Psychology

Psychologists help people improve their social, emotional and mental wellbeing. At MAHS, we promote wellness and support people to build capacity to manage their current difficulties. Our psychologists can support people across areas of interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and regulation, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and adjustment to major life changes. 

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Our psychological interventions always begin with building relationships and a comprehensive assessment. This assessment may include psychometric testing and diagnosis if this is appropriate.

Emotional intelligence, regulation, and interpersonal skills

At MAHS, we realise how important it is to feel good about yourself, understand your emotions, and develop relationships with other people. We aim to support people to develop their emotional intelligence, regulation, and interpersonal skills across a range of situations.

We can offer:

  • Support to initiate, make, and maintain relationships

  • Intervention to help develop and understanding of non-verbal body language, social behaviours, and relationship boundaries

  • Support to develop the language to communicate about emotions

  • Support to develop an understanding of how emotions look and feel within ourselves, and identifying and labelling emotions in other people

  • Support to develop an understanding of the role emotions play in relationships and social interactions

  • Opportunities to develop skills to identify escalating emotions and the skills to regulate emotions

We offer an individualised approach to helping people develop their emotional intelligence, regulation, and interpersonal skills. We recognise that social interactions are varied, and we focus on strengths-based supports to develop skills in these areas. 

Major life changes, grief, and loss

We recognise that people experience a range of emotions around periods of change, or grief, or loss. We aim to help people to work through these experiences in a supportive environment, and then we can support them to move forward.

We can offer:

  • Education around the grieving process

  • Supportive counselling to work through the process of grief and loss

  • Therapeutic support to identify and reframe unhelpful thoughts, and develop coping strategies to move forward after grief, loss, or major change

  • Support in managing thoughts and emotions around change, grief, and loss, and motivational support to move forward

  • Opportunities to develop coping strategies to manage anxiety or stress in response to big changes

 

We acknowledge the complexity of emotions for people with disability, and actively work with people and their families to achieve positive outcomes during times of change.

Anxiety and depression

We understand that anxiety and depression can be difficult to navigate. We aim to support people to develop positive skills and strategies to independently recognise and manage symptoms of anxiety and depression.

We can offer:

  • Intervention to support mood, reduce depressive symptoms, and manage symptoms of anxiety

  • Support and strategies to identify and reframe unhelpful thoughts

  • Opportunities to develop mindfulness strategies and relaxation strategies

Trauma

Everyone's reaction to potentially traumatic experiences is different. Some people experience trauma directly after the event, and other people may experience trauma much later. We aim to support people to understand and respond to trauma through coping strategies and techniques

We can offer:​

  • Assistance in processing traumatic events

  • Support to identify unhelpful thoughts relating to the trauma and develop skills to reframe these thoughts

  • Opportunities to develop strategies including mindfulness and relaxation to ease distressing emotions associated with trauma

We recognise that trauma can be complex and long-lasting. We will work with people and their families in a style and pace that suits their individual needs.

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