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Transitions Therapy a safe space where we can work through the issues that are causing you distress or unease in your life. We care about your emotional and mental well-being. We are professionally trained to help you achieve your goals through evidence-based therapies to suit you and your needs.

Our range of service areas and specialities are grouped as Adult Counselling, Perinatal Psychotherapy, and Eating Disorders.

Adult Counselling

Transitions Therapy provides effective counselling and therapy for people experiencing a wide variety of mental health challenges which may be  preventing them from fulfilling their goals and living a meaningful and enriching life.

We offer a judgement free, safe space to help our clients navigate these challenges. Typical issues experienced by our clients include depression, stress, low self-esteem, anxiety, anger, and grief. Read on for descriptions and common ways that each may manifest itself in your life.

Depression

Depression affects how you feel, think and behave. It is underpinned by a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest, and can lead to a range of emotional and physical problems. It affects even ‘everyday’ tasks, and can lead to feelings that life isn’t worth living.

Depression is stronger than feeling blue, and typically lasts for more than two weeks. While you can’t will yourself to snap out of it, many can feel better with medication and/or psychological counselling.

Common symptoms of Depression include:

  • Low mood
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Decreased motivation
  • Changes in appetite and associated weight loss or gain
  • Changes in sleep – sleeping too little, or too much
  • Fatigue for no real reason
  • Difficulties concentrating and making decisions
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, thinking or planning suicide, suicide attempts
  • Reduced libido
  • Ruminating thoughts
  • Worrying
  • Negative thinking
  • Withdrawing from social groups
  • Feeling easily agitated
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or feeling ‘trapped’
  • Feeling overwhelmed

Stress

Events and the demands of life can cause us stress. In this way it is a normal psychological and physical reaction that is there to protect us. The brain perceives a threat and signals for your body to release a number of hormones to trigger your ‘fight-or-flight’ response.

Our bodies should return to a normal and relaxed state. However, the demands of modern life make it hard to relax our threat signals and stress hormones. This is where stress management is an important skill to master and avoid the serious long-temr health problems.

Common symptoms of Stress can include:

  • Feeling angry or irritable
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Feeling nervous
  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Ruminating thoughts
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Low motivation levels
  • Low self-esteem
  • Ulcers
  • Hypertension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Disrupted eating patterns
  • Muscle pains or aches (headache, backache)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach pain
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Feeling overwhelmed or overloaded
  • Feeling wound up or tense
  • Avoidance of activities or obligations

Self-Esteem

Our self-esteem is our overall opinion of ourselves, and how we feel about our abilities and limitations. A healthy level of self-esteem means we respect ourselves and feel that we deserve the respect of others. Low self-esteem means a pervasive worrying that we aren’t good enough, and we put little value on our opinions and ideas.

We all feel bad about ourselves from time to time. Pervasive, or ongoing, low self-esteem means we go through life needlessly feeling bad about ourselves. This affects our relationships, goals, and enjoyment.

Common symptoms of poor Self-Esteem include:

  • Depression
  • iscouragement
  • Fear and anxiety (of making a mistake, being rejected, looking foolish or inadequate)
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Mixed emotions
  • Shutdown emotionally
  • Being Needy
  • Chaotic Relationships
  • Defensiveness
  • Eating disorders
  • Hypervigilance
  • Lack of assertiveness, passivity, aggressive, or passive-aggressive behaviour
  • Perfectionism
  • Poor boundaries
  • Poor communication
  • Poor relationships and social skills
  • Promiscuousness
  • Self-sabotaging
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Wearing a figurative mask

Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Occasional anxiety is an ordinary part of life. Someone is said to have an anxiety disorder if they frequently experience an intense, excessive, and persistent worry or fear about everyday situations. A panic attack is such an episode that escalates into an intense feeling of fear or panic within several minutes.

These feelings of anxiety and panic can cause us to avoid places or situations that we associate with these feelings. These feelings can interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, and out of proportion to what is triggering them.

Common symptoms of Anxiety includes:

  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Difficulty breathing, short and shallow breaths
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Hot or cold sweats
  • Uncontrollable trembling
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Difficulty breathing, short and shallow breaths
  • Dry mouth
  • Tunnel vision
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Hot or cold sweats
  • Uncontrollable trembling

Anger

Anger is not an emotion to be stopped or ‘bottled up’. It is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately. Anger management is about learning how to do this, by recognising the signs that we are becoming angry, taking action to calm down, and dealing with the situation in a positive way.

