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During this difficult time with COVID-19, the team at Think want to let our clients know that we are still open as an essential service.

This means that we are still offering face to face appointments for those who are well and can attend the practice.  We are also offering sessions via telehealth (either by a phone consult or video via Zoom/Skype).  You might expect a call from the Think reception staff to confirm whether you would like to attend your appointment in person or opt for a telehealth session.  If you would like to discuss more, please feel free to contact the practice.

If you or a household member is unwell with a cough, cold, sore throat or fever, please do not attend your appointment in person.  Please call reception to advise the practice and discuss alternative options.

Our previous post has some helpful resources on mental health, anxiety and COVID-19, and how to cope with social isolation.

 

It’s certainly a confronting time and understandable if you are feeling worried or uneasy.

We at Think remain open as an essential service conducting face-to-face appointments, telephone appointments and ‘telehealth’ appointments (Skype, Zoom etc). The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has released a ‘Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety’ and ‘Maintaining your mental health during social isolation’ tip sheets which provides some great education and strategies to help get through this period.

Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety

Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

We have had many enquiries and wish to advise that Think Psychology remains open to clients (as at lunch time Monday March 23) as a health service. We are endeavouring to adapt to the changed arrangements with COVID-19 so please bare with us if we are slow to answer the phone.

Clients, if meeting the COVID-19 criteria outlined in the previous post, can undertake appointments over the phone or via telehealth. If a client does not meet the COVID-19/isolation criteria outlined in the previous post but does not wish to come into the Clinic you may still undertake your appointment via phone or telehealth without a medicare rebate. Please contact reception if you wish to discuss.

We will publish more posts/information on this website as/if circumstances change. This is a difficult time for all and we will do our best to maintain treatment and support for our clients and new clients.

A difficult time for all at the moment and we hope our clients and visitors to this website and the Think clinic are remaining well. Think, as a health provider, remains open, however, we are putting in place strategies to mitigate the risk to both staff and clients.

 

If you have a cough, cold, sore throat and/or fever then DO NOT ATTEND THIS PRACTICE IN PERSON.

Please phone our reception staff for advice and discussion of alternate options available. We understand you are likely to still need your regular mental health support, even if unwell, and we are working to establish alternate options. We will be able to offer clients a telehealth / phone consultation it you are unable to attend the practice in person.

Those who require Telehealth or phone consultations and meet the below categories, will be eligible for Medicare funding. All others requesting this service may pay privately without rebate.

 
Anyone who:
  1. has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
  2. has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee; or
  3. Is in one of the following groups:
    • Is 70 years or older;
    • Over 50 if of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
    • pregnant; or
    • a parent of a child under 12 months; or
    • a person under treatment for chronic health conditions or who are immune-compromised.

People in categories a. and b. are a risk to others and should not attend the practice in person. People in category c. are most at risk from infection and as per Department of Health advise, should avoid all unnecessary outings.

Welcome on board Caitlin! Caitlin Rees will join Think in February 2020 having completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Uni of Canberra in 2017. Caitlin has been, since 2007, a Registered Nurse having worked in various locations such as Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Intensive Care services, Duntroon Health Centre and the Belconnen Mental Health Team (as a Registered Nurse). Caitlin increasingly found herself drawn to working with mental health and Psychology and so undertook the undergraduate and Masters programs required to become a Registered Psychologist.

As a Psychologist Caitlin has practiced at headspace Queanbeyan, the Belconnen Mental Health team and ACT’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health service. She has an excellent ability to build rapport with both children and adults and is available to work with children and their families, as well as individual adults.

Additionally Caitlin has an interest in working with women and their families in the perinatal period (prior to conception, during pregnancy and the first two years of the babies life).

Caitlin is a fully registered Psychologists who is currently undertaking the clinical endorsement program.

With the holiday period fast approaching, all the staff at Think Psychology would like to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Think will be closed the afternoon of Friday December 20 for our Christmas lunch and will close for the Christmas break at lunchtime on Monday December 23rd. We will re-open in the New Year on Wednesday the 8th January 2020, although many staff will take further leave.

If in need of Crisis support during the shut down period (or at any other time) clients can call Mental Health ACT’s Home Assessment and Acute Response Team (HAART) 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.

From February 2020 Think Psychology Solutions will be operating a clinical psychology Student Clinic from our Deakin rooms.  We will have available, a provisionally registered psychologist who is a local clinical psychology student completing a placement as part of their 6th or 7th year of training.  Think is committed to supporting the next generation of clinical psychologists in our region and will do this by providing quality, real-world student training opportunities.

For our community, this means access to low cost individual appointments for clients seeking evidence based psychological treatment, with no referral required and no cap on number of sessions.  The clinic will accept referrals for clients struggling with anxiety, depression, adjustment or stress issues, along with single incident trauma.

In addition to individual sessions, we are hoping to run group based sessions available to all Think clients, focusing on mindfulness, insomnia or general stress management, depending on identified need.  These groups will be run by the clinical student with the assistance of one of Think’s team of psychologists.
All students on placement will be closely supervised by Think’s experienced team of Clinical Psychologist’s.  Please note that each student will be on placement for approximately four months so will not be available for long term treatment.

We are pleased to announce our first student commencing in the clinic will be Aflaha Khan, a Clinical Psychology PhD student from the ANU. Aflaha will primarily be available for individual appointments with adolescents and young adults, however, also has an interest in working with older adults. She is trained in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Please contact our friendly reception staff should you wish to make an appointment in the student clinic.  Appointments are available from February 2020 with no waiting list.

Due to high demand, the psychologists at Think PS are unable to take new referrals at present. We believe that if you need to see someone, it needs to be in a timely fashion and we are unable to meet that requirement currently. Please talk with your GP/referrer about other psychologist options for your circumstances. Our capacity will be reviewed in December and we hope to be accepting new referrals for 2020.

Think Psychology Solutions is proud to announce the commencement of a partnership with The UC Capitals, Canberra’s womens basketball team in the Womens National Basketball League (WNBL). Think will assist the UC Capitals in creating and maintaining a supportive off-court environment for the WNBL’s 2018-19 champions, supporting and assisting players and staff as part of a suite of off-court support networks.

”The UC Capitals are pleased to be partnering with the team at Think Psychology Solutions for the 2019-20 WNBL season. We pride ourselves on our on court performances, but as an organisation we are also mindful of providing a supportive off court environment for our players. Understanding that depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are unfortunately all too common in elite athletes we felt it was our responsibility to provide access to a broader support network than what we have been able to in the past. Thank you to Jason McCrae and all the team at Think Psychology Solutions for getting behind the UC Capitals this season and assisting us in delivering on our responsibility to our players welfare.” – Dale Bertram, Sponsorship Manager.

 

Corinna Chambers Psychologist are running Circle of Security Program in the coming weeks. The Circle of Security® Parenting program is based on 50 years of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened, and how this type of early intervention can effect outcomes for the child across their lifespan.

Their program is specifically targeted at working parents who are unable to attend the free programs currently run in Canberra or are typically run during work times. Corinna Chambers are offering after hours to accommodate this need. Please call their practice on (02) 6260 3366 or visit their website for more information http://corinnachamberspsychologists.com.au/