Therapies

Psychology Services

What is a Psychologist? What do they do?

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. Psychologists work with their clients to find strategies to function more effectively in their day-to-day lives.
When you consult a psychologist, you are provided with a safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment to explore issues that may be concerning you. You can choose to have ongoing sessions, so that you are supported while you master the skills necessary to implement new strategies.
Psychologists can help you to discover underlying issues that may be influencing your behaviour. Self-understanding and self-awareness are important factors in embracing change.

Benefits of Psychological Services

An individual's quality of life may be adversely affected by everyday problems, unexpected life events or trauma.

There are many areas that psychologists can help you with:
  • Learning difficulties
  • Anxiety, phobias
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-confidence
  • Anger Management
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Addictions
  • Social isolation
  • Career and work issues
  • Conflict management
  • Self enhancement
  • Weight Issues

 


Family Therapy

When life crises occur, a family approach is often what is needed. The goal is for the family members to have a safe place in therapy to share their experience.family therapy The family is guided to communicate in a safe and caring manner so that each member is valued.

We at "Drop of Life" present information on boundary setting, healthy communication and emotional validation as priorities in establishing a safe and supportive family unit. We at "Drop of Life" have a strong background in working with troubled teens and children with severe emotional problems. Our Psychologists and Counsellors are skilled at guiding parents with optimal strategies for difficult situations.

We at "Drop of Life" understand the importance of parenting with loving authority while allowing children and teens to make appropriate choices.

 


Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which favourable suggestions are readily accepted, internalised and acted upon and the unlimited power of the subconscious mind is utilised for healing, creativity, personal transformation and performance enhancement. Hypnosis is a state of mind characterised by relaxed brain waves and hyper-suggestibility. Hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions have played a major role in healing for thousands of years. Hypnosis is a perfectly normal state that just about everyone has experienced. Automatic Pilot is a natural hypnotic state, you drive somewhere and don't even remember seeing the usual landmarks. The natural hypnotic state also exists when you become so involved in a book, TV show or some other activity that everything else is blocked out.iceberg underneath

Because you were concentrating, you just slipped into the natural hypnotic state. All of our habitual and controlling thoughts reside in what is called our subconscious mind. It's called that because it is below our conscious awareness. We are unaware of the thoughts and feelings that reside there. The hypnotic state, by itself, is only useful for the relaxation it produces. The real importance of hypnosis is that while you are in that state, you are very receptive to suggestions. Positive and healing suggestions are able to sink deeply into your mind much more quickly than when you are in a normal, awake state. I say positive because while in the hypnotic state, you cannot be made to do anything against your moral values. Imagine that there is a trap door between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Normally, the trap door is closed until your brain waves slow down to a relaxed, alpha brain wave level. When you are asleep, the door opens for short periods of time and ideas and thoughts come out of your subconscious mind in the form of dreams. When you are in a state of hypnosis, the door also opens so helpful suggestions can be directed into your subconscious mind. The hypnotic induction that hypnotists use is simply a way to focus your attention and concentration so you will go into that natural, normal hypnotic state. Once in the hypnotic state, the trap door opens and suggestions to help can be given. The list of ways hypnosis has been helpful is practically endless: losing weight, stopping smoking, building self-confidence, improving academic performance at every age level, improving test taking ability from children through high school, college, pain management, fears and phobias, stress management, sleep problems and helping to heal physical problems. To really work well, suggestions must be reinforced by repetition. Most of the habits and feelings we want to change are deeply planted in our subconscious mind and will not just "go away" with one set of suggestions. There is no way to predict how long it will take to see change. It will depend, partly, on your motivation and commitment. For example, I've worked with people to help them quit smoking or to lose weight. Those who came because their doctor or spouse sent them did poorly because they didn't have the right motivation. Those who came because they wanted to quit or to lose weight responded very well.

The connection between our eyes and our mind is a fascinating process that operates on so many different levels. This Optical Illusion Test is a great exampleoptical illusion1 of how sometimes what we see is different then what is real. This is because what we see is processed on different levels, both consciously and subconsciously and is also not always just from what we see through our eyes but also from what our mind projects to our eyes and we subsequently consciously become aware of.

Referral Clinical Hypnosis Practice

As you can see from the list below, apart from the usual smoking cessation, weight loss, habit control areas, hypnosis can also help a wide range of areas, i.e. your ambitious HSC students, 'burning out' company executive, stressed out bank manager, beautiful ballet dancer, competitive Olympic aspirant or golf champion.

Some common conditions where hypnosis can be used with great advantage:

HABIT CONTROL - Smoking, drug dependence, alcoholism, nail biting, bed wetting, stuttering, gambling, temper tantrums etc.

