A professional, confidential and caring counselling service
The Signs of Life is the private practice of Psychologist Alana Roy. She works primarily with Children and Families, Youth, Couples and the Deaf, Blind and Deafblind communities. Best practice therapies are used and treatments are tailored to suit the needs of individual clients. Sessions are available during and outside of business hours and new clients can be seen within a fortnight or earlier for crisis appointments. You can see Alana at two locations and outreach services to schools and family homes in the Melbourne Metro area are also available. Some common referral issues and treatment approaches are listed below:
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic intervention designed to address maladaptive emotions, such as chronic fear and shame. Emotion Focused Therapy utilises a range of techniques in a safe and genuine therapeutic environment, which allows the emotions to be activated, explored, expressed, and regulated. EFT cultivates emotional intelligence and, as a result, can nurture deeper and more meaningful relationships.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (pronounced ‘act’) is a therapy aimed at dislodging the psychological suffering experienced as a result of human language. Language, whether it be talking, gesturing, imagining, or thinking, can lead us to criticizes or condemn ourselves or others; it can further lead us to judge, lie, manipulate, jump to the future, or relive unpleasant experiences from the past. ACT uses multiple techniques to support clients to live a life worth living (values), in the present moment (mindfulness).
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that is based around helping the client understand, manage, and alter their thoughts and actions for the purpose of improving their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been demonstrated as effective with numerous clinical and non-clinical problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and psychotic disorders. This form of therapy has been shown to be very effective for the treatment of social anxiety.
Mindfulness is a technique employed within ACT, and as a therapy on its own. It rests on the assumption that we will, of course, encounter all sorts of unpleasant private experiences (e.g., thoughts, images, feelings). Mindfulness is consciously brining awareness to the here-and-now experiences with openness, interest, and receptiveness. Mindfulness facilitates clients to let these negative experiences come and go without our judgment or criticism. It transforms our relationship with our thoughts in a way that reduces their impact on our lives.
Alana Roy is a registered Psychologist, mental health social worker, counsellor, advocate, teacher and PhD candidate. She is completing a Diploma in Auslan.
Now is the time to take action and improve your mental health and wellbeing
We all know that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. Whatever you may be facing, however insurmountable it may seem, talking to a Psychologist can help. I offer tailored therapies to suit your situation so we can find something you are comfortable with. You can learn strategies and tools to drastically improve your emotional and psychological wellbeing that will help you far beyond our sessions.
If it is your relationship that you are struggling with and you’re feeling stuck, angry or alone, I can help you both work towards a happier partnership. We all want this, yet somehow it can get complicated pretty easily. Within a set timeframe we work towards solutions to get you back on track. We can face whatever issues you are having in a safe space and come up with a plan for going forward.
Help for families when things become overwhelming
It’s very common to need professional support when raising a family. Maybe you are dealing with behavioural issues, and need your child assessed? Perhaps the family dynamic in your house is just not working and stress levels are rising? Sometimes parenting and communication styles clash in the home resulting in arguments and tension.
Whatever the concern, I have a wealth of experience working with children and families and we can work out what is best for your situation.
If you are a concession card holder, have obtained a Mental Health Plan form your GP or make an outreach appointment sessions can be bulk billed, so you don’t have to worry about the expense.I can always see you within a fortnight or earlier if you feel it’s more urgent which means there are minimal wait times and we can get started right away.
It’s never too early or too late to seek the support you need
It’s a fact of life that the teenage and early adult years can be tough. We live in an increasingly complex society and young people face many challenges as they search for their place in the world. It can also be tricky for parents as they try to help their children through this time. Accessing support however, can be embarrassing and confronting for teenagers.
I have a great rapport with young people and provide a sensitive, down to earth but professional environment. Throughout our sessions teenagers are helped to identify their goals and overcome life’s challenges. Head to my Therapies section to learn more about the ways I can help.
I work out of two private locations, provide outreach services to family homes in the Melbourne metro area and also work at schools independently but collaboratively with teachers and principals. The individual can chose which setting they feel most comfortable in.
If you are a concession card holder, have obtained a Mental Health Plan form your GP or make an outreach appointment sessions can be bulk billed, so you don’t have to worry about the added expense. I can always see you within a fortnight or earlier if you feel it’s more urgent which means there are minimal wait times and we can get started right away.
When working with Deaf, Blind and Deafblind people it is my belief that unique language, communication and cultural needs must be considered and celebrated. However, like any community living with a disability, emotional and mental health issues can arise. Having to explain your situation to a Psychologist or Counsellor can seem like a giant barrier to overcome. Are they going to understand the particular issues you might face or will you spend all your time getting them up to speed on how things are? Furthermore, will they be able to communicate effectively in a way that you are comfortable with?
I have the qualifications and experience to assist Deaf, Blind and Deafblind clients and am passionate about doing so. I am currently completing a PhD at The University of Melbourne (specialising in vision and hearing loss). I use Auslan, tactile sign language and can also organise an interpreter if preferred. I use a range of therapeutic approaches in my work so we can find the one that suits you. Privacy, professional integrity and cultural sensitivity are key to my practice.
Furthermore, I have had the pleasure of presenting at several Deaf and Deafblind conferences in Australia and internationally. Please refer to the Community section of my website to read my presentations.
Adults, children and youth who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing (HOH) or have a disability often benefit from educational and mental health assessments. The results of these assessments can provide invaluable insight into the child’s cognitive ability, academic ability, personality profile and mental health. In cases where a mental health disorder is present, these tests can help with diagnosis and, ultimately, a treatment plan.
In cases where a mental health disorder is evident, my treatment and approach is one of positivity and collaboration. I am committed to meeting the psychological needs of my clients and supporting them as individuals, whilst focusing on overcoming the variety of emotional, psychological, social, behavioural and academic challenges that Deaf, HOH or disabled clients may face.
Since 2017, I have been providing clinical supervision, support and debriefing to professionals and students with referral links from a range of universities in Melbourne.
I also provide support to workers via their organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP.) These can be either face-to-face or via Skype or telephone, meeting the needs of those within metropolitan Melbourne and of people in rural and remote settings. I am an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and a member of the Australian College of Social Work and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
We all know that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. Whatever you may be facing, however insurmountable it may seem, talking to a counsellor can help. As a Medicare-approved mental health social worker and counsellor, I offer tailored therapies to suit your situation so we can find something you are comfortable with. You can learn strategies and tools to drastically improve your emotional and psychological wellbeing that will help you far beyond our online counselling sessions.
I work primarily with Children and Families, Youth, Couples and the Deaf, Blind and Deafblind communities. Best practice therapies are used and treatments are tailored to suit the needs of individual clients.
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