Specialising in emotional self-control in the present and/or resolving distress from your traumatic past

Psychology is a well-established scientific approach to the treatment of emotional, behavioural, and relationship problems. The legacy of many decades of psychological research allows Clinical Psychologists to cut through the fog of distress with efficient, effective, and persistent remedies.

Psychologists and Psychiatrists are different. Psychologists are not medical practitioners and do not prescribe drugs; they generally do not treat psychotic patients, nor do they engage in long term psychoanalysis. Where the most appropriate treatment for your problem would involve drugs, a referral will be made to your medical practitioner, who may then (if necessary) refer you to a Psychiatrist.

Generally, people wish to see a clinical psychologist to help treat or solve a mental health problem so that they can feel normal, healthy, happy, and/or in control of themselves and their lives. This often involves the desire to acquire skills or tools that will enable them to maintain the changes over the longer term. Also, sometimes they need advice from someone independent with whom they can talk, and who can understand their situation.

A note about COVID-19

Last revised on 05/08/2020

Consultations at Access Psychology are now returning to (almost) normal as we have done so well with this in South Australia so far. However, I am keeping an eye on how the COVID-19 situation is progressing. I have taken steps to improve hygiene in the clinic and have touch-points and surfaces cleaned between appointments. I have also removed shared items such as magazines. Please follow the enhanced hand-hygiene instructions displayed outside and inside the Waiting Room on the laminated light-yellow signs.

Please attend alone unless prior arrangements are made to visit with a support person or driver, and do not bring children.

The Department of Health has approved the continued availability of Telehealth consultations for all clients via videoconferencing or telephone until September 30th this year. If you wish to proceed with Telehealth consultations, you will need to accept a Consent Form via email to accept that Telehealth is not the same as Face-to-Face and accept that fees (including non-attendance fees) will be billed to your Credit/Debit Card. Please advise if you wish to take-up the Telehealth option.

Of course, you may still prefer to attend Face-to-Face, and some services (e.g. relaxation training & hypnosis) may still be best provided Face-to-Face. The Australian Government has emphasised that it is important in providing Telehealth services that we do so only if it is “clinically appropriate” to provide the service through Telehealth. If attending in person, please follow the enhanced hand-hygiene instructions displayed outside and inside the waiting room on the laminated light-yellow signs.

You may attend Face-to-Face consultations if you are not a person who is:

  • diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus; or
  • required to isolate yourself in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

      I have placed several posts about this COVID-19 pandemic on my Facebook Page. 'Like' the Facebook Page to automatically receive social media updates. I have installed a hand sanitiser dispenser outside at the entry door to use before even touching the entry door handle.

      Stay safe. Cheers. Ed Zahra.

      Our six most common psychological problems and what to do about them

      Anxiety/Panic/Fear

      This group of problems is typically recognised by symptoms of over-arousal. The symptoms can relate to some specific event or trigger, they can recur quite frequently, or there could be a generalised (underlying) level of anxious discomfort. More...

      Depression

      Everyone feels down at times, but depression is a magnification of that feeling – both in the depth of feeling, and in its persistence. There is cause for concern if symptoms persist for more than two consecutive weeks. More...

      Worry

      Worry is a type of anticipatory anxiety (or apprehensive expectation). It generally relates to anxiety and fear about some imagined/expected future ominous or worst-case scenario event. More...

      Guilt/Anger/Frustration

      These three problem emotions are very familiar to most people. Most find themselves plagued by at least one of these blights on the emotional landscape, but many struggle with all three. More...

      Acute Stress/PTSD

      When bad things happen to one's self or to loved ones (such as being attacked, assaulted, or being confronted by a possible death) it is quite normal to feel a considerable amount of stress. Stress, however is not in itself a psychological disorder – it is how one responds to stress that is the key. More...

      Adjustment

      When big changes occur (such as a divorce, a change in occupational status, a chronic illness, business difficulties, natural disaster, etc.) they can be very stressful. When you don't adequately adjust to those big changes, then this is described as having an adjustment disorder. More...

      Other common issues

      Issues such as assertiveness, self-esteem, decision making, and smoking. More...

      Psychological services via telehealth

      Videoconference sessions for people living in rural and remote Australia. More...

      Your consultant at Access Psychology

      The consultant at Access Psychology is Ed Zahra (HIC Provider Number: 2569151H). He is married and has two adult sons. He commenced practice in clinical psychology in 1985 and has developed it into this Specialist Practice in Clinical Psychology.

      Apart from completing double Masters-level (six-year) qualifications in both Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology, Ed Zahra has also gained a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Commerce degree majoring in both Economics and Psychology.

      Ed has succeeded in a broad range of high-level appointments. Apart from consulting in his private practice, Ed has worked in Community Mental Health, the Army Reserve, Mental Health Services to the Elderly, University Lecturing, Employee Assistance Scheme consulting, and executive committee positions in Professional Associations.

      Ed's treatment style is to find out what you need to know in order to overcome your particular problem(s), and then he takes quite a directive approach to teach you what you need for your self-management. He is precise and methodical and presents information in a clear and well-organised way. Ed has developed a unique system for providing psychological services that offers what he considers to be a higher than usual level of service resulting in a more personal, more productive, and more valuable experience for you.

      The instruction manual that should have been supplied with each child

      • Learn 7 ways to increase and decrease behaviours (and you decide what behaviours need to change).
      • Understand your child’s temperament and develop achievable expectations for change.
      • Instil a sense of security in the child (and confidence in yourself) when parents/carers take a consistent, effective, and up-lifting approach to parenting and child behaviour management.

      "I absolutely feel so much more confident as a parent. When I read the book, everything makes so much sense... It’s a lot calmer at home now, and I make an effort to be a calmer person myself. It’s a much happier household. I think it’s amazing."

      – Tina, of Greenwith, South Australia

      Convenient location and a valuable investment in your mental health

      Ed Zahra is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and has had more than 30 years' experience at that level. The practice is located in a discrete, purpose-built, suburban clinic with convenient off-street parking. This service is most suited to those for whom experience, skill, and prompt help are of primary importance.

      Psychological services are also available via telehealth videoconference sessions for people living in rural and remote Australia. More...

      The fees here are based on those recommended by the Australian Psychological Society and are revised annually. Rebates may be available through Medicare, Private Health Extras insurance, or Third-Party insurers. Eligibility for some rebates is dependent upon a referral from your GP. Please call on 0420 553 009 for further information about the required referrals, current fees and rebates, availability of treatment for your problems, or to make an appointment.

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