Searchlight Psychology is committed to providing caring, professional treatment to improve people’s quality of life.

Everyone is different. Shaped by their experiences and genetics. Our treatments are tailored to suit your needs. Our team are highly skilled in a range of evidence-based therapies. Experienced at providing the support and treatment needed, to maximise your physical and mental wellbeing. Our clients represent all ages and we treat people across the lifespan, from children and youth to older adults and seniors, for a wide-range of mental health issues and problems in functioning.

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Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are very prevalent in modern society. In fact, research shows that one million Australians have depression in any given year, and over two million have anxiety. Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. Both of these conditions present with symptoms which range in severity. Both can be successfully treated and supported with our professional psychology services. Early intervention is critical. The sooner you seek support, for yourself or a loved one, the sooner you or they can recover. Contact Searchlight Psychology today.

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Self Harm & Suicidal Thinking

Self harm and suicidal thinking impacts people of all ages. It’s the result of an individual feeling unbearable emotional pain, who can not see a solution or end in sight. There are usually behavioral or physical signs which indicate someone is experiencing suicidal thinking or considering self harm. These vary from person to person, but may include social withdrawals, a persistent and prolonged drop in mood or comments regarding hopelessness, failing to see a future, talking about death or wanting to die. If you or someone you know is in this position contact Searchlight Psychology today. We can help.

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Clinical Disorders

Psychotherapy is effective in treating and supporting a range of clinical disorders. Psychological interventions can help people suffering with Bipolar and related disorders, Mood and Anxiety related disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and can also be effective in helping people suffering with Schizophrenia Spectrum and other psychotic disorders. Psychotherapy can help people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism and ADHD and people with an intellectual impairment. Our treatments are provided using evidence-based modalities, tailored to best suit the individual patient. Our team are highly skilled and provide care and treatment, in a supporting, safe and nurturing environment. We are committed to improving the quality of life for each of our patients and their loved ones. Contact Searchlight Psychology today.

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a disorder related to severe emotion dysregulation where a person feels overwhelmed by their emotional experiences and can struggle to cope. The causes of BPD are generally thought to be linked to a genetic vulnerability to emotional sensitivity coupled with trauma and difficult interpersonal functioning. Symptoms of BPD are complex and distressing and people suffering with this disorder can be more emotionally reactive to perceived stress in their lives and can experience problems with depression and anxiety, persistent suicidal thinking and self-harm, addictive behaviours, phobias, and difficulty in relationships and social functioning. Contact Searchlight Psychology today about our Cairns Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program, an evidence-based treatment designed to help people suffering with BPD.

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders as a term can encompass a range of presenting conditions and symptoms. This includes Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder and Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). All of these can be life threatening and debilitating. Peoples of all ages and sexes present with eating disorders and with treatment, most people recover and can lead full and healthy lives. What causes eating disorders? It varies. It can be genetic, biological, social, cultural and psychological. The longer a person suffers from an eating disorder, the more serious physical symptoms and medical problems can become. As with all mental illness, early intervention is critical. Contact Searchlight Psychology today.

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Childhood Trauma

At Searchlight Psychology, we’re particularly passionate about helping people of all ages, who are suffering mental illness and distress, as a result of childhood trauma. The trauma can be perceived, experienced or witnessed. It may manifest with immediate symptoms in the child or youth, or reappear in later life with a trigger event. The trauma may originate from many different causes, including but not limited to abuse and neglect, family or community violence, life threatening accident or illness, substance abuse (personal or familial). At Searchlight Psychology we provide evidence-based treatment, in a supportive and nurturing environment to aid the recovery of childhood trauma.

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Drug & Alcohol Issues

Drug and alcohol addiction is widespread, affecting people of all ages and financial means. It does not discriminate and as well as seriously impacting the life of the person suffering with addiction, it can also impact their loved ones and surrounding family and friends. As with most conditions, the earlier you seek treatment the better. The signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction can vary, but certainly get progressively worse over time. They may include increased consumption to get the same ‘hit’, prioritising your addiction over other things, having withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop and the inability to stop yourself. Professional psychotherapy can help. Contact Searchlight Psychology today.

Significant Life Transitions

Significant and major life transitions happen all the time. Sometimes with warning and sometimes without. They may include, but are not limited to, infertility, job loss, divorce or separation, grief and loss, new jobs, retirement, having kids and more. All of these events can cause significant and sometimes emotionally damaging impact on your life and state of mind. If you or someone you know is struggling with a significant life transition, professional psychotherapy treatment can help. At Searchlight Psychology we provide a safe and nurturing environment and are absolutely committed to helping our patients maximise their quality of life. Contact us today for more information.

Family Separation

Family separation can have distressing emotional and behavioural impacts on all parties involved. Parents. Children. Extended Family Members. Searchlight Psychology is on hand to support people impacted by family separation. Our approach is tailored to suit your specific needs and circumstances. Our treatments are all evidence-based and we are experienced in a range of modalities. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with a family separation, then contact Searchlight Psychology today. We help people of all ages, maximise their quality of life and mental wellbeing.

At Searchlight Psychology our caring team of professionals are committed to helping you navigate your way to a place, where you can live your best life.

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