Mental
Health

Emotional, psychological and social well-being 

At Shoalhaven Psychology Services we provide treatment to minimise the effects of illness and promote recovery. The therapy process modifies/improves your thoughts, feelings, or behaviours. Treatment will include tasks outside of therapy sessions to ensure the greatest benefits are gained, and are supported relationally and holistically.

What is mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. However, whilst this is the focus of therapy and counselling, the physical and physiological components of the self and lifestyle choices are imperative factors discussed and linked to symptomatology. 

Good mental health is about being at your full potential. According to the World Health Organisation mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a  contribution to her or his community”.

Mental health problems and mental illness

The Department of Health Australia estimates about one in five Australians will experience a mental illness, and most of us will experience a mental health problem at some time in out lives. Mental health problems are less severe than mental illnesses, but may develop into a mental illness if they’re not effectively dealt with. Both affect how a person thinks, feels, behaves, and interacts with other people. Mental illness does this more significantly and is diagnosed according to a standardised criteria.

“I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed.”

Friedrich Nietzsche