At Tides Psychology, we are experienced in helping people work through a variety of life experiences, including various disorders and even depression.
Grad. Dip. Counselling; Grad Dip Bsc. Psych; BSc.Psych (Hons); M.Prof.Psych; MAPS.
Suzanne has a warm, approachable and empathic approach. In therapy she aims to create a space where a person feels understood, accepted and supported as they make the changes that they want to in life.
Suzanne is a registered psychologist with 12 years experience in counselling and clinical environments. A mature practitioner, she has worked with people from a range of ages and backgrounds in diverse settings including non for profit organisations in substance abuse treatment, child, young adult and parent support and also tertiary institutions and private practice.
She enjoys helping people work through issues that are causing difficulties in their lives to increase their well-being. She finds it rewarding to see clients making positive changes, and being able to help them learn new ways of being in the world and improving their relationships.
Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship issues, adult autism, distress regulation, parenting, gender identification, substance abuse and risk assessment.
She has experience in working with a wide range of mental health presentations, using a variety of therapeutic modalities to meet individual needs.
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We all have times of difficulty, struggle and feeling overwhelmed.
At Tides Psychology we are experienced in helping you through a variety of life experiences and stresses.
Many of us have varying levels of use of alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, medications or even illegal drugs. Not being able to get through the day without these substances and having increasingly heavy use can negatively impact our functioning across the full spectrum of our lives including physical, psychological, mental, social, financial and legal wellbeing of the user, their family, friends, and work colleagues. When your functioning is negatively compromised support is needed to negotiate a pathway back to well-being free of dependence of mood altering substances.
Being a parent can be immensely rewarding, but also incredibly challenging. As children grow they go through many developmental changes which can necessitate quick adaptation by parents to support their well-being. This begins from birth, progresses through the toddler stages, early childhood, teenage years, and early adult hood. Toddler tantrums, social development in early and middle childhood, teenage rebellion, and young adult mental health are just some of the issues that can make demands on parental coping skills and well-being.
Collectively, LGBTI+ people experience more mental health challenges than other Australians. This is not because of their sexuality, sex or gender identity, but because of the discrimination, prejudice and exclusion they can face. LGBTQI+ adolescents can experience on-going difficulties in their family, and at school when they are attempting to come out and seek understanding and acceptance.
Work Related Problems
Workplaces can have complex dynamics which can shift and impact on your well-being. Bullying, lack of support, career development, organisational structures and overwork can impact on our emotional well-being and our productive capacity. It can be important to have external support to navigate the distress that can occur from workplace circumstances.
Grief and Loss
The death of someone important in our lives can be a time of intense emotional pain. Grief can also be experienced in response to a variety of other events such as separation, divorce or physical incapacity. Responses to grief can differ. Some people like to talk about their feelings, while others find this more difficult. Also, in some circumstances grief can be complicated by a challenging relationship that one may have had with the deceased person.
Trauma can affect us at all stages of life. Exposure to traumatic events can occur directly when you have your life or safety threatened, or indirectly by witnessing a traumatic event.
Trauma can affect us physically, cognitively, behaviourally and emotionally. Reactions can include sleep problems, intrusive thoughts, poor concentration and memory, avoidance of places/people who are reminders of the traumatic event, fear, numbness, anger and anxiety.
Stress and Coping
We all experience stress in our daily lives. Stress can build up over time and affect our functioning and well-being. Stress can be like water that is constantly added to a glass, until eventually it is overflowing. Emotional regulation strategies can act to soak up the overflow to keep our stress levels down and increase our sense of everyday well-being and ability to cope.
Sadness in life is normal but when feelings of sadness, emptiness and lowered mood last for most of the day nearly every day it is a sign that depression may be affecting our lives. Depression can negatively impact on sleep and levels of energy and motivation, decrease interest in activities and generate feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.
There can be many times of new challenges in our lives involving change and adjustment. Change may come in the form of a host of life events including redundancy, moving house, divorce or other changes in family dynamics. Stress, feeling sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms can occur when having difficulty coping with a stressful life event.
Anxiety can suddenly make life feel very uncomfortable. Some feelings of anxiety are natural and protective, but when anxiety starts to hijack your thoughts, feelings and bodily reactions then it can make daily functioning very difficult and exhausting.
Having low self-esteem involves never feeling good enough, and always constantly critically comparing ourselves to others. Low self-esteem can negatively impact our functioning and restrict our enjoyment of life and our ability to achieve life goals. Low self-esteem makes ourselves our worst critics and our worst enemies.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe.