Our COVID-19 Response
We now do all our sessions ONLINE
We are very fortunate that as psychologists, our services can be delivered very effectively ONLINE. On 25th March, we took the decision, following the Australian government’s requirements for social distancing, to cease all face to face consultations at our practice in Ryde. By taking this early and decisive action we hope we have contributed toward the Australian community’s concerted effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
This has been a very big adjustment, not only for us, but also, we know, for you too. Our practitioners had to very quickly learn this new way of delivering our services, and then lead the way for you, our clients, to do so too – to follow our lead in adjusting to using video conferencing and phones (Telehealth), instead of being in the same room together. Video conferencing is still face to face in a sense – it’s just that we are not in the same room any more. We can still see each others’ expressions, upper body and gestures.
We have been surprised how quickly we have all been able to adapt to this! It is easier than you think, once you get past the first clunky feel of using that technology.
There is excellent evidence to show that virtual therapy (online counselling) is effective and comparable to traditional face to face therapy (Alleman, 2002; Barak et al., 2008). Studies from the past have even shown that, surprisingly, “client satisfaction” with this mode of therapy has also been rated highly (Holmes & Foster, 2012; Murphy et al., 2009). Online counselling is not new. It has been used by psychologists for many years, as an alternative to face to face sessions, for those people who lived remotely and were limited in their access to psychologists. Now, given the Coronavirus crisis, online counselling (Telehealth) has quickly become the most appropriate and safe means of delivering therapy.
Our reception team is fully briefed on all these changes, and they can talk you through how it works, and how simple it really is. Once you make a booking, your practitioner will send you an email with a link to click, and take you through a brief practice run, before your session. You don’t have to download anything or have any technical skills at all.
Call 1300 739 531 to find out how easily you too, can make this adjustment. It will be a good start to the change you want to make in your life.
Some background on us
All of us at Open Sky Psychology do what we do because we love helping people change and grow to find a stronger, better version of themselves. In this uncertain COVID-19 world, the challenge is even greater, and we need to grow and adapt even more urgently. We need to pull together in a spirit of compassion, kindness and determination to do what we must, to meet this crisis sensibly and carefully.
It has always been the case that the more personal problems we experience in life are simply varying degrees of what we might call “the human condition”. And now this time in history is going to test our mettle as friends, colleagues and global citizens.
We can offer you expert assistance in how to cope during these difficult times. As always, part of our work together is helping you to access and identify your most authentic inner values, because there can be great comfort when you connect with them.
Let us help you discover, draw on, and maintain the strength within yourself to rise to your own particular personal and community challenges. It feels better when we “accept that” a problem is happening and act on it, rather than losing ourselves in worry.
Don’t forget: be aware, take care, and go kindly.
Meet Our Team
As you can see, we have a number of therapists, all of whom can help with the main “human condition” issues of anxiety, depression and various forms of complex stress. For full details on the specific range of issues each of our practitioners works with, please visit the Our Team page. And for a comprehensive list of all the issues we treat at our practice, visit the Services page. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to work towards a better quality of life.
Issues We Can Help With
Children, just like adults, can sometimes experience mental health issues and distressing feelings, including sadness, anxiety, confusion, and anger. It is normal to experience these feelings from time to time.
Anxiety takes many different forms, but always at the heart of anxiety is a feeling that “I can’t cope, or I can’t handle it!”. The antidote is to learn that you can indeed be flexible and resourceful in the face of uncertainty.
Depression, like Anxiety, is a sign that “you are not happy with yourself or the way things are” (loss of interest, no meaning, what’s the point?). Throughout human history, a great many people have felt like this and recovered.
Being happily married or in a long-term couple relationship is not something that happens by good fortune, but rather, like most things of value, by effort and commitment. Our skilled counsellors can help you access strategies to navigate and negotiate this most important emotional territory of your life...
Relationships are your emotional home. When things are not feeling comfortable in your relationships, the quality of your life, work and play can be compromised. Come along by yourself, or with others.
Traumatic experiences are those that have disrupted our sense of safety in the world or relationships, eg. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse, bullying, war.
If you have Bipolar Disorder, you have come to the right place, because at Ryde/Gladesville we understand this illness very well. We specialise in helping people with bipolar, and over the last 15 years have helped many hundreds of people to learn how to manage it,
Stress is almost unavoidable these days. It is built into everything we do – the speed of work and home life, the pressures on relationships, and the seeming impossibility of taking sufficient time out to relax and unwind.
What Motivates Us To Do This Work?
All of our team share in common a deep interest in what makes us all tick. We know there is more to the human condition than the downsides. We just love being there to see the transformations!
We are privileged to witness the journeys that people make when they move out of the bad times and make a better life for themselves. It is rewarding to see people embracing change, and creating new paths in life with more satisfaction, vigor and inner peace.
How We Work And What To Expect
We are well practiced at keeping an open mind as we listen to your story. Our training (6+ years to become a psychologist) helps us recognise some of the things that may be contributing to, say, anxiety or depression or relationship problems, and we will join with you to help you find the best possible way out of those problems.
We help you test-run new ways of seeing, interpreting or “being” that honour your underlying sense of self. Together we generate options for change that you may previously not have considered, and when you are ready, we encourage you to take the necessary steps to a more satisfying life. Our goal is to help you follow your dreams and act in accordance with your most cherished values.