Taking care of your employees is good business

Chelsea Psychology offers an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to organisations wanting confidential and proactive counselling for issues that impact upon staff wellbeing and performance.

We are a small team of registered, highly qualified and experienced psychologists offering a personalised and professional service to your managers, employees and immediate family members.

The Medicare Initiative enables you to receive a rebate when you see a Clinical Psychologist or a Psychologist in a private setting. To qualify, you need a referral from a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician, outlining a psychological condition and the treatment required.

You can claim up to 10 Medicare rebates in a calendar year, with a GP review about half way through your treatment, depending on your doctor's recommendation. You can also receive rebates for up to 10 group sessions in a calendar year, in addition to your individual treatment.

Chelsea Psychology provides psychological support for a wide range of problems, including adolescent issues, pregnancy and childbirth issues, relationship problems, psychiatric issues, personality problems, mid-life crises, ageing and health and personal concerns. Read more about how to seek help at Chelsea Psychology under Frequently Asked Questions in our library.

Chelsea Psychology therapists have broad experience in many mental health fields, and over the years we have gathered a wide range of excellent references of books, online resources and community support organisations that you can access. Please feel free to browse our suggestions below and contact us if you have any recommendations.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Clinical Psychologist Julie E’silva to the Chelsea Psychology team. She brings fresh perspectives and new areas of expertise to the Clinic. Julie is a skilled Clinical Psychologist with a long track record in delivering high-quality treatment for couples, adults and young adults.  Julie is experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. We believe that Julie will make a valuable contribution to Chelsea Psychology’s team of highly qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologists and psychologists.


Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy, by Viktor E. Frankl

“We [need] to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who [are] being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and right conduct. Life ultimately means the responsibility to find the right answers to its problems and to fulfil the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual". ~ Viktor E Frankl.

My son lives in Berlin and having visited him earlier this year, I've become even more interested in reading all things German - and especially books about the horrors of World War II.  Man’s Search for Meaning is of particular interest as Frankl was a Professor of Psychiatry in Vienna before the war, and he survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.  His Logotherapy method of psychotherapy evolved from his experiences in Auschwitz, where he witnessed his own ways of surviving and drew upon his perceptions of the survival, or not, of other inmates and the camp guards.  His basic premise is that we are more likely to survive if we find meaning in our lives, and that meaning is generally unique to our individual ways of looking at the world.  The Logotherapy approach can be contrasted to other schools of psychiatry which maintain that the pursuit of pleasure or power are primary factors. According to Frankl, when individuals fail to find meaning in their lives, they turn to the pursuit of pleasure or power in the false belief that doing so will fill the void that has been created by an absence of meaning.  In my own experience with clients, a lack of purpose is a major cause of depression. Frankl identified three basic premises upon which meaning can be built:


Frankl used his love of his wife to maintain hope in Auschwitz, and also noticed how other prisoners used relationships to stay positive in the face of horrific circumstances.


Frankl claims that completion of our objectives results in deep satisfaction and sense of personal value. Frankl’s wrote a book on tiny scraps of paper while he was in Auschwitz, and says that the hope of completing the it helped him to stay alive.


Suffering is an improbable source of meaning until it is seen in the light of pain that leads to enlightenment. Many religions are founded on the suffering of their prophets. Frankl maintains that as we lose outer freedom, we can turn inwards and find peace despite external cruelty.

Basically Frankl claims that if we take appropriate action and adopt the right attitude to any situation, a meaningful life can be found. 


Status Anxiety I’ve been noticing an increasing number of clients presenting with what Alain de Botton would call Status Anxiety.  It’s an anxiety related to how people might be perceiving us – and it’s very much alive and well here in Perth.  A vulnerability to status anxiety seems ageless.  Children as young as eight or nine spend a lot of time online comparing themselves with others, and those in the high-earning executive arena seem to be have a particularly strong vulnerability.

Instagram, Facebook and other social media outlets don’t help. Even the hardware that gets us to the outlets is a part of the problem.  The latest iPhone, the iPhone 6S, sounds a lot like “iPhone success”.  And some of us seem to think we might achieve success when we acquire an iPhone 6S – until we have one for a couple of days, and then we need to acquire something else to supposedly help us to feel as good as our peers. It’s overt, and it’s subliminal – but mostly it’s frightening.  From the taps in the kitchen to the badges on cars, people are judging their success by the symbols they can afford to buy.

Alain de Botton explains it well. His book “Status Anxiety” describes it as an anxiety about what we believe others think of us. The book was published before social media became as rampant as it is today.  A quote from the book puts status anxiety in a nutshell: “Anxiety is the handmaiden of contemporary ambition”.

