For Online or Face-to-face Individual, Couple, or Family Counselling, Treatment of Diagnosed Depression/Anxiety and

other Conditions,

and/or Prayer/Spiritual Support with

Owen Robinson

MAASW (Adv. Accr) MACSW Clinical Div

BSW (Curtin) MA (Counselling)

BEd (Science) Grad. Dip. Management

Counsellor, Medicare Provide, Supervisor and Training Consultant

Senior Consultant for Converge International

Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service Provider

Department of Veterans Affairs Provider

Insurance Commission of WA Provider

Listed as a Blue Knot Foundation Trauma-informed Service

For info Phone: 0408 890 887

(please allow one day for replies to messages)

NB Medicare rebates are available if you see a GP for a mental healthcare plan

AMPM Doctors

cnr High Road and Granville Way, Willetton


Western Australia  6155

Medicare Provider 442250BY

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 7:45am-4:00pm

For Appointments Phone/SMS 0408 890 887

Stirk Medical Group

113 Edney Road

High Wycombe

Western Australia  6057

Medicare Provider 4422503H

Tuesdays 8:30am-5pm

For Appointments Phone 9454 4431

Stirk Medical Group

32 Newburn Road

High Wycombe

Western Australia  6057

Medicare Provider 4422502X

Thursdays 8:30am-5pm

For Appointments Phone 9454 5233

To mail: PO Box 260


WA 6989

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This is NOT an emergency service.  For Western Australian mental health emergencies please contact the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788


attend the nearest Emergency Department of a hospital.

Alternatively contact Lifeline on

13 11 14.

Other support services:

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 - for 24/7 telephone counselling for young people 5-25 years

Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467 - for 24/7 telephone crisis support for people at-risk of suicide, carers and bereaved

MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78 - for 24/7 telephone and online support, information and referral services for men

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 - for 24/7 telephone support and online chat 4pm - 10pm (AEST)

Meth Helpline :  1800 874 878 - The Meth Helpline is a free confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone concerned about their own or another person's meth use.

1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732 - 24 hour 7 days a week, confidential telephone and online support - 1800RESPECT is not only a support service for people affected by sexual assault, domestic and family violence. It is also an information and support service for family, friends, and frontline workers.

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Fighting Depression with Researched Tools:

Source:  The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time - by Alex Korb PhD (2015)

There are many physical health causes of depression that ought to be investigated and treated or eliminated as causes.  And there are lots of things we can do with our mind to reverse symptoms.

One of the biggest concerns with major depression is not simply the thought that life seems less worth living but the possibility of acting on those thoughts.  "It turns out that gratitute actually reduces the likelihood of suicidal thoughts.  Importantly, the effect of gratitude is greatest in people with the highest levels of hopelesness." (Korb 2015)

Gratitude reduces anxiety.  Worry and anxiety arise out of the possibility that something bad might happen.  Since the brain can only focus on so many things at once thankful thoughts about what might happen in the future gratitude replaces the negative thoughts.  (Korb 2015)

A Swiss study found that both physical health and psychological health improve in people who express more gratitude, and they are more likely to engage in healthy activities and do something about poor health.  Alex Korb suggests that the drive to change current circumstances is most likely mediated by the neuro-transmitter serotonin because without serotonin people tend to become resigned to their fates.  The simple act of trying to think of things to be grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This simple act boosts serotonin.  Remembering sad events reduces serotinin but gratitude keeps you from remembering negative events. (Korb 2015)       

Social support helps create an upwards mood spiral and gratitude actually increases social support.  One study found that people who do a weekly journal of things they are grateful for had  higher quality of life as a whole, became more optimistic, had less aches and pains and actually exercised more.  It starts with gratitude, social support increases, that "helps you feel better and have more to be grateful for - and onward and upward."  (Korb 2015)  Even in people in chronic pain gratitude improves sleep and reduces anxiety and depression.(Korb 2015)

Feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces the neurotransmitter dopamine.  "Gratitude toward others increases activity in social dopamine circuits, which makes social interactions more enjoyable." (Korb 2015)

Optimism is gratitude for the future.  With optimism you don't even have to believe good things will happen; you just have to believe they could happen, or that no matter what happens you'll be ok.  Optimism is being grateful for your resilience.  (Korb 2015)

Try the following gratitude activities until you defeat depression:

1. think of someone who has been especially kind to you, a friend, a teacher, a co-worker, and write a thank you email/letter to this person being specific about what s/he did that affected your life.  Either schedule a meeting to deliver it in person (don't tell them why you are meeting so it can be a surprise) or send it if they are too far away.  (one study found the effects of writing and delivering a thank you letter lasted as long as 2 months).

2. journal 3 things per day (preferably at the same time of day) for which you can be grateful (if you can't think of 3 at least write 1, even if it is for the clothes you are wearing or a portion of a meal you liked).  Even if a situation is 90% what you don't want find the 10% for which you can feel gratitude.

3. ask for help if you are having trouble remembering happier times or dig out hard evidence; talk to an old friend, look through yearbooks and photo albums together; read old entries from a diary (another reason to keep a gratitude journal); read your CV again to remind yourself of what you have accomplished, and let yourself enjoy pride for doing those things.

4. keep a list of positive statements people have made about you from old SMS messages or emails, notes, from cards etc.  When you need to encourage yourself read them over.  

5. start the day each day with a check-in on your emotions and ask yourself 'Is this a day I need to encourage myself?'  Then try to think of one thing you are looking forward to even if it is just breakfast.

6. humour apprecation is another form of gratitude: plan to watch some funny YouTube clips, a comedy show/movie; humour appreciation activates dopamine rich parts of the brain producing a feeling of enjoyment. (Korb 2015)