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Support for New Mums Anxious about Coronavirus

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Dr Shaw knows first hand the stress of having a newborn baby during these uncertain times with the birth of her third son during the COVID-19 pandemic.  With her first two children, Simone relished the fourth trimester (that is, the postnatal period) by meeting other new mothers at cafes, parks and libraries to chat all things babies.  However, government restrictions have prevented new mothers the opportunity for emotional and physical nourishment and care that they crave and deserve during this time.  Physical distancing does not mean social isolation.  You are not alone and there are virtual and face to face support options still available to new mothers to help them navigate this precious, but demanding phase of their motherhood journeys.  Sure Psychology offers face to face and telehealth appointments to suit your needs.  Contact us to discuss your specific needs or to make an appointment.

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COVID-19 Telehealth Psychological Services Now Available

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From Monday 30 March 2020 until 30 September 2020 all Australians are eligible to receive a rebate from Medicare for psychological services delivered via Telehealth (i.e., videoconference or telephone).  Rebates are available for clients referred by their GP or Psychiatrist under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Scheme.

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Introducing Baby Frank

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Dr Simone Shaw is excited to announce the safe and healthy arrival of her third son, Frank who was born at 41 weeks at a healthy 3.925 kilograms (8.6 pounds), with a head circumference of 36.5 centimetres and 5o centimetres in length.  Simone utilised self-hypnosis and breathing techniques to deliver her baby via water birth without the use of analgesics or medical intervention.  Simone believes that women’s bodies have an innate wisdom to grow and birth their babies and can assist you throughout your pregnancy journey, birth of your baby and beyond.  Simone is enjoying getting to know her newest little man during her maternity leave.

Introducing Rory Fischer

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Rory is a Registered Psychologist 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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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.