“Often it isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the little pebble in your shoe.”
― Muhammad Ali
Effective help for mental health problems doesn't have to take years. My approach rests on an understanding that life experience is the primary cause of distress, dysfunctional behaviour and mental illness, and that treatments for traumatic and adverse life experiences offer the best kind of help. Your commitment, combined with evidence-based, flexible, empathic treatment can lead to change and recovery.
Counselling with a mental Health Plan
Ask your doctor about a mental health plan for up to 10 subsidised counselling sessions per year. For each session Medicare pays $74.80 of my $110 fee. People on low incomes or suffering financial hardship are bulk billed at no cost to them. My Medicare provider number is: 4947601T.
Under a mental health plan you are also eligible for up to 10 group sessions per year. Evening groups are held in Thirroul and are free if referred by your doctor.
Access to Allied Psychological Services
Talk to your doctor about a referral under the ATAPS scheme, which is free for those who are eligible. I provide counselling for perinatal mental health, to families with children aged 0 to 11 who have emotional, behavioural or mental difficulties, and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under the ATAPS scheme.
How can you get help?
Victims of Crime
If you have been a victim of crime, you may be eligible for free counselling (even if you did not report the crime). To apply, call the Victims Access Line 1800 633 063 or go to www.victimsservices.justice.nsw.gov.au
OPEN ARMS Counselling Service
The Open Arms service is free to present or past serving Australian Defence Force members, and their families. Individual, couples and family counselling is available. To apply contact VVCS on 1800 011 046 or www.vvcs.gov.au
Injured workers covered by the NSW Workers Compensation System may be eligibile for counselling, Enquire at www.workcover,nsw.gov.au or 13 10 50.
Hi, my name is Sylvia and I'm an accredited mental health social worker with additional degrees in counselling and psychotherapy, and training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy & Coherence Therapy. I've been a therapist for over 10 years, a job I really love, and I work very hard to be effective by staying up to date in this rapidly developing field.
I provide services under Medicare and several other programs, and offer bulk-billing. I treat PTSD & Complex PTSD, the impacts of abuse and adversity, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems and many other issues.
I work from a home office in Thirroul and offer flexible appointments.
A consultation service via phone or Zoom is also available to develop treatment plan you can use wherever you live.
Clinical supervision is provided via Zoom or face to face.
And how will it help?
MSc. Med. (Psychotherapy), Grad. Dip. Counselling,
M. Social Work (Qualifying), MCA (Creative Writing), BA (Hons 1). EMDR (1, 2 & Masterclass), IFS Lvl One.
Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms for therapies based on talking, or teaching. How can talking help? Talking, & non-verbal communication, are the primary ways humans communicate and form relationships. Our relationships, especially with family and peers, have a huge impact on our lives. The better our relationships function, the better we can cope with life’s challenges. So counselling works because having a positive, accepting, and supportive relationship with another person is central to creating change. However, I recognise that talking alone is often not enough for recovery. So I use EMDR and other approaches such as Internal Family Systems & Coherence Therapy which, in combination with a therapeutic relationship, can lead to recovery.
About Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
There is much evidence to suggest that many mental health problems, such as anxiety, are primarily caused by adverse experiences and our memories of these experiences. Since the 1980s EMDR has developed a very strong evidence base for recovery from mental health problems, in particular Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR is a unique and flexible treatment with elements of CBT, psychodynamic, 'parts psychology' and somatic therapies. EMDR is a relatively easy treatment to engage with, and often gets quick results; most people can expect to notice a difference in 10 sessions.