Mental Health Counselling

When it comes to health, most people focus on their physical wellbeing, but often forget or ignore their mental health. According to the National Survey of Mental Health Literacy and Stigma, one in five Australians deals with a mental disorder or a substance abuse problem. The prevalence is even higher among individuals in the 16 to 24- age group. At the same time, many people with these issues fail to seek professional assistance.

While mental health literacy is improving in Australia, there’s still work to be done. Awareness campaigns have reduced the stigma around mental health issues, so more and more people seek help, receive proper treatment and improve their lives.

Mental health treatment, like other medical treatment, requires professional counsellors and therapy. People who suffer from anxiety, depression and addictions find that counselling improves their conditions and provides them healthy coping strategies to overcome or manage their illnesses.

Common Mental Health Issues

As with other medical issues, some mental health problems are more common than others and have established treatment regimens like counselling, therapy or group sessions. These common mental health problems include:

  • Depression and Anxiety. These are the most common mental health issues representing 14.4 percent of the cases in Australia.
  • Substance Use Disorders. Patients with substance use disorders make up 5.1 percent of mental health cases in Australia; alcohol abuse accounts for 4.3 percent overall. That means that of all the substance use disorders reported, 84 percent of those are alcohol abuse.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD). This common disorder has its roots in a person’s various fears or acute anxiety. Those factors can compel a person to attempt to control their environment or thoughts, often by performing protective rituals or processes.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD). It’s not just soldiers who suffer from PTSD; anyone who has experienced a traumatic experience can suffer from this disorder.
  • Panic Disorders. Pent-up fears that build up under stress can cause a panic attack, which can feel as real and intense as a physical attack.
  • Eating Disorders. These are not a lifestyle choice or a diet gone wrong. They take many different forms and interfere with a person’s day-to-day life. Many people suffering from this disorder do not realise they have a problem, or if they do, may go to great lengths to hide it.
  • Phobias (often irrational or extreme fears). Due to the nature and intensity of fear experienced, these can often significantly impact life such as preventing a person from travelling for work or even talking on the phone. 
Each of these mental health disorders are common, just like high blood pressure and sprained ankles are. These common mental health issues, like their other medical health counterparts, are highly treatable and should be judgement-free. No one criticises a person on crutches; those who seek counselling and treatment for mental health issues should be treated in the same manner.

Do You Need Mental Health Assistance?

Conduct a quick, mental health self-evaluation. Be honest about your observations, but don’t assume the worst. Ask yourself if you have:

  • Experienced mood swings, sudden anger outbursts or intense loneliness/fear/sadness
  • Isolated yourself from others
  • Experienced reduced productivity
  • Lost interest in activities that you previously enjoyed
  • Had a sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Been sleeping poorly or woken up in the middle of the night
  • Had personal hygiene issues (for example, spending too much time in your favourite pair of comfy leggings or forgetting to shower)
  • Felt tired or lethargic 

Mental Health Treatments Deliver Noticeable Improvements

Whether you need counselling for anxiety or you’re attempting to overcome another mental health problem, the assistance of a professional therapist can make the process easier.

We can also help if you’re trying to assist someone who is struggling with a mental health issue. Providing such a loved one with assistance and compassion can be incredibly draining. Trained professionals will work with you and put you or your loved one on the path to wellness.

The professionals at the Counselling Clinic have years of experience in the treatment of mental health problems. If you’re worried about your condition or the mental health of a person you love, let us know. We will work together to identify the problem and develop a treatment plan. Call or email us today to schedule your first appointment.
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The Counselling Clinic

If you are wondering if this is the right place take some time to consider the following questions:

  • Do you feel stuck in your current life circumstances?
  • Do you experience intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness or helplessness?
  • Do you experience unwanted thoughts or feelings of worry or fear?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you are at the right place. Be assured that change is possible and that the therapy we offer can be a very helpful process.

Simply complete the form or call us on 02 6294 8013 and we can begin the journey together.
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ABOUT TCC

The Counselling Clinic was conceived to make in-depth counselling and psychotherapy services benefits known and easily accessible and available to the broader community.

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The Counselling Clinic
12 Wootton Crescent
Gordon Canberra
ACT 2906