Addictions

Addictions2018-12-03T04:15:26+00:00

Free Yourself From Addiction With Our Help

Addiction stems from the desire to take away the pain, both physically and emotionally. It makes you forget the discomfort you’re experiencing. However, the relief it provides is temporary. Nonetheless, the pleasure you get is what drives you to do it again and again.

Chances are you wouldn’t think much of it at the start. You are confident that you can stop yourself at any time you want. However, you should be aware that many people who fall into addiction think the same way. As a result, they become too dependent and are unable to control their addiction.

Different Forms of Addiction

It’s essential to understand that addictions come in many forms. Hence, it’s not limited to substance abuse like drugs or alcohol. Dependence on drugs and alcohol is alarming. Some common addictions include:

  • Substance and Drug Abuse: Substance abuse of drugs and alcohol can be scary due to their ability to alter your state of mind. Moreover, addiction to illegal drugs comes with legal consequences.
  • Shopping Addiction: A few trips to the casino or the mall can be relaxing and pleasurable. However, it can turn into an addiction and can cost you a hefty price.
  • Sex Addiction: Sex is the physical expression of love. However, it can become an addiction for some who want to experience the excitement brought on by first-time encounters. When this happens, you risk infection of a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Internet Addiction: Internet use is educational and entertaining. However, when you devote all your time to being online and neglect the real world, then it becomes an addiction.
  • Pornography Addiction: Porn addiction has become prevalent with the internet. People who are addicted to viewing explicit material have easier access to it. The compulsion may or may not extend to masturbation. It can also lead to hostility if forced to stop viewing porn.

When addiction is overblown, it can be hard to break free of the behavior. In this case, it’s best to seek professional intervention at People Psychology in the Melbourne CBD.

Professional Addiction Therapy and Counseling

An overblown addiction can be too much for anyone to handle alone. Even if your loved ones are helpful, the risk of a relapse is possible. This is why it’s important to seek assistance from the professionals at People Psychology in the Melbourne CBD. Our psychologist can assist you through the process. Counseling process starts with:

  • Identifying the underlying reason for your addiction.
  • Identify what triggers your addictive actions.
  • Provide you with relevant methods to make sure you remain in control of your addiction and not the other way around.
  • Present you with strategies on how to cope with day to day challenges.
  • Offer ways to change your pattern of thinking from negative to positive.

As a result, your chances of defeating your addiction are greater. Moreover, you regain the ability to live your life without the need or desire to depend on anything else.

The psychological treatments offered by the registered psychologists at People Psychology in the Melbourne CBD entitles clients to Medicare rebates. It’s part of the initiative of the Australian Government under its Better Access to Mental Health Care program.

Contact People Psychology in the Melbourne CBD today if you or your loved one suffers from any form of addiction. You don’t have to live with your addiction anymore.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T05:25:18+00:00

Counselling is in itself a professional and confidential service offered by psychologists to assist a person in becoming more emotionally healthy and self-aware. Couples, individuals, and families can seek counselling to help them address all sorts of issues in their lives. During counselling, you have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of your life, your situation, and everyone around you.

What is a Psychologist?2018-10-15T14:43:48+00:00

Psychologists are trained to study the science of mental processes and human behavior through research findings. Research-based methods are used to help people reduce stress and change ways in their behavior and thinking that can harm them. These methods will hopefully help facilitate self-awareness and a better outlook in life.

All People Psychology psychologists have at least four years of university experience. They also have completed two more years of further education, or two years of supervision from a registered psychologist. Our psychologists who hold a specialist title such as Clinical Psychologist have completed at least six years of university education.

Given their practice, psychologists are trained to be able to use a wide variety of therapy and counselling methods. This means the clients themselves play an important part in making these sessions work as the psychologists will try to understand the thoughts, actions, and feelings of their patients.

Psychologists however do not use drug-based treatments and do not prescribe medication. They can consult the help of trained professionals such as GPs who may be able to prescribe medication when necessary.

Can People Psychology write psychological evaluations and reports?2018-10-15T14:43:37+00:00

Your dedicated People Psychology practitioner is capable of writing a psychological report, which is sometimes needed for situations such as TACs, Work Cover claims, and court proceedings. These psychological reports cost a fee separate to your psychological consultations. We will however make sure to discuss the nature of these costs with you in detail prior to writing the report. This also means you have to pay for the report in full before you get your copy.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T05:42:19+00:00

As stated in the Psychology Board of Australia’s Code of Ethics, all counselling sessions are confidential and private. The information you share during these sessions will only be used for assessing, diagnosing, and treating your situation.

However, there are limitations to these rules. For instance, if there’s an immediate risk to you or people you know, or if your file has been subpoenaed, then we’re obligated to share your file.

Is Counselling for Me?2018-10-15T14:43:08+00:00

Counselling is for anyone who wants to take their first step towards a renewed perspective in life. Counselling can help you develop the skills necessary to understand and cope with various issues that are happening around you and the people you live your life with.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-15T14:42:41+00:00

It’s natural to feel nervous if you’ve never attended a counselling session before. However, it’s important to understand that it more or less is a session done through conversation. Your People Psychology practitioner may ask “What brings you here today?” and use it as a springboard for you to open up about your current situation, your views in life, and your life in general. Your psychologist may eventually explain what you can expect from the rest of the counseling sessions in addition to the strategies he or she thinks may help you cope and adjust to your situation.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T05:48:14+00:00

Everyone is inherently different, and as such we all have our own ways of coping with issues. This means people who seek counselling don’t get the same treatment. Sometimes, people get to resolve their issues with a small numbers of sessions. Sometimes, others prefer to work on their long-term emotional development and as such schedule sessions regularly.

What are the opening hours of a People Psychology Practice?2018-10-15T14:53:20+00:00

In our Melbourne CBD office, we offer day, evening and Saturday appointments. Practice hours are: 8am – 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 6pm on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-15T14:44:32+00:00

We offer very reasonable rates for both counselling and group workshops. Concessions apply for health care card holders and pensioners. For further details on pricing, please contact our Client Specialist Team.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate?2019-02-20T01:41:40+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T05:53:17+00:00

Rebates for Medicare and some private health insurers can be paid directly into your bank account at the conclusion of your session.

Find out more information about Medicare’s Easyclaim System.

What type of counselling and therapies do you use?2018-10-15T14:40:09+00:00

People Psychology psychologists are capable of mixing and matching various kinds of treatment depending on the situation of the client. These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.