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Are you a parent or carer of a young person currently receiving support from a mental health professional? The University of Canberra is currently conducting research into how young people’s mental health impacts on parents and carers, and they’d love to hear from you.
Click on the link below to participate in their survey!

Uni of Canberra Survey

Things might be a bit quiet at Think this week with many members of the team heading to WCBCT – the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Melbourne. The Congress will include many of the leaders in clinical psychology treatment from around the world and many of the Think team will be hearing about the latest therapy techniques and interventions from leading edge researchers and practitioners.

Psychologist Rachel Sly is joining Think Psychology Solutions in March 2016 following completion of her clinical psychology masters at the University of Canberra. Rachel completed her Masters part time while working full time at Department of Defence where she works in management, so she brings a range of life and work experiences to her work at Think.

Rachel has a particular interest in working with children and parents, an extension of her past individual and group based experience. Rachel will continue working part-time for Defence, whilst working with Think. We welcome the addition of Rachel to our fabulous Think team and you can read more about Rachel’s background and skills on our About Us page.

We are delighted to announce that Psychologist Sarah Gosper will be joining Think in mid-February. Sarah has particular interest in working with adolescents, their parents and young adults. She has worked at headspace Canberra (the government funded Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Centre) and from February onwards will split her time between Think and headspace. We welcome the addition of Sarah to our skilful Think team. You can read more about Sarah on our About page.

Think Psychology Solutions will close for the year at lunch time on Tuesday the 22nd of  December. We will re-open Wednesday January 6, 2016. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday period.

If you are in need of urgent mental health care over the holiday break then please contact the Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team on 1 800 629 354. Messages can be left for Think staff on our voice mail (02 6282 8266) or via the Contact Us page and will be attended to as soon as possible on Wednesday January 6. We will be taking new referrals in the new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Think Psychology Solutions.

Think Psychology has in 2015 become a sponsor of Tuggeranong Vikings Swim Club. Its a great club getting kids (in particular) into exercise and one of Australia’s great sports – swimming. Think is proud to be able to support the club in a small way.

From October 1st Psychiatrist Dr Alex Lim is consolidating his practice from two locations to one and will only practice from his Yarralumla offices. Its been great having Dr Lim work from Think Psychology, however, Think Psychologists will continue to consult with Psychiatrist Dr. Meredith Whiting who practices at Think on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Clients who have seen Dr. Lim at Think have had their appointments transferred to Yarralumla. All enquiries for Dr. Lim should be directed to his Yarralumla practice:

Dr. Alex Lim
Yarralumla Professional Suites
2/18 Bentham Street, Yarralumla
Phone: 6282 3899 Fax: 6282 4035

Sadly for us one of our stalwarts is leaving Think for greener, or at least different, pastures. Psychologist Lisa Knipe has this week finished working at Think to allow her the time to complete her PhD studies at ANU. Its been a long and determined effort from Lisa to get this far in her PhD and to finally complete she needs all the time she can get to devote to her studies and final write up. We wish Lisa all the best and secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) hope that one day she will return as Dr. Lisa!

Here at Think Psychology Solutions, we are dedicated to providing therapy that has proven results through research. In order to measure how clients are improving throughout treatment, we use psychometric assessment and screening tools, such as the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) to measure how effective our therapy is for our clients. Therefore, it is vital that we continue to make these tools as effective and useful as they can be.

Think is excited to be taking part in a research study conducted by the University of Sydney in developing a new screening tool to measure depression, anxiety and stress in young people aged 7 – 18 years (titled the DASS-Y). Currently, the DASS exists for use only with those 16 years and over, which means that we do not get the opportunity to assess the efficacy of treatment through a well-established measure with our younger clients.

If you are a parent of someone under 18 or are under 18 yourself and a client at Think, your child/you may be asked to complete the DASS-Y at your initial appointment, and potentially throughout the course of treatment. Then, you will be invited to participate in the study by completing a consent form, and the results of your questionnaire will be forwarded to the researchers of the study. All aspects of the study, including results, will be strictly confidential, and only the researchers and psychologist involved will have access to your/your child’s information.

To find out more about the study, please read the following Information Statement, or feel free to contact reception on 6282 8266 or reception@thinkps.com.au.

We are very excited to play a role in increasing the effectiveness of our practice (and psychology overall), and we hope you are too.

Think Psychologist Melissa Nihill is now Think Clinical Psychologist Melissa Nihill! Congratulations to Mel 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 Mel on this achievement.