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Think Psychology Solutions will close for the year at lunch time on the 24th of  December. We will re-open Monday January 5, 2015. 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 Monday January 5. We will be taking new referrals in the new year.

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

We are pleased to announce that Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Lim has joined Think. Dr. Lim commenced in October and compliments our existing psychiatric care provided by Dr. Meredith Whiting. Dr. Lim has considerable experience an expertise working with the full spectrum of mental health disorders presenting across the lifespan. Dr. Lim has a sub specialisation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a particular interest in early life experiences.

Dr. Lim has been working in public mental health, sharing his time between the Child 7 Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Adult Community teams in Canberra. He has commenced 1 day per week at Think Psychology Solutions but will increase this to 2 days per week in February 2015.

The Think team adjourned to a Cup Day function at our local cafe on the first Tuesday in November. It was great to take a break from work, beautiful sunshine and we enjoyed a lovely meal and spread. Our Psychiatrist Meredith somehow managed to clean up in the sweeps, Vanessa won on the Cup and Daniel’s sharp suit and waistcoat won him the Cafe’s version of ‘Fashion on the Fields’. Below is a (bad) photo of the happy Think Psychology punters.

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Exciting times at Think Psychology Solutions with the addition of Psychologist Liz Muldoon. Liz actually started at Think in September as a Locum, replacing a Psychologist who was on extended leave, however we have liked her so much we’ve convinced her to stay! She joins us from previous roles at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Queanbeyan Mental Health service. Like all Think Psychologists Liz works across age ranges and general clinical psychology issues but with her CAMHS background is comfortable working with children and adolescents (and their families). Liz will be working 3 days per week (currently Monday to Wednesday) and has good availability. More details on Liz’s areas of expertise and background can be found on our About page.

A quiet day at Think Psychology Solutions last Tuesday with many of the team attending the 3rd Annual Complex Trauma Psychotherapy Conference entitled ‘Roads to Resilience: from trauma to well being’ at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. Vanessa Hamilton, Brigid Ryan, Robin Wood, Daniel Troy and Melissa Nihill all attended the workshop finding it valuable and insightful. Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists are required to attend a certain amount (it varies based on qualifications) of professional development every year to maintain their registration and we find opportunities like this invaluable in developing our skills and techniques. Its also good to go on a road trip every now and then! 😉 Thanks to the team at Westmead Hospital for organising the Conference.

Some interesting Australian research from the Australian Psychological Society conference showing that psychological treatment can relatively quickly help problem gambling and associated difficulties such as anxiety, depression and relationship problems. It appears from the research that the challenge in treating problem gambling is getting the individuals suffering from the condition to attend appointments. Jason McCrae, Clinical Psychologist at Think Psychology Solutions, has a special interest and background in working in problem gambling. Here’s the link to the Australian Psychological Societies media release regarding the research:

Therapy effective in reducing problem gambling

 

Psychologist Miranda Morrissey is increasing her days at Think in August going from 1 to 2 days per week. We are very pleased to have more of Miranda (so to speak!). You can read more about Miranda and her areas of interest in our About Us section. Miranda is also commencing the Clinical Psychology specialist endorsement training to further advance her training and skills.

Think Psychologist Daniel Troy is now Think Clinical Psychologist Daniel Troy! Congratulations to Daniel 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 Daniel on this achievement.

Think Clinical Psychologist’s Jason McCrae and Robin Wood have recently returned from a 2-day workshop in Sydney with American Psychologist Dr. David Wexler on ‘Men in Therapy’. Now don’t worry blokes it wasn’t as heavy as it sounds ;). It was focussed on different ways to help blokes, who aren’t always the keenest to come and see a Psychologist, to get something out of seeing a Psychologist. Both Jason and Robin found it interesting and valuable and hope to be applying some of the approaches with the blokes they already work with here at Think. Here’s a link to a podcast Dr. Wexler did on ‘Men in Therapy’ if you are interested in the approaches.

David Wexler Podcast – Men in Therapy

Our December 2013 Newsletter was posted this week including articles on stress, changes in the new DSM-V (the ‘bible’ for diagnosis amongst Psychologists and Psychiatrists), the comings and goings at Think over the past few months and a little snippet of the adventures of Sharon and Terese in New York! Feel free to download a pdf of the newsletter below.

Think Newsletter December 2013