Broulee Psychology provides psychological support for children, adolescents, adults and couples on the far south coast of NSW and beyond.
Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment to assist our clients to improve their mental health and make the changes they need to make life more rewarding and fulfilling.
WHY DO PEOPLE NEED TO SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST?
People from all walks of life see a psychologist for a wide range of issues. Some of these include:
When life feels like it is becoming too difficult
When life is full of worry and anxiety
When feelings of panic are taking over
When support from someone else is needed
When a problem needs clarification and decisions need to be made
When problems seem to be taking over
When life feels out of control
When experiences from the past impact on today
When parenting becomes too much
When you're struggling to connect with your significant other
At Broulee Psychology, we will help you work through life’s challenges using evidence-based psychological therapies. We tailor our services and approach to your individual needs, with an approach designed to reduce distress and improve psychological well-being and functioning.
We are experienced at working with a range of psychological difficulties including:
Anxiety, panic and stress
Depression & bipolar disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
Overcoming trauma and PTSD
Eating disorders and body image concerns
Insomnia & other sleeping difficulties
Health concerns including chronic pain, illness and fatigue
Drug & Alcohol difficulties
Grief & Loss
Questioning sexual and/or gender identity.
Existential concerns (such as life transitions, self-esteem, intimacy, loneliness)
Pre-natal, Post-natal, Pregnancy concerns and Parenting issues
Interpersonal & relationship issues
Stress and conflict
Some of the evidence-based therapies we offer:
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
Online psychology sessions
CHILD & ADOLESCENT THERAPY
Raising children and adolescents is tricky business! Broulee Psychology is here to help. Working with children and adolescents therapeutically is different to working with adults. We value the importance of play in our work with children and adolescents. The use of games and interactive activities make learning about emotions and behaviour more fun.
What do we treat?
Depression and associated emotional difficulties
Anxiety disorders, including phobias, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Anger management problems
Learning difficulties and disorders (link to assessment page)
Parenting and family relationships difficulties
Peer relationship difficulties and bullying
Exam stress and anxiety
Self-harm and suicidal ideation
When working with children and adolescent clients, we find that working with their parents is very important. This is why the first session is with parents only in order to gather information about the young person. From there an individualised plan is discussed. This may mean working more directly with the young person or it may be more of a mixture of seeing the young person and the parent/s. This is generally based on the young person’s age, maturity level, motivation and presenting issues.
ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a complementary treatment that can be used alongside other evidence-based therapies, such as CBT and schema therapy. AAT is not used as a standalone treatment. During AAT, animals are present in the therapy room.
Some of the benefits of AAT include:
Help to improve motivation and engagement in therapy
Animals provide a sense of security and emotional support
Animals can promote relaxation
Animals can aid in focus and attention
Animals can support learning, self-confidence and self-esteem
Animals can offer humour and fun due to playful natures
People who are fearful or allergic to dogs are not a good candidate for this treatment method.
If you are interested in being involved in AAT during your treatment at Broulee Psychology, please have a chat about whether this treatment would be appropriate for you. Not all clients will be recommended for this therapeutic approach.
ONLINE TELEHEALTH SESSIONS
Through the use of technology, online therapy sessions mean that you can connect with your psychology from your home
The world of healthcare is changing. With the rise of technology, psychological therapy is now available in the comfort of your home or if you are away travelling.
With the evolution of secure videoconferencing platforms, psychological therapy can now be conducted safely and securely on-line. Secure video conferencing works in similar ways to Facetime and Skype.
Is online therapy effective?
Online psychological therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health difficulties.
Do I need any special equipment?
A computer/laptop or mobile device with a camera or a mobile phone is all you need for online therapy.
Broulee Psychology provides a range of psychometric assessment depending upon individual need.
These include, but are not included to:
Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Cognitive Assessment (IQ Test)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Functional Assessment (for NDIS review)
If you think your child or adolescent would benefit from an assessment due to behavioural or learning concerns, please call Broulee Psychology on 0490 210 034 or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can discuss scheduling an initial consultation to discuss an individualised assessment plan with you. The cost for assessments will be discussed at this time.
Please note that assessments are not covered under the Mental Health Care plan so Medicare rebates do not apply.
Closeness and connection is a primary need for humans, similar to oxygen or water, so it’s not surprising that our intimate relationships have been found to play a hugely significant role in our lives and our wellbeing. Research tells us that having safe, secure and loving bonds with our significant other leaves us feeling empowered, confident and can have an overall positive impact on both our mental and physical health.
Unfortunately, when we feel unloved, uncared for or unheard in our relationships we can experience something called ‘primal panic’. We might attempt to get our needs for connection and emotional safety met in ways that are usually maladaptive and are rarely conscious, resulting in us having very little control over them. Most couples experiencing primal panic may be caught in negative cycles leading to a lot of conflict and ultimately both emotional and physical disconnection.
At Broulee Psychology, your couples therapist can work to reverse some of these negative cycles, in order to help you and your partner to re-connect. We can also provide support with break-ups and separation, or alternatively can offer support for couples who may not be in crisis at all; those looking for a deeper or different type of connection, or those who need help to cope with every day stressors and communication issues.
Couples therapy at Broulee Psychology draws from an attachment-based framework, and utilises an evidenced-based approach specific for couples, called Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. We also incorporate techniques from another modality developed for couples, called the Gottman Method, where appropriate.