Nicole Daly, Clinical Psychologist
Nicole is a clinical psychologist who has been working in private practice since 2008 and prior to this, worked for Mental Health ACT. Nicole has extensive experience in the treatment of bereavement, grief & loss, life transitions, anxiety & depression disorders as well as cognitive and learning assessment and diagnosis.
Treatment modalities and areas of particular focus in the practice are EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Relaxation Techniques, Clinical Hypnosis, Educational and Learning Assessment and Diagnosis. Techniques to enhance communication in interpersonal and work situations.
Expertise, empathy and effective therapy form the key characteristics of this practice. Constant engagement with contemporary clinical practice ensures your confidence and trust.
There is no "one size fits all" prescription for the treatment of individuals. Treatment is tailored to the needs of the inidividual. The expertise of the practice incorporates the following modalities and other techniques, such as minfulness and relaxation, used singly or in combination as approriate.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence based psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an evidence based treatment approach for psychological disorders. It involves identifying specific patterns of thought (cognition) and behaviour and learning skills and techniques that improve emotional and mental health.
Clinical hypnosis is an evidence based technique used by psychologists as an adjunct therapy with clinical practice. Clinical hypnosis creates a relaxed state, which is highly therapeutic, allowing the individual to access positive states. It is also a powerful stress reduction technique and enhances the person's responsiveness to positive change. This technique is able to access the subconscious mind through bypassing the resistance of the critical mind to enhance the individual's capacity to act on and build on their own internal skills and resources.
Accurate early identification and intervention is important in helping individuals achieve to their highest potential. Learning difficulties may affect how a child or adult understands, remembers, processes and assimilates information. A comprehensive assessment aims to identify the individual's strengths and challenges. Appropriate recommendations may assist with educational planning and support. A fully comprehensive set of cognitive, executive functioning, intelligence and educational tests ensure current best practice in psychology.
Nicole has a particular interest in the assessment and diagnosis of learning difficulties; reading disorder (dyslexia), mathematics disorder (dyscalculia), executive functioning difficulties (e.g., working memory, attention, processing speed, planning and organisation).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur when individuals are exposed to trauma. Trauma is a reaction to overwhelming stress and can be triggered by life threatening situations, assault of all sorts or extreme life events. The mind may react in a variety of ways: shock, detachment, fear , constantly re-seeing events or a range of other responses.
Anxiety disorders can be manifest in a wide variety of symptoms. Persistent worry, compulsions and obsessions, anxiety in social situations, panic attacks and phobias. Many suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) which can be brought on by genetic predisposition or response to situational contexts such as the work place or in relationships.
It's useful to talk about a spectrum of depressive disorders ranging from mild to major. Mild depression compromises the individual's enjoyment of life and may lead to more severe forms of depression. Depression disorders are not uncommon. For example, antenatal and postnatal depression affect 10-16% of new mothers. Difficult life transitions may also trigger depression disorders.
The loss of a loved one provokes a mix of emotional responses subsequent to an initial feeling of numbness. Grief is an important part of coping and has psychological as well as physical effects. Helping an individual through the process of bereavement, loss and grief can be a life affirming journey.
Communication is far more complex than it appears. There is considerable scope for misunderstandings to arise when one party believes they are communicating effectively when the message may have become obscured in the process of transmission or reception.
Stress occurs when your sense of the demands placed on you exceed or are incongruent with what you understand are your own abilities and capacities. A critical aspect of stress events is the potential for stress to feed on itself and to become more severe.
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