Everyone faces challenges from time to time. Remember that you do not have to face these alone. Tracey has vast experience in a range of areas.
Welcome to our Counselling services web page. Everyone experiences pain at times, or deals with difficult or challenging periods throughout their lives. In some cases we are resilient enough, or the support from friends and family is sufficient to help get us through. However, when symptoms turn into suffering and begin to overwhelm us affecting our day to day lives, perhaps Tracey, our resident counsellor, can help.
Tracey, a qualified counsellor, provides a professional, confidential and effective counselling service to individuals, including adolescents, and couples. Tracey offers a compassionate and supportive environment for her clients with a highly personalised counselling approach in a wide range of areas.
Tracey’s aim is to help her clients make positive and lasting changes in their lives … to help them achieve their personal goals and objectives … and help them to live full lives according to their values. Please see Tracey’s profile for more details.
Please note that a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for cancelation of appointments.
Our Counselling service at PhysioTec is not an emergency service. If you require immediate support, please contact emergency services or after hours counselling services such as:
Police, Fire or Ambulance
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
13 11 14
Everyone’s experience of pain is different. While your pain may have started with a particular injury, if the pain persists for longer than the known healing time this pain can turn into chronic pain. At this stage pain becomes more about a sensitive nervous system, and less about what is happening in the tissues. Stress, anxiety, depression, negative thoughts and everyday life events can have a significant detrimental effect on our level of pain as well as our quality of life.
The good news is that if you can control your stress and anxiety, you can control your pain, physical and mental health and lead a more fulfilling life. Tracey has a special interest in pain management and can provide invaluable strategies for controlling stress and pain. These strategies include pain education, practical stress reduction skills, challenging the way you thing and react to pain, learning about pacing and goal setting for return to usual function/activity and exploring personal issues that may be having a negative impact on your life. Tracey is also skilled in the area of Virtual Body/Sensory Discrimination Training which aims to improve sensory awareness in the painful body area. This technique strengthens the ‘virtual body’ (the sensory and motor map in our brain) and can result in significantly reduced pain levels.By developing a management plan and goal setting you will be on the right path to realising a quality of life without pain.
Stress management and relaxation
Practicing deep relaxation provides many benefits to the mind and body including:
- Reduction in heart rate, blood pressure and respiration rate
- Reduction in muscle tension
- Improved concentration and memory
- Gives the body an opportunity to heal
- Increased energy levels and productivity
- Reduces insomnia and fatigue allowing you to enjoy a deeper and sounder sleep
- Assists in the prevention or reduction of disorders such as hypertension, migraines, asthma and ulcers
- Increased self-confidence
- Reduced self-blame
- By reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, it allows room for positive feelings such as happiness, love and joy in your life
In today’s world, our everyday life can be filled with pressure and stresses that affect our ability to cope and enjoy life. Common symptoms you may experience include feelings of stress, anxiety, panic and depression, fear, problems sleeping, pain or muscle tension, racing or unhelpful thoughts, poor concentration and memory, low energy levels and low self-confidence and esteem. These types of stress issues can have a substantial impact on our quality of life, leaving us feeling unhappy, overwhelmed, tired and exhausted, in pain or unable to cope. The simplest of tasks may now seem too difficult.
The good news though, is that Tracey can provide education and support so you can understand these stressors and where the stressors are in your life. She will also assist you with a range of practical strategies, including deep relaxation exercises, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, visualisations, guided imagery and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which will help you manage your stress and reduce these symptoms, allowing you to lead an improved quality of life.
Symptoms of Anxiety may include:
- Muscle tension
- Increased heart rate &/or palpitations
- Increased breathing rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Nausea and dizziness
- Thinking/concentration difficulties
Anxiety is one of the most common problems facing people today. Current statistics show that one in four Australians experience anxiety in their lifetime (approximately 2.3 million Australians every year).Anxiety is an emotional response to a perceived threat.
It is important to know what your first signs of anxiety are, because it is much easier to reduce small amounts of anxiety than it is to reduce insurmountable levels of anxiety. Tracey can assist you to recognise and understand these first signs, relax and adopt successful coping mechanisms.
