Our consultants have extensive experience in assessing and treating/managing psychological/psychiatric disorders based on many years of working in multi-disciplinary psychiatric, psychogeriatric, psychiatric rehabilitation and forensic units, community mental health, educational settings and private practice.
The most frequent presentations to GPs include back, limb and chest pain, headache, dyspnoea, cough, abdominal and skin complaints, sleep disturbance, dizziness and fatigue, medically unexplained symptoms, grief, memory impairment, drug and alcohol abuse and relationship problems, all of which may have a psychological component.
Our consultants are able to diagnose and treat co-morbid psychological disorders (including eating and body image disorders) using solution-focused, cognitive, behavioural, pain management, sleep hygiene, coping, environmental and problem solving interventions in collaboration with the patient and GP.
We routinely assess and treat single-episode and multiple-episode trauma and chronic stress reported by clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents, assaults, robberies and incidents during ambulance, police, hotel, taxi, bank and security duties, some of whom have developed complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
With the ageing population it is becoming increasingly necessary to assess, manage and treat problems associated with older age groups including cognitive decline, competency (testamentary capacity, medical consent, driving safety and financial management), psychiatric disorders, grief and loss and psychological aspects of chronic medical conditions.
We provide assessment and treatment services to older age groups and expect increasing involvement in this area.
Clients’ presenting problems are broadly conceptualised from evolutionary, developmental, neuroscientific, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal, systemic (couple, family, peer group, school, community, organisational), environmental, life-span and cultural perspectives.
Where possible, we adopt a client-driven, collaborative, flexible treatment approach guided by client goals, values, perspectives, characteristics and existential concerns.
We strive for an integrative, multi-level approach focusing on interventions common to a number of psychotherapy models (e.g., the client-therapist relationship, psycho-education, relearning, stress reduction, behavioural activation, problem solving, emotional expression, imaginal and in vivo exposure, prevention of avoidance, cognitive reappraisal, emotional regulation, couple and family system strategies) to reduce symptoms and improve individual, couple and family functioning.
Treatment progress is monitored via outcome measures and client feedback.