Your answers today suggest you have no or very low symptoms of depression.
You probably are experiencing the normal ups and downs of life.
If you feel sad, but are not depressed, it could be that you’re grieving. Have you experienced some form of loss - a loved one, friendship break-up, death of a pet, health crisis, changed your job or residence? In that case grief and loss counselling may help.
If you don’t meet the criteria for a depressive episode, but life seems pointless or meaningless anyway, existential counselling may be useful to you.
Otherwise, incorporate these factors into your life to increase your resilience and reduce risk of depression:
• Sleep - try to get at least 7 hours a night. For more tips on sleeping better, click here.
• Exercise - aim to complete 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.
• Social connection - make an effort to keep in contact with friends and family.
• Maintain a routine - get up at the same time everyday and do activities that you previously enjoyed. Like the previous tip, even if you don't feel like it, the benefits will accrue if you persist.
• Practise mindfulness - there is evidence to show that mindfulness practice, involving non-judgemental awareness, can help in recovery from and prevention of depression.
Download this depression prevention checklist to help build your resilience.
If you think you might benefit from counselling, click here to find out more and make an appointment.
“...all of the therapists [at ACT of Living] would be classified as "Highly Engaged" in FIT [Feedback Informed Treatment] and use of deliberate practice. They are in the upper 15% of therapists.
Your results exceed the gains reported in this study, which are already large. Your effect size increased from .99 in 2015 to 1.15 in 2016. This result in 2016 places you in the upper 5% of all sites using the ACORN platform."
Can we help you?
Counselling starts with listening to you as you relate your concerns. We’ll often ask questions for clarification. We do this because we're trying not only to understand what has been or is happening to you, but also how you see the world. We’ll often ask questions that are aimed at finding out what resources and strengths you have available in your life. A resource can be anything from a friend to a skill to membership of a religion, club, family or culture.
Once we’ve asked enough questions – and sometimes well before then – we’ll start generating solutions to your problem. A solution can take several forms, depending on the problem, the person and the environment in which the problem shows up. For some people the solution will be that the problem stops showing up. For others it will be that the problem shows up in a different way – it seems to be no longer a problem, or not as distressing. For yet other people the solution may be that they show up in a different way – as more resourceful, skilful, patient, graceful, confident, peaceful or happy.
Counselling is not teaching, giving advice, coaching, sympathising, psychoanalysing or making someone do what they should do or what is good for them. However, at different times these things may happen in a counselling session. But always in a context of respect and with the intention of reducing suffering.
To understand more about our approach to counselling and therapy email or call us today!
Our founder Julian McNally offers supervision to psychologists, counsellors, social workers and other human service professionals. He specialises in supervision for those interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. However he does offer supervision for other purposes and using other models than traditional one-to-one office-based supervision. .
In particular, the supervision on offer is suitable to fulfil Continuing Professional Development requirements with the Psychology Board of Australia, for Australian Psychological Society membership and College of Counselling Psychology membership, and for Medicare CPD requirements for being a provider of Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) items. If you are a clinical psychologist, you would be able to justify the ACT supervision we offer as it is an evidence-based treatment.
Julian has a broad portfolio of experience within supervision, as well as considerable personal experience in both group and individual supervision situations. This has included participating in and facilitating supervision groups with both single- and multi-discipline teams as well as with collegial groups of unrelated practitioners like the Melbourne ACT Peer Supervision Group which Julian coordinated for two years.
Our aim in providing supervision is to enhance both your effectiveness in session with clients, but also to support you in your ongoing professional development and growth. To that end, Julian routinely introduce supervisees to practices and models outside their experience/training.
Whilst Julian's own training and practice includes interpersonal approaches such as Rogerian counselling, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and narrative therapy, he rarely use their methods in supervision "I do try to inform my practice with their philosophies though. The supervisee is not a therapy client! At the same time I promote the presence of the supervisor/practitioner in the room to model this skill for the supervisee/client."
Channels of supervision currently in use include in-person and telephone. He also has interested in providing online chat including video chat if technical problems can be overcome simply.
Activities in supervision include case discussion, questioning, reflection and reflective listening, role plays and simulations and between-session writing.