Myrtle Oak Clinic have a team of health professionals who work closely together to offer our clients the best range of evidence based treatment options. This team approach enables our clients to receive treatment from those who have a specialised understanding and knowledge on how to best manage the recovery journey.
Psychologist / Clinical Psychologist
Psychologists are commonly involved in the treatment of anxiety, stress, depression and eating disorders. They can provide counseling and education for people using a variety of approaches so each treatment is individually tailored. Clinical psychologists have training in the assessment and diagnosis of major mental illnesses and psychological problems. Through their training, clinical psychologists are qualified to provide expert opinion in clinical and compensation areas. They hold particular skills for applying psychological theory and scientific research to solve complex clinical psychology problems requiring individually tailored interventions.
A dietitian is a university qualified expert on food and nutrition. Dietitians play a common role in the treatment of eating disorders and can help with those struggling to manage emotional eating as a result of anxiety, stress or depression. A dietitian may be necessary if someone with an eating disorder requires guidance and planning in order to address their abnormal eating behaviours, reduce restrictive dieting practices and establish regular healthy eating.
Mental Health Social Worker
Accredited Mental Health Social Workers are registered providers with Medicare Australia. They have been assessed on behalf of the Commonwealth Government by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) as having specialist mental health expertise.
They have a breadth of experience in assessing and treating people who have mental health disorders, for example people with:
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Relationship problems
- Life crises
- Adjustment issues
- Family conflicts
Our Mental Health Social Worker also has extensive training in Eating Disorders providing treatment for individuals and families. Social workers recognise the broader implications of an individual having a mental illness and the impact on friends, family, work and education. They use a range of interventions in helping people with mental health disorders, including the following focused psychological strategies:
- Behavioural interventions
- Cognitive interventions
- Relaxation strategies
- Skills training
- Problem solving
- Social skills
- Stress management
- Interpersonal therapy
- Psycho-education (including Motivational Interviewing)
- Anger management
Maudsley Family Therapist
The Maudsley Approach holds great promise for most adolescents who have been ill for a relatively short period of time (i.e., less than 3 years). This family-based treatment can prevent hospitalisation and assist the adolescent in her/his recovery, provided that parents are seen as a resource and that they are allowed to play an active role in treatment. Specialised training and supervision is an essential requirement to deliver this model in its purest form. Our clinicians have been trained by The Children’s Hospital Westmead and have previously received supervision by several team members there.