ProMind Services

Using a range of evidence-based approaches to help people create a better life.

These include; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, EMDR, and Solutions-based Therapy.
Some of the challenges we help with include;

Pain

Many people think pain is a purely physical experience. However, chronic and long-term pain also has a psychological component, often leaving people with feelings of panic and anxiety, depression, helplessness, thoughts of suicide and inability to enjoy activities they previously enjoyed.

Although we can’t make your pain ‘go away’, we can, in conjunction with your treating doctor, help teach you ways of coping with the pain to reduce its impact on you and your life. This can include a range of thought identification and reframing and identifying values and helping you to connect with them in a meaningful way. Pain also triggers the ‘fight/flight/freeze’ response in the brain, and can leave you feeling anxious, tense and irritable. Therefore, we will also teach some relaxation and stress management techniques. Don’t give up. We’re here for you.

Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t just feeling worried for a little while. It is the brain responding to events using a life and death response, often resulting in a range of debilitating symptoms that can impact on all areas of life. If left untreated, anxiety can manifest into panic attacks and impact on overall health, relationships, work and wellbeing.

There are proven techniques and approaches that can help in managing anxiety. Understanding the mechanism behind anxiety can be enormously helpful. Work also includes employing a range of reframing strategies around unhelpful thoughts, and methods to manage the unpleasant physical symptoms helps to develop different ways of experiencing anxiety.

The aim is to gradually take steps in the direction of the life you want to reclaim. Let’s get back into what’s meaningful and not let anxiety control your life!

Psychological Assessments

Psycho-educational assessments provide information about a child’s cognitive profile and functioning, and their academic achievement.  This is done through psychological testing, academic testing and collecting information from parents and educators.

The goal of a psycho-educational assessment is to identify areas of strength and weakness so that recommendations can be made as to how to best engage your child in their learning. This includes identifying gifted students so appropriate learning activities can be developed to keep them motivated in the classroom.

Sometimes a specific learning disorder, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia can be diagnosed, and then your child may be eligible for extra support at school.

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness and reading comprehension.

Dyscalculia is a specific learning disorder in maths.  Kids with dyscalculia may have difficulty understanding number-related concepts or using symbols or functions needed for success in mathematics.  It’s not as well known or understood as dyslexia, but some experts believe it’s just as common.

These assessments can also provide the official verification children with an intellectual disability require to access the support they need.

Some indicators that your child may have a learning disorder could be some of the following:

  • Not reaching their potential academically
  • Falling behind their classmates despite extra help
  • Teacher expressing concerns about their learning
  • Slow to learn letters-sound combinations
  • Mixes up letters or jumbles sentences
  • Spelling or reading the same word differently in one piece of writing
  • Resists reading and writing tasks or shows behavioural difficulties when asked to do so
  • Extremely tired at the end of the school day
  • Difficulty with numbers, time, symbols or maths
  • Impulsive behaviour or off-task behaviour
  • Finds handwriting laborious
  • Struggles and frustrated if required to copy from the blackboard
  • Finds it difficult to put thoughts into words
  • Having significant difficulties paying attention in the classroom
  • Having difficulty remembering more than two or three instructions
  • Disorganised

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Depression

Statistics show that one in four Australians will experience depression at some time in their lives. This very common illness leaves so many people struggling to know how to get themselves back on track. With the right treatment, depression is manageable.

We use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help teach the skills of identifying core thoughts and beliefs about yourself and the world, and then challenge and reframe them. We will also help you to identify your values and reconnect with what’s meaningful to you, and then take committed action towards those values in a realistic way.

Fears & Phobias


Phobias are an extreme, irrational fear of a specific object or situation. A phobia is classified as a type of anxiety disorder and involves a sense of endangerment or fear and harm. Although some phobias are never completely cured, therapy can help many people learn to function effectively and live life to the full. There are a range of strategies that can be utilized to help prevent the phobias interfering with your life.

Grief & Loss


Grief and loss are part of life but the emotional challenges they represent can be enormous. No two people will experience the death and loss in the same way.

One of the hardest things for people who are grieving is ‘not knowing’ what to expect, especially in the first few months. We will work with you to increase your knowledge and understanding of the grief cycle to help increase a sense of control. During this incredibly difficult time we will provide you a safe space to fully grieve and begin to develop ways to adapt and reclaim life. You’re not alone.

Return to Work

We have helped many people under the Return to Work SA Scheme through a range of difficulties, including bullying, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, and stress. We have also found that people who have sustained a physical injury can develop psychological symptoms that impact on their wellbeing and ability to return to work.

The RTW SA journey can be really difficult. Depending on your personal challenges, we will work with you and teach you a range of psychological techniques that are proven to work. Although it can’t make all of your difficulties vanish, it can help to keep you afloat and make progress towards reclaiming your life. As difficult as it may be to believe, many people come out of this journey feeling that the challenges they have experienced have actually provided them with opportunities they never realised previously.

Some of the techniques include solution-oriented intervention designed to address specific incidents or issues that may be impacting on your ability to engage with life and work, stress management techniques, identification of values and changing thinking patterns through reframing events.

Stress

Stress can be the result of a range of situations that can impact both our bodies and psychological health. There are a range of symptoms people might experience, from memory problems and difficulty concentrating, feelings of irritability, difficulty ‘switching off’, feeling overwhelmed and having unusually large amounts of nervous energy.

There are a range of strategies that can help reduce the stress levels you are experiencing, and to cope better with those stressors that can’t be avoided. We can teach you ways of identifying the thoughts that ‘hook’ you in and manage them before they leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious. We can also teach you some methods to cope with the unpleasant physical symptoms associated with anxiety.

Motor Vehicle Accident

A car accident is an incredibly traumatic event, directly threatening a person’s life or safety, or that of others around them. Some of the symptoms can include feelings of intense fear, nightmares, heart palpitations, and irritability, lack of concentration, helplessness and ‘re-experiencing’ the event.

Depending on your personal difficulties we will be there for you during the process of healing after an accident. We want to help you reclaim your life.