Covid - 19 Support

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About Us

The goal of Michelle Barratt Psychology, a clinical psychology practice in Toowong, Wynnum-Manly, is to offer Covid – 19 Support in Brisbane at the best possible level. The practice places a high importance on providing assistance and care that not only aims to make clients feel safe, heard, and understood but also aims to provide efficient care that will enable clients to gain new skills that will help them in the future. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are unsure of what you are dealing with so we can help you through the process of deciding what to do or how to schedule an appointment.

We are living in an unprecedented period, therefore controlling your mental health is just as important as managing your finances and physical well-being. Our team at Michelle Barratt Psychology is committed to helping as many people as we can get through this extremely trying period. Don’t ever feel alone during this time; we have gotten a lot of calls from people who need support because they are worried about their financial future, stressed out or anxious about how to balance obligations at home and at work, or terribly afraid of what will happen to them in the future. So, if you’re feeling anxious or depressed or if your kids or teenagers are exhibiting any of the signs mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

While in Isolation:

Struggling with managing your thoughts and feelings at the moment?
Here’s some practical advice to help you through this time, from station sponsor Michelle Barratt Psychology.
Firstly, never be afraid to reach out for help; it’s always better to understand what you are struggling with in order to manage it better, than to stay in the dark.

  • Setting a basic daily routine is a positive way to start the day. For example: getting up, having a shower, getting dressed and making your bed starts you on a good path for the day.
  • Try to include some regular exercise, but remember to start small and build up.
  • Stay frequently connected with positive family and friends; perhaps set up scheduled times to do this so that you have something to look forward to in your day.
  • Stay focused on a day to day basis on what you’re doing well and in your control, even if it’s as small as, ‘I washed up this morning’.
  • Set some small goals to get through each day, even if they are small and notice what you have achieved at the end of the day rather than what you haven’t achieved.
  • Keep track of your experience by writing in a journal; this can help you track and organise your thoughts and feelings.
  • Avoid constantly watching ‘gloom and doom media’, but perhaps watch something positive, educational or inspirational that will add meaning or learning to your life right now.
  • Listen to your favourite music and have a dance or exercise to it to help distract you from any negative thoughts you might be having.

A List of Things to Do While In Isolation:

  • Set out a small exercise routine each morning/day/evening.
  • Set out a puzzle and make it a target to complete a part of the puzzle each day.
  • Read a new book, especially that one you have been meaning to read ‘forever’.
  • Cook a new recipe, so that you know exactly how to do on those nights that you come home a little late or can store up a batch.
  • Play board games.
  • Make a campfire in the backyard.
  • Put up fairy lights in your favourite tree and,
  • Camp underneath it.
  • Do a deep autumn/winter clean.
  • Clean out all your old clothes.
  • Learn a new skill online.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Write in your journal, so that you can record your family history.
  • Sort out all your photos online into categories.
  • Make a new Photo Book for your Lounge Table.

Supporting Children Going Back To School

  • Let your children know as soon as possible what date the school intends to open up and for younger children who want to know more, cross off the days on a chart so that they can psychologically and emotionally adjust to the change of their routine.
  • Slowly adjust their wake-up times and going to bed times in 15-minute increments close to the time that they would be expected to either get up or go to bed at night.
  • Tell them that it is ok to feel a little nervous as adjusting to another change can be difficult sometimes.
  • Get them to tell you of all the favourite things they used to tell you about their day when they used to come back from school, so that they remember the fun times, rather than their anxious brain spending too much time on what they didn’t like so much when at school.
  • Encourage them to connect with appreciating the effort their teachers have made during this change for them, and perhaps get the younger children to write a thank you letter to their teachers (as they too have been front-line essential workers during this time).
  • Support them to get everything they need a few days before school starts so it isn’t a mad rush or panic on the day when they suddenly realise they can’t find something they lost when they were last at school.
  • Perhaps when appropriate to go out shopping, replenish some of their school items or reward them with a new school item for doing so well having to adjust to home-schooling.

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If in Crisis please call 000

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Please be advised that you’ll receive a response within 24 to 48 hours

If in Crisis please call 000