Pain Management Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage pain through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage pain through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
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Learn about pain management

People commonly think about pain as being solely a physical sensation. However, chronic pain, which persists after a period of time in which normal healing is expected to occur, is often the combination of physical, psychological and emotional factors. In fact, a person’s perception of their pain is greatly affected by any negative thoughts and the individual’s outlook. It is not uncommon for chronic pain to lead to depression, anger, anxiety, social withdrawal and loss of sleep. Consequently, effective pain management often requires the combination of physical treatment, such as medications, as well as psychological assistance to manage the associated emotions and thoughts. Understanding and mastering the thoughts and emotions associated with your pain will help to reduce the intensity of the pain, and enable you enjoy life without being restricted by pain.

 

It can be extremely grueling to live in constant pain. If you are attempting to manage chronic pain, you may be frustrated with the absence of a specific diagnosis by a doctor as to the cause or reason for the pain. This, in combination with the mentally exhausting task of trying to ignore the pain, may leave you feeling emotionally drained. You may be finding it increasingly difficult to cope with stressors at work or at home that you were able to manage before you started experiencing the pain.

 

However, it is important to remain hopeful and to seek assistance to effectively manage the pain with a combination of medical, physical and psychological treatment .

 

If you are continuing to experience chronic pain you may recognise the following symptoms of unrelieved pain which include:

Increased heart rate and blood pressure

Higher levels of stress hormones including cortisol and adrenaline

Gastrointestinal problems such as slowed digestion

Musculoskeletal problems such as tension and fatigue

Emotional problems such as anxiety and depression

 

Counselling can help support you to manage the emotional and psychological effects of chronic pain. Understanding the causes of your pain can help reduce your fear and anxiety. Therapy is an effective means of assisting individuals who are experiencing pain that is unmanageable.

 

Your someone.health psychologist can provide support, treatment and counselling in a caring environment. Your psychologist can assist you in pain management by:

 

Helping you to understand the pain you’re experiencing, when it occurs and what factors are affecting it

Exploring and addressing any stressors which may be contributing to the intensity of the pain

Providing you with relaxation techiques

Challenging any unhelpful thoughts or beliefs about your pain

Working with you to increase your coping ability

Addressing any anxiety or fear associated with the pain

Helping you to make lifestyle changes which will enable you to live and enjoy life while minimising the impact of the pain

Addressing insomnia you may have because of the pain

Pain Management Psychologists

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

Agnes Szollos (Agi)

My combined professional and life experiences make me highly aware of the types of difficulties encountered by people from all walks of life and the impact on their and others’ lives these obstacles to wellbeing can have. My efforts and professional skill are dedicated toward helping to make a difference
and to assist people in developing their greater potential

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Amy Ng

I believe that therapy is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of ones self in a professionally supportive environment. My goal is to empower my clients to believe and better handle life stressors through utilizing their own strengths. I see life stressors as a way to help us build resilience and as a journey to better oneself. I assists my clients through providing unconditional positive regard and believe that my clients will improve through personal growth and self-compassion. I speak multiple languages, Cantonese and Mandarin and am culturally sensitive and trained to assist immigrants and Non-english Speaking client’s.

Initial appointment by Phone only- Children up to 16 years old to have parents present for the first 15-30 minutes of first appointment.

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Antoinette Adam

Antoinette has over 10 years experience providing psychological services. Antoinette is passionate about workplace health and resilience. She has expertise in supporting executives & leaders explore their own self by bringing about transformation to their lives, through achieving a healthy work/life balance, effective goal setting & working towards self actualisation.

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Bernadette Davies

My approach is to work side by side with you to assist you to identify strategies and actions to make a positive difference in your life and future. I am genuine in my goal for people to effectively manage their mental health and appreciate that this can sometimes be challenging.

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Bilyana Riley

Bilyana’s 20 years’ experience is vast, having started my career in nursing before embarking on study to become a Clinical Psychologist. She sees people presenting with a broad spectrum of presentations, including trauma, depressive and anxiety based disorders, workplace bullying, phobias, relationship issues, stress disorders, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, personality disorders, grief and relationship issues.

