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.
Learn about phobias
We all experience or know someone who experiences a profound fear, such as a fear of spiders, snakes or heights. This is because holding fears towards certain objects or situations is extremely common. However, in some cases, the fear reaction is so severe, and the feared stimulus is commonly encountered that the fear becomes a major burden, which interferes with our ability to function day-to-day.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that may present as persistent fear and irrational avoidance of an object or situation. Common phobias include claustrophobia, blood or injection phobias, animal and insect phobias, height phobias, flying phobias, storm phobias, fear of death; choking and vomiting phobias, dental phobia and fear of disease. It is important to seek help if a phobia is disrupting your everyday life, or causing significant distress.
So how do you know when your worries or fears have crossed the line and are starting to affect your quality of life? There are a number of indicators which could suggest that you are experiencing a phobia, including:
Complete avoidance of a specific object, animal, environment or situation at all costs
If you are unable to avoid the feared stimulus, it is endured with a great amount of stress and anxiety
Experiencing physical sensations when coming into contact or thinking about the feared stimulus, including heart palpitations, light headedness, sweating, dizziness, or shaking
Your anger lasts a lot longer or is more extreme than one would normally expect given the situation
A phobia can occur towards anything, and will uniquely effect each person in a different way. Therefore, it can sometimes be difficult to identify. You may have experienced some of the above features, but not know specifically what the cause of them are. This could indicate a phobia towards an everyday behaviour such as socialising or leaving the house, or it could even indicate a more general experience of anxiety.
If you have a phobia which you know has been impacting on your life for a long time, or if you feel nervous and anxious without knowing why, a psychologist can help you work through this. There are a number of practitioners who specialise in phobias and anxiety, and they can assist by:
Providing an assessment to find out whether you are experiencing a phobia, what specific factors trigger your fear or anxiety, and the severity of this
Identifying the thoughts or behaviours that are contributing to the fear, and changing these into more helpful and positive ones
Providing relaxation strategies to use when in contact with the feared stimulus
Helping you overcome the phobia by gradually exposing you to the feared stimulus using practice both in and out of the session, at a pace that you feel comfortable with
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for phobia counselling.
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.
Lauren works with people of all ages with concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, self esteem, grief and loss, substance use and addiction, trauma, abuse, and children with behavioural and emotional regulation concerns, and social skills deficits. Lauren uses CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.
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.
The goal of Xiaoping’s counselling is to assist you to be powered with a series of healthy concepts about your life as well as equipped with a bunch of abilities for all of life’s challenges. With Xiaoping’s counselling, his clients are led to have more awareness about themselves, more confidence to face their challenges and more skills to find solutions.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie is a caring practitioner who will work collaboratively with you to achieve your therapeutic goals and improve your life. Stephanie facilitates an open and trusting environment whereby you can feel safe and supported. She has worked with a diverse range of problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, social phobia, panic, grief, self-harm sleep issues and suicidality.
Marina is warm and empathic. She enjoys working collaboratively with people to help them better understand the factors that are contributing to and maintaining their difficulties. She is skilled at matching practical strategies to the individual needs of the people she works with to help them create long-lasting change.
Rosemary welcomes clients concerned with personal issues such as anger, stress, anxiety, and depression, self-esteem, phobias, adjustment, behavioural change, eating disorders, smoking cessation, grief and loss, and relationships. She also welcomes clients with workplace issues such as career development, motivation, performance, and interpersonal conflict.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Lisa is passionate about working with and empowering individuals to feel better and experience a sense of wellbeing. At times we are faced with personal challenges and extremely difficult times. Her recent focus has been on mindfulness-based approaches to assist with mental health issues.