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What is and Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease and involves physical, physiological, psychological, emotional and behavioural changes. It refers to excessive and uncontrolled consumption of potentially harmful substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, prescription medications, or illicit drugs, or excessively partaking in activities such as gambling, video gaming, or sexual behaviours, despite the negative and harmful consequences. Such behaviours continue even beyond the negative impacts they have on the person’s life and often on those around them.

Common Signs of an Addiction

  • Inability to control the behaviour
  • Breakdown of usual relationships
  • Abandonment of usual responsibilities, such as work
  • Preoccupation with the substance or harmful behaviour.
  • Changes in appearance and behaviours
  • Taking risks
  • Mood changes including anxiety and depression

Self-Management, Tips, and Strategies

  • Accept that the behaviour or substance use might be out of control
  • Reach out for help early and get the support of family and friends
  • Talk with your doctor
  • Learn about your addiction
  • Think about the consequences of the behaviour or substance on your life
  • Look for alternative healthy ways to meet your needs
  • Redirect your attention

When can a Psychologist help?

Addictions can have serious consequences and often need professional intervention. Psychologists can help you take back control by exploring reasons for your addiction and helping you to develop strategies to change the behaviour and thinking associated with the addiction. Overcoming an addiction is not easy. . Our team is here to support your through your grief and help you find ways to cope. You can book online using our Book an Appointment button, give us a call on (02) 4625 3339, or email us at


Our Emotional wellbeing Check (EWC) is a brief 30 minute ‘check up’ for your emotional health. It is not intended as treatment or mental health assessment. It is designed to help raise awareness of the importance of our emotional health in our overall quality of life. 

Who is it for? 

Our EWC is for anyone who has wondered about their emotional health or is just wanting a ‘check up’ to see how they’re tracking. This service is not designed for anyone who has a current and serious mental health diagnosis. 

What does it involve?

Our EWC involves a 30 minute individual session with one of our provisional psychologists. About a week before the session you’ll be asked to complete our consent form, which outlines our T&Cs. You’ll then complete a few brief questionnaires. The group of questionnaires take about 15-20 mins to complete in total. We will receive your results and provide you with a personalised report about what it all means along with some recommendations, if needed. 

How much does it cost? 

Free Emotional Wellbeing Check for people from Macarthur and Liverpool area during Lockdown

As a local psychology practice we would love to offer our EWS for free to people from Macarthur and Liverpool area during Lockdown.
As times can be tough with stay at home orders and working from home we would love to give something back and support our community.
Your EWC includes a 30 minute session and the personalised report.
Please note that our EWC is a flat fee of $45 for people residing outside of the Macarthur and Liverpool area and when restrictions are lifted in Macarthur and Liverpool area.

How do I book?

It’s easy, you can book online using our Book an Appointment button at the top and bottom of the page or just call our friendly team on 02 4625 3339. 

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