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Dr Louise Stone has joined the Think team this month! In response to the ongoing shortage of psychiatry services within Canberra and surrounds, including long wait lists for patients seeking review, we are trialling a new interim option here at Think Psychology Solutions: providing a GP consultant specialising in mental health.

Dr Stone works with patients across the lifespan, and has an extensive background in mental health (please see her profile information for more details). Dr Stone will be offering longer appointments to patients who have mental health needs and would benefit from review, perhaps while waiting for psychiatric care. If you would like to see Dr Stone, no referral is necessary, please just call us on (02) 6282 8266!

Think Psychologist Sarah Gosper is now Think Clinical Psychologist Sarah Gosper! Congratulations to Sarah who in the past month has completed the supervised training required by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to obtain the endorsed specialisation in Clinical Psychology. The supervised training takes approximately 2 years and is quite demanding. Congratulations to Sarah on this achievement.

On behalf of all the staff at Think Psychology we’d like to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Think will close for the Christmas break at lunchtime on Friday December 22nd and re-open in the New Year on Thursday January 4th, 2018.

If in need of Crisis support during the shut down period (or at any other time) clients can call the Mental Health Crisis and Assessment Team on 1800 629 354 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you wish to leave a message for anyone at Think during this period please call the practice and leave a message or use the Contact page. We will endeavour to answer the messages as soon as practically possible when we re-open in 2018.

Think staff will be participating in the Lifeline fundraiser ‘Run for Your Lifeline’ on Saturday November 4. Distances range from 5km through to the full Marathon – I don’t think there will be any Think staff signing up for the marathon but plenty of us will give the 5k a go and a few the Half Marathon. We hope to raise a bit of money for Lifeline as well as look after our own mental health with a bit of exercise! If you would like more information on the fundraiser, or would like to register yourself click the following link:  http://www.act.lifeline.org.au/item/run-for-your-lifeline-2017

From September 2017 to January 2018 we will have available for clients a Clinical Placement student from Charles Sturt University, Jacquie Harris. Jacquie has been a registered Psychologist for nearly 10 years, however, has returned to study to complete her Masters of Clinical Psychology. Jacquie will undertake her placement at Think 2 days per week and will be available to see clients on a Concession fee basis. Referrals to Jacquie will still require a Mental Health Care Plan and clients will be able to receive the Medicare rebate. Referrals to Jacquie will preferably be clients requiring shorter-term psychological treatment (less than 10 sessions) given the short term nature of Jacquie’s placement. We are excited to have Jacquie join our team for this time!

Think is delighted to announce that Psychologist Michelle McRae is joining the practice on a part time basis. Michelle is a highly experienced and skilled Psychologist who has moved back to her home town of Canberra after an extensive time away. Michelle’s most recent work was at the Brisbane Counselling Centre and she comes highly recommended from that practice. We look forward to Michelle establishing herself back in Canberra at Think and we think she will be a very valuable addition to our team. You can read more about Michelle and her background in Our Team.

MindHealthConnect is a government funded not-for-profit website that collates Mental Health information. mindhealthconnect is the easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place. And seeing they asked us very nicely we thought we’d put a link to their page on the Think website. 🙂

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has launched a campaign promoting Psychologists and the work we do. You might see some of the ads on TV or hear them on radio. If you’d like to know more about what Psychologists do and what we try to achieve you can watch the APS ad on YouTube – Believe in Change or visit the Believe in Change website.

On behalf of all the staff at Think Psychology we’d like to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Think will close for the Christmas break at lunchtime on Friday December 23rd and re-open in the New Year on Thursday January 5th, 2017. While some of our Psychologists will also be taking leave in January we will still have Psychologists available for new referrals in this period.

If in need of Crisis support during the shut down period (or at any other time) clients can call the Mental Health Crisis and Assessment Team on 1800 629 354 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you wish to leave a message for anyone at Think please call the practice and leave a message or use the Contact Us page. We will endeavour to answer the messages as soon as practically possible when we re-open.

A tradition at Think (and in many workplaces across Australia!) is the Melbourne Cup lunch. Once again we headed out to our local cafe and had a lovely afternoon in our sharpest ties and fanciest fascinators including watching the great race. As has become traditional Daniel won a prize in the Fashions on the Field and as seems to also be becoming traditional Vanessa won the Sweep!

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