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About Create Balance

Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling is a team of compassionate and dedicated professionals who understand the profound impact that trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship issues, and ADHD can have on individuals and their loved ones. We believe in creating a safe space where healing can take place, where individuals can find solace amidst their struggles.

Our collective experience has taught us that these challenges are not just external battles; they affect every aspect of one’s life. Through evidence-based therapies and personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique needs, we strive to empower our clients to reclaim their lives and rediscover their inner strength.

We approach our work with the utmost professionalism while ensuring a warm and empathetic atmosphere.

Our counsellors and therapists are registered social workers with The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). They are also full members of the EMDR Association of Australia. Create Balance also supports plan-managed and self-managed participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Treatment of Issues

Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling offers treatment for individuals experiencing a variety of emotional and psychological wellbeing issues, some of which are listed below. Each person is unique and our therapists tailor treatment to suit each client’s needs.

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Trauma Counselling

If your mental health has been impacted by trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you know that life can be very challenging. Post traumatic stress may feel like you’re constantly on edge, in danger and reliving a traumatic event over and over again in your mind. You might have trouble sleeping or concentrating, have relationship difficulties or even struggle with functioning on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available for trauma and PTSD and a skilled mental health professional ready to help you heal from complex trauma and move on with your life.

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Create Balance specialises in trauma therapy. Geelong residents have the opportunity to access a range of innovative therapies, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), to treat post traumatic stress disorder, as well as many other mental health problems and concerns.

If you’re ready to start healing from trauma, complex trauma, PTSD and CPTSD, we encourage you to contact us at Create Balance at begin trauma counselling. Whether you have experienced a one-off traumatic event or many compounding traumatic experiences, we’ll work with you to create a customised treatment plan. We will help you find relief from mental illness and start living your life with joy again without the burden and pain of underlying trauma.

Common Traumatic Events

  • car accidents
  • natural disasters
  • family violence
  • physical assault or abuse
  • sexual assault or abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • financial abuse
  • military combat
  • being a victim of crime
  • witnessing a traumatic event
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Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns. It comes in many forms and affects us all in different ways. It is a mental health condition that can not only cause psychological distress but can also result in physical symptoms. It can go on to cause self esteem issues, relationship issues, employment issues and many other significant challenges.

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Anxiety usually starts because, at some point in our life, we were exposed to a traumatic event or even numerous events. The anxiety and associated emotional pain we feel in our everyday life is usually only partly related to what is happening in the present and mostly related to our past trauma.

You can start healing at a deep level with evidence based anxiety counselling. Geelong residents can attend Create Balance to learn psychological techniques and practical strategies for treating stress and dealing with anxiety and other mental health conditions.

Types of Anxiety

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • Specific phobias
  • Panic disorder or panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • ​Complex post-traumatic
  • ​Stress disorder (CPTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive ​disorder (OCD)
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Depression Counselling

Over three million Australians live with depression. The symptoms of this mental health condition can vary from mild to debilitating. It can feel all-consuming for a person who is experiencing a major depressive episode.

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If depression prevents you from doing the things you love, an experienced psychotherapist or counsellor can work collaboratively with you during individual counselling sessions to discover the root causes of your mental health conditions.

Reaching out is the first step to healing from depression. Through talk therapy, with a focus on anxiety and depression counselling, you can gain perspective and make sense of the way you’re feeling. You may soon feel relief from the negative psychological and physical symptoms you’ve been experiencing. So don’t hesitate to seek depression counselling.

Geelong is home to Create Balance Psychotherapy & Counselling. We can help you improve your mental and emotional health and help you begin enjoying everyday life without the burden of challenging mental health.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent low mood
  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Change in sleeping habits (sleeping too much or too little)
  • Changes in eating habits or loss of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
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Addiction Recovery

An addiction usually starts as a way of coping with uncomfortable feelings, such as anxiety or depression. When an addiction forms, such as drug and alcohol addiction, it serves as a way to escape or suppress the strong emotions we’re currently not able to process. The longer we engage in our addiction to mask our pain, the more issues it will cause.

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When we have uncontrollable urges, we can feel lost and out of control. Emotional health, mental health and even physical health can suffer. Addiction issues can also cause other negative consequences. Behaviours related to addiction may result in problems with relationships, careers, financial stability and even legal issues. But you can ask for addiction help.

