Mental Health

Understanding Minds offers clinical psychological services for adults, adolescents, children and families. The problems we commonly deal with include:

  • Anxiety, fears and phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Depression
  • Trauma or unresolved grief
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Child behaviour problems
  • Assessment and management of ADHD
  • Difficulty separating from a parent
  • School refusal
  • Developmental disorders, such as
    Asperger's Disorder
  • Social difficulties, such as difficulty making or maintaining friendships
  • Self-esteem or extreme shyness
  • Sleeping problems



information_packWhat usually happens?

Prior to the first consultation all clients receive an information pack containing information about the clinic and confirmation of their appointment. Some clients will be asked to complete questionnaires which we will ask you to return to the clinic before your appointment. The questionnaires help us better understand your problems before we see you. This saves time (and your money) in the assessment process.

Your first visit to the clinic usually involves describing what is troubling you or your family. We may ask you or your child to do some psychological tests to help us get a clear picture. Later consultations usually involve us providing information and suggestions and helping you to learn appropriate living or coping skills.

There are many different schools of psychology. We practice evidence-based psychotherapy, often using behaviour therapy, cognitive and behaviour therapy (CBT), and/or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

You will find our approach has a strong emphasis on practical problem-solving.
We understand that having someone sympathetic to talk to about your worries is important. However, talk alone will not make things better. You will usually solve your problem by trying our suggestions in the situations where your problem occurs.

Confidentiality and Privacy

At Understanding Minds, we maintain confidentiality as a priority. You are entitled to access or to correct your client file at any time. Understanding Minds complies with the Privacy Act 1988 and the guidelines set by the Australian Psychological Society in the way we collect, store, use, and disclose health information.

Men's Mental Health

At any time, 1 in 5 men is experiencing a significant amount of emotional distress. factors that contribute to this distress may include alcohol and substance use, relationship problems, employment problems, social problems, financial issues, and physical health conditions. Symptoms of emotional distress include. Although men experience emotional distress at roughly similar rates to women they are less likely to seek help. Failing to seek help can have negative outcomes within the person's family, social, and work lives.

The emotional distress that men experience is treatable with the right approach. Psychologist Dr. Craig Wright specialises in men's mental health. Contact us for an appointment today.