Health Psychology

“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behaviour”
– Viktor E. Frankl

Health psychology is one of the ten areas of psychology as specified by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). It is about the connections between physical health conditions and the psychology of the person. You can read more about Health Psychology by clicking here.

Finding a psychologist who understands the unique emotional challenges associated with having a chronic health condition is really important. Adriana understands how challenging it can be to maintain healthy behaviours and a healthy mindset when dealing with health problems.

Through counselling, Adriana can help you to overcome set-backs that are an inevitable part of managing a long-term health condition. Together, you will work to understand how past and present issues are preventing you from achieving your health-related goals, while also managing any psychological problems. Some of the concerns Adriana can help with include:

  • Adjustment issues
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Acute and chronic stress
  • Past trauma and abuse
  • Weight management
  • Pain management
  • Perfectionism
  • Grief and loss

Therapy may be short-term (6 – 10 sessions) or for some problems, may be longer-term.

The first session will involve gathering information about your mood, health, relationships and lifestyle so that Adriana can understand your needs. Following sessions will be guided by various therapeutic approaches, such as:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
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