Welcome to Thrive Wellness - Toowoomba
Thrive Wellness is a health clinic offering Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Exercise Physiology and Clinical Nutrition services in the Toowoomba area. In addition to in-person consultations in our Toowoomba clinic, our services are available via telehealth and telephone consultations Australia wide.
Our goal is to support you to be healthy in your mind and body so you can be doing what matters to you.
We believe that as much as possible, people should be able to manage their own health. At Thrive Wellness our aim is to promote self management of both your physical and mental health. Our clinicians will work with you to collaboratively identify treatment goals that are important to you, have measurable outcomes and enable you be active in doing those things that matter most to you.
We recognise that relief of symptoms is only part of a bigger picture when it comes to your health. We aim to provide treatments that have functional outcomes - such as getting you active again in your work and hobbies - not just reduction of pain or distress. We believe it is important to provide you with practical resources and strategies to be able maintain the long-term health of your mind and body.
In working towards symptom relief it is useful to be aware that many treatments can seem to initially increase symptoms. This is because we often automatically adopt strategies for managing symptoms that provide short-term relief but not long-term management. Treatment may require ceasing use of these strategies of short-term relief while implementing a more effective management. This is explained in relation to psychological wellbeing in our article, "It Gets Worse Before it Gets Better" - but the same patterns also often apply for our physical health.
We are dedicated to providing affordable, specialised treatments to all ages - children, adolescents and adults.
Our Clinical Psychologists and Psychologists offer assessments and treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, including but not limited to, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression and anxiety.
Our Exercise Physiologists offer assessments and treatment for a range of mental health, muscular, neurological, and metabolic conditions and physical pain or injury. Treatment plans are customised to your individual needs, taking into account the interaction of factors such as physical symptoms, sleep, beliefs and emotions.
Our Clinical Nutritionist seeks to identify the physiological, biochemical and environmental contributors to your health symptoms and provides specific nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and supplement prescriptions.
Thriving - Health News & Insights
Operant conditioning is the technical term used in behavioural sciences for learning from consequences.
After a little over a week of drawing daily, my interest and enjoyment of this daily task starts to pick up through a combination of positive feedback from others and my own sense of accomplishment.
As my experiment with drawing daily to see what happened to my motivation continues, so does the struggle thinking of things to draw. But by forcing myself, some ideas do start to come.
By day four of my motivation experiment a lack of ideas for what to draw begins to feel like it is going to be a constant obstacle. But then things start to change.
The main motivator to do this drawing was having committed myself to doing a drawing each day for this experiment. I had to push myself to keep to my commitment to draw this, and struggled with feeling I didn’t know what to draw. I managed that obstacle by telling myself it didn’t matter if I just scribbled – as long as I drew something.
What makes you get out of bed in the morning? What makes you go to work? What makes you read a book, or sit down to watch tv? Motivation has been on my mind because one of the biggest challenges in providing effective psychological treatment for depression seems to be overcoming motivational barriers that are a symptom of depression. For example, exercise is known to be an effective treatment for depression – but how can a depressed person exercise consistently enough to experience improvement in mood when lacking motivation is a characteristic symptom of depression? If you have experienced depression you probably know that loss of interest and energy together present a huge obstacle to treatment.
The cycle of OCD begins with intrusive thoughts (obsessions). These trigger distress and attempts are made to manage distress and perceived threat by performing certain rituals known as compulsions. This provides only short-term relief.
There is a cost to having more of something. That cost is having less of something else. Unfortunately we often don’t even admit to ourselves that there is a cost and consequently don’t understand why our own behaviour seems to be inconsintent with our own values, and we don’t know how to fix the problem.