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Our team’s Director, Clinical Psychologist Jason McCrae, completed a webinar on Gambling Disorder and Gambling Related Harm. This webinar was completed in association with Capital Health Network with an aim to provide GP’s and individuals with a greater understanding of what is gambling and the different types of gambling, when is it too much/harmful, and where people can seek help. If you would like to check out this webinar, click the link below: https://www.chnact.org.au/gambling-disorder-and-gambling-related-harm-webinar-01-august-2018

We are pleased to announce that consultant psychiatrist, Dr Jarrod Holst will be joining us here at Think Psychology Solutions in September 2018.   Dr Holst will complement our existing psychiatric care provided by Dr Meredith Whiting and extended mental health care provide by Dr Louise Stone (GP).  Dr Holst will work closely with our team of psychologists and clinical psychologists, ensuring the best possible mental health care.

Dr Holst has considerable experience and expertise working with the full spectrum of mental health disorders presenting across the lifespan.  Dr Holst has a specialisation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a particular interest in working with infants and new parents, along with children, adolescents and families.  Dr Holst works with children and families of those aged 0-17 years, with a focus on getting families back to functioning well and enjoying life.

Dr Holst comes to us from Melbourne where he has been splitting his time between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) at the Royal Children’s Hospital and a private perinatal mental health service.  He completed his medical training at the University of Western Australia and his psychiatry training in WA and Victoria. Whilst in Melbourne, Jarrod completed advanced training in child and adolescent psychiatry, including a fellowship in infant mental health at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Please contact our friendly reception staff on 6282 8266 for all referrals and enquiries.

Congratulations to Miranda Morrissey and Rachel Sly! In the past few months, both Miranda and Rachel have completed their supervised training required by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to obtain the endorsed specialisation in Clinical Psychology. The supervised training takes approximately 2 years and is quite demanding. Congratulations to Miranda and Rachel on this exciting achievement!

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.

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.