Common symptoms of Anger can include:

  • Increased heart rate (heart pounding)
  • Increase of stress hormones
  • Become hot or sweaty
  • Feeling out of control
  • Flushed face
  • Tightness in chest
  • Gritting your teeth
  • Increased volume of speech (includes yelling)
  • Increased rate of speech
  • Throwing things
  • Withdrawing and doing nothing
  • Storming out of the room or away from the situation
  • Criticizing others
  • Ignoring others
  • Physical violence

Grief & Bereavement

Grief is usually associated with losing a loved one. It is a natural response to losing a person, place, or object that we have developed significant attachment to. We can feel grief and loss with the end of a relationship, a life, or even employment.

Grief can be an overwhelming feeling, and one that we feel longer after our loss has occurred. Gradually these feelings ease, and it’s possible to accept our loss and move on. For some, feelings of loss are debilitating and don’t improve with time. If you’re unable to accept the reality of your loss, allow yourself to experience the pain of that loss, and then adjust to that new reality, you may consider counselling.

Common ways that grief can present include:

  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Helplessness
  • Shock and disbelief
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Fear
  • Changes to sleeping patterns
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Preoccupied thoughts about the loss
  • Anxiety about the future
Each individual can experience these issues differently; including combinations of the above or like symptoms, and others that are not listed. If you think you might be suffering from any of these issues we offer a range of evidence-based strategies and approaches to assist. Please contact us to arrange to meet with our credentialed counsellors and therapists. Flexible times and 1-on-1 sessions are available.

Perinatal Psychotherapy

Perinatal counselling and psychotherapy is for women who are expecting a baby (antenatal) or have had a baby in the last year (postnatal). It is a time of vulnerability and change; physical, mental, emotional, financial, social, and relational. You don’t need to travel this journey alone; counselling, psychotherapy and practical ongoing support is available. One first step is to describe how you are feeling to your doctor. While our service is available to everyone, we are able to offer a Medicare rebate to women that are referred to us for perinatal counselling and therapy by their GP or similar medical provider.

Typical perinatal mental health crises include:

Depression

Depression affects up to 10% of women in during pregnancy and 16% of women after childbirth. Between 3-10% of new dads can experience depression at these times, too. Perinatal depression is suspected when symptoms of depression last more than 2 weeks, which can vary in severity. A discussion of traditional anxiety and its symptoms is provided under Adult Counselling above.

Women with perinatal depression describe their symptoms as feeling:

  • Little or no interest in the baby
  • Urges or thoughts of harming themselves or the baby
  • Sad and down
  • A lack of enjoyment
  • Numb and empty
  • Exhausted
  • Tense

Anxiety

There are many types of anxiety disorders. A discussion of traditional anxiety and its symptoms is provided in the Adult Counselling  section above.

Women with perinatal anxiety describe their symptoms as experiencing:

  • Anxiety/fears that interrupts thoughts and interferes with daily tasks
  • Panic attacks, which are overwhelming and debilitating feelings of intense fear
  • Recurring anxiety and worries that are difficult to stop or control
  • A feeling on constanty irratability, restlessness, or being ‘on edge’ irritable, restless or “on edge”
  • Tense muscles, a ‘tight’ feeling in the chest and heart palpitations
  • Difficulty when trying to relax or fall asleep
  • An anxiety or fear that stops you from leaving your home with your child
  • A feeling of needing to check on their baby constantly
Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness that effects 1 to 2 women in every 1,000 births, usually in the hours or weeks following birth. This can involve seeing and/or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations), feeling that everyone is against them (paranoia) and losing touch with reality. This is a psychiatric emergency – please get assistance immediately by calling 000 or contacting your nearest hospital.

Each individual can experience these issues differently; including combinations of the above or like symptoms, and others that are not listed. If you think you might be suffering from any of these issues we offer a range of evidence-based strategies and approaches to assist. Please contact us to arrange to meet with our credentialed counsellors and therapists. Flexible times and 1-on-1 sessions are available.

Each individual can experience these issues differently; including combinations of the above or like symptoms, and others that are not listed. If you think you might be suffering from any of these issues we offer a range of evidence-based strategies and approaches to assist. Please contact us to arrange to meet with our credentialed counsellors and therapists. Flexible times and 1-on-1 sessions are available.