Anxiety counselling for people who would like to feel more calm, less stressed and/or more secure.

In any one year, over 2 million people in Australia have anxiety and 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Anxiety can appear during times of stress and worry and normally pass once the stressful situation has been resolved. However, anxiety is when those anxious feelings don’t go away and you find it difficult to cope with day to day life. The sooner you identify you might be struggling with anxiety, the more likely you will be able to implement strategies to help you recover and manage those anxious feelings.

Will anxiety counselling help my anxiety?

The best thing you can do when experiencing anxiety is to feel comfortable enough to discuss your thoughts and worries. With a trained psychologist they will help you identify and implement strategies that you can use in your day to day life. Anxiety also stems from underlying issues and highlighting these trigger points can help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Our anxiety counselling approach includes:
  • Educating you on the physical causes and symptoms of anxiety.
  • Showing you how to implement relaxation and breathing control strategies to reduce the level of anxiety you may experience.
  • Implement cognitive therapy to help you better understand the role your thoughts play in creating anxious feelings.
  • Identifying anxiety provoking situations and establishing gradual exposure to help you overcome it.
  • Teaching you how to implement mindfulness techniques into your day to day life.
  • Finding resolutions to the underlying cause of your anxiety.

Why choose A resolution Applecross anxiety counselling?

Anxiety can appear in many different ways. For some it is a direct reaction to a specific situation (e.g. exposure to needles or flying on a plane). For others anxiety presents itself after a stressful and traumatic experience such as a death, injury, affair or abuse. While some anxiety involves persistent thoughts or worries that won’t leave the mind and can include disruptive and repetitive behaviours like checking doors and windows.

Anxiety normally has an underlying cause and this can be identified through ongoing sessions with a trained psychologist from A resolution, Applecross. Our therapists are trained in many forms of anxiety including generalised anxiety disorder, phobias, trauma and social anxiety.

All of our therapists are registered psychologists with experience in a range of therapeutic techniques including cognitive-behavioural therapy, psycho educational tools, mindfulness and interpersonal therapies.

Anxiety Counselling Team

Francisca Lessa

Francisca has experience treating a range of anxiety concerns, including social anxiety, generalised anxiety, PTSD and OCD. She uses an integrative CBT approach including cognitive-behavioural, graded exposure, mindfulness and relaxation skill-building. Francisca uses an individualised combination suited to each client, looking to get to the underlying causes for the anxiety to create lasting changes.

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Namrata Makhijani

Namrata has experience treating a range of anxiety concerns, including social anxiety, generalised anxiety, PTSD and OCD. Namrata uses a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

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Katherine Shanhun
Senior Psychologist

Katherine has over 12 year’s experience as a psychologist. Her areas of interest include anxiety, anger management, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Katherines approach to anxiety management is also cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy focused but she also integrates mindfulness,  and also Eye-movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) to deal with the emotional aspects of anxiety.

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Megan Moousa
Senior Psychologist

Megan is a Senior Registered Psychologist who is passionate about working with couples, families, children, teens and adults with a wide range of concerns. Megan has well developed skills in helping clients with anxiety, depression, anger, sexual abuse, grief and loss and
communications problems.

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Our appointments are either 50 mins or 80 minutes of face-to-face time (i.e., time you meet with your psychologist). The remainder of the session is to make notes and prepare for your next session, this ensures that our sessions start on the hour or half hour. Initial individual appointments are 50 mins and couple or family appointments are generally 80 minutes.
Everyone’s journey is different however, it generally takes about 3 sessions to establish your concerns, discuss a bit of the history of the problem and agree on how you and your therapist will work together and what you will work on. From here there are Australian Guidelines for Evidence Based Treatment for Mental Health conditions. For depression/anxiety a minimum of 6 – 14 sessions may be required, for PTSD this may be up to 24 sessions (for complex PTSD) for couple’s experiencing a lot of conflict this can be around 16-24 sessions.
In the beginning you will need see your therapist weekly to establish your therapy and build some traction. This takes a minimum of 3 sessions we recommend you book these in on your first appointment. After this, therapy needs to be paced according to your issues, the therapy style your therapist is using and even your financial considerations. Some people come fortnightly, others monthly.
Once you book an appointment its yours. We encourage you to keep your appointments to avoid delays in booking new ones and to speak with our team members about discontinuing therapy. If there is no way you can make it please call reception to reschedule.

If there is no way you can make a skype session and you need to change or cancel an appointment, please provide at least 48 hours notice otherwise there are cancellation fees.

All of our team members are registered psychologists so you are able to claim Medicare or Private Health Fund rebates (you can only claim one or the other per session). Medicare provides a rebate of either $84.80 or $124.50 back per session for up to 10 sessions per calendar year provided you have a Mental Health Plan drafted by your GP and a referral letter to any psychologist. After the initial 6 sessions you need to return to your GP for a review to access the final 4 for the calendar year. Private health rebates are available provided you have cover for psychology.

We offer appointments between the hours of 9 am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. Individual psychologist availability varies, please contact reception for more information.

Our couch, Your private space

Our private and warmly appointed rooms in Applecross provide the perfect space for you to begin your journey of self-development and start taking control of leading a more fulfilling life. We are located near Applecross Village with a private rear entry, upstairs at the back of the building.

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