Issues We Work With


We serve: children, parents, young people, adults, couples and families


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.

Relationship Counselling

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.

Bipolar Disorder

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,

Eating Disorders

Our approach to Eating Disorders is to see them as an extension of the range of “human condition” problems of relationships and quality of life, where anxiety and depression have taken a particular form.


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.


When you have an addiction, whether it may be alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, sex, the internet or porn, you find that you no longer run your life – your addiction does.

Anger Management

Anger is a natural human response which usually means something “feels unfair” and has not gone the way you would expect or want. Managing this response well is a skill that can be learned

Complex Trauma

Complex Trauma is psychological damage (and sometimes physical damage too) inflicted on a person by extremely stressful experiences over time. This form of chronic trauma may include direct threats to the person’s life, safety, psychological sanity or bodily integrity and security.

Marriage Counselling

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...

Couples Counselling

When you are living with a life partner, the quality of that relationship has a huge impact on how you face each day of your life. Whether you are in a new relationship, or have been together for decades, couples counselling can do much to enrich relationships in trouble...


Insomnia can be an immense challenge- trying to function normally without the rest and sleep that others take for granted. If your life is being ruined by sleeping problems, there is hope! There are ways for you to sleep better, feel better, and be happier with your life...

Mental Illness

Mental illness is a serious health problem that affects thinking, feelings, our behaviour and our reactions.

Grief and Loss

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion that may surface after an experience of loss – sometimes straight away, sometimes much later.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Sometimes a traumatic experience can’t be processed at the time, and the shocking or frightening feelings remain stuck in the present, too easily being evoked by other .

Pain Management

Chronic pain is a common experience in Australia: about one-third of people experience chronic pain, and for some, pain is constant. In adults, pain can be caused by injuries, surgery, and medical conditions like arthritis and back problems.

Postnatal Depression

Many mothers and families find Postnatal Depression confounding because it often seems to make no sense. Yet having a baby is a big hormonal bodily event, as well as a big life event, so the possibility of overwhelm is actually very understandable.

Family Counselling

Family counselling offers a unique opportunity for families to consider changing some of the dynamics between them that appear to be creating problems. It is difficult to define what a family is these days, as many families are complex, multi-layered sets of relationships which have evolved over time.

Self Esteem

Do you hesitate to say what you mean, wondering what others will think of you? Do you have low confidence in yourself? Feel crippled by shyness or insecurity?

Sexual Assault

We always start with the aim of helping you to feel more safe – building a respectful therapeutic relationship that allows you to tell your story in your own time, to begin the process of recovery.


A person’s sexuality is their enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and sexual attraction to others. In recent decades there has been a growing recognition and respect for the diverse spectrum of sexual orientations that exist.

Sexual Harassment

We always start with the aim of helping you to feel more safe – building a respectful therapeutic relationship that allows you to tell your story in your own time, to begin the process of recovery.

Life Issues

Life, it turns out, can be harder than you think. Some of the major milestones that in your younger days you thought would just happen automatically for you, may not have eventuated – or if they did, may not have fulfilled that early promise. Things like finding a life partner, having children, or working in a job that feels right for you

Terminal Illness

Caring for someone with a terminal illness is an emotional and stressful experience, often involving a range of feelings such as hope, fear, stress, anger, regret and grief.

Weight Management

For some people, maintaining a healthy weight range is a constant struggle. You may be overweight or obese, battle with losing or maintaining weight loss, have distorted body image or have troublesome eating patterns.

Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is an endemic problem in some workplaces, where intimidation, shaming, blaming or sexual harrassment can gradually become part of the culture, sometimes without being fully recognised at first - either by the person being bullied, and sometimes even the person doing the bullying.

Workplace Issues

Sometimes the workplace can be a minefield, especially for those prone to anxiety or perfectionism. Performance reviews, pressure to meet deadlines or deliver in a team, or simply wanting to make a good impression. Emotional stumbling blocks like these can make the workplace feel hostile even when it isn't.

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