Learn about narcissism
Narcissism is a word that may be thrown around lightly to explain somebody that is absorbed with themselves or their own needs. Some people have this personality trait more than others, and if you identify with this it does not mean that you should be concerned. It is when these narcissistic qualities are so persistent in day-to-day life that they affect other aspects of life – such as emotions, work and relationships – that this can become a greater cause for concern.
You may have been diagnosed or may identify with some of the characteristics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which is an extreme version of the set narcissist traits. Some key identifiers for this disorder include:
Viewing yourself as greatly superior and important in comparison to others
Lacking empathy and understanding of others perspectives
Continually needing admiration from others
Feeling humiliated, degraded and empty when receiving criticism
Often preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, or brilliance
Believing you can only be understood by other special or high-status people
Have a sense of entitlement about the treatment you deserve
Taking advantage of others to achieve something for yourself
Being envious of others or believing they are envious of you
The first step is being able to identify that your behaviour is starting to affect your life and relationships. Although everyone can identify with these traits in one way or another, if you relate to a number of these and they are starting to cause a negative impact on your life or the life of those around you – it may be beneficial to have an open mind and seek some help to manage it.
Your someone.health psychologist can help by:
Identifying your current self-perception, acknowledging any misconceptions and working to develop a more realistic self-image
Provide skill-building exercises that will help you relate to people more positively
Identify the thoughts that are causing you to act and respond in certain ways, and help to alter these when they are triggered
Change negative or unhelpful behaviour patterns with more productive ones
Help to manage any unsocial behaviours in order to have better relationships both personally and in a professional setting
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling on narcissism.
Manya is experienced in helping people change behaviours that form part of a chronic condition whether physical or psychological. These changes include becoming more physically active and fit; pain management; feeling in control of your eating; the moderate consumption of alcohol; and cessation of smoking & problem gambling. She also has extensive experience helping people exit a substance abuse lifestyle.
Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life’s challenges.
Geoff has over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist and has a keen interest working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, procrastination, interpersonal difficulties and low self esteem. Geoff is trained in evidence-based approaches including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
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.
Anya has been working with clients for 20 years assisting with mood, anxiety and depression. She has particular experience with adjustment to life transitions and challenges, stress, reducing the effect of trauma and making meaning of loss and grief and move to healing from past hurts.
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.
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.
Tim cringes when thinking about traditional, clinical styles of therapy, so instead he’s committed to treating you as a real person and working together to help you live your best life. Tim has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, trauma, perfectionism, procrastination, body image concerns, low self-esteem and interpersonal difficulties.
Bryce is a friendly and passionate psychologist who has a passion for supporting all people, specifically those who experience disability, Complex Trauma and working with children and young people. Bryce uses humour (when appropriate) and a light hearted approach to assessment and intervention to build a strong therapeutic relationship, which can allow for better therapeutic outcomes.
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.
Megan is a passionate Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist. She has completed additional clinical training in treatments including Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and other compassion and mindfulness based approaches.
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.
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.
Viviana has completed a Bachelor of Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Masters in Clinical Psychology and more recently has completed a Bachelor of Law. She has been trained to use evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
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.
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.
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.