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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

Think Psychology Solutions will close for the year at lunch time on Tuesday December 24. We will re-open Monday January 6, 2014. 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 6. We will be taking new referrals in the new year.

Several Psychologists, particularly Daniel Troy, are seeing ongoing clients during this shut down period. If you have an appointment booked in the shut down period then please attend as your Psychologist (primarily Daniel) will be there. If due to unavoidable circumstances you need to cancel your appointment during the shut down please email your Psychologist directly as voice mails will not be attended to until reception staff return on January 6.

A couple of links to resources we’ve found useful here at Think over the past few months. The first is a workbook for teenagers to work through who are experiencing Anxiety. The Second (and not related to the first) is for Parents who need a resource when an adolescent in their family is experiencing anxiety or an anxiety disorder.
1. the anxiety workbook for teens. activities to help you deal with anxiety & worry by Lisa Schab. This is a PDF of a book and comes from a mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based approach & is very much activity based.
2. If your Adolescent has an Anxiety Disorder by Enda Foa and Linda Wasmer Andrews.  This is also a CBT book and a great resource for parents.

 

In addition to Daniel Troy having appointments available on Saturdays, Sean Dicks will now have several appointments available every second Saturday. Like all Think Psychologists Sean works across general clinical psychology issues and areas however he has a particular interest and expertise in working with couples and undertaking relationship therapy. Appointments for Saturdays can be booked through Reception Monday to Friday.

Odd Socks Day is a Beyond Blue initiative designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. As the Odd Socks Day website states “Odd socks day…because anyone can have an odd day, is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone, at any time, can have an odd day.” Odd Socks Day is Friday October 4 and Think Psychology staff will be wearing Odd Socks and having a morning tea to promote the initiative and as part of the day.

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Youth Anxiety is a website we are increasingly using to assist young people (adolescents) in dealing with anxiety.

http://youth.anxietybc.com

It is a Canadian-based website, interactive, and allows young people to navigate the site in a cool way, while also providing links to relaxation exercises and other useful strategies.  As the Internet is a pretty appealing source of information for most adolescents and young people, this might be a useful link for young people to explore if experiencing some difficulty with anxiety.

We are pleased to advise that Brigid Ryan, Clinical Psychologist, who was formerly working with us at Think, has now agreed to return to the practice.  Brigid is a highly skilled and capable psychologist who specialises in perinatal mental health, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and stress.  She works with both adult and adolescent client populations.

Brigid will be returning to Think as of the 7th October 2013, she will be working Monday-Thursdays and is now taking new referrals.  Brigid brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice.  Please contact our friendly reception staff to make an appointment on telephone 6282 8266.

We are pleased to welcome Brigid back to Think and know she is eager to return to clinical practice.

 

We have a new Psychologist starting at Think Psychology Solutions in September 2013. Miranda Morrissey will be joining us one day a week to help clients with general clinical psychology issues. She has particular interest, experience and skills in working with people experiencing eating disorders, workplace issues, anxiety, depression and stress. More details about the wonderful Miranda can be found here (although I haven’t worked out how to add her name to the table at the top of the page yet….grrr ;)). As Miranda is just starting at Think she has good availability for appointments.

We’re very excited to report that Think Psychologist Melissa Nihill has been accepted to present at the 2013 Australian Psychology Society Conference in Cairns in October. Melissa’s work entitled ‘The influence of online social networking on adolescent girls’ body surveillance, internalisation and body dissatisfaction’ was conducted through the University of Canberra’s Masters program with Dr. Vivienne Lewis and examines how social networking influences how young women view and accept their own body image. Melissa recently wrote in our own Think News about the relationship between social networking and depression however this is a far more in depth and thorough investigation into the impact social networking can have for young women. Congrats to Melissa on being accepted to present.

Think Psychology Psychologist Lisa Knipe continues to chip away at the mountain that is a PhD study. Her area of study is the relationship between eating and emotional behaviour and she has reached the next stage of her research which requires participants to complete a survey. If you are interested in the area or just willing to complete a survey on the topic please click on the link below and assist Lisa in gathering her data.

The Role of Emotions in Eating Behaviour – ANU Survey

It is fantastic for Think to have Lisa undertaking such rigorous research while also specialising in eating, emotional eating, overeating and eating disorders. Lisa will be reducing her hours at Think a little over the coming 6 months to complete her research but she will still be available for appointments (you just might have to wait a bit longer!) and we are currently recruiting for an interim replacement for Lisa with similar expertise. Go Lisa!