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Depression

While most of us feel sad or down from time to time, some people experience these feelings more intensely and for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years). Depression is more than just a low mood  it can affect your overall quality of life and make it very difficult to get enjoyment from things and makes life more difficult to manage from day to day. Many describe it being like a black cloud hanging over them. According to beyondblue, over 1,000,000 Australians live with depression. Symptoms can range from minor (but still disabling) through to very severe. Talking to a psychologist can help. At Optimum Living we use evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help manage the signs and symptoms of depression.

Anxiety

According to beyondblue, anxiety is the most common mental condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety. Everyone occasionally experiences some anxiety. It is a normal response to a stressful event or perceived threat. However Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t subside. Anxiety is when they are ongoing and exist without any particular reason or cause. Anxiety can range from feeling uneasy and worried to severe panic. For a person experiencing anxiety, these feelings cannot be easily controlled. At Optimum Living we use evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help manage the signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Stress and Anger Management

Anger after all is a normal human emotion, it is neither good nor bad and when it’s expressed properly it doesn’t cause a problem.  However, anger can become an issue if you express it too often, or in inappropriate ways, it can cause damage to the relationships you have with your partner or children and leave you feeling guilt and regret… too much anger can affect the overall quality of your life and your own sense of peace. Optimum Living can work with you to learn ways to identify your triggers, learn new ways of coping, minimise your stress,learn relaxation techniques or help you to manage your anger more effectively and ultimately have a happier life.

Increase Happiness

Let’s face it must of us would like to be happier, after all happiness is a key driving force in our lives. Current research shows that 40% of our capacity for Happiness is within our own power to change. Happiness is something that we can all have more of and is as simple as practicing proven strategies based on the latest research in Positive Psychology. Optimum Living’s Happiness Booster will show you the steps to finding ongoing happiness to enable you to ultimately live a vital, more meaningful and enjoyable life.

Goal Setting

Optimum Living can help you to set purposeful goals in all areas of your life. Goals give you a focus and purpose. They give your life a meaning and give you and something to look forward to whilst increasing your feelings of hope and optimism.Using positive psychology techniques we work together with you to help you in your journey to achieving your short or long term goals.

Procrastination

Procrastination is a fairly typical behaviour for a lot of people however, there is a difference between general procrastination, which most us do and more chronic procrastination which can affect your ability to get on with important things  that matter, keeps you stagnant and stops you from leading a fulfilling life.  Learn about the procrastination cycle and learn how to finally get things done.

Parenting Assistance

Being a parent is not an easy task  A common issue for parents is how to manage a child’s behaviour in an effective way. We utilise the ‘ The ‘Bringing Up Great Kids” parenting program developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation to assist parents to enhance patterns of communication with their children, to promote more respectful interactions and encourage the development of children’s positive self-identity.

Workplace Issues

We can assist with workplace issues that may be impacting on your emotional and psychological wellbeing at work such as workplace stress, low morale, interpersonal conflict, career indecision as well as coaching for success.

Work and Family Balance

Balancing work and family is a real juggling act with no perfect solution but you can get rid of the guilt and have better balance. Balancing work and family is a real balancing act with no perfect solution. It is a complex issue that encompasses many factors including, financial concerns and values, gender issues, career paths, organisational and time management as well as child care , family support and emotional issues just to mention a few. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach every parent will have their her own preferences and needs. Optimum Living can help you to manage this balancing act with strategies tailored to what will work best for you and your family.

Relationship Issues

We can assist individuals facing  issues such as relationship indecision, break up or divorce or those who want help to improve a relationship they are in.