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Introducing Rory Fischer

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Rory is a Registered Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.  He has international experience having studied, researched and worked clinically in Australia, Canada and the Netherlands.  His academic qualifications were obtained from multiple universities, which has given him unique perspectives into the field of psychology, obtaining a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Queensland, a Master in Professional Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master in Neuropsychology from the Maastricht University. His predominant areas of research have been in traumatic brain injury and understanding the relationship between sleep and genetics on mood.  Clinically, Rory has worked extensively in occupational rehabilitation, where he has assisted clients in identifying their individual strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to effectively achieve their vocational goals.

Currently, within his role as an Associate at Sure Psychology, Rory specialises in providing neuropsychological assessment and treatment services for adults with intellectual impairments, learning disorders and those suffering from various types of acquired brain injury subsequent to trauma, stroke, substance abuse and neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia.

Rory provides the following assessment and treatment services:

Assessment Services:

  • Neuropsychological
  • Learning Disorders
  • Intellectual Impairment

Treatment Services:

  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Adjustment to Injury Counselling

To contact Rory directly, phone 0484 512 779 or email rory@surepsychology.com.au.

Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)

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As technology usage continues to increase, problematic internet use has become an increasingly prominent issue worldwide.  Problematic or pathological internet usage, which is also referred to as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), is characterised by excessive time spent engaging in non-work internet-related activities.  IAD is also characterised by a loss of control over internet-related behaviours, and/or an excessive preoccupation with internet-based activities.  This disorder affects all age groups and stages of life.

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Introducing Amy Schultz

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Throughout Amy’s training as a Provisional Psychologist, she has worked across both government and private practice settings and has experience in assessing, diagnosing and treating clients across the lifespan.

During Amy’s tenure at the Child Development Service (CDS) at the Caloundra Hospital, she worked within a multidisciplinary team where she assessed, diagnosed and provided recommendations to parents and schools, to assist in the support and management of children presenting with a variety of neurodevelopmental and psychological conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), anxiety and other mood disorders.

Amy’s experience at the Thompson Institute at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Psychology Clinic in Birtinya, included the provision of individual psychotherapy services and cognitive and learning assessments to children, adolescents and adults presenting with conditions including Panic Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, ADHD and ASD.

Amy has a special interest in working with adults who are experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.  Amy is trained in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in addition to providing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques to clients.

Amy is an engaging therapist; whose warm, understanding and non-judgemental approach allows her to establish a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients.  Within the therapeutic environment, Amy also draws on her years of experience working in the fields of event and venue management, and musician booking management and tutoring, by understanding and adapting learning experiences to match the needs of each individual. Amy’s clinic days are Thursdays and she warmly welcomes new clients.

To contact Amy, please phone 0411 306 780 or email admin@surepsychology.com.au

Managing Stress

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Building Emotional Resilience Through Yoga and Psychology Workshop Series

After a successful launch in 2015, Simone partnered with Clayfield Yoga to present a series of workshops focusing on Building Emotional Resilience through Yoga and Psychology.  Throughout these workshops participants experienced a combination of yoga and meditation techniques as well as proven lifestyle strategies to help increase motivation, reduce stress and make positive life choices. Overcoming life’s challenges is not always easy!  Simone is a member of the APS Psychology and Yoga and APS Psychology and Complementary Therapies Interest Groups and is passionate about collaborating with other health care practitioners in order to assist individuals overcome their mental health challenges.

The Importance of Having Purpose and Direction

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Do you find it easy to know what you want, know where you want to be and how you’re going to get there?  Some people have a clear sense of purpose and direction in their life and they just seem to be able to find the motivation and perseverance to turn their goals and dreams into reality.  This is an interesting article and TED talk based on research investigating the relationship between having a strong sense of purpose and direction and longevity.

It might be time to take stock of your life to ensure you have a sense of purpose and direction to help you stay motivated towards your goals; provide you with direction; help you to become resilient in the face of adversity and remain optimistic when faced with challenges.

You Are What You Eat

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It is widely known that what we eat effects our physical health and wellbeing, that is, you are what you eat.  Our bodies are machines and the fuel that we put into them determines how well they function.  If we eat dirty fuel (i.e., high fat, sugar, processed foods) then it is not surprising that we can feel sluggish, tired and cranky.

Although I am not a nutritionist, I know that there are some foods that I eat that affect my mood.  My general philosophy is if you experience any physical (e.g., bloating, diarrhoea, constipation), mental (e.g., difficulty concentrating) or emotional (e.g., irritable) symptoms after eating certain foods, then your body is telling you loud and clear that you should probably avoid these foods.

I’m excited to be part of the nutrition and mental health revolution where psychologists and nutritionist are now working collaborative to assist clients with improving their mood by understanding the intricate relationship between nutrition and mental health.

The Nourished Psychologist is a great resource written by a clinical psychologist who is currently studying nutritional medicine and provides invaluable information to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.  This is an interesting article on the link between gluten and mental health.


Welcome to Sure Psychology!

Welcome to Sure Psychology News!  This page is dedicated to providing you with facts, news and trends related to improving your mental health.  Everyday you have an opportunity to make informed choices about maintaining and fostering optimal wellbeing.  I hope you enjoy the blog!

The information provided on this blog is designed as general information only and shouldn’t be used to diagnose or treat a health problem.  This information shouldn’t be used a substitute for professional advice.  Any information you find on this page or on external sites which are linked to this page should be verified with your professional health care provider.  

Unpacking Reasonable Management Action

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Whether working within the Q-Comp system under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 or the Comcare system under the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, determining what constitutes reasonable management action (RMA) is a challenging area.  Both legislative systems indicate that a psychological injury does not include RMA taken in a reasonable way by the employer.  Often there is no dispute that an injury has occurred and that the workplace significantly contributed towards it; however whether management’s actions were reasonable and taken in a reasonable manner can be a difficult and subjective exercise to determine.

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Why is Sleep Important and How Can I Improve Mine?

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One of the most important things that we do everyday is sleep.  When we are stressed, anxious or depressed, then the amount and quality of sleep we get is often lacking and disrupted.  It’s important to highlight that sleep disturbance is a very common phenomenon when we are stressed due to conscious and subconscious worrying.  It’s important to understand the importance of sleep and then adopt some strategies to assist with improving your sleep if you are currently experiencing difficulties.

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Tips for Managing Conflict in the Workplace

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Personality clashes and conflict within the workplace is inevitable.  Often managers are skilled technicians, but may not proactively manage conflict between staff due to various concerns, e.g., worried about saying the wrong thing, or worried about making the situation worse.  The following tips and strategies can be used to by managers to effectively manage conflict and performance issues in the workplace in order to mitigate against presenteeism, absenteeism and the lodgement of grievances and compensation claims.  This list is not exhaustive, but is aimed at providing a starting point for managers to manage conflict in the workplace.

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