First of kind to open in re­gion

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS | BUSINESS -

A CLINIC ded­i­cated to help­ing peo­ple who are strug­gling with anx­i­ety and Ob­ses­sive Com­pul­sive Dis­or­der has opened its doors in Caloun­dra. It is the sec­ond branch for the unique pri­vate psy­chol­ogy prac­tice, Anx­i­ety House, which opened its first clinic in Brisbane in 2015.

A grow­ing num­ber of reg­u­lar Sun­shine Coast clients en­cour­aged direc­tors Dr Emily O’Leary and Am­ber Rat­tray to ex­pand north.

“Anx­i­ety disor­ders are one of the most com­mon men­tal health prob­lems, yet un­til now, there has been no spe­cial in­ter­est psy­chol­ogy clinic fo­cused on pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence-based treat­ment for anx­i­ety disor­ders on the Sun­shine Coast,” said Am­ber Rat­tray, Anx­i­ety House Co-Di­rec­tor and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist.

“We had so many clients from the Sun­shine Coast reg­u­larly com­mut­ing to see us in our Brisbane clinic, so we wanted to make life eas­ier for them, plus it was clear there was a def­i­nite need for our ser­vices up here.

“I also live lo­cally and am acutely aware of the need for a Coast-based clinic ded­i­cated to help­ing those in the com­mu­nity strug­gling with anx­i­ety symp­toms and OCD re­lated dif­fi­cul­ties,” she said.

Ms Rat­tray added it was not just adults seek­ing treat­ment for anx­i­ety, with up to 10 per cent of chil­dren suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety that is sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect­ing their lives.

“Un­for­tu­nately, anx­i­ety in chil­dren goes largely un­treated as it is of­ten hard to de­tect or sim­ply put down to a case of shy­ness,” she said.

“Know­ing when the prob­lem is se­ri­ous can be tricky.”

The Anx­i­ety House Sun­shine Coast web­site has a short anx­i­ety dis­or­der self-as­sess­ment quiz to help users iden­tify if they would ben­e­fit from pro­fes­sional help: visit anx­i­ety­house-sc.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HELP: Dr Emily O’Leary and Am­ber Rat­tray rep­re­sent the clinic at the Sun­shine Coast half marathon.

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