Therapy for Adults

It’s ok not to be ok, and to ask for help. Taking the first step can be the hardest part of your therapy journey – but our experienced admin team are here to help guide you through the process when you call to make your first appointment.

The adult psychologists at The READ Clinic are experienced and trained in a wide range of therapeutic interventions which can support you through your own challenges and help you to Be Your Best Self.

Anger can range from mild irritation to full-blown rage. Anger is often a reaction to stress, failure, or injustice.

It is normal to experience anger. At times, anger is the appropriate response to the actions of others, and when kept in check, anger is a normal and healthy emotion.

But anger has risks, perhaps more than any other emotion. It can alienate people from others and lead individuals to do things they later regret. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing lasting, extreme anger it may be helpful to explore its causes with a psychologist.

The misuse of alcohol and other drugs can have a damaging impact on individuals, families and communities.

If you are worried about your relationship with alcohol or other drugs, seeking professional help including talking to a psychologist can help break the cycle.

Anxiety is a normal part of life for people of all ages. But if you are concerned that you are experiencing anxiety more acutely than others, and that your anxiety is getting in the way of enjoying your life to the full, then it may be worth talking to a psychologist.

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t something you can simply “snap out” of. Depression affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

Talking to a psychologist may help you if you are suffering from depression.

Talking with a therapist who’s trained to work with LGBTQI+ people may help you navigate issues such as coping with other people’s reaction to your sexuality, difficulty accepting your sexual orientation, or feeling your body does not represent your true gender.

Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. The grieving process often involves many difficult and complicated emotions.

Therapy is an opportunity to explore your feelings and memories without judgment. No loss is too big or too small to warrant support. You do not have to endure your grief alone.

Being overweight or obese can lead to many health problems. There is evidence that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can assist people with obesity when used together with diet and exercise.

Overeating affects more people than you might expect. Therapy for overeating focusses on identifying the underlying causes and working on strategies to address these issues.

Loneliness is a common human experience – everyone gets lonely at some stage in their life. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you or that you have to stay lonely. Loneliness is especially common when transitions or change is occurring.

The level of loneliness you experience can be changed and it does not have to be a negative or permanent state.

Divorce can be a big loss — one often accompanied by feelings of betrayal and trauma. Your therapist will work together with you on processing your emotions (which may include anger, shame and blame), communicating your needs, establishing healthy boundaries with your ex-partner and rebuilding your life.

The READ Clinic is home to many psychologists and practitioners who have experience in assisting clients who have experienced trauma.

The READ Clinic has a dedicated Trauma Clinic which offers additional support to clients who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

People often think of pain as a purely physical sensation, however pain has biological, psychological and emotional factors. To treat pain effectively, you must address the physical, emotional and psychological aspects.

Chronic pain can cause feelings such as anger, hopelessness, sadness and anxiety. Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that accompany the discomfort can help you cope more effectively with your pain—and can actually reduce the intensity of your pain.

A personality disorder refers to a long-term pattern of thinking, behaviour and emotion that is dysfunctional, extreme and inflexible. It causes distress and makes it difficult to function in everyday life. People with personality disorders find it hard to change their behaviour or adapt to different situations.

Therapy is the most effective long-term treatment option for personality disorders. Therapy can help you to understand your thoughts, motivations and feelings. These insights can help you to manage your symptoms, develop satisfying relationships and make positive behaviour changes.

Being pregnant and having a baby is a life-changing experience. But if you are suffering from serious, negative emotional changes that are stopping you from doing things you need or want to do in your daily life, talking to a psychologist can help.

The READ Clinic has psychologists who are experienced in supporting women with ante and post-natal depression, birth trauma and other pre- and post-natal issues.

Symptoms of stress can include tiredness, tension, headaches, and upset stomachs, and may manifest themselves in harmful practices such as overeating or reliance on alcohol/drugs.

Therapists can help you learn ways to manage your stress in a healthy way that will work for you in the long-term.

Sexual assault and abuse can result in severe physical and emotional trauma to the victim. Your therapist will determine and individualised treatment plan which may include different treatment methods such as EMDR and CBT in order to help you overcome the trauma.

Everyone lacks confidence occasionally but people with low self-esteem are unhappy or unsatisfied with themselves most of the time. Low self-esteem can reduce your quality of life through negative feelings, relationship difficulties, low resilience,  lack of self-care and even self-harm.

Improving your self-esteem take a consistent effort, and your therapist will work with you on a treatment program that reinforces this.

Being socially awkward is not just a problem kids face; adults can battle with social skills too, leading to anxiety and even serious phobias.

Struggles with social skills in adulthood can cause avoidance of social situations and interfere with building long-lasting relationships.

Your therapist can help you with strategies to make social interactions more comfortable.

If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

In most cases, suicidal thoughts are linked to an underlying mental health issue that can be treated. Seeking support from a psychologist can help. 

Psychologists can help professional and amateur athletes overcome problems, enhance their performance, and achieve their goals.

Couples therapy can help you navigate through challenging times in your relationship.

Your first appointment

If you are new to therapy, it might seem a bit daunting to book and attend your first appointment with a psychologist. For more information about what to expect from your first appointment at the READ Clinic, click here.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.

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