Changes to Mental Health Services for Australians during the COVID19 Pandemic

There are so many changes that we have experienced during the past weeks in relation to the Coronavirus. Whilst these changes may be different for us all, they are all changes to the way we experience our life.

This week we made the decision to stop offering face-to-face appointments for our clients at Whole Psychology. We are not closing the practice, in fact our decision to stop offering face-to-face appointments is to try and prevent this from happening. It is important to us that we can continue to offer you support during this challenging time. By offering telehealth and phone appointments we are minimising your risk by leaving your house to attend the appointments and sitting in a shared waiting area, and also our risk as we are seeing multiple clients a day from different areas and professions. By doing this we hope you all stay healthy and so do we so that our sessions together can continue over the coming months.

I am sure many of you will have questions about how these changes will work, when they start and what you will need to do. I have updated our website and added a document to help explain the changes here.  I will also be looking to add resources to the website for useful tipsheets and tools that might help in the coming months so keep checking in on the website to access these.

For now stay healthy and stay at home if you can and we will see/ hear you soon via telehealth/phone.

 

Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety

For the last month or so clients have been mentioning coronavirus and their worries about the impact on their own life and life in general. Over the past week I’ve noticed an increase in awareness and worry experienced within the general community and also for my clients. I’d be lying if I said my own worry hadn’t been more at the forefront of my mind also.

A colleague of mine forwarded me some Tip sheets the Australian Psychological Society (APS) had issued for use and when I loaded the link I realised that they have made them available to the public not just members of the APS. I’m putting the link here so you can also view them as there is some good information for you.

I think though regardless of what changes we may experience in the coming days, weeks and months we are not alone. Whilst our experiences may differ, we are all being asked to make changes, sacrifices, choices without knowing all the information or the consequences. If we can support one another with these then we will not be alone and we will get through this.

A Lived Experience

I am obviously an advocate for help seeking behaviour when it comes to mental health. I recognise that help comes in a number of ways and that therapy is just one of those options. I also recognise that not everyone who does seek help is ready to make the changes and that what works for one may not work for another.

What I have found to be true though is that someone sharing their journey and their lived experience of mental health touches nearly everyone. The interpretation and messages received may be different to each person but that willingness to be open and genuine about their experience speaks to people.

This clip of Lucy sharing her lived experience is one of these messages. She speaks openly about her journey with an Eating Disorder in an open and genuine way and invites you in to share her story. She doesn’t use fancy language or medical terminology, she is simply herself.

I am sharing this today with you all in recognition of the courage Lucy has found to share her story and her desire to share it with you all in the hope that others may seek help and that she may be a part of other people’s journey and know that just through living her own experience she may also influence and be an inspiration to others.

Happy Holidays

Just a short note to let you all know the practice will be closed for the holidays from the 16th December. It will reopen again on the 12th January but on reduced hours until returning to usual hours again in February.

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

We are on the move…

It’s an exciting time for me here at Whole Psychology as I start packing up the office to move location. You may have noticed the growing amount of construction in the CBD and the shrinking amount of parks available when you have been in to see me? With this in mind I started looking to relocate the practice to a quieter setting with easier (and cheaper) parking options.

From September 1st I will open up in the New location of 105A Regent Street New Lambton. My mobile number will stay the same but I will have a new fax number to contact me on which I will be sure to update on the website on the week of the move. This move will mean I won’t be open on the Monday-Thursday of the last week of August for appointments but I will still be able to take calls.

For those of you who stop into Good Brother or the Bolton Street Pantry for a coffee before or after your visit you will be pleased to hear there are a few good coffee places located around the new practice for you to try.

I look forward to the move and hope you find the new practice a little quieter!