For Online or Face-to-face
Individual, Couple, or Family Counselling, Treatment of Diagnosed Depression/Anxiety, Trauma and
and/or Prayer/Spiritual Support with
MAASW (Adv. Accr)
BSW (Curtin) MA (Counselling)
BEd (Science) Grad. Dip. Management
Accredited Mental Heath Social Worker/Medicare Provider
Supervisor and Training Consultant
Open Arms (formerly Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service) Outreach Programme Counsellor
Department of Veterans Affairs Provider
Insurance Commission of WA Provider
Able to see members of Bupa, HCF and Teachers Health (including UniHealth and Nurses and Midwives Health)
who have the appropriate level of cover
Listed as a Blue Knot Foundation Trauma-informed Service
For info Phone: 0408 890 887
(please allow one day for replies to messages)
NB Medicare rebates are available if you see a GP for a mental healthcare plan
Online options available
Signal (preferred secure phone app), Skype or Zoom options are available for online sessions.
Canning Vale Serviced Offices
Unit 15, 64 Bannister Road,
Western Australia 6155
Medicare Provider 442250DX
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Fridays 7.30am-5:00pm (online or face to face)
7.30-11.30am (online only)
11.30am-5.00pm (face to face)
For Appointments Phone/SMS 0408 890 887
To mail: PO Box 260
This is NOT an emergency service. For Western Australian mental health emergencies please contact the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788
attend the nearest Emergency Department of a hospital.
Alternatively contact Lifeline on
13 11 14.
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Other support services:
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 - for 24/7 telephone counselling for young people 5-25 years
Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 - for 24/7 telephone crisis support for people at-risk of suicide, carers and bereaved
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78 - for 24/7 telephone and online support, information and referral services for men
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 - for 24/7 telephone support and online chat 4pm - 10pm (AEST)
Meth Helpline : 1800 874 878 - The Meth Helpline is a free confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone concerned about their own or another person's meth use.
1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732 - 24 hour 7 days a week, confidential telephone and online support - 1800RESPECT is not only a support service for people affected by sexual assault, domestic and family violence. It is also an information and support service for family, friends, and frontline workers.
WA COVID-19 Hotline - Phone 13 COVID
Lifeline - Phone 13 11 14
MensLine - Phone 1300 789 978
Jobseekers Contact Line - Phone 132 850
Small business advice – Phone 133 140
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Mental Health Research:
The clip below describes key findings about the importance of relationship on physical and mental health. It synthesizes results from a 75 year longitudinal study of Harvard graduates, one of the most enduring studies that has been done on what makes people happy and thier lives productive. Recently, George Vaillant, who directed the study for more than three decades published a summation of the insights the study has yielded. Among them:
• Alcohol abuse was the main cause of divorce between the Grant Study men and their wives; it was strongly correlated with neurosis and depression (which tended to follow alcohol abuse, rather than precede it); and—together with associated cigarette smoking—it was the single greatest contributor to their early morbidity and death.
• Late in their professional lives, the men’s boyhood relationships with their mothers—but not with their fathers—were associated with effectiveness at work.
• On the other hand, warm childhood relations with fathers correlated with lower rates of adult anxiety, greater enjoyment of vacations, and increased “life satisfaction” at age 75.
• Vaillant’s key takeaway, in his own words: “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points … to a straightforward five-word conclusion: ‘Happiness is love. Full stop.’ ”
Did you know that one of the most popular TED talks of all time was done by Houston University social work professor Brené Brown? In a funny, insightful and poignant presentation Professor Brown talks about her research on the power of vulnerability and the impact of shame on peopleand relationship. This research identifies vulnerability as a core value in healthy relationships.
Brene Brown went on to do a second TED talks presentation about her research that was amazing in a similar way to the first, where she dares greatly to demonstrate her own vulnerability.
The . An article on the research follows:
"Researchers at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute and School of Population Health have found young adults who use cannabis from an early age are three times more likely to suffer from psychotic symptoms.
A study of more than 3,800 21-year-olds has revealed those who use cannabis for six or more years have a greater risk of developing psychotic disorders or the isolated symptoms of psychosis, such as hallucinations and delusions.
The study is based on a group of children born at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital during the early 1980s. They have been followed-up for almost 30 years.
“This is the most convincing evidence yet that the earlier you use cannabis, the more likely you are to have symptoms of a psychotic illness,” lead investigator Professor John McGrath said.
The research, published in the latest edition of Archives of General Psychiatry, also included the results of 228 sets of siblings.
“We were able to look at the association between early cannabis use and later psychotic symptoms in siblings. We know they have the same mother, they most likely have the same father and, because they’re close in age, they share common experiences, which allows us to get a sharper focus on the specific links between cannabis and psychosis – there is less background noise.
“Looking at siblings is a type of natural experiment – we found the same links within the siblings as we did in the entire sample. The younger you are when you started to use cannabis – the greater the risk of having psychotic symptoms at age 21. This finding makes the results even stronger,” Professor McGrath said.
“The message for teenagers is: if they choose to use cannabis they have to understand there’s a risk involved. Everyone takes risks every day – think of the sports we play or the way we drive – and people need to know that we now believe that early cannabis use is a risk for later psychotic illness.”
Schizophrenia is a serious disorder that affects about 1 in a 100 Australians, and usually first presents in young adults. This is also the time when the brain seems most vulnerable to cannabis."
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists states in its clinical practice guideleines that zinc is one of six evidence based complimentry therapies for mild to moderate depression.
The 6 complementary therapies for mild to moderate major depression are:
Omega-3 fatty acids - Used as adjunct to medication, it may help with bipolar disorder (depression symptoms) and milder cases of major depression
St John’s wort - Similar efficacy to SSRIs for mild to moderate cases of major depression
S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) - May help with depression when used as adjunct to medication
Zinc - May assist depressive symptoms when used as adjunct to medication
N-acetyl cysteine - Some symptom reduction efficacy in bipolar disorder and possibly in depression
Folate (including L-methylfolate) - May assist depressive symptoms as adjunct to medication
Childhood Adversity Linked to Bipolar Affective Disorder
University of Manchester researchers identified 19 studies from hundreds published between 1980 and 2014 which gathered data from millions of patient records, interviews, and assessments.
By applying rigorous statistical analysis to the data, the researchers discovered a 2.63 increase in likelihood that people with bipolar disorder suffered adverse childhood trauma, such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
The authors defined childhood adversity as experiencing neglect, abuse, bullying, or the loss of a parent before the age of 19. There was a particularly strong link between emotional abuse with this four times more likely to have happened to people with bipolar.
The study appears in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr Kaley Packham gives an easy to understand presentation on how our brains work and change: