Mental healthcare clinic
Wickham will be getting its own specialised psychological service within months thanks to a new resident with a strong belief in rural mental healthcare.
Private practice Cygnet Clinic Pilbara, which is in the process of securing premises in Wickham, will provide psychological help for residents suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma and eating disorders.
It will also help with relationship and work-related issues, child psychological problems, and family therapy.
The practice is the brainchild of clinical psychologist and soon-tobe clinic director Gabby Goodier, who moved to Wickham from Perth with her family five months ago and was surprised at the lack of local mental healthcare options.
Having spent her childhood in Kununurra and Derby, she said she was passionate about providing good quality mental healthcare to regional residents who too often lacked access.
“I know from my work in the public sector (treating eating disorders) the kids who were the sickest were rural kids. . . and the common theme was there’s no help up here so they go under the radar until they’re critical and they’re being hospitalised,” she said.
The Pilbara clinic will be a new branch of the two metropolitan Cygnet clinics Ms Goodier used to manage.