Sleep Counselling

    Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to improve your sleep through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
    Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to improve your sleep through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.

    Learn about sleep difficulties

    We all know what it feels like to have a bad night’s sleep. You would have most likely felt moody, exhausted, and found it more difficult to go about your daily activities. This is because sleep is crucial to feeling energised throughout the day, and being able to enjoy life to it’s fullest.

     

    A good night’s sleep is essential for maintaining sound physical and mental health, so if you’re experiencing poor sleep patterns it can be highly disruptive to everyday life. You may be experiencing a constant difficulty in falling asleep, or you may be unable to wake up in the morning. You may also have bad quality sleep, in which you are constantly waking up in the middle of the night. Other outcomes of poor sleep may include feeling exhausted throughout the day, having difficulties concentrating, feeling physical discomfort such as headaches or nausea, or making more mistakes and forgetting things more than usual.

     

    Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep or to maintain uninterrupted sleep, which may be caused by changes in your sleeping environment, medications, anxiety, or other health problems. Around 30%-50% of the general population experience insomnia and around 10% have chronic insomnia.

     

    If you are experiencing insomnia, there is likely to be contributing factors. There are a number factors that can contribute to sleep difficulties, including:

    Caffeine intake

    Diet

    Activity levels

    Stress

    Physical health conditions

    Sleeping environment

     

    This means that as any of these factors change, your sleep may change as well – making sleep difficulties a very common experience for many people. These difficulties will generally pass as your routine is restored back to normal. However, sometimes the factor is ongoing and therefore the difficulties remain for a long period of time. You might also feel as though there is no specific reason for your problems with sleep.

     

    As a number of factors can be contributing to your poor sleep, it can be difficult to identify what the causes are in order to stop these from continuing to impact your sleep. Our someone.health psychologists can help you identify these causes and feel in control of your sleep again. Specific ways that they can assist include:

     

    Providing a comprehensive assessment on your current sleep patterns, quality of sleep, and the effects the poor sleep is having on your daily functioning

    Record and examine a thorough medical history and identify the causes of the sleep difficulties and any contributing factors from your current lifestyle

    Providing evidence-based strategies to improve your sleep – while also personalising these and practicing different techniques to find out what works best for you

    Improving your sleep hygiene, which means slightly changing your environment and night-time activities to increase your sleep quality

    Sleep Difficulty Psychologists

    Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling on sleep difficulties. 

    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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    Sally Patrick-Hobbins

    Sally is passionate about trauma informed practice, attachment and mindfulness based interventions. Sally has extensive experience supporting children, young people and adults with issues including anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, interpersonal difficulties, body image concerns, stress management and learning difficulties.

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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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    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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    Melissa Scarpaci

    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.

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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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    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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    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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    Ari Goldberger

    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.

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    Gail Nichols

    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).

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    Chris Wood

    Chris is experienced in a range of concerns including depression & mood disorders, anxiety & life transitions, PTSD & trauma and relationship issues. Chris uses CBT and techniques from Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness to assist people suffering from anxiety and depression.

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    Louise Stanley

    Louise has extensive experience with children and adolescents but is very comfortable working with all age groups. Clients with issues in the areas of self esteem, stress, anxiety and depression, substance use issues and body/weight related issues would be assisted by Louise’s experience in these fields.

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    Ken Vi

    Ken has extensive experience working with people with stress, anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. Ken has a keen interesting in working with people who are keen to develop or change their careers and may have doubts or fears around it. Ken is trained in several evidence-based approaches, including CBT, ACT and Mindfulness integrated CBT.

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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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    Ilan Cohen

    Ilan has over 27 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist and offers a nonjudgemental and confidential space on the telephone or via video for effective, practical counselling. Ilan has worked with all population groups including children, adolescents, men and women of all ages.

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    Beatriz Copello

    Love and kindness illuminate my own path and I want my light to guide you to achieve what you want to gain, whether it is peace of mind, freedom from an oppressive relationship, suffocating aspirations, work relations, or any other problem. Beatriz has worked with survivors of torture and trauma, domestic abuse, rape and critical incidents, in youth and adults.

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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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    Rosemary Lindsay

    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.

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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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    Stephanie Cook

    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.

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