ADULT THERAPY & ‘ANXIETY & DEPRESSION’

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Michelle Barratt Psychology is a Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly Clinical Psychology Practice, and aims to provide treatment for Couples Therapy in Brisbane at the highest standard. The practice values implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support their clients feel safe, heard and understood, but also strives to offer effective treatment that will empower clients to learn new skills to support them in the future. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

Both men and women suffer a high degree of

At Michelle Barratt Psychology we endeavour to offer all Men and Women the most effective and efficacious treatment they can; with treatment plans formulated through a comprehensive Clinical Intake to ensure your story is heard and understood. Our practices’s environment provides a forum where safety is paramount, and that empathising with the client to ensure they feel heard, with their needs in mind is fundamental to the client feeling trusted and secure. If you are in need of support, or would just like to inquire about how to go forward please don’t hesitate to contact us. We endeavour to offer a sincere and professional practice to support you in your time of need.

Therapy for Women

Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Women today have it seems so much more pressure and stress to deal with than fifty years ago; woman statistically still manage a large proportion of the domestic duties at home as well as manage their family and a career. It is therefore, not uncommon for many woman to report they feel depressed, anxious, fatigued and demotivated.

Michelle Barratt Psychology is passionate about meeting woman where they are at; hearing the reality of their journey and understanding their needs. We are focused on supporting young woman and woman alike to not only discover their own unique strengths within, but to learn to embrace the journey they are on. We teach women to harness their newfound strengths to empower them to rise above their circumstances and carve out the life their aspire to live.

Michelle Barratt Psychology is based in Brisbane and the Redland Bay area, and hopes to reach and support the many woman who need to be heard and understood. This part of their therapy practice is very close to the heart of their business values and hopes to support many woman in the region and community.

Michelle Barratt’s Psychological practice for women is to offer women an environment where they can express themselves openly, and truly be themselves – without judgment or prejudice. The psychological sessions offer a secure, respectful, safe and completely confidential environment in order for clients to begin to explore this.

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Therapy for Men

Men and Psychological Therapy

It is becoming more widely known, accepted and better understood that men also suffer incredibly difficult mental health issues; depression, anxiety, addictions and more. Men no longer need to suffer under the code of ‘silence‘ or that ‘I am ok, or that ‘I am a man I shouldn’t feel this way‘ or ‘I am a man I should be tougher and be able to manage‘. It is becoming more and more acceptable for men to access and reach out for support. Men don’t need to suffer alone.

The main aim of therapy is to provide men with the forum and an environment by which they can feel safe enough to express themselves openly, and without any judgement. Psychological sessions offer a secure, safe and completely confidential space. Statistics show that in Australia, it is both men and women that suffer varying and increasing levels of stress, depression and anxiety. Research has found that most of this is due to both men and women becoming more and more encumbered by the demands of life, leading to high levels of stress.

Michelle Barratt Psychology hopes that each of their clients through therapy primarily feel understood, and are fundamentally believed to be their own ‘change agent’, and that the goals they set are effective and achievable.

The outline of the therapy consults are designed with careful treatment planning in mind; integrating client-centred goals and effective, efficacious intervention strategies discussed with the client. Michelle requires each client to bear in mind that therapy is a collaborative and respectful process, and that progress can be determined by the clients present circumstances and how they choose to apply themselves. No outcomes are absolute – it is a process and a journey.

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Men and Depression

Depression is a common mental health condition that affects a significant amount of people. While prevalent amongst both males and females, there often is an unwillingness on the part of males to seek treatment, let alone make it known that they are depressed.


Some of the reasons for that may be societal norms or expectations, where men are expected to be strong and tough, or due to gender differences in managing emotions, where men are more likely than woman to withdraw, hide their feelings and, or isolate themselves. Another possible reason is their perceived responsibility for their family; their need to constantly provide and bear responsibility for their significant others. Whatever the reasons are, what is not in question is that when symptoms of depression are left unaddressed the results, or ramifications of such can be extremely damaging, and at its worst fatal. Unfortunately, even though many men try to hide the fact they have depression, often family members around them suffer, and watching this unfold before them adds to a males sense of hopeless. At its worst, depression results in suicide, where one simply sees no end to their pain and wants to remove themselves from the hopelessness they experience. Unfortunately, this can be a turning point for many men, meaning that when they feel that they become a burden to their family, this can trigger a stronger sense of what is the point of me being here leading to stronger feelings of the need to end their life.