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Brent Membery

I aim to listen to a client’s journey and help people reach their potential to be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives. I pride myself on providing a reliable and genuine experience to all my clients. I place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and providing a space which allows clients to explore their difficulties in a safe, supportive, confidential and trusting environment. I will take an individual formulation approach to my practice considering the biological, social and psychological aspects of difficulties. Within this, I will work with clients to identify the most appropriate evidence based treatment approach within the available time. I am committed to helping individuals to achieve their full potential, identify individuals values and helping you achieve your goals.

Brent offers a confidential and sensitive service to his clients providing evidence-based psychological therapy, including assessment and treatment for a range of emotional, behavioural, and psychological difficulties.

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Bruce Wilson

I am committed to working with clients through a collaborative client-centered approach. I view acceptance and a non-judgmental interaction as critical components to the client-therapist relationship. I believe in focusing on strengths and self-observation skills as the keys to client change, growth, and development. I look forward to the opportunity of working with clients who are seeking to move forward in their lives. We need to be more like a river in life, not a pond.

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Caroline Gaffney

Caroline is very approachable and believes that positive change is sustainable, working holistically and using practical strategies, developing new skills and psychological interventions to achieve the best outcomes for you. She has been the principal psychologist and proprietor of Pure Gold Christian Counselling and Psychological Services for eight years.

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Celeste Putter

Celeste is an enthusiastic psychologist hoping to positively influence the lives of those with mental health issues. Celeste works with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural or psycho-social issues including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm, stress, trauma, anger, self-esteem, enhancing self-regulation, stress management, social and emotional understanding in youth, as well as life coping and adjustments.

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Dajana Bjelosevic

Dajana has 20 years experience as a Psychologist working with a diverse range of clients. She has extensive experience in substance abuse and addictions, depression, anxiety, stress management, adjustment disorder, PTSD and grief and loss.

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Dee-Anne James

Dee has a practical and logical approach that is delivered with utmost compassion and understanding. Dee has experience working with both children and adults, and has worked with clients across the full spectrum of the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with people living with a disability, including assessment and diagnosis.

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Hamid Waqar

Hamid has a keen interest in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, phobia, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties. Hamid is trained in several evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

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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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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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Jenny Drury

Jenny has been a registered Psychologist since 2005. Jenny’s key areas of interest are stress and health management, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting, managing life transitions, executive functioning and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Joe Guse

Former comedian and current Clinical Psychologist Joe Guse uses humour to help people respond to life’s challenges. Joe strives to help people use humour to respond to lifes emotional choices. He has authored 20 books and appears regularly on American television shows including Biography, Autopsy, and Behind Closed Doors.

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Karen McFarlane

aren has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), procrastination, phobias, grief and loss, low self-esteem and interpersonal difficulties. Karen has recently completed postgraduate studies in the field of psychological neuroscience (brain science).

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Katrina Leonard

Psychology has been a lifelong passion and it’s a privilege to work with people to discover their strengths and their goals and support them in living their best life. I believe effective therapy is based on authentic communication that acknowledges YOU as the expert in your own life.

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Linda Harrison

Linda provides psychological support to adults and young people (16+) presenting with complex issues including anxiety, depression, gender/sexual identity, and general stresses of school and relationships. She is also very experienced in working with parents to facilitate positive relationships with their children in difficult times.

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Linda Kennedy

I look forward to working with you on those parts of your life that you are struggling with at present. We will work together collaboratively as I bring my knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and brain processes, to your knowledge of yourself and how you want to live your fullest life. This may involve challenges and change that you might already be apprehensive about but together we can help you develop a new calmness, and to help you to connect with your inner courage and commitment to change. I want for you what you already want for yourself, and that is to lead a life of meaning and purpose with connections to those close to you and to your community.

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Malwina Patton

Malwina works with children, adolescents, families, parents and adults with mood disorders including anxiety and depression, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, PTSD, stress management, burnout, relationship issues, postpartum disorders, ADHD, ASD, self-harm and suicidal ideation and issues pertaining to acute and chronic health difficulties.

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Manya Scheftsik

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.

