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. 

Margaret Garvin

Margaret has over 25 years’ counselling experience and has engaged with clients to address wide ranging presentations, including issues related to anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. Margaret recognises that each person is unique, as are their presenting issues. Hence interventions are tailored to the individual, not the condition.

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Tamsin Wendt

Tamsin has been working as a Clinical Psychologist for over 20 years. She provides therapy and support to both youth and adults. Tamsin has an interest in anxiety and depression, and work from client centred practice, using evidence based treatment strategies.

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Marie Parperis

Marie works with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, including intellectual disability and Autism. Marie has a keen interest working with people experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Chiara Paganini

Chiara is an experienced clinical psychologist wiith experience working with a diverse range of patients, including adults, migrants, Indigenous population and CALD people. Chiara will help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. Chiara works with you collaboratively and transparently, focusing on your strengths and teaching skills to help you to tackle challenges and work toward valued life goals.

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Johann Groenewald

In your journey becoming what you want to be, you can count on Johann as a counsellor, coach and mentor. Johann completed his PhD in psychology at work by researching the influence of context on performance. He is trained in several evidence-based approaches, including CBT, Mindfulness and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT).

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Trisha Nowland

Trisha has experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, community from different cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and LGBT+ community.

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Ren Ganas

Ren uses individually tailored, evidence-informed approaches in psychotherapy. She draws from a strong foundation of neurobiologically informed, trauma sensitive modalities and uses tools from cognitive behavioural and interpersonal psychotherapy models to assist her clients. She has extensive experience working with neurodiverse individuals including Autistic people.

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Suzanne Fulford

Sue is a trained community psychologist, supervisor and a mother of three teens certificated in delivering parenting training. Sue is committed to assisting people in all walks of life to achieve their full potential. Her areas of interest range from mood disorders, including post natal depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, personality disorders and psychotic illnesses.

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Karen Tyndall

Karen is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience. Karen’s approach looks at the person as a whole, taking into consideration mind, body and breath. She has completed in depth training in meditation and breathing techniques. She has also spent a considerable amount of time in India and Bali and developed an appreciation and understanding of other cultures and religions.

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Jeanette McLean

Jeanette has 27 years of experience as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice, as an Employee Assistance Provider (both internal and external) and as a teacher of counselling in a private counselling college.

Jeanette has gained a lot of expertise working in many areas of psychopathology over the years and continues to enjoy ongoing professional development, offering a service of value.

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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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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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Zhiwen Gao

Zhiwen is experienced working children, adolescents and adults including seniors. She has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse clients such as overseas student and new immigrants. Zhiwen has keen interest in working with people experiencing adjustment issues and seeking support for Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar, Depression, Mood, OCD, Phobia, Personality, Trauma (PTSD), Lifestyle and Stress management.

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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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Wame Gofamodimo

Wame has been practising for over 10 years and brings a level of maturity and professionalism to her role as a psychologist. Wame’s key areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, grief & bereavement, workplace issues, life difficulties & transitions, eating disorders, and anger & conflict.

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Harkeet Puria

Harkeet has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults struggling with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, burnout, trauma and low self-worth. Harkeet has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, emotional regulation challenges and interpersonal difficulties.

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Kate Stevenson

Kate has extensive experience working with young people and also has experience with adults requiring support through transition periods and unemployment. Kate is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness techniques.

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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. Ari focuses on treating adults and does not see children and adolescents.

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Toni Schmitz

Toni creates a comfortable, non-judgmental, and supportive space where people can feel safe sharing their experiences and exploring their difficulties. She has a strong interest in working with young people aged 12-25 as well as members of the neuro-diverse and LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Claire Wood

Claire works with a range of clients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Claire has a keen interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is listed as an ACT therapist. She is also interested in Neurodliversity with an emphasis on autism and ADHD. Claire uses a trauma informed approach and uses schema and narrative therapy.

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