Symptoms of depression include:
- A sense of hopelessness and worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate/make decisions and memory lapses
- Negative thoughts
- Feelings of sadness and helplessness
- Low energy levels and extreme fatigue
- Emotional roller coaster or tearfulness
- No longer enjoy activities or hobbies that used to bring happiness
- Feelings of sorrow, emptiness or loneliness
- Low self-esteem
- Changes in appetite – considerable weight gain or loss
- Repeated thoughts of death or suicide
Depression is a common mental health condition that affects one in seven Australians in their lifetime (approximately one million Australians every year).As well as the individual, depression also can put a significant strain on relationships, family and friends. The experience of depression varies widely from person to person but it is not something you need to cope with alone.
We all feel down and sad from time to time – it’s a natural feeling.For some people these feelings of despair and emptiness do not subside; they persist for long periods of time and have a significant negative impact on their day-to-day life.
If you are concerned about your own mental health or find these symptoms are impacting your day-to-day life over a long period of time, talking to a counsellor can help. Tracey provides support, understanding, education and strategies to assist in overcoming these symptoms and moving forward in your life according to your individual values.
Life transitions and crises
There are many challenges that we face throughout our lives. They could include starting a new job, becoming a parent, children moving out of home, getting married, going through a separation or divorce or supporting elderly parents.While these experiences are a normal part of life, sometimes the feelings associated with them prove too difficult to manage. When negative emotions begin to take over, it is important to seek help to effectively manage these feelings and work towards maintaining a healthy balance.
Self-esteem and Confidence Building
Self-esteem is the degree to which we feel confident, consider ourselves valuable, and respect ourselves, and this greatly affects our well-being. A healthy self-esteem is an important aspect of psychological wellbeing and is essential for a happy, balanced lifestyle. Self-esteem exists on a continuum, from high to low, and low self-esteem is associated with self-doubt, self-criticism, social isolation, avoidance of opportunities or challenges for fear of failing, perfectionism, suppressed anger and shame. It can also be a symptom of other mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.
People often feel low self-esteem and confidence at some point (or points) in their life. Individuals may form negative opinions of themselves during childhood or adolescence, but these can also develop in adulthood during stressful periods or when we experience a setback or disappointment that we might have been unprepared for. It is important to remember that these thoughts and feelings are simply opinions and not facts.
Tracey will assist you in gaining an understanding of the issues and negative feelings and thoughts that are impacting your self-esteem and confidence. She will help you develop a new set of skills to create an improved self-esteem and confidence that will allow you to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Self-esteem and Confidence Building
Whether you want to make changes in your life such as changing jobs, engaging in more positive relationships, are experiencing a major transition or have obstacles you would like to overcome, Tracey can assist you to find clear direction toward a fulfilled and happier life. By managing stress and anxiety, identifying your personal strengths, ascertaining and working towards your goals, improving communication skills (just to name a few) you can make lasting positive changes and be inspired and motivated to get the most out of life.
Grief and Loss
We can’t help but experience losses as they are a normal part of life, and so grief is a normal feeling that we experience when we suffer such a loss. Loss can come in many forms … through the loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, illness, redundancy, natural disasters, moving house or loss of a dream for the future.
Grief is a very personal thing and people express this in different ways – there is no one right way to grieve. Grief itself is a very powerful emotion and can be accompanied by shock, denial, anger, sadness, guilt and remorse. If you feel you have become ‘stuck’ in grief and are having difficulties moving forward, Tracey can help you to understand your grief and move towards acceptance.
Positive and healthy relationships are a key element to a happy life. Sometimes, however, relationships with partners, friends, family, work colleagues or bosses, can become negative, stressful and damaging to our emotional, mental and physical health. It is times like these that Tracey can provide assistance, or even resolution of these issues, by giving support and the right tools to help build positivity, self-esteem, conflict resolution and increase resilience.
Domestic and Family Violence
Indicators of Domestic Violence include but are not limited to:
- Physical abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Social abuse
- Financial abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Damage to personal property
- Sexual abuse
The rates of domestic violence in Australia are increasing each year as more women and men are experiencing violence in their relationships. However, may people feel embarrassed by their situation and often feel powerless to do anything about it. Domestic Violence occurs when someone in an intimate relationship uses fear to control their partner on an ongoing basis. Domestic Violence is about the abuse of power by one person over another in their relationship. In an effort to gain or maintain power and control and instil fear over another person, a wide range of abusive behaviours can be adopted by perpetrators of domestic violence.-
Tracey has many years’ experience in the area of domestic and family violence and can assist you in making positive changes in your life.