Adjustment Difficulty Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage adjustment difficulties through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage adjustment difficulties through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.

Learn about Adjustment Difficulty

Coping with a change is never easy for anyone. During a big life transition, it is expected that you will go through a period of stress, worry or sadness. However, sometimes the change is so overwhelming that you are struggling to function in everyday life. This could be an indication that you are experiencing an adjustment difficulty or an adjustment disorder, and it may be beneficial to seek professional support.

 

Adjustment difficulties involve an unhealthy emotional state that is caused by an identifiable stressor or a number of stressors.

 

The stressors can be ongoing or brief, some examples could include:

A relationship break up or conflict

Problems at work or school

Diagnosis of a disabilities or illness

Natural or inflicted disasters

Reaching a specific age milestone (e.g. moving to a new home, retirement)

Losing someone close to you

 

These changes may have caused you to feel anxious, sad or angry. The stressful event may always be on your mind, and so it has affected your ability to concentrate on anything else. It may have taken a toll on your self-esteem, and you may have found yourself withdrawing from the people around you. You may have also noticed physical changes, such as increased tiredness, indigestion or physical pain.

 

If you have experienced any of the above symptoms in response to a stressful change, it may be beneficial to seek support to work through the event.

 

Our someone.health psychologists are highly experienced in providing support that is individualised to each person’s unique qualities and preferences. Some of the help that can be provided includes:

 

Increasing your capacity to cope with changes using evidence-based strategies for managing negative emotions

Relaxation training

Assisting you to use the social supports that are around you when a stressor arises

Enhance your self-efficacy and sense of control in your life

Discover the thoughts that are triggering any negative emotions and challenge these until they no longer have an effect

Adjustment Difficulty Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling on adjustment difficulties. 

Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to support you with with relationship issues, family issues, depression and anxiety, faulty thinking, self esteem, learning difficulties, stress, performance management and parenting.

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Justine La

Justine believes the most important factor to effective therapy is the collaborative relationship between psychologist and client. Justine will never tell you what to do – instead she’ll listen to you and together will work out the best way to help you move forward with achieving your personal therapy goals.

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Ilan Cohen

Ilan has over 27 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist and offers a nonjudgemental and confidential space on the telephone or via video for effective, practical counselling. Ilan has worked with all population groups including children, adolescents, men and women of all ages.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Joel Volker

Joel has experience helping a diverse range of ages and issues, however, has most experience working with adult males as well as working within a military setting. Joel’s areas of interest include: Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Pain Management and Adjustment Disorders.

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Nathan Alkemade

Nathan hopes to leave you with a range of skills that will not only help you now, but also make you better prepare to manage whatever other challenges life will throw your way in the future. He is interested in working with individuals suffering from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and trauma based psychiatric conditions.

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Ari Goldberger

Ari doesn’t just rely on “talk therapy” but also works with the subconscious and body. He utilises a variety of techniques including guided meditation, visualizations, somatic experiencing, brainspotting, and emotion-focused release to let go of trapped negative energy keeping you “blocked” in an unwanted state of consciousness as a result of past trauma.

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Wendy Foers

Wendy will work with you to develop the skills necessary to effectively manage challenges and enhance your emotional wellbeing. Wendy has developed methods that assist clients to empower themselves and restore their quality of life. She has seen first hand how patients become empowered with improved emotional intelligence and psycho-education.

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Alice Lamb

Alice gets excited meeting people and hearing their individual stories. She has a flexible style and likes to tailor her approach to suit the person she’s working with. Alice imparts knowledge she has built up to assist you to be the best you can be and not be run down by bad thoughts and feelings.

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Margarite De Murashkin

Margarite has a down to earth way of connecting with those she works with. Everyone needs a personal cheerleader in their life and Margarite tries to be that when she works with individuals. Margarite has an eclectic approach when counselling clients though has a specific interest in mindfulness and positive psychology.

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Christine Craig

Christine has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Her work has involved working in private practice, in schools and as a therapist for children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

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Dimple Bathla

Dimple work with clients from different cultural backgrounds including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people having drug and alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, development delays, workplace stress, and burn out. Dimple is multilingual and can support clients in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Chris Santalucia

Chris has experience working with a diverse range of clients. This includes working with people with anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma related recovery, relationship issues, family dysfunction, grief and loss, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties and much more.

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Glenda Miners

Whether you are struggling with difficult circumstances and emotions or simply seeking to make some minor adjustments in your life, Glenda is ready to work with you to help you achieve your goals. Glenda has experience helping people with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, substance abuse, weight management and self-esteem issues.

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Gail Nichols

Gail believes therapy is a collaborative process where you select the style that you feel most comfortable. Gail is trained to use a number of evidence based approaches including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

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Melissa Scarpaci

Melissa is an experienced psychologist of over 10 years who adopts a warm, caring, and empathetic style of counselling to people from all walks of life, backgrounds, cultures and social demographic groups. As a parent of 3 younger children, Melissa understands the demands of a working mother and the importance of maintaining a balanced and healthy quality of life.

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Mary Osborn

Mary is very keen to equip you with the life skills, social and behavioural skills, cognitive skills using acceptance and mindfulness techniques. This will build your repertoire of tools to better manage life on a day to day basis so that you are leading a more fulfilling and functional lifestyle with confidence.

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Sue Schulz

Sue has experience working with many people of different ages across the lifespan, children, adolescents, and adults – including ‘seniors’. The diverse range of challenges she has provided support and counselling for include people with work and relationship issues; helping parents find joy in their relationship with their children, including those with behavioural difficulties or medical and disability concerns.

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Mira Budimlic

Mira is passionate about ensuring all individuals have an opportunity to maintain a healthy quality of life as they go about dealing with life’s daily demands. Mira believes in human connection through genuine compassionate listening, sharing and healing in a friendly non judgemental approach.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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