Therapy for Adults

At Millstream, clinicians understand the diverse ways in which life demands and stressors can impact an individual's physical and psychological well-being. Anxiety, mood disruption, sleep disturbance, substance misuse, addiction, and social withdrawal are some examples of the functional impacts of life unbalance. Masking symptoms and debilitating emotions and worry can be exhausting. Clinicians light a wellness pathway to support individuals to prioritise self-care, expand their capacity to cope through a self-compassion lens, become aware of unhelpful life patterns and challenge unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours. Clinicians work with your GPs and Psychiatrists in shared care to support an individual's mental health.

According to the 2020-2022 National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHW), the most common mental illnesses in Australia in the 12 months prior to the study were anxiety disorders (17% of the population), affective disorders (8% of the population) and substance use disorders (3% of the population).

Evidenced & Individualised Treatment
  • Mood Disruption
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Difficulties experiencing joy & happiness
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Rapid mood shifts, Frustration, Irritability & Anger
  • Use of Gaslighting and Aggression
  • Addiction – substances, pornography, gambling
  • Parenting support
  • Identity vulnerability
  • Low Self-esteem & confidence
  • Adverse life exposures
  • Life stressors & adjustments
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relational & Family Tensions
  • Unsafe Thoughts & Suicidality
  • Self-harm
  •  And more ….
  • Please note: Clinicians do not get involved in legal matters

Anxiety is a treatable condition that can be effectively managed through challenging thoughts and learning to respond in new and helpful ways behaviours.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most evidenced approach for reducing anxiety. Cognitive restructuring, a core component of CBT, focuses on identifying and challenging distorted, irrational or unhelpful thoughts that contribute to anxiety and other negative emotions. By replacing these thoughts with more balanced, realistic and helpful ones, individuals can alleviate anxiety symptoms and develop better coping strategies.

Individuals work closely with a trained therapist, to permit a personalised and tailored approach. This process not only reduces anxiety in the short term but also equips individuals with long-lasting skills to manage their anxiety more effectively in the future.

Anxiety can manifest in various forms, each with its unique characteristics and challenges. Here are a few common expressions of anxiety:

  • Panic Disorder: Individuals with panic disorder experience recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden episodes of intense fear or discomfort accompanied by physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and feelings of impending doom. Panic attacks can be debilitating and may lead to avoidance behaviours aimed at preventing future attacks.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD is characterised by the presence of obsessions, which are intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urges, and compulsions, repetitive behaviours or mental acts performed in response to obsessions. People with OCD may engage in rituals or routines to reduce anxiety or prevent perceived harm, even though these behaviours are often excessive or irrational.

Depression manifests in a variety of ways beyond just feelings of sadness. Disruption to sleep, appetite, social interactions, and cognitive patterns can also occur. Individualised treatment is important, and may consider different options, such as:

  • Antidepressant Medication: Working with your GP to discuss medication supports.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a well-established therapeutic approach that helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns contributing to depression. By restructuring these patterns and adopting healthier coping strategies, individuals can experience significant improvement in mood and overall well-being. Working with a therapist trained in CBT can provide valuable support and guidance throughout this process.
  • Solutions-Focused Approaches: In addition to traditional therapy, solutions-focused approaches focus on identifying and amplifying existing strengths and resources to promote positive change. This can involve making lifestyle adjustments such as improving sleep habits, engaging in regular exercise, fostering supportive social connections, and maintaining a balanced diet. These changes not only directly impact mood but also contribute to overall well-being and resilience against depressive symptoms.

 

It’s important to recognise that each person’s experience with depression is unique, and what works for one individual may not work for another. Therefore, it’s valuable to explore different treatment options and collaborate with healthcare professionals to develop a personalised approach that addresses specific needs and preferences. Additionally, combining multiple approaches, such as medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes, often yields greater treatment effectiveness.

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