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. 

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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Pinar Karabulut

Pinar is a supportive, empathetic psychologist with 9 years of clinical experience. Her approach primarily focuses on ‘here and now’, bringing mindfulness, and cognitive behaviour therapy into the sessions to enable exploration and growth. Goal-setting, psycho-education, and supportive counselling are all embedded into her sessions.

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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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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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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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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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Eyleia Saleeb

Eyleia has worked with a broad range of people presenting with different life experiences and problems. Eyleia has worked with children who suffer from internal problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as external issues such as ADHD and ODD.

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Louise Brealey

Louise has gained a wealth of experience working with clients from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, seeing clients ranging from school age to the elderly population. Louise is passionate about working with anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionistic/obsessive, compulsive traits, sleep difficulties and interpersonal issues.

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Nisha Bothra

Nisha has worked with a diverse range of adults from different ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds. She has extensive experience working with people struggling with depression, perfectionism, procrastination, shame, and negative early life experiences. She also has a keen interest in supporting people with health-based presentations such as cancer and chronic pain.

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Barry Sierra

Barry has worked extensively in trauma-specific settings in both South Africa and Australia, having worked with individuals, families, emergency and defence force personnel, and victims of crime. Barry works primarily with adults and has experience across private practice, community-mental health and NGOs.

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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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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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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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Rosa Medina Barron

Rosa strives to help clients to gain greater insight into their lives to understand and overcome their presenting issues, develop their self-confidence and make meaningful changes in their lives. Rosa provides psychological services in both English and Spanish.

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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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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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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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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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Nicola Carter

Nicola is a warm and accepting psychologist. She helps people to feel a greater sense of confidence and control, as they begin to discover for themselves that they can change their lives for the better. She is experienced and successful in assisting people experiencing depression, anxiety, many forms of trauma, relationship, self esteem, and life transition and adjustment difficulties.

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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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