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Welcome to Focus Psychology. We provide psychological knowledge and skills to improve your health and well being. Our psychologists are highly trained experts who can guide you through the painful aspects of emotional problems and find that individual solution to best suit your needs.
Life changes, a crisis or the build up of everyday problems can cause considerable stress. This may lead to significant symptoms of anxiety, depression and may be associated with poor physical health. This may limit your performance in the workplace or impact negatively on family and relationships. Speaking to a psychologist is a healthy way to develop new strategies and cope more effectively.
Established since 1995, Focus Psychology has a sound reputation in the Hills District of Sydney providing private psychological services for children, adults and families. Consultant psychologists work from our rooms located near the centre of Castle Hill. The business has a reputation with local doctors, agencies and individuals for providing effective psychological help in a professional environment. Some appointments are also available in the city.
In a relaxed atmosphere of privacy, our clients report they feel comfortable to discuss important issues of their personal, family and working lives. Confidentiality is ensured by our professional code of ethics. Psychologists are also registered with the government and are required to maintain high professional standards for current knowledge and professional conduct in a respectful manner.
Psychological Assessment means paying attention to the client history, current functioning and symptoms. Psychometric measures may include questionnaires and tests to help diagnose the pattern of problems. You will be referred on if you require medication, hospital care or more specific treatment such as for management of psychotic or severe symptoms.
Consultancy is provided to organisations such as rehabilitation providers, insurance companies, solicitors, government agencies and private employers. This includes preparation of medico-legal reports, workplace rehabilitation and trauma debriefing. Programs are designed for the particular needs of an individual or organisation.
Rebates & Accounts...
Medicare Rebates are available when the doctor has recorded a Mental Health Care Plan. We can reimburse the rebate directly to your account at the time of consultation through our Medicare EFTPOS terminal.
Private Health Care Rebates may apply for those with private health insurance.
Agencies may pay for
treatment for those eligible under the Workers
Compensation Scheme, a Third Party Insurance Scheme, the
Victims of Crime Tribunal, the Department of Veterans
Affairs or an Employee Assistance Program offered by some
Lyn Everingham is the principal consultant psychologist for the practice. Lyn has many years counselling experience and is an accredited supervisor for psychologists.
She has helped many individuals and families to overcome problems such as anger, anxiety, relationships issues, trauma, chronic pain, brain injury rehabilitation and depression. She has published research on anger management and has provided media presentations on child development issues. She has trained in the use of hypnosis and other treatment modalities such as EMD-R and in trauma treatment with Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.
Lyn has training in yoga and meditation and provides encouragement to those seeking peace and strength through alternative health approaches.
Bob Craig is a consultant psychologist with over 30 years experience. He has worked in private practice in the Hills area since 1990 and uses an integrated approach including cognitive behavioural therapy.
He provides relationship counselling and family therapy as well as treatment for anxiety, depression and behavioural or learning problems for children and adults. Assessments and reports can be provided.
Bob has considerable experience in the area of intellectual, physical or sensory disability for the integration or rehabilitation of individuals. He is in demand as a clinical supervisor, consultant and crisis counsellor.
This includes experience in the assessment and treatment of the Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorder. Bob also has a special interest in the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Reshmi Pal is a consultant Psychologist with more than 25 years experience. She has been working in private practice in the Hills district since 1998. She has extensive clinical expertise in adult mental health, adolescent, family and couple therapy. Areas of expertise include: Depression/Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addictions, Substance Use, Personality Disorders, Couple and Relationship counselling.
Reshmi also has significant cross-cultural expertise. She is a consultant psychologist with the Clinical Consultation and Assessment Service of the Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) which provides consultancies on mental health issues to a wide range of mental health care professionals including general practitioners. Reshmis experience also extends to rehabilitation counselling and injury management.
She has considerable experience in the education sector on mental health and vocational issues for adolescents and adults. She uses an eclectic approach in counselling, utilising a wide range of therapeutic models. She is trained in Hypnotherapy.
David Taplin joined Focus Psychology in May 2010 as a consulting psychologist with over 22 years experience. David shows warmth and genuine empathy in helping people to live their lives more fully. In addition to private practice, he has worked in hospitals, mental health services, schools and university services to assist people whose lives have been effected by anxiety, depression, grief or trauma.
David has a particular interest in fathering and working with men and boys to achieve healthier emotional lives and relationships. This male perspective in therapy is particularly evident in the success David achieves with adolescents and young men. David has also worked in Health Service and Education Management and consults with executives and managers to achieve better outcomes while maintaining good mental health.
Ray Field is an expert in the use and interpretation of psychological tests and has special skills in vocational assessment. He can provide a good understanding of ability, personality, work related interests, and skills to significantly assist an applicant to find the right training and/or occupation to best suit their capabilities. This greatly increases confidence and ultimately enhances work satisfaction.
Ray provides psychological evaluation across the life span in vocational, educational, clinical and forensic contexts.
