Anxiety Counselling

    Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to overcome your anxiety through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
    Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to overcome your anxiety through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
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    Learn about anxiety

    We have all been there – the anxious, worried feeling before a big change occurs or before you have to speak in front of a large group of people. Anxiety is a natural reaction to stressful situations, and can even be helpful when it occurs in an appropriate amount and at the right times, such as before an interview or presentation. However, many people feel this kind of anxiety, fear and worry outside of these challenging situations and without a reasonable cause.

     

    Anxiety is not a single condition, but rather an umbrella term that is used for a group of related conditions; such as phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorders. Anxiety is a state which affects the bodily responses, emotions and behaviours of an individual, creating feelings of fear, worry, and unease. This can often becomes so influential over your day-to-day life, that it begins to affect your mood, relationships, and responsibilities.

     

    Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterised by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for this concern. If you suffer from GAD, you may expect the worst and have difficulty suppressing constant worry about health, finances, relationships, work or study. Most likely this fear is unrealistic or out of proportion to the situation.

     

    Other common experiences within GAD and other anxiety disorders include:

    Constant and excessive worrying

    Hot and cold flushes

    Increased heart rate or tightening of the chest

    Being unable to focus

    Muscle tension

    Feeling tired, weak, light-headed or dizzy without any particular reason

    Difficulty sleeping

    Finding everyday activities difficult due to the constant worry

    Given everyone experiences short periods of anxiety as a normal part of life, sometimes the symptoms of anxiety are not immediately obvious and can develop over time. It can be difficult to distinguish between what is considered a normal level of anxiety and when the anxiety has developed into a problem.


    However, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and feel as though you are not functioning at your best, don’t put it off any longer. It is important to seek help from a practitioner so that you are emotionally supported and equipped with evidence-based techniques to work through anxious feelings and enjoy life to the fullest again. Your someone.health psychologist can provide support by developing a treatment plan that may include:

    A comprehensive assessment of your background, experiences and current functioning to determine whether you are experiencing a form of anxiety

    Education on anxiety, its common symptoms and the best evidence-based techniques to manage it as it occurs

    Relaxation and mindfulness training

    Identifying any thoughts or behaviours which are contributing to your anxiety, and working to replace these with more positive ones

    Gradually exposing you to the anxiety-provoking stimuli in order to remove the anxious feelings that are attached to it

    Anxiety Psychologists

    Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling for anxiety. 

    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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    Eva Macros

    Eva has over 20 years experience as a psychologist and she is committed to making counselling therapy a compassionate and collaborative process, so you feel supported throughout the process. Conducting sessions with genuine positive regard each client is valued for who they are.

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    Tracey Larkin

    Tracey has been a registered psychologist for more than 20 years and has worked with clients of all ages presenting with a range of personal, health, relationship and career concerns.

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    Emma White

    Emma has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a range of presenting concerns. She has extensive experience working with clients who may be struggling with adjustment and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, eating and body image concerns and psychotic illnesses.

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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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    Seija Herat

    Seija takes a compassionate, open and validating approach in working with clients in order to establish a safe and supportive therapeutic alliance to assist throughout difficult and challenging experiences.

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    Nicole Walker

    Nicole has worked in a broad range of settings. She is a proud military psychologist with over 30 years total service in the Australian Army in various roles. She is a Solomon Islands and Afghanistan veteran. She has a particular professional interest in providing intervention to people suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related concerns.

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    Nick Rayner

    Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

    Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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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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    Kate Lemerle

    Kate has been working with people from many different walks of life, struggling to make many different changes in their lives, for over 40 years. Her work now is primarily with people overcoming anxiety and depression, with a special area of interest in counselling trauma from a positive psychology perspective.

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    Simon Dann

    Areas that he has worked in extensively are treating Depression/Anxiety, Alcohol and Drug issues and Clients presenting with Employment and Personal relationship relationship issues.

    He has a research interest in managing major mental illness through therapeutic treatment addition to medication. He also has an interest in Aboriginal and first nation’s health.

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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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    Renata Velan

    Renata has twenty years of experience, supporting women with a number of issues, including: stress, depression, anxiety, social isolation, grief and loss, pre and post-natal distress and parenting.

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    Kellie Little

    Kellie has experience working with adults suffering from psychological medical conditions and physical medical conditions which impact mental health, behavioural and cognitive medical conditions, substance abuse and lifestyle issues, sleep difficulties and chronic pain. Kellie has extensive experience managing how such factors affects a person’s capacity to obtain and maintain employment.

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    Michelle Kelly

    Michelle is experienced working with clients presenting for depression and anxiety in addition to those experiencing issues relating to substance use, emotional regulation and relationship challenges.

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    John Capon

    John supports clients to overcome life challenges and to develop the psychological flexibility they need to be well and thrive. John has a keen interest in supporting people experiencing workplace issues and challenges in their professional life. He is passionate about working with athletes to help them to overcome challenges and achieve peak performance.

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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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    Ilan Cohen

    Ilan has worked as senior clinical psychologist in some of Sydney‘s best known clinics including Bronte’s Sydney Clinic, St Vincent Hospital and numerous medical centres. He has worked with all population groups including children, adolescents, men and women of all ages.

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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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