Thankfully, there is now greater awareness and acceptance of male depression and an increased willingness to come forward to receive support. Therapy can be extremely beneficial for one who is depressed, as it offers a safe and private environment for one to receive help. If you do need to speak to someone, Joey offers therapy for men who are depressed – there is always help available.

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Anxiety

The following information on Anxiety will give you some insight to what Anxiety is and how it presents.

Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to provide treatment for anxiety at the highest standard; implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support a person feel heard and understood, but a treatment plan that empowers their clients to reverse and work through the causal factors of anxiety or depression in order that they can implement preventative strategies to help protect them in the future. We aim to support all children, all adolescents, and all adults, couples and family’s work through their depression to succeed in their ultimate wellbeing. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

​Do I have an Anxiety Disorder?

If you or your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms mentioned below, or you are at all concerned on how to manage any of the symptoms that your child or you are presenting, please don’t hesitate to seek support on how to manage your anxiety. Research has shown that Psychological support and treatment for anxiety is highly effective, and the earlier it is treated, the better the outcome. Therefore, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Michelle Barratt (Brisbane Clinical Psychologist) at either the Wynnum or Toowong practices.

What is anxiety?

We must not mistake normal fears or responses to a perceived threat as anxiety. We need these responses to elicit particular behaviours in order to protect ourselves; this is called our survival instinct, for example when we are faced with a dangerous situation, we become highly alert. However, real anxiety looks and definitely feels very different as reported by people who experience anxiety. Anxiety comes in many different forms, it can be generalised to everything or specific.

Anxiety can feel so debilitating that it has lead people to become paralysed with fear and not proceed with all intended action, e.g. soldiers under attack may be so afraid they can’t move to take cover, or public speakers may find they go blank, forget their lines and are rendered speechless, even though their lines are incredibly rehearsed. Or your anxiety leads you to worry about situations months in advance or long after they have happened. Under these circumstances people to work through and address it will require professional help.

Why am I experiencing anxiety? Some people are more predisposed to acquiring anxiety than others. More often than not it is not caused just by one issue, but invariably by a combinaton of factors which can include the following:

Genetics

Stressful Family and Work environments

Traumatic life experiences; Moving house, losing a loved one, low self-esteem (low self-worth, loneliness, little support, lack of achievement)

Anxiety sufferers may have unhelpful thinking patterns such as perfectionist standards.

When to seek treatment?

Fundamentally, if you anxiety is that distressing that it is negatively impacting on your abilty to fully and or effectively function at home, work, school, university or in social settings you will need to seek support.

Symptoms Of Anxiety

What are the symptoms of anxiety in reference to:

  • Behavioural Symptoms
  • Cognitive Symptoms
  • Physical Symptoms

Behavioral symptoms of anxiety:

  • Agitation/restlessness
  • Pacing
  • Pressured speech
  • Fidgeting with ones hands
  • Avoidance of feared situations or objects

Cognitive symptoms of anxiety:

  • Confusion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Mind going blank
  • Recurrent thoughts

Physical symptoms of anxiety:

  • Blushing
  • Sweating
  • Shaking/trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Tachycardia, rapid heartbeat
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Numbness or tingling in arms, hands or legs
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Butterflies in the stomach

DEPRESSION

Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to provide treatment for depression at the highest standard; implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support a person feel heard and understood, but a treatment plan that empowers their clients to reverse and work through the causal factors of depression to protect them always. We aim to support all children, all adolescents, and all adults, couples and family’s work through their depression to succeed in their ultimate wellbeing. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.​

