Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterised by intrusive thoughts, images or urges (obsessions) that cause distress, and repetitive actions (compulsions) taken to eliminate that distress. If these obsessions and compulsions together interfere significantly with daily life or relationships, or considered excessive or unreasonable by the person experiencing them, then treatment may be recommended.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for OCD has been shown to be an effective treatment. At Thrive Wellness we offer specialised CBT treatment for OCD that takes into account the specific features of the disorder.
Borderline Personality Disorder, also known as “emotionally unstable personality disorder, borderline type”, is a pervasive condition characterised by intense emotional ups and downs, impulsive behaviour and high risk of deliberate self harm or suicide attempts. Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder may experience increased difficulty managing friendships and other interpersonal relationships.
The characteristic features of Borderline Personality Disorder are often side effects of coping strategies learned in childhood or adolescence to manage traumatic or invalidating experiences during critical developmental years.
At Thrive Wellness we provide a CBT-based treatment for BPD that borrows heavily from both Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy techniques. Focus of treatment is on replacing unhelpful patterns of coping behaviour with new strategies that provide a more lasting reduction in distress. During the course of treatment, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience some worsening of symptoms while past strategies for coping, which may have been partially effective, are gradually replaced with more sustainable strategies.
Expected outcomes of appropriately prescribed exercise interventions may include improved quality of sleep, improved mood, improved physical health and improved social and community engagement.
In one study, 60% of people halved their depression score by exercising and over 40% maintained this improvement for at least 3 months.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists receive specialised training in the design and delivery of exercise and lifestyle interventions for people with chronic and complex conditions, including depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.
At Thrive Wellness our Exercise Physiologists provide testing, assessment, programming and supervision of exercise delivery programs in individual or group settings. Exercise interventions are based around best practice guidelines and programs are tailored to the unique needs and goals of each client.
Thrive Wellness Nutrition aims to addresses the biochemical contributors to your health. We view most mental health symptoms as just that, symptoms, and, much like the tip of an iceberg is to its body underneath, what our health looks like on the surface is determined by the health of what lies much deeper. By supporting the body to restore balance and equilibrium at a cellular level, we can change, in time, what the tip of the ice-berg looks like too.
Blood, hair, saliva or urine tests may be recommended to help us identify imbalances and design targeted interventions for you. However in many cases a lot can be achieved through education and implementation of evidence-based nutritional psychiatry, an intervention that over the past 6 years research has shown to be more effective in achieving remission rates in depression, and improvements in other mental health conditions than psychotropic medications and even psychological counselling combined.
Sometimes genetic testing may be suggested to determine whether an individual has specific gene variants (SNPs) that research has shown to be associated with mental health conditions. MTHFR and COMT SNPs, for example, can be associated with fibromyalgia, depression, autism, and other mental health conditions. If you have a MTHFR SNP, the effect is reduced MTHFR enzyme function. This means you have fewer MTHFR enzymes available to convert folate to the active form that’s needed for healthy methylation, and in turn, neurotransmitter production. In such instances, taking targeted nutrients that improve enzyme efficiency by providing ample precursor and co-factor nutrients, or provide the end substrate that otherwise would have been produced, may restore healthy neurotransmitter production.
That said, genetic testing isn’t routinely recommended. In fact, your DNA is not your destiny. Research shows that environmental factors, and the interaction between environment and genes, are what matters.
We encourage you to come to your appointment with the expectation that environmental modifications will be recommended. Dietary changes to improve microbiota-gut-brain axis function, reduce inflammation and improve immune function will be recommended, as well as targeted nutrient supplementation, and healthy sleeping and exercise habits emphasised.
If you’d like testing prior to consultation
Below are some of the tests we frequently request for clients with Mental Health Conditions. If you have arranged with your Doctor (who may or may not determine you eligible for Medicare bulk-billing) to have some or all of these tests done prior to consultation with us, we ask that you please use Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP). QML Pathology do not do the specific Red Cell Magnesium test we require – the units of measurement they report cannot be converted into values we can reference against the scientific literature.
If you would like to arrange HTMA testing (or Private blood testing) prior to your consultation, please contact us and we will arrange referral.
Full Blood Examination (FBE)
Red Cell Magnesium
HoloTC (Active B12)
– Serum Iron
– Transferrin or Total Iron-binding Capacity (TIBC)
– Transferrin Saturation
Less frequently (your Treating Doctor will know whether these tests are applicable to you):
Calcitriol 1,25(OH) (Active Hormone D)
Calcifediol 25(OH) (Storage Hormone D)
Ionised Serum Calcium
Private referral only, fee payable direct to InterClinical Laboratries (please contact ThriveWellness for this referral as your GP will not be able to assist):
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)
After your appointment
Following your appointment, a summary of your consultation with recommendations will be emailed to you. Correspondence will be sent to your Treating Doctor on request. Clients are encouraged to stay in touch via email – basic email support is provided for the week following each consultation to help you implement recommendations. Review appointments will be booked to monitor progress and adjust recommendations to help you achieve your goals. If you have additional questions or experience an unexpected change in symptoms in between appointments, please contact us so we can move your appointment forward and address your queries as soon as possible.
Information for your Treating Doctor
MBS Review B12 Testing Protocol