First of kind to open in region
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.
HELP: Dr Emily O’Leary and Amber Rattray represent the clinic at the Sunshine Coast half marathon.