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. 

Alice Lamb

Alice gets excited meeting people and hearing their individual stories. She has a flexible style and likes to tailor her approach to suit the person she’s working with. Alice imparts knowledge she has built up to assist you to be the best you can be and not be run down by bad thoughts and feelings.

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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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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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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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Sue Schulz

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.

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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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Kate Stevenson

Kate has extensive experience working with young people and also has experience with adults requiring support through transition periods and unemployment. Kate is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness techniques.

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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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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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Nicola Carter

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.

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Pinar Karabulut

Pinar is a supportive, empathetic psychologist with 9 years of clinical experience. Her approach primarily focuses on ‘here and now’, bringing mindfulness, and cognitive behaviour therapy into the sessions to enable exploration and growth. Goal-setting, psycho-education, and supportive counselling are all embedded into her sessions.

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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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Mary Osborn

Mary is very keen to equip you with the life skills, social and behavioural skills, cognitive skills using acceptance and mindfulness techniques. This will build your repertoire of tools to better manage life on a day to day basis so that you are leading a more fulfilling and functional lifestyle with confidence.

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Andi Williams

Andi’s motto is ‘if you change nothing, nothing changes’. So, if you’ve decided you want your life to be different, she can guide you until you feel ready to continue your journey without her. The tools and strategies Andi can teach you, will last a lifetime. Andi has a keen interest in working with anyone seeking a change or improvement in their lives, as well as those experiencing non-conforming gender identity.

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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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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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Lauren McKeogh

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.

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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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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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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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