Geelong has addiction therapists working at Create Balance Psychotherapy & Counselling. They can help you break free from your unwanted behaviours and help you identify the root cause of your issues. Your well being can improve through a range of treatment options, resources and therapies. Recovery could be your reality and you cold be living with hope and happiness.

Types of Addictions

  • Alcohol
  • Illicit substances
  • Cigarettes
  • Food (eating disorders)
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Gambling
  • Shopping/spending
  • Sex & love (co-dependency)
  • ​​Internet/gaming
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Couples Counselling

Couples counselling or relationship counselling is for any two person relationship, whether married, de facto, newly coupled or simply old friends. All relationships have their unique ups and down and they can be difficult to navigate. Sometimes a little extra help is needed to get back on track. Support through couples therapy can help improve communication issues, enhance intimacy issues, boost self esteem and strengthen partnerships.

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Relationship or marriage counselling helps couples to understand and resolve conflict, which can not only benefit the couple but also other family relationships. Relationship counselling provides couples with the tools and skills needed to build stronger, more fulfilling relationships. It can also help couples to understand their partner better and to resolve any issues that may be causing problems.

Confidentially is assured during couples or marriage counselling. Geelong couples can feel confident that what is discussed remains between them and their counsellor. Therapists at Create Balance in Geelong West provide a safe space for couples to express their thoughts and feelings without judgement.

Couples or marriage counselling can help you, your partners, your children and other family members live a happier life, through your own improved skills of communication, understanding, compromise and resilience.

Advantages of Couples Counselling

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Improve your listening skills
  • Learn emotional regulation skills
  • Resolve conflict
  • Understand each other’s needs and wants
  • Build trust and intimacy
  • Develop a greater sense of connection with your partner
  • Improve your relationship satisfaction

It can also be beneficial to consider family therapy. Prior to starting couples counselling, strained relationships can often result in less than ideal choices and behaviour. This can unintentionally but negatively impact others, such as children. By engaging in family counselling, you can identify family values, priorities and boundaries, as well as reinforce messages of love and support for those who are witness to the relationship difficulties a couple may face. Together, through family counselling, you can all feel heard, understood and respected.

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ADHD Support

There are a number of ways in which therapy can help people with an ADHD diagnosis. Firstly, it can provide a space for them to open up about their experiences and share whatever is on their mind. This can be a huge relief for people who often feel misunderstood or alone in their struggles. Secondly, therapy can help people with adult ADHD learn new skills and strategies for managing their symptoms. This might involve learning how to better organise time, set goals or communicate effectively with others. Finally, therapy can also help people with ADHD deal with any related mental health issues, such as low self-esteem or anxiety.
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Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling is a great option for accessing adult ADHD support. Geelong residents can feel confident that Create Balance’s therapists have sound knowledge of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and mental health – including anxiety disorders, anger management, emotional regulation and post traumatic stress disorder. They can help their clients develop strategies that can literally be life changing.

Common ADHD challenges include:

  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing on tasks
  • Easily distractibility
  • Disorganisation and poor time management skills
  • Impulsivity and acting without thinking
  • Low self-esteem or feeling under-confident
  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • Relationship problems due to difficulties with communication or impulsive behaviour

Counselling in Geelong

At Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling, our Geelong-based therapists are here to help you with a range of mental health concerns. You can expect empathetic, expert support from each of our counsellors. Geelong residents can feel optimistic about overcoming challenges and improving wellbeing.

Our mental health professionals understand that everyone is different. They tailor their approach to meet your individual needs in a safe and supportive environment. You can confidently explore your thoughts and feelings, and work towards making positive changes in your life.

Whether you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, trauma, relationship problems, self esteem, everyday life or any other concern, our counsellors can help you. Individual counselling at Create Balance in Geelong can provide you with the tools and practical strategies you need to make lasting changes and improve your psychological wellbeing.

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Create Balance would like to Acknowledge we work on Wadawurrung Country.

We pay our respects to Wadawurrung people, their Elders past, present and emerging.

We extend respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and express gratitude that we can all share this land today.

We share the sorrow for the costs of that sharing, and hope and believe that we can move together to a place of equity, justice and partnership.

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Create Balance Psychotherapy and Counselling offers a safe space for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We enthusiastically welcome all people from the LGBTQIA+ community.