Meeting Individual Needs

                                            

Clients present with a wide range of issues. Individual assessment during the intial session leads to design and delivery of treatment programmes to best meet individual needs.  Treatment may be sought in both individual and group therapy sessions. Concerns that clients frequently present with, or are referred with,  include the following:

•Depression and mood disorders
•Anxiety and excessive worry, panic attacks
•Anger management, lack of self esteem and confidence
•Problems coping with stress, loneliness and isolation
•Trauma responses, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
•Adjustment to lfe changes, e.g. pregnancy and childbirth concerns, divorce, adjusting to illness and disability, adjustment to the aging process
•Grief issues, Loss & bereavement
•Marital and Relationship issues, children leaving home
•Parenting Skills, Child and adolescent behaviour & emotional functioning, bullying
•Enhancing wellbeing and optimizing performance
•Eating disorders
•Workplace conflict and other concerns
•Coping with chronic illness

Treatment Modalities

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)has found to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, anger, and obsessions. CBT focuses on your thinking (cognitions), how you behave, and the way you communicate, rather than on past life experiences. Clients are introduced to, and practise, self regulation strategies, the improved ongoing coping ability after psychology sessions are discontinued.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) focuses on interpersonal and social difficulties in treating depression. Clients may want to work on aspects of their social functioning, e.g., interpersonal disputes, role transitions, grief and interpersonal deficits, to improve well-being. IPT is used to assist clients work through life events related to onset and continuation of depression.

ACT with Mindfulness. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a Mindfulness-Based Therapy. It helps client to change their relationship with painful thoughts, to live more fully in the present, and to take action toward a more meaningful life based on their own values. ACT takes the perspective that most psychological suffering is caused by experiential avoidance, attempts to escatpe or get rid of unwanted private experiences such as unpleasant thoughts, urges, and memories. In ACT, clients develop mindfulness based skills, a form of attentional control training, which enables them to more effectively self-manage their relationship with painful thoughts  in everyday life.

Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling Service.The non-directive pregnancy support counselling service is available to women who are concerned about a current pregnancy or a pregnancy that occurred in the preceding 12 months. These indicidual sessions can be used to address any pregnancy related issues for which non-directive counselling is appropriate. For further information on the these services and Medicare Benefit Schedule go to the following website:

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pcd-pregnancy-support.htm

Group Therapy

The focus in group therapy programmes is on CBT based Mastery Skills Training toward improved self-regulation ability in daily life. Group courses are delivered on a schedule throughoout the year. Group therapy programmes may include the following attentional control training:

Cognitive Therapy with Mindfulness MBCT is a psychological therapy which integrates cognitive therapy with mindfulness techniques. It involves accepting thoughts and feelings without judgment instead of trying to push them out of consciousness. The aim of is to enhance awareness so as to enable inidividuals to respond to things instead of reacting to them. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is often taught with MBCT. It has utility for individuals with stress, axiety, depression, chronic pain, and for alleviating stress related to medical conditions. Dr Henry completed an MBSR/MBCT Teacher Training Intensive Program delivered by Openground Training and Consulting.

Yoga Nidra is a yoga based self-regulation and relaxation practice. Research indicates that the autonomic symptons of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating, and abdominal pain respond well to practice of Yoga Nidra. Recent research shows that it has utility to assist war veterans cope with PTSD. Dr Henry studied Yoga Nidra in India with an internationally recognised authority on this subject, Swami Satyananda Saraswati. She has lectured and provided workshops on Yoga Nidra in national conferences, and  been involved in research on Yoga Nidra. Her review article on Yoga Nidra has been published in The Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Mindful Yoga . An eight session course is offered in the clinic. Moving with mindfulness or awareness is at the heart of Mindful Yoga. One learns to be a witness during practices at the body, breath, and mind level. The emphasis is on being in the here and now, in the moment by moment experience.

Trauma Yoga.Van der Kolk, one of the world’s leading authorities on PTSD, has stated that Yoga helps regulate emotional and physiological states.It allows the body to regain its natural movement and teaches the use of breath for self-regulation. Van der Kolk states that what is beautiful about Yoga is that it teaches us, and this is a
critical point for those who feel trapped in their memory sensations, that things come to an end. The process of being in a safe space and staying with whatever sensations emerge and seeing how they come to an end is a positive imprinting process. Van der Kolk points out that Yoga helps individuals befriend their bodies that have betrayed them by failing to guarantee safety. A video clip of Trauma Yoga has been added as a post on this website.

Qualifications in Attentional Control Training. Dr Henry is a Member of The Australian Psychological Society Yoga and Psychology Interest Group. In addition to registratioin as a psychologist, she is a registered yoga teacher and yoga therapist,  a member of professional yoga teaching associations,  including Satyananda Yoga Teachers’ Assn. abd Yoga Australia, Affiliate of Satyananda Yoga Academy, and Member of The Australian Assn. of Yoga Therapists and The International Assn. of Yoga Therapists.

Dr Henry has delivered workshops in Attentional Control Training in Australia and overseas. She was an instructor Physical Skills / Creative Movement in the Performing Arts Department, The University of Southern Queensland. In association with Deanne Whitaker of Collaborative Counselling and Consulting she developed Yoga Queensland Pty Ltd,  Registered Training Organisation, which has delivered nationally registered yoga teacher training. An article in The Australian Yoga Life Magazine lists her as one of the “Trailblazers of Yoga in Australia”, i.e., one of the pioneer yoga teachers in Australia.

Supervision 

June Henry can provide supervision as an Australian Psychological Society (APS) College Supervisor for the Colleges of Clinical, Forensic, and Organisational Psychology. She can also provide supervision as a STAP supervisor accredited by the Psychologists Registration Board of Queensland.