Research has found that men, women, children and adolescents have all been found to struggle with depression. Depression is not an illness that suddenly occurs overnight; it is often referred to as an insidious illness as it can develop within a person without many realising they are steadily developing the symptoms of depression. Then one day a child, adolescent or adult can wake up feeling overwhelmingly depressed. Sometimes people say they cannot remember when it all began, they just know they don’t feel right – that something deep inside them is different and not right (see Symptoms of Depression Below).​

Although there are similar factors that show in depression for men, women, children and adolescents; for example (and not all of them need to exist at the same time), the gradual onset for low self-esteem, low self-worth, feeling unmotivated to do anything, feeling a sense of hopelessness, unworthiness and generally wanting to withdraw from the world – it needs to be understood that depressin can present itself differently too for all of us and that depression in children, depression in adolescents, depression in men and depression in women, can all also be caused from many different causes too.​

Overall, there are predominantly three different types of depression and namely these are:

  • Melancholic depression
  • Non-melancholic depression
  • Psychotic depression
  • Atypical depression.

Assessment Of Depression

To be able to treat depression effectively, an in depth clinical assessment needs to be done to determine the type of depression the person is suffering from, whether it be for men, women, children or adolescents – without this information it will be difficult for any practitioner to provide an effective treatment plan to effectively treat the depression.

To determine the type, severity and treatment for depression, it is highly recommended anyone you know suffering from depression, or if you feel you are struggling with depression, you would benefit at least to speak with your GP, and then if you would like further support, he would most likely refer you to a psychologist for the ongoing treatment of depression and possibly a psychiatrist who can effectively prescribe the right medication to treat the depression. Practitioners need to work in a multi-disciplinary team to effectively treat your depression, so the right advice to support your journey through your recovery of depression is absolutely vital.

Once the correct information is collated, the practitioner will need to decipher as best they can what possible causes and what other factors in your life are perhaps ‘maintaining’ your depression; whether it be psychological, biological or environmental. Without specific and accurate information, intervention planning and expected outcomes will be difficult to gauge and plan for your treatment.

Symptoms Of Depression

  • Lowered self-esteem (Meaning a person no longer believes in themselves or their ability to function in the world. They have lost confidence in themselves, have low self-worth, and don’t believe others believe in them either).
  • Little to no self-worth.
  • Change in sleeping patterns – ‘struggling to fall asleep’ ‘waking up’ at night and not being able to fall back to sleep and struggling to wake up in the morning when you wake.
  • Change in appetite. Appetite is usually reduced, and may individuals feel that they have to force themselves to eat.
  • Loss of weight or weight gain by 5% of your standard general weight in the last couple of weeks.
  • Less ability to control emotions: e.g., increased levels of pessimism, anger, guilt, irritability and anxiety.
  • Lower levels of tolerance than usual; in either themselves or towards others.
  • Emotions experienced during the day are incredibly variable: for example, feeling better in the morning but increasingly unhappy as the day progresses.
  • Reduced capacity to find pleasure in doing things or in what one ‘used to’ find pleasure in and,
  • Not looking forward to doing things anymore – even when exciting things are planned that used to make once excited to do.
  • Hobbies tend to drop off too.
  • Reduced pain tolerance: you are less able to tolerate aches and pains and may have a host of new ailments.
  • Changed sex drive: absent or reduced.
  • Poor concentration and memory.
  • Reduced motivation: it doesn’t seem worth the effort like it did before to do anything – a real sense of ‘meaninglessness’ and
  • Low mood most of the time, often feeling hopeless or feelings of deep worthlessness.
  • Lowered levels of energy.
  • Social impairment – difficulty dealing with work or relationships, and not wanting to engage. There is a real sense of social withdrawal.
  • There may be frequent reference to death, suicide ideation, or suicide attempts (when depression has been left untreated). These thoughts can range from a belief that others would be better off without them, and for men in particular they can often seriously contemplate suicide if they feel that they are a burden to their family or relationship.
  • Behaviour can become impulsive and thoughts/thinking patterns become irrational.

Please note: that in regards to any thoughts of suicide – that immediate support is recommended, please dial 000 or go to our Crisis Support Section on our Contact page. 

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