PAIN RELIEF – Obstetric, general and dental anaesthesia, migraine chronic pain, dysmenorrhoea, arthritis.

RELAXATION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT – Insomnia, tics, aggression, anger, resentment, stress, anxiety, fears and phobias, executive and professional burn out.

PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT - For students: accelerated learning, excellence in studies and for exam anxiety. For athletes: sports excellence. For artists and writers: enhancing creativity, public speaking, stage fright. For dancers and musician: for peak performance enhancement
CORPORATE HYPNOSIS – for companies, sports clubs etc. for performance enhancement/enhanced productivity and increased work ethics.

PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION – Obesity, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, lifestyle changes, relationship problems, parenting, coping with life tragedies, Lack of energy or initiatives, self image, self confidence, enthusiasm and motivation. Self improvement in many areas.

PHOBIC ANXIETY STATES - Agoraphobia, claustrophobia, hyperventilation syndrome, fear of flying, driving, panic attacks, compulsive disorders, chronic/reactive depression, bereavement.

OTHER NEW APPLICATIONS – Post traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, victims of sexual abuse and school phobia*

HEALING AND SELF HYPNOSIS – for personal transformation, business, personal, professional and family well being. Behaviour modification, enhanced awareness, creativity and enlightenment.

SURGICAL – Pre operative relaxation and programming. Post operative accelerated healing.

MIND/BODY/LIFE CONNECTION – Creating one's future, choosing one's destiny: Quantum Reality and its day to day application.

AND MANY MORE, SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS CAN BE MANAGED WITH HYPNOSIS EFFECTIVELY. WHEN IN DOUBT, A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT WILL HELP DETERMINE SUITABILITY.

This service is not covered by the Medicare Rebate


Groups

Our Psychologists and Counsellors present the following Groups.

All clients will undergo an initial assessment to evaluate their suitability for these groups.

Groups for Adults

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

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This program is an innovative eight session program that has been clinically proven to bolster recovery from depression and prevent relapse. The approach integrates cognitive therapy principles and practice into a mindfulness framework.

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED.

 

Triple P - Positive Parenting ProgramTriple P Logo

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioural and emotional problems in children and teenagers. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realise.

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED.

 

Circle of Security Parenting Programparenting

The Circle of Security Parenting Program is an early intervention program for parents and children that focuses on the relationships that give children emotional support. This 9 week program will provide opportunities for parents to develop key skills that will enable them to build secure relationships with their children. This program can target any age group.  This programme is delivered to groups in community settings, or in participants' homes. There are eight 90 minutes ‘chapters’/ components of the programme.

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED.

 

Guiding and Teaching Meditation (6-10 in a group)
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These groups include, breathing, relaxation, guided imagery, insight meditation, mindfulness, sound meditation and moving meditation. It allows participants to engage in a variety of settings and allows the teacher to mould and create meditations that are suitable for corporate groups, relaxation and stress management, meditation therapy, community groups, children and support groups.

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED.

 

Groups for Kid's

 
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“Get Lost Mr Scary” is a cognitive behavioural program that helps children develop skills to cope with fears and worries. These worries might be general fears or a more specific phobia. It is an experiential program and incorporates a lot of play and fun activities. The group runs for seven weekly sessions for approximately one hour, with a one-off booster session six weeks after completing the group. There are three compulsory parent sessions at the beginning, middle and end of the group.

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED.

 

Bringing Up Great Kidsbringing up great kids

Bringing Up Great Kids is a program designed to assist the parent in increasing self-reflection and utilising more mindful ways to communicate with their children and respond to their behaviours. The target group for this program includes vulnerable or are at-risk parents of children 0-12 years. The program can be delivered over 6 x 2-hour sessions or adapted into a 4 x 3 hour or 2 x 6-hour sessions as required.

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED.

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Experiential Adolescent GroupHappy Teenagers

This is a six week program for adolescents to introduce them to the experience of ACT or Accept, Choose and Take action. This program will give kids a way to understand how they can live life in a way they value the most. It will also teach them about how the mind works and how we learn from our experiences. The aim of the program is to use experiential mediums, to facilitate teenagers’ experience of the ACT concepts. This program is suitable for adolescents aged (13-18 years).

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED

 

Guiding and Teaching Meditation (6-10 in a group)kids meditation

These groups include, breathing, relaxation, guided imagery, insight meditation, mindfulness, sound meditation and moving meditation. It allows participants to engage in a variety of settings and allows the teacher to mould and create meditations that are suitable for corporate groups, relaxation and stress management, meditation therapy, community groups, children and support groups.

TIME AND DATE TO BE ADVISED.

 

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