Personal & Identity issues

Personal and identity issues is a very broad term to cover all of the struggles we can have with our sense of self, who we are in our relationships, our life direction and place in the world.

Regardless of age or background, at any time or stage in life, you could have trouble with:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor self-confidence and low self-worth
  • Perfectionism
  • Poor body image and eating issues
  • Being highly self-critical or judging of others
  • Maintaining healthy relationships with others
  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Fitting in and feeling a sense of belonging
  • Social anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anger management
  • Feeling stuck, loss of direction
  • Feeling disconnected, or at times dissociated
  • Assertiveness and communication difficulties
  • Job or study dissatisfaction
  • Infertility issues, loss of a child
  • Adjustment to a new life stage (moving out, separation, parenting, career change, retirement)
  • Grief and loss
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Psychological therapy and counselling for personal and identity issues on the Gold Coast

Dr Giselle Withers is an experienced Clinical Psychologist at Avoka Health on the Gold Coast, who offers psychological therapy and counselling to help you work through any personal or identity issues you are facing. Giselle has a compassionate and non-judgemental counselling style, and will help you:

  • understand the causes of the problems you are having
  • help you find clarity in your life direction and personal goals
  • feel connected to and motivated by your personal values
  • develop greater self-confidence and self-compassion
  • work towards healthy living goals
  • strengthen and maintain healthy relationships
  • become more assertive and communicate more effectively
  • adjust to significant changes in your life
  • if appropriate, find acceptance in situations you cannot control

Giselle has advanced training at a doctoral level in mental health assessment and psychological therapy, and has over 20 years of experience in counselling and mental health treatmentShe draws on evidence-based treatment models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs), Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Schema Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Your first step

If you have been feeling unhappy or unsettled within yourself, or you have been trying to adjust to a significant life change, it may be time talk to your general practitioner (GP). Your GP can provide an initial assessment to look at your overall health and symptoms, and discuss counselling or treatment options with you. If appropriate, your GP can prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan which will allow you to access a Medicare rebate for your psychology sessions. Getting the right support early can help prevent your mental health deteriorating further, and can help you start feeling more comfortable and confident in your life.

Making a booking with Dr Giselle Withers

To make an appointment with Dr Giselle please contact Avoka Health using the links below.

If you have a GP referral, you can ask your GP to send this directly to Giselle or you can email a copy to Giselle yourself before your first appointment.

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