anxiety, worry and panic attacks
Grief and bereavement
Difficulty managing studies or work
Difficulty managing emotion
Family of origin issues
Body issues and eating concerns
Sometimes people come with goals of “Getting my head straight” or “working out what is going on with me”. In these instances individuals can recognise something isn’t right but aren’t sure what – and that’s fine. Together we can identify what is getting in the way of being your usual self, or the self you’d like to be, and then develop a plan and work towards change.
Parents commonly seek help for their children when they see something that isn’t working as they feel it should. Often parents can identify the concern, however, other times it might not be clear. Parents always come with the intention of doing the best for their children and helping them to develop into the best possible version of themselves. The following are some common concerns parents have for their children which prompt them to seek help from North Adelaide Psychology:
Parenting and dealing with difficult behaviour
Relationship concerns, including family conflict
Bullying and self-esteem
Fears, anxiety and worry
Grief and loss
Managing change, including divorce
Parenting whilst suffering mental illness
Early childhood concerns including behaviour, tantrums, eating, sleeping etc.
The point at which adult and child concerns converge is of particular interest to us. Many parents are worried they will repeat patterns of parenting they experienced as hurtful but don’t know how to do it differently. Seeing a psychologist with experience in this area is incredibly useful preparation for parenting, before or after birth, or indeed at any point. It’s never too late to improve parenting skills.
Pregnancy and birth are times full of expectation, from ourselves and others. When we don’t feel what we think we “should”, or what others tell us we must be feeling, it can be a lonely and difficult time. Gaining support through this is important for yourself, your family, and your child. (For example, see www.pregnancy.com.au)
Concerns around these issues for which clients commonly seek help from North Adelaide Psychology include:
Prenatal anxiety and depression
Postnatal anxiety and depression
Pregnancy and birth concerns
IVF and unexpected outcomes including foetal loss
Concerns about relationships between parent and children
Attachment education and therapy
“Where is the manual on how to parent?!”
Parenting with confidence
Of course sometimes individuals have psychiatric diagnoses attributed by themselves or others for which they require help. Many diagnoses which are not on the list below are also treatable. Common diagnoses of clients include:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Contact us today to address your concerns on (08) 8210 9443 or firstname.lastname@example.org