CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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.

Treatment of Borderline Personality 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.

Exercise Physiology

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.

Bowen Therapy

Bowen therapy is a gentle, hands-on, remedial technique that assists the body’s own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony in the body. By balancing the body, clients may experience symptom relief and treatment of underlying causes of pain or discomfort.

Gentle rolling motions are performed over the tissues that initiate nerve reflex signals which cause responses in the region the work is taking place, and across the whole body. When a bowen move is performed on the body, sensory receptors in the skin, fascia, muscle and joints, send information to the spinal cord and/or brain, which responds with information to, amongst other things, adjust stretch-length of muscles and joint alignment. Work performed either side of the spine directly affects the autonomic nervous system, supporting the body to switch out of sympathetic go-go-go (also known as fight or flight mode) and into a state of parasympathetic dominance. It is in this state of parasympathetic dominance that the body is able to rest and repair itself most optimally. Clients receiving bowen therapy experience this change in state during a session, often reporting a deep sense of relaxation and usually, falling asleep.

Because of the gentleness of the technique, it is suitable for bodies of all ages – from infants and children, through to adults and the elderly.

Clinical Nutrition, Functional and Genetic Testing

Many approved medications are available on the market today to treat a variety of mental health conditions. However, not everyone responds to medications in the exact same way due to factors such as age, weight, general health and nutrition. In addition, an individual’s genetic makeup has been consistently shown to influence how they will respond to certain medications.
Thrive Wellness offers ‘Mental Health DNA’ testing to clients who wish to find out whether their DNA contains specific genetic variants that can affect how they respond to over 50 psychiatric medications indicated for major depressive disorder (MDD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, seizures, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and other neurological disorders. Thrive Wellness works in collaboration with your Treating Doctor/Psychiatrist and a copy of results will be sent to your Doctor so they can discuss these with you.

Mauve factor (formerly known as kryptopyrrole and urinary pyrrole) is a neurotoxic substance found in high levels in approximately 10% of the population. It impairs a persons ability to assimilate vitamins needed to make “happy chemicals”. Thrive Wellness may recommend this test for clients with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, low stress tolerance, alcoholism, fatigue or insomnia. Based on test results, a tailored nutrient supplement plan may be recommended.

Research shows that MTHFR and COMT gene mutations may be associated with fibromyalgia, depression, autism, and other mental health conditions. The MTHFR enzyme is key to the conversion of folate to the active form, which is pivotal to neurotransmitter production. ‘Under methylation’ that is linked to MTHFR or COMT gene mutations may be supported by targeted nutrient supplementation and additional dietary modifications (to reduce inflammation and support immune function).

At your initial consultation, you may be provided with a referral for Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis testing and a Private Pathology referral to for some specific blood tests (these tests will incur additional costs you pay direct to the Laboratory, or if your GP supports our investigations and deems you eligible, they may provide you with a referral for bulk-billing for all or some of these tests through Medicare).

Below are some of the tests we frequently request. If you have arranged with your Doctor to have some or all of these tests done prior to consultation with us, please note that in order for your Red Cell Magnesium result to be meaningful to our Practitioners, it’s important that it is measured in mmol/L or mg/L NOT umol/g Hb. As such, we recommend you use Nutripath or Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) for your blood draw. Testing through QML Pathology is not suitable.

Full Blood Examination (FBE)
Red Cell Magnesium
Serum Copper
Plasma Zinc
Serum Ceruloplasmin
Iron studies
– Serum Iron
– Transferrin or Total Iron-binding Capacity (TIBC)
– Transferrin Saturation
– Ferritin

Optional extras (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
Red Cell Potassium
Red Cell Manganese

Following your appointment, a summary of your consultation with recommendations will be emailed to you. Correspondence will also be sent to your Treating Doctor on request. Clients are encouraged to stay in touch via email – basic weekly email support is provided for a few weeks following each consultation. If more detailed support is required, a further follow up (or short review) consultation will be recommended.

If you would like to dive deeper than what we cover in the consultation, learning resources can be emailed to you, along with peer reviewed published articles to share with your Treating Doctor and other Health Practitioners. I am also available to speak with your Treating Doctor on request.

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