Clients come to therapy for a variety reasons. You might have tried several approaches to manage your feelings or behaviour, ranging from self-help therapy through to other professional therapists. Our psychologists have been trained to understand the whole range of presenting problems, and have experience working with all the common psychological disorders as well as many of the less common. Often people are surprised to find out that they are not the only person who has ever experienced the set of symptoms they feel. Evidence based therapy approaches are available for many of the problems people experience.
Our psychologists are professional, dedicated, and friendly, and work within a culturally sensitive framework. We abide by the highest ethical standards as determined by the APS Code of Ethics, and our Charter of Client Rights.
Psychological Treatment and Intervention
We help with a range of health problems and use an assortment of evidence-based treatments to help people improve their lives.
Our clinicians have a myriad of skills and training allowing us to work from several approaches that best suit the individual. We have clinicians with additional training in Family Systems, NeuroFeedback, CBT, ACT, Couples Therapy, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression, Trauma Therapy, amongst others.
Our therapists are qualified and experienced in working with a wide variety of mental health and developmental issues. We work with areas such as:
- Learning Disorders and Dyslexia
- Social Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Relationship Issues and Couples
- Anger Management
- Behavioural Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Sleep Issues, and;
- Separation and Divorce
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT
Our positive behaviour support service helps individuals, parents, carers, and families of those with behaviours of concern to increase a person’s quality of life and a secondary goal of decreasing the frequency and severity of their challenging behaviours.
We offer training programmes and workshops designed to help parents develop the skills necessary to manage an individual’s behaviour and development. The techniques learnt in parent training allow parents and carers to correctly identify, define and respond to an individual’s behaviour.
Group classes and workshops
We enjoy presenting interactive groups and workshops adults, families and professionals.
Our workshops have been creatively developed by Catherine Omni, the Augmentia clinical team and is combined with current research and practices in Australia and overseas.
We strive for innovation to make sure our programs are inspiring, practical and effective for small groups in the clinic setting or demonstrative for large audiences in our offsite workshop locations.
Our clinic-based workshops playfully address many common childhood issues such as managing anxiety, improving social skills, understanding separation and divorce, building self-esteem and making yourself happy. We work from the individual’s perspective and use evidence-based group work techniques to encourage participation in a therapeutic environment.
As the name implies, neurofeedback works by providing feedback to an individual about their brain, specifically, their brainwaves. This is referred to as “self-regulation,” because the individual is learning how to regulate their own actual brainwave patterns on their own, without medications or additional therapy. Neurofeedback has research backing supporting it’s non-invasive effectiveness and use in numerous disorders, including depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, trauma and other emotional issues. It can also be used to help people who have organic brain disorders, such as autism, cerebral palsy and seizures. After treatment, people have learned how to train their brain naturally, without pharmaceutical medications.
Augmentia Health offers assessments for adults in a range of areas, including:
- Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome, and Social Communication Disorder
- Cognitive testing for learning difficulties, dyslexia, memory problems, IQ/intelligence, or cognitive functioning
- Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The purpose of conducting comprehensive assessments are to help identify strengths and functional abilities to guide treatment and the strategies that will assist you reach your potential.
What does an assessment include?
All our adult assessments start with an intake session. In this session, the clinician will ask you questions around your abilities, challenges, and developmental history, and ask you to complete some questionnaires. This session will allow you to learn more about the assessment procedure and ensure that we tailor the assessment sessions specifically to your individual needs.
You will then come in for their assessment sessions with the clinician. The number and length of assessment sessions required will depend on the purpose of the assessment (e.g. ASD, ADHD, cognitive testing).
We also include a feedback session at the end of all diagnostic or cognitive assessments. In this session, the clinician will provide you with a copy of the written report and talk you through the assessment results and recommendations. You will also be able to ask questions about ‘What next?’ to make sure you are on the right path after the assessment.
What tests do we use?
We use the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV). The WAIS is considered the “gold standard” in measuring intelligence and has substantial evidence to support its reliability and validity. A general intelligence test (IQ test) is made up of a variety of tasks that measure different thinking abilities, including verbal reasoning, visual reasoning, working memory, and speed of information processing. Each area is measured using several tasks. You receive a score for each task, a score for each area, and a score of overall general intellectual functioning (IQ score). For comprehensive assessments we use additional tests to measure memory, executive functioning, academic skills, and attention. Your performance is scored according to how your skills compare to other people of the same age.
Do I need a referral?
No, anyone can self-refer for an assessment at Augmentia Health. Unfortunately, there are no Medicare rebates available for adult assessments, though rebates may be available if applied directly through your private health fund.
How can a cognitive assessment help me?
The results of the assessment show areas of strength and weakness which can help you to maximize your learning, further enhance areas of strength, and compensate or develop areas of weakness. The overall scores are often used by organisations (such as Centrelink) to determine if someone qualifies for additional support, programs, or even payments. The results of this test cannot guarantee any of these things but may help a person access different services.
People often say that cognitive testing helps them to:
- understand their own abilities better.
- focus on areas of strength and develop their potential in these areas.
- understand what to do to overcome barriers to progress at work and home.
- receive appropriate support from government services or other services.
Can't I just do a free IQ test online?
Assessments are administered by a psychologist who has been trained to administer cognitive assessments and who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The tests have been developed in accordance with the latest research evidence and have large research studies that support their reliability and validity. Many online tests claim to measure intelligence or IQ, but these tasks usually have no or very limited research evidence about their reliability and validity, so the scores are meaningless.
How can I increase my IQ score?
The best way to maximize your performance on the day of assessment is to get a good night sleep the night before, eat a healthy breakfast, and to feel relaxed and confident. Making sure that you’ve have enough exercise during the week and that you are not feeling too stressed will also give you the best chance of performing well. There are not any particular exercises or activities that will help you increase your performance.
Can I access treatment services?
Yes, our clinicians can provide interventions for adults experiencing a range of neurodevelopmental, social, emotional, mental health, or relationship issues. Find out more about our team of clinicians VIEW OUR CLINICIANS
Can an assessment be completed via telehealth?
Yes, some assessments can be completed via telehealth. Others may require one or two in person appointments.