March 2016 - Promises Healthcare
Working with clients who grapple with sexual compulsivity

Working with clients who grapple with sexual compulsivity

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This is an introductory workshop presented by Samuel Lee on the various theories of sexual compulsivity ( also sometimes referred to as ‘sexual addiction’) and its development.

Case studies will be shared to illustrate how various psychotherapeutic interventions can be applied when working with such clientele.

Target Audience

This course will be useful for all those in helping professions like counsellors, doctors, social workers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and also lay people working with addictions.

Date:  11th May 2016

Cost: $60 ( before GST)

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Addiction – How Can I stop when i’ve tried everything?

Addiction – How Can I stop when i’ve tried everything?


Addiction How can I stop when I've tried everything
One of the most baffling and frustrating thing about addiction is that, once it takes hold, almost nothing a person or their families do can help them stop. Many clients have, over the years, tried everything to stop their compulsive and destructive behavior. They are often ingenious, resourceful and creative people. They have come up with and tried all kinds of brilliant ideas. Usually they are focused and committed people, with considerable resilience, energy and will power. They have applied all these things – and more – to their triggers, cravings, urges and impulsive actions – but to no avail. Often they have loved ones who are devoted to them and close friends willing to support them through thick and thin – but none of them can seem to help. Some clients still have responsible jobs, charitable responsibilities, families, finances and health – but the thought of losing all these things does not help them stop.

But there is hope! A combination of professional substance addiction treatment and support groups have provided many people with the lifeline they need. Admitting to another human being that there is a problem and that nothing seems to work, is the first step on the ladder to living in recovery. Is it now time to mount that first rung? At Promises Healthcare we are committed to helping you on a journey to recovery. To discover a life away for the addiction and to find renewed hope. Please contact our clinic if you have any inquiries or if you wish to have a consultation.

Written by: Andrew da Roza – Psychotherapist, Promise Healthcare

Feeling fearful or anxiety? – recovery is possible

Feeling fearful or anxiety? – recovery is possible

There are times when we feel fear and we may be anxious in different moments in our life. We may feel fear when we are in situations where we are threatened or perceive  a threat. Individuals may feel anxious when facing stresses at work and having to meet deadlines. In fact, having some form of anxiety may actually be productive in getting people into action in completing tasks or in making changes in their lives.

While anxiety and fear are common emotions, these emotions can become overwhelming if they are excessive and irrational. Individuals may develop difficulties in being able to work and to meet the demands of life or in relationships which results in a condition called an anxiety disorder.

Some of the symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include a sense of helplessness, worry and repeated negative thoughts. Physical symptoms such as muscle tension, rapid heartbeats and difficulty in breathing may be experienced. At Promises healthcare we offer a variety of treatment options for the treatment of anxiety.

Recovery is possible and the aims of undergoing anxiety treatment is to reduce and eventually eliminate the symptoms of anxiety disorders, and to restore a person’s functioning and emotional well-being. This will involve a holistic approach of using medications or using therapy that will be catered to an individual’s needs. If you or if anyone that you know suffers from an anxiety disorder do know that help is available. Please contact our clinic if you have any inquiries or if you wish to have a consultation.

Written by: Jesudas Soundhraj – Counsellor, Promise Healthcare

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Signs your son or daughter may be in crisis

Signs your son or daughter may be in crisis

crisis Signs that your son or daughter may be in crisis include;

– Self-harming such as cutting or burning
– Expressing suicidal thoughts
– Withdrawal from friends and family
– Poor academic performance
– Getting into fights at school or at home
– Changes in appetite and body weight
– Appearing moody, anxious and irritable
– Posting negative self statements on social media
– Experimenting with alcohol or drugs

What can you do to help your teen?

– Access a support network for help and advice
– Provide your teen with support and encouragement to seek help

Most importantly, get in touch with a mental health professional for guidance and support. Contact our Forensic Team at Promises Healthcare for a confidential enquiry. We can provide you with comprehensive suicide risk assessments and treatment plans to help your teen get back on track.

If you need urgent help

If you feel that your teenager is in any danger, you can also contact your local ambulance service on 995. For after hours emergencies contact the Institute for Mental Health 24-hour hotline on 6389-2222.

Written by: Leeran Gold – Psychologist, Forensic Services at Promises Healthcare

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