A local psychology clinic has recently completed a recruitment drive to become the largest clinic offering general psychology to the Noosa community.
Ripple Psychology not only offers seven psychologists, but is open seven days, with after-hours appointments on weekends, and some evenings and early mornings.
In addition to the standard psychology for individual adults and children, which includes the most common service requests, Ripple Psychology offers many specializations.
These include couples and family therapy provided by one of the leading psychologists, Dave Clarke.
His wife and practice partner, Melita Inglis, offers trauma and EMDR (a special treatment approach for trauma) work, as do Amy and Lisa.
Other particular specializations offered at the clinic include perinatal psychology, child psychology, parenting, art therapy, and queer health.
The seven psychologists offer services funded by the NDIS and WorkCover.
It is widely believed that recent events such as floods and fires, as well as the prolonged Covid pandemic, have seen wait times for support services skyrocket to months.
The Productivity Commission’s recent mental health survey estimates the cost to Australia of poor mental health and suicide to be around $200 billion a year, or around 10% of gross national product.
At the local level, mental health impacts cost Noosa County around half a million dollars each year, and that figure is rising as wait times for services lengthen and people’s mental health increases. on these waiting lists is deteriorating.
Senior Psychologist Melita Inglis reminds us that while people get better at seeking mental health support, their issues have often become quite critical by the time they pick up the phone.
“So when the caller is told that the next available appointment is over a month away, people get discouraged or panic, or just give up,” he said.
“We are very pleased to be able to say that from May this year we will generally be able to book this person a confirmed appointment during the same week.
“It may take slightly longer if the person is requesting a particular psychologist or treatment approach, but even then we will generally book a firm first appointment rather than adding a person to an indefinite waiting list. “
Dave is also delighted to introduce the three new members of the team, who are all, coincidentally, moving to Noosa from Melbourne.
“Caren provides mediation as well as couple and family work,” he said.
“Aleksandra works a lot with children and teenagers, as well as with their parents, and provides a lot of support to the NDIS.
“Aaron works weekends with adults as well as children, has a particular interest in eating disorders and also offers NDIS services.”
Amy and Lisa continue to offer trauma and EMDR services (which is only offered by a few psychologists on the Sunshine Coast).
Amy is also expanding her perinatal psychology services, with pregnant mothers and new mothers actively seeking her services.
Find out more about the seven psychologists and what they offer on the website ripplepsychology.com.au or call reception agents May and Maxine on 5302 7776 to book with the psychologist of your choice.