We sometimes recognise that something isn’t right in our lives. Sometimes we know what that is, however, often it isn’t clear. 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.
The following are common concerns for which our clients are seeking assistance. They are detailed under headings of Children, Parenting, Adults, and Diagnoses. Please contact us on 8210 9443 with any queries.
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 our service:
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
Early childhood concerns including behaviour, tantrums, eating, sleeping
The point at which adult and child concerns converge is of particular interest to our clinicians. 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.
Clients seek help from our service for advice, support and therapy in this area. Common concerns regarding parenting include:
Prenatal anxiety and depression
Postnatal anxiety and depression
Pregnancy and birth concerns
IVF and unexpected pregnancy outcomes
Concerns about relationships between parent and children
Attachment education and therapy
“Where is the manual on how to parent?!”
Parenting differently than your own parents
Parenting with confidence
All manner of concerns can impact our ability to undertake usual activities. This doesn’t mean we’re crazy! In fact, having the insight to seek therapeutic input when needed is a pretty good indication of sanity. 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 well suffer from 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 our service 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
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 the 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 to work towards.
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:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Paediatric Occupational Therapy
What does Occupational Therapy have to do with children? Occupational therapy is concerned with anything that impacts an individual's ability to undertake the normal activities of living. A child's job is to play! When a child's ability to do this is impaired an occupational therapist can help. It is important to see an OT with experience in treating children of a similar age to your child, as they will be able to offer the best assistance. Ali Taylor specialises in working with babies and children up to school age. Some common concerns Ali works with include:
- Foundation skills (registration, regulation, alertness and attention)
- Play skills
- Social skills
- Fine motor and hand skills
- Self care skills - toileting, dressing, mealtimes.
Please contact us on 8210 9443 for an appointment or further information.
Disclaimer: The above is presented for educational purposes only. Each individual is different. Please call 8210 9443 and make a time to discuss your own concerns.
If you are experiencing a crisis please call ACIS on 13 14 65 or go to your nearest emergency department.