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.
Learn about drug & alcohol addiction
People use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for many reasons. Some people use these substances to help them to relax, to feel more lively, to feel less inhibited or to feel pleasure. Others find the effects of substances make it easier for them to cope with problems.
Substance use can cause problems for an individual and their families, even when they are not highly dependent or addicted to the substance. If you are taking a substance, you might find it difficult to judge whether the substance use has become a problem. However, if the substance use has started to impact on any aspect of your daily life, including your performance at work, or relationships with a partner, colleagues, family members, or friends, then you should seek the advice of a psychologist.
Some of the more common substances that can be problematic include legal substances (alcohol, benzodiazepines: anti-anxiety drugs, painkillers with codeine in them like Nurofen Plus or Panadeine Extra/Forte and tobacco) and illegal substances including cannabis-marijuana, heroin and amphetamines including dexamphetamine without prescription, and ice. These are all drugs that can bring about high levels of dependence, and can be problematic even when used in low doses.
When we think about substance use problems, we often think of stereotypical ‘addicts’ or ‘druggies’ as the ones who have the ‘real’ concerns. However, if you are taking a substance regularly, you may feel strongly that you do not belong in this category. Most people who with substance use problems are just everyday people who might use substances to ease the stressors and difficult feelings of everyday life. However, often they use these substances in a way that makes their problems worse in the long-run. It is unlikely that you have spontaneously developed a pattern of substance use for no reason. Usually there are underlying issues that prompt it. Stress is highly effective at causing a craving for substances, and are a major cause of relapse to problematic substance use. Other conditions associated with substance use include depression, anxiety disorders, impulsivity and attention problems, and bipolar disorder.
You may feel that you are using a substance a little more than you would like to, or that you are running into problems at work or home because the substance affects you at the wrong time. If substance use is beginning to affect your wellbeing, seek help before the problem escalates and has a more severe impact on your functioning. If you are unsure, the staff at VCPS are happy to provide an assessment of your situation and feedback on what we can do together to manage the concern.
Our psychologists are specialised in assisting in this area in a number of ways, including:
Helping you to acknowledge the concern
Providing emotional support for you to release any concerns or negative thoughts
Educating you on the best practices for reducing the substance use
Identifying the underlying concerns that have led to the substance use
Focusing on the thoughts and feelings you have about using substances, and providing unique ways to address those thoughts and feelings
Providing you with new ways of relating to your thoughts and feelings that can contribute to making better decisions about substance use
Help to build up your own support system and self-care plan, in order to reduce any stress and maintain a positive daily life despite any negative circumstances
Working with you to find a treatment program that will work for you in both the short and long term
Drug & Alcohol Counselling Psychologists
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling for drug and alcohol addiction.
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.
Winifred has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, work-related mental health problems, perfectionism, procrastination, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties. She focuses on being empathetic and supports clients on their journey. Winifred believes in creating a comfortable and safe environment where you feel you can talk openly about any issue.
Paulette has trained in a range of evidence based approaches and values assisting with the impact of trauma particularly in the Frontline Services, having volunteered and worked in that sector. Using psychology and supporting day to day, life challenges is one of the keys to assisting people transition through events and she enjoys the satisfaction in helping others.
Samantha has a warm and empathic approach; taking the time to engage with each client and to understand their issues and challenges. Samantha has been practicing as a Psychologist for 10 years and has a particular interest in depression, anxiety disorders, teens and younger adults, anger management, emotional regulation difficulties, perfectionism and procrastination, building self esteem, life transitions and difficulties coping with daily stress.
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.
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.
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.
With over 22 years experience as a psychologist and executive leader, Ross has developed a highly professional suite of organisational and clinical skills to provide compassionate, caring and committed evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples that makes a real difference.
Louise has experience in return to work services, rehabilitation and organisational development consulting where she supported staff to build change, resilience and leadership skills. Experienced and skilled in working with those living with anxiety, depression, a lack of self confidence, she especially loves working with people who need to adapt to a change in circumstances, or need to make a breakthrough in their life in some way.
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.
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.
Tony supports people with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, addictions and work-related conditions such as burnout and career transition. Tony can also provide support in a high performance context (for example athletes & executives, start-up founders). Having lived in multiple continents and being from a multi-cultural background, Tony is able to support those who have a migrant background or is of east/south-east Asian descent.
Kate has over 15 years experience working primarily with children, adolescence, adults and families and has experience working with complex presentations and behavioural issues. Kate’s area of expertise includes working with a range of mental health issues such as anxiety, panic disorders, depression, trauma, school refusal, substance abuse, self-harm, bipolar disorder, OCD, selective mutism, transgender issues, ADD and Autism.
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.
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.