Anxiety is a thief
Don’t let it steal your life
With the Anxiety Clinic at Newcastle Psychology & Health, you are not alone.
With a combination of education and therapy, our team of dedicated psychologists will help you reclaim your life.
Visit the Anxiety Clinic at Newcastle Psychology & Health and let us help you.
Welcome to the Newcastle Psychology & Health Anxiety Clinic.
This clinic is part of our ongoing commitment to the mental health of people in the Hunter and surrounding regions. We are very pleased to be able to assist those with anxiety who feel that it is impairing or ruining their life. We understand only too well that anxiety is a thief and can rob us of our quality of life. Our team of psychologists is very experienced and has undertaken extra training as part of their commitment to doing the best job that evidence-based practice allows in treating anxiety in all its forms.
Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Even the most confident person will have anxious thoughts or feelings occasionally, so from that point of view, we would say that anxiety is perfectly normal and pretty typical for most people. However, for some people, anxiety is more than just a passing though inconvenient nuisance. Sadly for some, it can become a destructive and even paralysing force that can overflow into all areas of life. In Australia, one in six people will be suffering anxiety at any given time. That’s a whisker under 17% of people. So if you are one of those Australians, then know, you are not alone.
The good news is that anxiety responds extremely well to focused psychological treatment. If you are struggling with an anxiety condition, then let us help you.
The NPH Anxiety Clinic has a team of two very experienced psychologists working to assist you with any anxiety issues, no matter how debilitating.
Dr Stuart Edser and Dr Michael Walton
All of us continue to undertake dedicated training in anxiety each year so that we are up-to-date in the latest thinking – and learning new techniques as we up-skill to ensure we can offer the best treatment. All of us too are mature individuals with plenty of life experience; a real bonus for many people as they seek a clinician who feels like they are on their wavelength. Try not to worry about making an appointment and seeking help. Just do it. Don’t think it through too much or you might just talk yourself out of getting the help you need. If you are worried about coming along, then that’s a pretty good sign that you need to. Be absolutely sure that we will make you feel very welcome and do our best to put you at your ease as we begin to hear your story and plan the best way forward for you.
Appointments can be made by phoning the general office whose hours of operation are Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Alternately, you can contact us via our dedicated email facility.
There is an excellent article on our Articles page called Understanding and Managing Anxiety that you might also find helpful. It is well worth a read.
There are a number of relaxation and hypnosis MP3s recorded by Dr Stuart Edser available for purchase in the NPH Store that you may also find helpful. The NPH Store tab can be found on the top of each page.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and welcoming you into the NPH Anxiety Clinic.
Anyone can see a Psychologist. A referral is not necessary. However, Medicare does provide a sizable rebate to see a Psychologist under its Better Access to Mental Health initiative if the client obtains a Mental Health Plan (MHP) from a GP or Psychiatrist. Anxiety is most definitely covered under ‘Better Access’ for this purpose so it is well worth your while in making a trip to your doctor to organise a MHP to gain some financial assistance from Medicare in order to see us at the Anxiety Clinic. Besides, its good to have your doctor working with us and ‘in the loop’ so to speak as we commence treatment for anxiety.
Take a look at our FAQ page to see the details of how Medicare and the ‘Better Access’ initiative work.
Common Anxiety Disorders
The following anxiety disorders are all commonly experienced to one degree or another by many Australians.
At NPH, we treat all these disorders and use a mix of best-practice modalities to do so.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety (ADA)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Panic Disorder (PD)
PD can be diagnosed with or without agoraphobia which, like other phobias, is made up of extreme anxiety and fear. Different from other phobias, however, is the generalisation which occurs. Agoraphobia is the anxiety about being in places where escape might be difficult or embarrassing or in which help may not be available should a panic attack develop.