Adults

Could a psychologist help me?

Have you ever wondered ‘Is it just me? Why am I finding things so hard, and am I the only one? Is there something wrong with me?’ Unfortunately tough times are part of life and we all experience periods of emotional pain, sadness, anger and worry. At these times we do what we can to feel better – perhaps we turn to family and friends for support, or take some time to regroup, or increase our intake of food, alcohol or drugs to make us feel better, or do activities that help ease the pain. Usually these difficult emotional times pass and we recover again.

But sometimes doing all this is not enough. Things just aren’t getting better. Maybe you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing is working. That despite your best efforts, the problems that are keeping you stuck are just not changing. Perhaps you are starting to lose hope that things can ever be different for you. You are not alone in this. You just need some help.

 

Taking the first steps

It is quite common for emotional problems such as low mood or anxiety to get so bad that they interfere in your life. The National Mental Health Survey (2007) found that about 1 in 5 Australians are significantly affected. And typically these types of problems don’t go away on their own. Sometimes it is fear that stops people from seeking the help they need – fear of being judged by others as weak or hopeless.

If you’re feeling stuck, a psychologist can help. We help by listening closely to your story with empathy and support. Our goal is to help you get a better understanding of your difficulties and what might be causing them. We also help by providing practical strategies and techniques so that you can make the changes that are important to you. On this website you’ll find information about some common emotional health issues such as depression and anxiety, as well as details about the types of treatment we provide.

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken”.

― C.S.Lewis, The Problem of Pain