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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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Martin Pearce

Martin is best known for his humour and pragmatism. Martin has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents, adults and families. Martin has spent recent years working in a mental health clinic for people living with addictions, trauma and mood disorders.

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Melanie Stevens

Melanie has a keen interest to work with women and men who are stuck in a rut and feel like they have no thing left but want to build a life of happiness and enjoyment . Your the right candidate to work with Melanie of your keen to get working on yourself!

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Michelle Findlay

I am looking forward to working collaboratively with you to identify your goals for therapy. I will endeavour to provide an environment that is warm, flexible, non-judgemental, and empathic. I believe in building a working partnership to identify your strengths and weaknesses and to focus on finding appropriate solutions and strategies so you can achieve your desired outcomes. I am passionate about psychology and believe together we can make a difference to improve your mental health and well-being.

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Mitchell Howarth

I am passionate about helping people solve problems. My approach is focused on uncovering the things that are holding you back, setting goals to fix this, and motivating you to take action. I tailor my approach to everyone individually, and I use techniques that have been shown by research to help people. If you are interested, please inquire. I look forward to working with you 🙂

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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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Paulette Gayton

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.

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Sanja Cajic

Sanja’s approach is positive, warm, explorative, and solution-focused. Sanja has worked with adult clients struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, chronic pain, trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, stress management, parenting issues, relationship and life transition issues.

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Sarah Saddik

Sarah enjoys working with people with all presentations and particularly enjoys working in the areas of trauma, developmental disorders, anxiety, depression and with children and adolescents. Sarah has worked in the academic sector in universities in Tokyo, London, Italy and Turkey.

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Shelley Amity

Shelley is a kind, cultural-sensitive and engaging psychologist with a genuine passion to help individuals from all walks of life to function optimally and live meaningful life. She strives to approach every individual with compassion, integrity, respect and perseverance. Shelley focuses on Trauma counselling and provides ongoing support and treatment for adults (18+) that are struggling with trauma, addiction, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Simon Coyle

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.

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to work diversely with relationship issues family issues depression and anxiety faulty thinking self esteem learning difficulties stress performance management parenting and pregnancy including IVF.

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Steven Kose

Steven is experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults presenting with anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment issues, post-traumatic stress, anger management, workplace stress, grief/loss and relationship/marital difficulties. He has been practicing as a consultant psychologist for the past 14 years and provides therapy in both English and Turkish.

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Suraj Samtani

Dr Samtani is a researcher and clinician providing high quality care for children, adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience helping adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bipolar Disorder and other mental health issues.

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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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Tony Nguyen

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.

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Trevor Hatten

Trevor provides therapy for men – he understands guys have a need for specialised male focused interventions for mental health. Trevor has experience supporting male clients with impulse control matters such as anger management, mood regulation, phobias, relationship distress, financial management and internet usage. He also treats addictive behaviours including overuse of pain killers, illicit drugs, gambling and alcohol.

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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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Usha Mogannavale

Client-centred therapy lies at the center of my practice of psychology; where the client’s needs, personal perspectives and preferences inform my treatment methods and choices. I see psychological treatment as a collaborative experience forged by the kindred rapport between the client and myself. My clients and I embark on the recovery journey together and I ensure my approach enables the client to eventually become independent where they no longer need my contribution and have found a stronger, richer version of themselves through therapy.

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Victoria Ryan

Hello – I look forward to talking with you. I consider that effective counseling is founded on respect and conducted in the spirit of equality. I am interested in understanding each person as an individual with a unique history. In my work I value honesty and openness, and hold a strong personal and professional viewpoint that there can always something better for you in any given adverse (bad) situation.

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Wenting Ruan

Wenting has a particular interest in working with clients who experiencing anxiety, depression, behaviour problems, trauma, health issues and suicidality as well as those who need support surrounding cultural adjustment. She provides Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness interventions.

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Winifred Asare-Doku

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.

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Yaari Caroline Self

I am looking forward to meeting many and varied clients to work with together to bring the very best in your life. My style is relaxed and friendly and I like to focus on the relationship we build together.
I have practiced for over 30 years with all range of problems so I welcome all or any struggles in your life,. We will approach issues together looking at the emotional processes, thoughts and feelings.

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