The relentless positive posts about travel, events and “successes” on Instagram, Facebook and other outlets are a continual reminder that the readers’ lives are boring, or not good enough, or inadequate.  Social media seems impossible for some to ignore. At Chelsea Psychology, we are trying to help people believe in themselves, and their own lives, rather than how they compare to others.

We are all delusional to some degree.  Somehow, we imagine that others are having a better time than us – that the other man’s grass is always greener.  And the green grass is now growing all over social media.  But we must break those delusions so we can free ourselves to lead more meaningful, happy lives.

My colleague, Clinical Psychologist Registrar Eleni Avard, has written an article about social media and its entrapments, which will soon be found in the Chelsea Psychology library.  You are welcome to read her wise words, and if you feel that we might be able to help you, please contact us for support on 9386 6020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Stay youthful and happy.....

Lately I’ve been saying – to myself and others: “Oh, I’m getting old”. Talk about self-hypnotism. Admittedly, I’m over 60, and possibly closer to 65 than 60. But as I try to teach my clients, it’s the way you think about yourself that counts. And that works across the gamut of wellbeing, from self-esteem to how we age. Of course, illness can get in the way of healthy ageing, but even being unwell has its psychological component. 

This morning I read a blog by Caroline Myss, which tells of her uncle who was vital, funny and happy till he turned 60 – and then came a fear of ageing which turned him into a crippled old man. A self-fulfilling prophecy.

I prefer the advice of Mario Martinez (The Mind-Body Code: How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body) who clearly states that he is going to be middle-aged in his 90s. Dr Martinez is a Neuropsychologist who urges us to take in only what is good for us – food, fluid and most importantly, our thoughts.

So, today I am going to think of myself as youthful, vital and joyful. I’ll appreciate the wisdom that ageing has brought me. I don’t want to be 20 again. I have much gratitude for the learning I have received since then, and the ability to stay in the present moment mystery. 

Whatever age you might be, watch what you put into your mind and create thoughts that work for you and your well-being. That includes not only the way you see the world and others, but how you feel about yourself.

~ Clinical Psychologist Jennifer Wright 12 August 2016


CREATURES OF A DAYand Other Tales of Psychotherapy

Irvin Yalom

One of my favourite authors, Irvin Yalom, has come up with one of the simplest yet profound ideas in a long time - how people manage their days, no matter what condition they are in psychologically and physically. I am in constant awe of my clients.  No matter what they are confronting, they seem to continue to maintain a thread of resilience that keeps them afloat - sometimes with only their nostrils above water. But they do it - and I am privileged to observe and participate in the way they find their way to emerge from the deep. Sometimes it doesn’t take long, and in other cases, it can take years. Here’s a summary of Yalom’s book, from the Human Condition bookstore, and a link to the page where you can purchase the book:

In his long and distinguished career, Irvin Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living. In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. In recounting his patients' dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us an enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his emotional life with the demands placed on him. With compassion and humility, he prods his patients to explore the anxiety, fear and vulnerability that accompany their thoughts about death. His patients are reticent, confused and frustrating, but also open, insightful and inspiring - from the former CEO struggling to adjust to life in a retirement home, to the young professional dealing with the loss of both of his parents, to the former ballerina realising that her days on the stage are far behind her. Creatures of A Day provides an intelligent, compassionate, yet still unflinching look at the human soul and all the pain, confusion and hope that go with it. The power of these stories is amplified by Yalom's reflections on his own life as he reckons with its inevitable end. Suffused with humour, great artistry and a profound humanity, Creatures of a Day lays bare the necessary task we each face, each day, to make our own lives meaningful.

The End of Stress by Don Joseph Goewey

Many of today's psychological and medical complaints stem from the deleterious effects of stress.  And because most of us lead such busy lives, we often manage our stress levels by reaching for something to eat, or a glass of alcohol, or prescription and/ or non-prescription drugs, rather than looking for longer term, healthier options. Initially, stress signals can be helpful, but if we ignore them or manage them inappropriately, stress can lead to physical problems like headaches, digestive disorders, sleep disorders, or even heart attacks and strokes. If we are stressed, we can create fractious relationships with family members, colleagues and friends.  And we can make impulsive, misguided decisions under stress that sabotage our personal and work lives.  In his latest book, The End of Stress, Don Joseph Goewey explains in simple terms how we can 'rewire' our brains to reduce our levels of stress.  The End of Stress teaches us the fundamentals of stress reduction.  He explains in simple terms how the brain works, so that adopting his suggestions seems logical, and not a chore.  My clients tell me that the book explains the way the brain works in a way that encourages them to try the strategies for themselves - and they have had great results.  The End of Stress truly supports people in reducing the effects of stress in their lives. JW. 





Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit”

Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” offers readers a fascinating and refreshing insight into how we make (and might break) habits. He achieves this by bringing painstakingly well-researched scientific findings to life in the guise of real stories of habit triumphs and failures at a personal, corporate, community and even societal level.