Dr Pelling works with individuals, couples, and families. Dr Pelling focuses her work on adults and older adolescents.
For all services, the goal is to help develop skills that enable the management of life’s challenges and living in a more healthy and balanced manner. This may include having a better understanding of oneself and one’s relationships as well as the impact of life’s circumstances on individuals and relationships. This may also include practising different coping skills and strategies for more positive and engaging living. Often addressed are the skills for communication and relationship enhancement and connection.
Counselling and clinical work are talk therapies. Clients talk about their issues and challenges as well as life opportunities and the therapist listens and provides feedback on what they have heard. Together client and clinician outline one’s options and their likely consequences and can plan a course of action together to address difficulties and to work towards the client’s goals. Thus, counselling and clinical work are collaborative in nature with both the clinician and client being active participants.
Seeing a psychologist for the first time can be a bit unnerving and it can help to know what to expect. Clinical work often involves stages. The first stage involves talking so that the client and clinician have a greater understanding of the difficulties experienced. The second stage involves outlining and experimenting with change/solution strategies. The final stage involves taking the change strategies explored in clinical work into one’s regular life. The different stages can take differing amount of time for individuals, couples, and families. Generally, six to ten sessions is sufficient for most difficulties.
Counselling and clinical work can help people gain a better understanding of themselves, outline goals and values, develop relationship skills, help resolve past issues and concerns, learn new ways of coping with stress and the pressures of life, manage depressive feelings, change problematic behaviours, and generally improve communication as well as relationship and intimacy skills.
Dr Pelling’s services focus on biological, emotional, cognitive, behavioural, and relational health, also known as biopsychosocial health.
Typical areas of focus include:
Please note, because Dr Pelling sees adults and older adolescents specifically, we refer children and young teens to other psychologists/service providers. Those interested in finding such psychologists are encouraged to use the Australian Psychological Society’s Find a Psychologist service.