Psychological Services Group

Psychological Assistance and Counselling - Bariatric Patient Support and Assessment

Psychological Assistance

We're a small team of skilled and experienced psychologists, able to assist in alleviating distress and reducing symptoms associated with most areas of mental health, including but not limited to:

  • Depression and other mood disorders, including Postnatal Depression
  • Anxiety disorders including panic, phobias, chronic worry, and OCD
  • Grief, Loss, and Trauma including PTSD
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anger problems
  • Stress management, including workplace stress and issues
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Eating disorders, as well as weight and body image problems
  • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
  • Assertiveness and communication training


Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling and psychotherapy are inherent in our psychological work and facilitate the development of trusting therapeutic relationships. These processes also enable our practitioners to apply therapeutic interventions in a client-centred manner in order to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other psychological problems. For clients who do not have significant (or any) symptoms of mental illness, counselling and psychotherapy can assist to improve their overall life satisfaction and contentment as well as enhance specific areas such as work, study, relationships, or health. Some of our clients engage in longer-term psychotherapy to assist and support personal growth, developing a greater understanding of themselves, and increasing their insight into their thoughts, feelings, and actions.


Strategies

The use of focused psychological strategies (or interventions) is essential in our therapeutic work. Different strategies are applied for different problems, presentations, and personalities. They may include learning how to develop awareness of maladaptive thoughts or of unhelpful behaviours, or how to adopt more effective coping strategies for stressors. Such strategies are appropriate for clients who are experiencing significant mental health problems, as well as for clients who are wanting to learn more (or different) coping skills for dealing with day-to-day stressors or to enhance their overall functioning and wellbeing.


Assessment

Assessment can range from a formal clinical interview detailing symptoms of mental illness to an unstructured discussion about a client's problems and experiences. Assessment is a vital first step of the therapeutic process so that your needs can be fully understood and a treatment plan can be formulated - or so that goals can be agreed on. 

Click here for further information about 'Preoperative Bariatric Assessment.'