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Depression Counselling

Fluctuations in mood and wellbeing are normal and are often dependant on what’s going on in your immediate world. For example when we experience challenging situations it is normal to feel negative emotions, which can range from a few hours to a few days. However, when our mood continues to deteriorate and persist, or we are experiencing negative emotions with no explanation as to why, this can be an indication that you may be experiencing depression.

Learn more about Depression

Depression can look and feel very different from person to person. Therefore, when trying to understand what depression is, it is useful to consider the range of symptoms that can commonly be associated with depression. These common symptoms are listed below:

  • A persistent low mood that is hard to shift. Things may seem bleak or hopeless. Depressed mood can also bring a lowered sense of frustration tolerance, sadness, as well as irritability, a sense of emptiness, or outbursts of anger.
  • A loss of interest, investment or pleasure in life.  Sometimes the things that might otherwise bring joy and enthusiasm feel pointless, empty, or unfulfilling.  This might even be noticed around enjoyment of food, friendships, or intimacy.
  • Depression can bring physical symptoms such as bodily aches, discomfort, or pains.  You may feel heavy in your body, or lethargic and un-rested.
  • Sometimes people experience a sense of worthless or self hatred.  You may fall into a pattern of self blame, or feel that you are unlovable. This can also lead to a drop in confidence and a sense that you are not good at anything. You may start avoiding things or feel too stuck or fearful to believe that you can navigate your way to a better situation
  • Self-harm and thoughts of suicide. Sometimes people engage in self-harm as a way of releasing negative feelings. Thoughts of suicide may bring a feeling of temporary relief, much like an escape fantasy.  Sometimes people can experience suicidal thoughts and feelings while also knowing that they would not act on them.  For others, these thoughts carry more desire or intent, and represent real risk.  If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, it is important to reach out to somebody you trust, or ideally, a trusted doctor or mental health professional.  If you feel at immediate risk, you can call: 
    • Lifeline on 13 11 14 
    • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 
    • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 
    • The Psychiatric Triage Department at your closest public hospital 

Psychologists and Behavioural Scientists have studied depression for many decades and there is a wealth of literature that informs the treatment of depression.  Some of these treatments fall into the domain of psychology and broader talking therapies.  There are numerous treatments that are shown to be effective for depression.  These include: Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Emotion-focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Psychoeducation and Self-Help.  Some people will also speak with their GP or psychiatrist regarding the use of medication.

Laburnum Psychology employs psychologists who are experienced in treating Depression. If you are relating to any of the descriptions described above and would to access some assistance, please feel very welcome to call us and discuss your options.

If you are experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or have self-harmed already, it is important you immediately reach out for assistance.  We would encourage you to contact your GP, or one of the following 24-hour helplines:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14  
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 
  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 
  • Psychiatric Triage Department at your closest public hospital. 

If you or someone you know are at serious risk of harm, please call 000 as a matter of emergency. 

Your relationships may be under strain.  You may have withdrawn, and feel worthless, feel that you are of no value to your family or friends.  You may be feeling cut off and isolated. You may also feel irritable and angry, and experience more conflicts in your relationships.

Your performance at work or school may be undermined.  You may be finding it difficult to feel motivated and keep up, or you might be finding it hard to focus.  You might have noticed that you are not performing at the necessary level, and progressively slipping further behind.  You may be experiencing a lack of motivation and drive, and that even the little things in life are too overwhelming to tackle.  You may be avoiding things or feeling unable to organize yourself.

You may be experiencing sleep disturbance, feeling exhausted but still unable to sleep.  Perhaps you wake up during the night, or very early in the morning, with your mind cycling around worries or fears, or anxieties about the approaching day.  It’s hard to get back to sleep, and you feel increasingly frustrated in your struggle to be able to sleep.  You may then start the day feeling exhausted and un-rested, which in turn feeds back into the patterns of lethargy and overwhelm

You may be engaging in unhealthy or risky behaviours, be that substance related, or putting yourself into unsafe situations.  Sometimes these behavioural patterns may feel like an escape, or a way of diverting from other uncomfortable feelings. You may be aware that your behaviours are unhealthy or unsafe, but not valuing yourself or your future enough to care about the consequences or make different choices.

While there is a lot that is still unknown about the causes of depression, we do know that is is more than just a “chemical imbalance in the brain” which was once the leading school of thought. Depression is often the result of a combination of factors and life events.

These factors and life events can range from biological to social. Familial history of depression can increase the chances of developing depression or depressive symptoms. Drug and alcohol abuse can also heighten your risk of developing depression. Depression can also be the result of negative life events which occur. These events could include trauma, financial issues or loss.

Medical conditions can also be a risk factor in developing depression, such as chronic pain, insomnia or a chronic illness.

Usually, depression arises due to a mix of biological, psychological and social factors which equate to too much for an individual to handle. This is where psychological treatment can help.

How we can help you deal with depression

In our work as psychologists, we see people achieving great progress, whether that means to overcome depression, or to manage symptoms.  There are many excellent strategies and with some guidance, it is possible to achieve changes and find relief.  For some people it can be difficult to imagine the prospect of meaningful change, especially through the lens of depression.  We believe that change is possible.  If you are experiencing depression, we would encourage you to reach out and explore the possibilities for change.

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

Our approach to dealing with depression

We know that each patient is different and that the struggles they go through are unique. That’s why we ensure that each program we give our clients are personalised and tailored to their needs. From cognitive behavioural therapy to prescribing reliable and safe medication, we will work with the kind of treatment and therapy that suits you best.

If you're struggling with depression, the time might be right in scheduling an appointment

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

Lauren Chapman

Lauren is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing across public mental health and private practice roles for over ten years. She completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at Deakin University and is a Board Approved Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Lauren’s approach is warm, empathic, and collaborative, drawing from a range of evidence-based therapeutic models such as Schema Therapy, CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Lauren works with adults aged 17 and over across a range of mental health issues including:

Hilary Austin

Hilary is a highly experienced Psychotherapist and Mental Health Social Worker. She has worked in acute mental health, educational and community settings.

Hilary has a depth of experience working with adults & adolescents facing acute and complex mental health difficulties.  She has a keen interest in psychoanalysis and approaches this with deep value of helping in pragmatic and sensible ways.  Hilary will work closely with you to identify your goals for change, and to navigate the path. Hilary brings warmth and pragmatism to her work, which is of immense value in helping her clients to feel comfortable and understood.

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Dr. Josie Sinni

Josie is a highly experienced member of the Laburnum Psychology team, bringing fourteen years of experience to her work.  Josie holds a Doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and has worked both as a neuropsychologist and a generalist psychologist. In her generalist work, Josie works with clients who experience anxiety disorders, mood disorders, stress, adjustment issues, and low self-confidence.  Josie values building strong rapport with her clients and will work with you to identify meaningful goals and work toward building positive change in your life.  Josie is conscientious to base her interventions in evidence-based therapeutic frameworks, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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Dr Carissa Kuswanto

Carissa holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Having achieved a high degree of academic training and clinical research, she now focusses her efforts upon applying these learnings in her work as a psychologist. Carissa’s true strengths as a therapist lie in her empathy, authenticity, and compassion, as well as her genuine curiousity in people. Carissa aims to establish a safe space when engaging in therapy. She loves to learn and she deeply values sharing her learnings in practical and real-world ways, tailoring and blending evidence-based therapy approaches for each unique individual. Carissa works across all age ranges, including adults, older adults, adolescents and children. Carissa also speaks fluent English and Bahasa Indonesia.

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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.

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  • 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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