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Anxiety Counselling

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions experienced by adults in Australia, with one in three women and one in five men experiencing anxiety at some point in their life.

Learn more about Anxiety

The term ‘anxiety’ refers to a set of physiological and psychological responses that can occur in situations of real or perceived threat or fear. Sometimes people say that they are experiencing anxiety when they are really feeling stressed or worried. True anxiety is more than this. Anxiety can be experienced at a psychological level, in our thoughts and our feelings, or at a physical level, in the form of bodily sensations and responses. At the physical level, individuals may experience an anxiety attack which can be symptomized by a racing heart, rapid breathing, light headedness, hot and cold flushes, tightening of the chest, and shaking. Anxiety can also bring behavioural responses, which are usually to do with avoiding anxiety provoking situations.

Anxiety can present in a broad range of ways and can be present in a wide range of disorders. Aside from Generalised Anxiety, there are a number of specific anxiety disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Phobias, etc. Each of these brings their own unique patterns, but each are fundamentally anxiety based.

There are a range of strategies that can help with anxiety. There are many self-help options, and many lifestyle-based interventions that can assist. For many people, it can be very helpful to speak with a psychologist about specific treatments that can assist. This can assist you to learn to reduce anxiety, or to relate to it in a new way so that it does not undermine you so much.
Commonly used treatments for anxiety include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). There are a range of other psychological therapies that can also be used.

At Laburnum Psychology, our psychologists are trained in a range of therapies to assist individuals who are experiencing anxiety. If you feel that anxiety is an issue for you, we encourage you to make a time to speak with one of our psychologists and to explore some possible pathways toward relief. While there are many very useful self-help options, speaking with a psychologist who has experience working with anxiety can make a profound difference to your efforts to achieve relief.

We are here to create a comfortable and supportive environment where we'll work to achieve the goals together

Our counselling approach

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We specialise in:

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Relaxation & Meditation
  • Relaxation & Meditation
  • Focusing on Solutions
  • Focusing on Solutions

Related issues: Depression

Work with professionals who don't just listen, but support life challenges

Call us on 03 9877 9179 or complete the enquiry form below. One of our staff will personally be in touch with you.

Tim McCorriston

Tim is a registered clinical and counselling psychologist and one of the Practice Principals at Laburnum Psychology.  Tim has over twenty years experience as a psychologist, working primarily with clients, as well as supervising other psychologists. Tim places high value on creating a comfortable environment for people to explore change.  Tim assists people to become conscious of their patterns, identify their change goals, and find practical and relatable ways to intentionally work toward these goals.  Tim has an interest in the neurology of change.  He assists people to understand, from a neurological perspective, the ways that they can intentionally drive and practice their own change processes.  From this base, Tim works with his clients to better understand themselves, manage difficult situations, and improve sense of peace, wellbeing and contentment in their lives.

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Kylie Allen

Kylie is a registered clinical psychologist with over twenty years of experience.  She is one of the two Practice Principals at Laburnum Psychology.  Kylie has worked in private practice for the past fourteen years.  She brings extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and adults.  Kylie will tailor an approach to therapy specifically for your set of circumstances and personality, so that you can become your best self.  Kylie helps her clients to achieve a stronger and more conscious sense of self, so they can live with greater alignment to their core values and life goals.  Kylie works with many people to help them understand the impacts of early life experiences, be that trauma or deprivation, or more subtle influences.  Kylie assists her clients to restructure unhelpful emotional and behavioural patters so that they can avert ongoing negative patters in life, and find their way to a greater sense of peace and wellbeing, and more positive relationships.

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Larissa King

Larissa is a deeply experience psychologist, with over twenty years counselling experience. Larissa has been with Laburnum Psychology for over ten years.  She brings a breadth of experience to her clinical work.  Larissa’s approach is to develop a safe, warm and trusting relationship and to use an eclectic range of evidence-based psychological approaches matched to each individual’s needs. Larissa has worked in a range of counselling settings including Gambler’s Help, youth sexual assault counselling and generalist counselling.

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Elizabeth Charalambakis

Like all of our psychologists, Elizabeth has been recruited based on the individual strengths that she brings to her counselling work, and to our team. Elizabeth works across a wide age range. She works with young people, aged sixteen and above, but also brings a strong knowledge around active aging principles. She is interested in working with a broad range of presenting mental health issues. Elizabeth approaches her work with excellent relational skills and a strong capacity for empathy and rapport. From this excellent base, Elizabeth will draw upon her tool kit of evidence based techniques to assist her clients toward positive change.

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Fina Triany

Fina is a Clinical Psychologist who brings a depth of experience working across a very broad range of life issues and clinical presentations.  Fina is fluent in both English and Indonesian.  Fina always aims to work collaboratively with clients, drawing on their own unique strengths and capacities to achieve change, and find greater peace and contentment in their lives.

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Latha Iyer

Latha has completed a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.  She approaches her work with a strong sense of compassion and a desire to understand the uniqueness of each individual client and the situations they face.  Latha utilizes a strong blend of interpersonal skills, empathy and technical ability.  Latha’s warm and personable manner helps her clients to feel at ease in their sessions with her.

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Mili Vukalo

Mili has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. She has experience working and volunteering across a range of settings, including educational institutions (secondary and tertiary counselling environments).  Mili brings a strong sense of peace and calmness to her work, as well as her strengths in compassion.  She has an excellent capacity to help clients feel safe and at ease in exploring challenging areas of their lives.

Key Interests Areas

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Academic difficulty
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Life adjustment

Simone Ray

Simone has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, and is currently completing her PhD, studying personality and schemas.  Simone is a warm and empathic psychologist who aims to create a safe and authentic environment for her clients.  Simone works to identify and draw upon her clients own strengths, so that together they can develop effective strategies for change.  Simone has worked in university clinics, schools, community mental health (headspace and drug and alcohol), as well as custodial settings.  She works with a breadth of clients across the lifespan and from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds.  Simone works with individuals and groups, and is confident to work across a wide range of mental health concerns.

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Sivan Hadas

Sivan is a Clinical Psychologist who brings vast and varied experience to her work.  She has a high level of professional experience and expertise.  Sivan builds very strong rapport with her clients.  She works with integrity and authenticity, and creates a very secure and calming space in which to conduct her sessions.  Sivan possesses great strengths in case conceptualization and formulation.  She works with adults and adolescents, and is fluent in English and Hebrew.

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Emma Gillespie

Emma approaches her work with great strengths in empathy and compassion. Prior to her work in psychology, she has worked and volunteered all around the world, with vulnerable children and communities, and people in sanctuaries, orphanages and primary schools across Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica. Emma has worked with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, socio-economic groups, and across all ages. She aspires to create a safe space for individuals to explore their story, and with the goal of identifying practical skills and strategies to move towards their goals and find healing, change and personal growth.

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