Are you at a loss and not sure where to turn for help? Are you feeling stressed and anxious about your direction in life? Do you spend more time worrying about your past and your future than living in the present moment?
Perhaps you’re a parent worried about your child. Are you wondering if your child has mental health challenges? Is your child presenting with low mood, lacking motivation or symptoms of anxiety? Are you concerned that your child may be taking drugs or experiencing an eating disorder? Is your child presenting with behaviours of concern at school or at home? Do they spend all their time gaming or on social media?
At Hargan Psychology, our therapists create a safe space and offer a range of services including CBT, mindfulness, ACT – acceptance commitment therapy, trauma informed therapy, psychodynamic therapy, play therapy – whatever suits and will benefit the client.
We offer therapy for both adults and children that may be experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, PTSD and all other kinds of challenges in life.
Whatever your situation, you’re not alone and we are here to help.
Our main goal is to help you to sort through the challenges that are holding you back from living the BEST life you can, according to YOU.
In working with children, we look at what brought your child to come and see us, dispel some of the myths about psychology and support them to understand what to expect and how they might benefit from sessions. We support your child to become aware of and start to recognise their feelings, emotions and triggers and find appropriate ways to express them and have their needs met effectively. Each child is different and there is no one size fits all approach.
Are you experiencing insomnia or finding yourself unable to concentrate? Do you dread social situations and conversations with people you don’t know? Are there obsessive or compulsive things you have to do habitually? Do you avoid leaving the house, driving on a freeway or flying on a plane? Do you feel like you’re unable to live your life in a way that evokes freedom?
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While feeling anxious or stressed is a common response when we’re in a high pressure situation, these feeling usually pass once the stressful situation has passed.
Anxiety is when these anxious feelings continue without any particular reason. It’s a serious condition and the most common mental health condition in Australia, with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men experiencing anxiety at some stage in their life (Beyond Blue).
Anxiety makes it hard to cope with daily life and when experienced consistently, can be really debilitating. We all experience anxious feelings from time to time but for someone experiencing anxiety, the feeling aren’t easy to control.
At Hargan Psychology, we aim to support our clients experiencing anxiety to identify, process, and cope with the triggers of their anxiety. Our aim is to support our clients to do less of the behaviours that aren’t working for them and do more of the things that are and ultimately to help them to live more of the life that they want to live.
If anxiety is affecting your ability to live your life, we’re here to help. Contact the friendly team at Hargan Psychology today.
Are you lacking in motivation, sleeping a lot, withdrawing from your friends or avoiding social situations? Are you finding that you’re not enjoying doing things you previously found pleasure in? Are you self-medicating or self-harming in some way? Do you have suicidal thoughts?
While everyone feels sad, low or moody at times, some people experience these feelings without any apparent cause, as well as feeling them more intensely and for longer periods of time – weeks, months, and even years.
Depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest and can interfere with how you function on a day to day basis.
At Hargan Psychology, we aim to support our clients experiencing depression to identify thought and behaviour patterns that are either making you more likely to become depressed, or stopping you from getting better when you’re experiencing depression. Our aim is to support you to enjoy the things you used to find pleasure in again. Contact our friendly team today to discuss how we can help.
Are emotional and psychological trauma affecting how you live your life?
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of stressful events which impact on your sense of security. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s often not the circumstances of the situation that determine the impact but your subjective experience of the event.
Examples of trauma:
- A single event; an accident, injury, divorce or separation, a violent attack, witnessing violence; these events are particularly traumatic if unexpected or occurred during childhood.
- Ongoing events; sexual, physical or emotional abuse, experiencing a life-threatening illness or experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly, such as bullying, domestic violence, parental substance misuse or childhood neglect.
- Commonly overlooked causes, such as surgery, the sudden death of someone close, the breakup of a significant relationship, or a humiliating or deeply disappointing experience, especially if someone was deliberately cruel.
- Traumatic events present unique challenges—even if you weren’t directly involved in the event. In fact, while it may be unlikely that we will be the direct victims, we are regularly exposed to horrific images on social media and news sources of those people who have been. Viewing these images repeatedly can overwhelm your nervous system and create traumatic stress.
Is your life and wellbeing being impacted by symptoms of PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them. This could be a car accident, serious accident or injury, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or disasters such as bushfires or floods. As a result, the person experiences feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror.
Having experienced or seen something that involved death, injury, torture, abuse or another situation that led to feeling scared or helpless, you may experience some of the following:
Upsetting memories, flashbacks or dreams of the event;
- feeling physically and psychologically distressed when something reminds you of the event.
- had trouble remembering important parts of the event
- had very negative beliefs about yourself, others or the world
- persistently blamed yourself or others for what happened
- persistently felt negative, angry, guilty or ashamed
- felt less interested in doing things you used to enjoy
- feeling cut off from others
- had trouble feeling positive emotions (e.g. love or excitement)
- had difficulties sleeping (e.g. had bad dreams, or found it hard to fall or stay asleep)
- felt easily angered or irritated
- engaged in reckless or self-destructive behaviour
- had trouble concentrating
- felt on guard or vigilant
- been easily startled?
Whilst you may not meet criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD, any of the above negative symptoms can impact your life and wellbeing. Please contact Hargan Psychology for support.
Are symptoms of grief and loss getting in the way of how you live?
Feelings of loss and grief can be experienced after we lose someone or something that we care about. Like the death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, a beloved pet or a job; a change to your way of life or loss of important possessions. The grief you experience in these instances is usually a typical response to an adverse life event. The intensity of our grief, symptoms of grief and the period it lasts for differs for each person.
However, if symptoms of grief or loss start to get in the way of how you live, affects your work, relationships, or day-to-day life, then you may need support to process the grief and develop strategies to overcome the symptoms.
Long-term or overwhelming grief can put your physical, mental and emotional health at risk. If you think this is happening to you, please contact our team at Hargan Psychology for support.
Is addiction negatively impacting on your life, your health, and your relationships?
Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs (both illicit and prescription) alcohol and nicotine, but it is possible to be addicted to many other things.
Being addicted to something means that not having it causes withdrawal symptoms or a ‘come down’. Because this can be unpleasant, it is easier to engage in the continuous cycle. Often, an addiction gets out of control because the need to satisfy a craving and achieve the ‘high’ increases.
The strain of managing an addiction can seriously damage a person’s work performance and relationships. In the case of substance abuse (for example, drugs and alcohol), an addiction can have serious psychological and physical effects. Many factors can trigger addiction; stress, social isolation, emotional or professional pressure, short-term relief from psychological distress.
Addiction is a physical or psychological need to do, take or use something, to the point where it could be harmful to you. Whatever a person is addicted to, they perceive themselves unable to control the use and may become dependent on it to get through daily life.
In our modern world, it is common to see addiction to substances (drugs and alcohol) and gambling but also common is addiction to work, computers, social media, mobile phones, shopping, online gaming, sex, etc.
If you suspect that addiction may be impacting negatively on your life, please contact the team at Hargan Psychology for support.