Empowering people to make meaningful changes with their lives.
Hi, I'm Olga Lavalle
I’m a Clinical Psychologist with a warm empathic approach, empowering you to achieve your goals. With the use of a variety of approaches, I am dedicated to assist you to make positive changes to improve your mental health. My supportive, warm and non judgmental approach helps you to feel at ease to openly share your concerns. Treatment is based on evidence-based best practice principals and tailored to meet your individual needs.
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Therapy for Young People
Adolescence is the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. It is a time of discovery and commonly raises issues of independence and self-identity. We offer a warm friendly environment for adolescents from 16 years of age to talk about their concerns.
We focus on treatment of depression, anxiety, bullying, stress, self-esteem, drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, relationships and any general adolescent issues impacting on general wellbeing.
If you have noticed the following issues with your child, counselling with a child psychologist may be helpful:
- Defiance, tantrums, or oppositional behaviour
- Mood changes, such as crying more, appearing sad, or worrying excessively
- Anxiety about separating from you, or “clingy” behaviour
- Refusing to go to school
- Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
- Risk-taking behaviour
- Being bullied
- Difficulty connecting with peers
- Decline in performance at school
- Difficulty adjusting to changes, such as parents separating or loss of loved ones
Mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy that is the way we think, feel and develop relationships will be determined by our overall mental health. When we are mentally healthy our learning, daily functioning, and productivity increases and have positive social relationships.
Certain mental health conditions can cause distress, impact on day-to-day functioning and relationships. We provide a warm therapeutic environment to help you improve your mental health.
We provide treatment for mental health conditions including:
- Grief and Loss
- Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Childhood and Adult Abuse
- Self Esteem and General Wellbeing
We pride ourselves on promoting positive mental health in the community. Contact us to discuss any consultations to community or sporting organisations on mental health issues.
Workplace stress increases absenteeism, sick leave, high staff turnover, and decreases productivity. Contact us to discuss our mentally healthy workplace program.