He has worked as a vocational psychologist in employment and rehabilitation planning for disabled adolescents and adults. This includes senior management experience ensuring service delivery for those with significant disabilities including learning disorders, traumatic brain injury and psychological injury.
is Past President and Fellow of the Australian College of
Clinical Psychologists, Sydney Branch, Member of the
Australian Psychological Society, College of Forensic
Psychologists and Member of the International
Neuropsychological Society. He holds a Bachelor of Arts
Degree with Honours (Psychology) from Sydney University,
and a Master of Arts Degree with Honours (Psychology)
from Macquarie University.
Therapy is personal. It is a collaboration and a dynamic interaction. Your psychologist will assess your situation and give information about best practice and alternatives. Research shows that key factors for effective therapeutic change include the therapeutic RELATIONSHIP and the clients READINESS for therapy. Your psychologist can help you find the right approach, so talk to them about your preferences.
Throughout the therapeutic process you will clarify feelings and identify attitudes and behaviours for change. You may be encouraged you to take a wholistic approach and develop a good daily practice for your mental and physical health. This may include exercise, nutrition, relaxation, social or recreational activities to complement the psychological program.
The psychologist will assist you to develop realistic goals and a step by step approach to achieve these important goals. If you make a regular habit from the ideas you learn in psychology, you will compound the benefit. Be patient and determined. The psychologist is your guide and mentor to keep you on track to consolidate changes which build towards the life you want and your ultimate aim.
Relationship counselling is a good way to clarify issues and express feelings safely This also provides a way to learn new skills and to practice communicating effectively.
Some clients may consider an initial session privately, particularly if there has been a complex history of problems or for children, to ensure confidentiality. The background provided in the initial session may assist the therapist to use the most helpful approach for the dynamic of the relationship and problems. The history may also be provided by email or written notes prior to the session.
An investment in relationship counselling may prevent relationship breakdown and improve harmony for all those involved.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is regarded as the most well researched and effective model for the psychological treatment of depression / anxiety and is supported by extensive scientific research. Your consultant will assess and plan an individual program to be monitored and evaluated. This therapy highlights the link between mood and thinking by developing a realistic step by step approach to achieve emotional and behavioural goals.
Narrative Therapy empowers clients to identify personal strengths compared with a history of problems. The client is guided to develop effective change within the context of an empowering story of their own experience. This therapy is useful for treatment of diverse problems for all ages and may be a particularly creative approach to building self confidence.
Hypnosis is a popular method to reduce or stop addictive behaviours such as smoking, drinking, gambling or eating problems. Hypnosis may enhance physical relaxation while maintaining mental alertness. Using this model the psychologist may identify key thoughts and behaviours to facilitate a step by step process for change. During the trance state, the therapist may also give specific suggestions to enhance motivation and improve well being. Many clients find a calming benefit and go on to practise self-hypnosis or meditation.
Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMD-R) is a method
some psychologists may use to resolve the emotional
intensity of a traumatic memory. It requires the client
to think of a painful aspect of the traumatic memory
while moving the eyes from side to side. This light left/right
shift appears to facilitate memory processing for some
patients and requires special training by the
For more information about psychological research, treatment and services, go to the Help Resources listed on the right or visit www.focuspsychology.blogspot.com.
Please contact our office if you would like to purchase a copy of our Relaxation CD. This audio recording contains 8 tracks for relaxation, from progressive muscle relaxation to guided imagery. Many clients report the benefits of the soothing voice to calm the troubled mind. Some people listen to the relaxation audio on an MP3 player, before bed or as preparation before a stressful situation.
you first visit the practice, we will ask you to complete
a client registration form detailing some aspects of your
personal history. We may also ask you to complete brief
questionnaire. Attached is a copy of the client
registration form which you may wish
to print and complete in preparation for your visit.
|Finding and contacting us...
The practice is located near the Castle Hill Day Surgery near the intersection of Terminus St south of the Castle Mall shopping centre. Parking is available in Cecil Avenue or at the shopping centre carpark in Terminus Street.
Arriving from the east, take the Terminus St bypass and turn left into Cecil Ave. Arriving from Showground Road or from the west on Old Northern Road, you'll need to enter Cecil Ave from Old Northern Road, then either park in the shopping centre carpark, or turn in the carpark to return to Cecil Ave and park there. This is best visualised on the Google Maps view of the Castle Hill business centre, noting that carpark (not shown on Google Maps) is on the north side of Terminus Street.
Appointments are available from 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday as well as Saturday morning.
Lyn also works from rooms at Edgecliff. Please contact the office for details.
Our Office Manager can help you with any administrative matters including enquires about consultation fees and may assist to arrange a suitable time with the therapist to best suit your needs. Payment is accepted by credit card, cash or cheque. Organisations may arrange an account.
phone, email or write
initially to discuss your needs. Lyn and her team assure
you of professional and confidential support for your
individual needs and effective management of corporate
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