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A small amount can sometimes be healthy, but chronic stress can hinder our performance and productivity, particularly in the workplace. Despite stress being a mental health concern, it can lead to poor physical health, too, such as high blood pressure, lowered immune system, skin concerns, migraines and diabetes. That’s why it’s important to learn how to minimise and manage stress, so you can be confident, productive and healthy in all aspects of your body.

Our expertise

Although first responders, tradies and executives have different experiences and responsibilities within their role, they all operate in high-pressure situations that involves quick decision making for important choices. At Clinical Psychology Australia, we have experience working in all three industries.

First responders

Paramedics, doctors, fire fighters and police officers are exposed to high pressure situations on a daily basis. We understand that sometimes it’s not easy to seek help when you’re often relied upon, but to be the hero in situations, first responders need to champion their health and wellbeing, too. We’ve worked closely with many first responders from a range in industries, locations and experiences, to help them reclaim their emotional wellbeing.

Tradies

Long days in all types of weather conditions, labour-heavy work, big responsibilities and looming deadlines can lead to burn out and a poor work/life balance. Unfortunately, tradies and construction workers have some of the highest suicide rates amongst men.

We often meet tradespeople, particularly those just starting out in the industry, experiencing sleeping difficulties, domestic violence, relationship break-downs, increased anger, and reliance on drugs and alcohol, due to the high-pressure nature of the work. At Clinical Psychology Australia, we can help you better manage the demands of your work by helping you understand the root cause of your emotions before implementing coping strategies.

Executives

Entrepreneurs, executives and managers are often motivated, driven and highly intelligent. With this position comes pressure and stress, and those in leadership positions often supress these unwanted emotions. Sometimes these can come from external factors, such as the workplace culture and colleagues, or it can be a result of the internal pressure we place on ourselves to achieve additional goals. At Clinical Psychology Australia, we work closely with you to understand your external and internal pressures to help with your personal and professional development.

Reasons to see a psychologist 

Sometimes we may recognise feelings of stress within ourselves, but other times we might not be too sure why we feel or act the way we do. We may not even realise what is causing the stress and feelings of emotional uncertainty, but recognise the need to understand yourself and your emotions better with the help of a psychologist. The following is a list of just some of the potential symptoms that can be caused by workplace-related stress

Reasons to see a psychologist

  • You find yourself procrastinating more than usual, even the ‘simple’ tasks 
  • Having a ‘short fuse’ or losing your temper easily 
  • Feelings of frustration 
  • Impatience with colleagues 
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Feeling lost in other aspects of life 
  • Poor concentration 
  • Reliance on drugs and alcohol 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Relationship and family breakdowns 
  • Gambling

What to expect

Before you visit

We ask you to complete a range of screening assessments online prior to your first appointment. This is so we can get a better understanding of you and your reasons for visiting prior to meeting you.

First session

The goal for our first session together is to better understand each other. As much as it’s important that we understand the feelings and experiences that brought you to Clinical Psychology Australia, it’s also vital that you are able to make an informed decision about whether we are the right fit for you. We’ll ask some basic questions to start the session to help explore the presenting emotions. These will be centred around your work, job responsibilities and workplace, as well as biological and medical experience; predisposing factors; current lifestyle choices; and relationships. We’ll also explore what brought you here right in this moment and what has kept you going until now. You are welcome to ask us anything to get to know us better, too.

After this, we will review our notes from our discussion, make a diagnosis and create a personalised treatment plan. We can then advise how regularly we should meet.

Between each session

We can help you during our sessions together, but the best way to help yourself is to put in the time and effort to implement strategies between each meeting. This may include keeping a thought diary; practicing relational skills; monitoring emotional states; observing your behaviours’ challenging unhelpful thinking patterns; diet monitoring; practicing mindfulness strategies; or implementing sleep hygiene practices.

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