Even one night of poor sleep can have significant impact on our well-being and functioning. Prolonged poor sleep can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression as well as health problems. Poor sleep can also occur because of current anxiety, depression and medical problems. In treating sleep difficulties it is important to fully assess what stresses are occurring in the individual’s life. This can include positive events as well such as an up-coming wedding or planned travel. It is also important to know how the individual interprets their poor sleep. One of the major causes of poor sleep, otherwise known as insomnia is a fear of not getting to sleep, which could have started innocently enough from a short period of disrupted sleep.
Insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep disorder. It is defined as an inability to fall asleep or enjoy uninterrupted sleep. Individuals with insomnia can experience persistent difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, resulting in poor quality sleep that affects their day-to-day functioning. Most people will experience insomnia or sleeplessness at one time or another in their lives. Persistent or chronic insomnia is when sleep disturbance lasts longer than three months. For some people this can be years (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th ed, 2013).
At Integrative Psychology we fully assess the individual, including gathering a thorough medical and psychological history. We treat insomnia according to what events both external and internal to the person may have triggered the insomnia including trauma, grief and loss, medical and psychological illness, and chronic pain. We also help the individual to develop good sleep habits and more broadly a healthy lifestyle to optimise well-being.
We prioritise the use of effective psychological therapies in the context of a quality therapeutic relationship. The relationship between you and the therapist involves being supported in an alliance focused on your healing and growth. The therapeutic relationship allows for the direct experience of a healthy relationship that promotes self-inquiry and exploration in a non-judgmental manner. The therapeutic relationship promotes self-understanding and relationship skills such as healthy boundary setting, assertion, self-esteem, and the capacity to give and receive care, while addressing the specific issues you wish to resolve. At Integrative Psychology we provide counseling services for a wide range of issues including but not limited to:
Couples counselling can address a range of relationship issues to determine whether to stay and repair and enhance a relationship or separate amicably. Specific examples of issues addressed in couples counselling include:
Family counselling (otherwise known as Family Therapy) involves a number of family members together attending counselling to address a range of issues, which can often be long standing. Family therapy can be directed at assisting a family to clarify and better manage relationships amongst family members as well as assisting families in dealing with major changes or distressing circumstances or events, such as grief and loss or mental or physical illness. Dealing with past family based trauma can also be a focus. As with all therapies a counsellor is there to assist the individual, couple or family to gain their own clarity about a situation and develop better ways of managing that situation. The counsellor is not there to guide the individual or family members toward values or beliefs personally held by the counsellor. Counselling is non-judgemental and respectful at all times. At Integrative Psychology our therapists are trained in a variety of approaches to assist with a range of relationships.
Group therapy can be a very effective way of overcoming feelings of isolation and hopelessness while facilitating change in a relatively short duration of time. Group therapy can differ according to length, size of group and criteria for inclusion. Groups may also differ in the degree of group participation required; generally therapeutic groups require greater group participation than psycho-education seminars and workshops. If you have any concerns about group participation please discuss these with the nominated contact person for the group you are considering, prior to registering for that group program. Group programs available at Integrative Psychology: