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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I lost my job feeling anxious, bored, depressed and lonely, can someone help?

    I suffered hardship all my life and alcoholic abuse from my father violence. i have no life and no independence
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  • Carolien Koreneff

    Counsellor, Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse

    Carolien Koreneff is a Somatic (body-oriented) psychotherapist, Health Coach, Counsellor as well as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with over 20 years experience. She currently sees … View Profile

    That is a tough life!
    It sounds like what you need is a person who is willing to listen to you, validate where you are at and perhaps provide you with some guidance and support. I would be happy to provide these kind of services for you as your psychotherapist, but there are no rebates to see me, which could be problematic if you just lost your job.
    I therefore suggest that you talk to your GP as they can arrange a “GP Mental Health Plan”. Don't be alarmed, this does not mean that you are crazy or that there is something wrong with you. This plan is merely a way for your GP to identify that you are struggling and with this plan in place they can help you get Medicare rebates for seeing a psychologist.
    A psychologist can help you get your life back on track. Once you are back into some sort of routine with a job to pay for the bills you could consider doing more in depth work with a psychotherapist.
    I hope you find this answer useful in some way.
    All the best and good luck.

  • Often enough, we do not know our own mind. In the process of dialogue with another person, we are able to clarify what we think … View Profile

    It sure sounds tough for you at present and I am wondering about the resilience you have developed in the past to survive a difficult family life that can help you with your current situation. A lot of people who survive or endure tough conditions growing up do develop incredible resilience to other challenges in life ,but sometimes need help getting in touch with those strengths.

    It is very hard to lose a job - financially and emotionally. The good news is that there is plenty of support out there for those in your situation, and it only takes a few steps to access it.

    Your GP can most likely refer you to a counsellor on a Medicare mental health plan, and just for your interest and clarity, that person doesn't have to be a psychologist, but can be a mental health counsellor/social worker/OT/or mental health nurse - any of these professionals can probably help. I would contact the counsellors in your local area (try the search functions on the AASW website ?) and see who you like the sound of before going ahead.

    Good luck.

  • Renee Mill

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Empowering people is my passion and life work. I have been working as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over thirty years. I have … View Profile

    The good news is that there are many competent professionals who can help you. Your reaching out with this question is the first step to finding answers and improving your life.

    Here are some pointers to help you when choosing a therapist:

    1. Find a therapist who is affordable so that ongoing sessions will be possible.

    2. Consult with somebody who is local because long distant travel becomes onerous.

    3. Most important, stay with the therapist that you like the most. Having good chemistry is key to making progress. 

    4. Trust your therapist and allow yourself to go with his/her process.


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