Men­tal health­care clinic

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Gabby Good­ier.

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