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Looking after your mental health and well-being is important during these unsettling times. If you are feeling stressed, anxious and finding it difficult to cope due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a counsellor or a psychologist can help you develop effective ways to reduce anxiety.
Why seek psychological support?
As you get older life can become more challenging with health problems, changes in where you live and the loss of loved ones and pets. This can cause anxiety and depression and talking to someone about how you are feeling can help.
For some older people they have never spoken to someone about how they feel – perhaps it wasn’t a usual experience to share your concerns with a professional? However, the community and its understanding of mental health issues has come a long way. By having a conversation about your anxiety or depression, it helps those around you to better understand and support you, and can give you some strategies to cope with feelings or situations that are making you feel down.
As you get older life can become more challenging with health problems, changes in where you live and the loss of loved ones and pets. This can cause anxiety and depression, talking to someone about how you are feeling can help.
Who uses psychological support?
In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
Older people are at greater risk of developing mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, and in fact it is estimated that for older people living in a residential aged care facility, according to Beyond Blue, the rate may be as high as 1 in 3.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where a person feels under pressure, it usually passes once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.
Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t subside — when they are ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard for a person to cope with daily life.
What is Depression?
Depression is more than just a low mood — it’s a serious condition that has an impact on both physical and mental health.
While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason.
What do we provide?
There are many types of psychological therapies that have been found to be effective for people experiencing anxiety and depression. These include therapies such as behaviour therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT).
Reminiscence therapy, such as music therapy also appears to be an effective approach to treating depression in older people.
Psychological therapies may not only support a person to recover but can also help to prevent the anxiety or depression from reoccurring.
Psychological treatments can be conducted one-on-one with a professional or in groups. We can work with you to find the most effective service catered to your individual needs.
We will also:
- Treat you with respect and dignity
- Be inclusive of all cultures, religions, genders, sexual orientation, and sexual preference.
- If you like, we can also include your family, GP and/or Residential Aged Care staff in your therapy
What won’t we do?
- Give advice or be judgemental
- Commit you to long-term therapy (services are at your discretion).
Please make an enquiry if you would like to book an appointment for one of our services. Alternatively, you can live chat with us during business hours.