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Mental Health Information



You or someone you know may be experiencing depression – as one in five people will at some stage of their life.

Depression, unlike just feeling sad, is a serious illness. Depression results in people experiencing intense and prolonged feelings of sadness, loss of pleasure, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness and recurrent thoughts of death or even suicide.

Depression can lead to breakdown in relationships, employment problems, dependence on prescription medication, alcohol and/or drugs.

One of the most effective treatments for depression is cognitive behavioural therapy.  This is a process by which a trained mental health professional can teach and assist a sufferer to challenge their negative and self destructive thought processes.  The reason this method of treatment is so effective is because it focuses on addressing the factors that cause the depression to be ongoing and/or worsen.



Anxiety is something that everyone feels. A little anxiety can be a positive motivator in some situations. But if a person’s anxiety levels become too high it can have a very negative impact on that person’s life.

Uncontrolled anxiety can be excessive worry about a specific event or situation (specific anxiety), or can occur in the absence of any obvious trigger (generalized anxiety). Anxiety can be physical/physiological, such as butterflies in the stomach, increased heart-rate, heart palpitations, shaking, sweating, headaches, nausea, etc. and can feel like panic. It can also occur with or without psychological symptoms, i.e. obsessing over things that cause worry, worrying about worrying, or feelings of helplessness and loss of control.

Symptoms can often last long after a stressful situation may have passed, and can return in the absence of any apparent stressful situation.

Relationship Issues

We can assist you in this area by identifying problematic issues in your relationship(s), whether they be between husband and wife, parents and children, siblings, friends, etc. Working on strained relationships requires addressing (amongst others) issues such as communication, dispute resolution, understanding one another, problematic behaviours of each party, respect, etc.

Counselling in this area can be limited to the individual coming to the session, or can be provided to both the individual and their partner (or sibling, or child, etc.) with the consent of all parties.

Our psychologists use the well-researched and relationship-specialised Gottman Method Couples Therapy, to assist clients to work through their interpersonal relationship difficulties by teaching effective conflict-resolution techniques, compassionate communication skills, and most importantly, understanding and empathy for our significant others.


At Motivating Marriages we offer standard and intensive modes of couples counselling.  We also offer a number of Couples Workshops.

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

AOD can have a large impact on the individual’s life, and also on the lives of people around them. Problems with AOD can lead to things such as relationship breakdown, issues with the law (including violence and criminal charges/convictions), significant medical and psychological effects to the user, and even death.

MMPP has psychologists with extensive experience in assessing and treating AOD problems, and the resulting issues relating to the legal system. 

Anger Issues

Anger is a normal human response to certain situations. However, when anger is expressed in inappropriate ways that offend and/or threaten others (e.g. yelling, swearing, throwing things, physical violence, intimidation, etc.) it becomes an anti-social, problematic issue.

Anger problems may or may not be related to drug and alcohol abuse, and can be related to problems with the law.  Anger can also cause significant problems in interpersonal relationships, employment, and education.

Our psychologists can help you to identify how/if anger affects you, and/or the people around you. We can also teach techniques to help you control inappropriate anger, and express anger in more appropriate ways. 

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a psychological condition that is very common in those who have experienced a highly traumatic event(s) (in which the individual was faced with an actual, or perceived threat of death or serious injury to themselves, or others). Examples can include: witnessing someone die in a horrific way, being involved in or witnessing a serious accident, experiencing war, being attacked or assaulted, etc.

The symptoms of PTSD can include: nightmares, flashbacks, reliving the event over and over, panic attacks, avoidance of places or things (or people) that remind the individual of the event, intrusive thoughts and images, etc.

If not treated, PTSD has the potential to worsen over time, and can become severely debilitating for the sufferer.

Our psychologists have extensive experience in assessing and treating PTSD. Therapy involves a steady, graduated process of relaxation, challenging of negative thoughts, and eventually attacking the things that cause the individual fear as a result of the disorder. 




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