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Wellness Centre Services

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What is a Psychometric Assessment?

A psychometric assessment measures psychological characteristics such as personality traits, behavioural styles, cognitive abilities, motivations etc. The word psychometric literally means psychological measurement.

Assessment Process

The Wellness Centre has adopted recommendations from the National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. This process helps determine an individual’s support needs, and whether they meet the criteria for a diagnosis.

The Guideline recommends a Comprehensive Needs Assessment, followed by a Diagnostic Evaluation.

The Comprehensive Needs Assessment will look at an individual’s strengths and level of functioning in different areas, any support needs they may have, and whether there could be a medical explanation for the behaviours or characteristics that have prompted the referral.

If required, a Diagnostic Evaluation will then take place to establish whether behaviours are consistent with autism and/or another diagnosis.

Types of Psychological Assessments

The Wellness Centre offers the following types of assessment for children (from 6 years old), adolescents and adults.

Cognitive / Intellectual Assessment

Cognitive assessments measure a range of mental processes, such as memory, problem-solving, decision-making, learning and attention, with a focus on identifying areas of cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

Learning Disorder Assessments

Identifying Specific Learning Disorders (e.g. maths, reading and written expression disorders) often requires both cognitive and academic achievement testing. Cognitive assessment can highlight learning problems, and academic achievement testing provides a benchmark to compare performance.

Personality Assessment (Adolescents and Adults only)

A personality assessment is designed to assist in clinical diagnosis, and structuring suitable psychological interventions. A personality assessment may be a useful adjunct to therapy.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessments

Completing an ASD assessment is a lengthy process. It involves an assessment of the individual’s developmental history as well as an assessment of his/her current strengths and challenges. Areas that are assessed include cognition, communication, social, behavioural and adaptive skills.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

One of the challenges of diagnosing ADHD is it can be accompanied by other disorders (i.e., learning disorders, mood disorders and oppositional defiant or conduct disorder). Therefore, a comprehensive assessment is required to assess not only attention and hyperactively, but other challenging behaviours, learning difficulties and mood disorders.

Neuropsychological Assessment

The centre currently offers limited neuropsychological assessment in cases where it is clinically important to evaluate higher-level executive functions. These assessments are completed in conjunction with a comprehensive clinical interview, cognitive and memory assessments.

If you require a psychological assessment not listed above please call the centre on (07) 4923 2233.

Therapy

Therapy is a treatment offered for behavioural and mental health issues. Through therapy, psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.

There are various approaches to therapy - including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy and other kinds of talk therapy. It provides a supportive environment that allows individuals to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgmental.

You and your psychologist will work together to identify and change thoughts and behavioural patterns that are keeping you from living a full and meaningful life.

The Wellness Centre has been providing therapy and offers a range of therapy options for adults, children (from age 6) and families. The therapies offered are evidence-based and best practice.

What to expect?

During your visits, you can expect to be treated with respect, understanding, compassion and dignity.

We offer a non-judgmental and caring environment where our main goal is to first listen to you and then to explore effective strategies to resolve your concerns and to reach your goals.

Each therapy session lasts around 50 minutes. The number of sessions required depends on the complexity, duration and severity of the problem. It may be as few as 2 or 3, but will mostly vary from 6 to 10 sessions to address significant issues. Appointments are generally made either weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

During the first session, we will discuss your current situation, issues that are concerning you and what you hope to gain from therapy. You may be asked to complete one or more questionnaires. This is voluntary, but it can help us assess your situation more clearly and understand what is going on for you and how best to respond.  At the end of the first session, we explore treatment options, strategies and goals with you.

The most important thing is for you to feel comfortable and we encourage you to ask questions about the therapy process. You can also ask the therapist to repeat anything you don’t understand.

Adult Therapy

Services include:

  • Anxiety and related disorders    
    • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
    • Panic Attacks or Panic Disorder
    • Social Anxiety Disorder
    • Phobias
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Depression and Bipolar disorders
  • Trauma and related disorders    
    • Acute Stress Disorder
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Adjustment issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress management
  • Relationship issues
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Pain management
  • Health-related problems

Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy

The Wellness Centre can assist in providing treatment for a variety of emotional and behavioural issues impacting on child and adolescent wellbeing. Our therapists are committed to using a holistic approach involving parents and caregivers, as appropriate, to learn strategies and build skills to assist their child or adolescent.

Services include:

  • Anxiety and related issues    
    • Social Anxiety
    • Generalised Anxiety
    • Phobias
    • Panic Attacks
  • Depression and mood difficulties
  • Family adjustment to change
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder - social skills development
  • Disruptive or oppositional behaviour
  • Interpersonal problems    
    • Anger management
    • Social skills
    • Self-esteem
    • Bullying
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-coping skills

Telehealth allows psychologists provide services online using Zoom video conferencing in the convenience of your own home. It involves the same level of support that you would receive with regular in-person consultations by providing access to those who are not able to travel.

If you think that telehealth may be right for you. Please call reception on 07 4923 2233 or email us at wellnesscentre@cqu.edu.au

Therapy Programs

Together

'Together' is a ten-week program for children and parents to address anxiety.  The overall arching goal of 'Together' is to teach children and parents to recognise anxious feelings and help develop skills to cope with anxiety-provoking situations. In 'Together' the psychologist and parent/s work with the child to learn new skills and behaviours.

Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues is a program designed for adults who have experienced periods of low mood. We will help you find strategies that work for you to manage 'the blues' and improve how you feel.

ACT for MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

In partnership with MS Queensland we offer a six week program entitled ‘Living Well with MS’ (a six-week Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Program) developed by Kelly-Ann Burman.

It is best suited to those in the early years of living with MS. In a supportive group environment you will gain strategies to assist you to:

  • come to terms with the realities of life following a MS diagnosis;
  • adjust to the uncertainty of the disease;
  • manage stress and be proactive in problem solving; and
  • build your support for the future.