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

38 Granville Way (cnr High Road), Willetton


Western Australia  6155

Medicare Provider 442250BY

Mondays/Thursdays/Fridays 7:30am-5:00pm

For Appointments Phone/SMS 0408 890 887

Stirk Medical Group

32 Newburn Road

High Wycombe

Western Australia  6057

Medicare Provider 4422502X

Tuesdays/Wednesdays 8:30am-5pm

For Appointments Phone 9454 5233

To mail: PO Box 260


WA 6989

To email:

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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Health and the Mind:

Common symtoms of depression identified by the Medical Journal of Australia appear in the following categories:



Poor appetite

Weight loss or gain

Loss of erergy

Loss of libido

Poor concentration


Loss of interest or pleasure

Perceived worthlessness

Perceived hopelessness or helplessness

Preoccupation with death

Guilt or sense of failure

Illness seen as punishement


Social withdrawal

Difficulties in relationships

Reduced leisure acivities

Difficulties at work

Impaired role functioning

Depression can be caused by many factors.  This information below deals only with the way physical health can play a part in causing depression.  It is always worth ruling out physical disorders before or while in counselling for depression.  Ask your GP to investigate your physical health with a "full blood picture" to see what treatable physical problems can be addressed while you are trying to recover from depression.

Physical causes of depression include: 

1. Serious medical illness – The stress and worry of coping with a serious physical illness can lead to depression, especially if you’re dealing with long-term management. Scroll down for incidence with specific diseases.  (Source: Beyond Blue)

2. Chronic pain especially if poorly managed by medication.  (Source: Beyond Blue)

3. Genetics - depression can run in families and some people will be at an increased genetic risk. However, having a parent or close relative with depression doesn’t mean you’ll automatically have the same experience. Life circumstances and other personal factors are still likely to have an important influence.  (Source: Beyond Blue)  Specific gene defeacts can play a big role in depression e.g. MTHFR gene mutations (Source: Psychology Today;  

4.  Alcohol and other drug use – can both lead to and result from depression.  Many people with depression also have alcohol and other drug problems. Over 500,000 Australians will experience depression and a substance use disorder at the same time, at some point in their lives.  Alcohol and Cannabis are both depressant drugs.  (Source: Beyond Blue)

5.  Some medications - To look for whether depression is a know side effect of a medication you take try this site

6.  Vitamin B12-deficiency anaemia (Sources: University of Queensland; Bupa) - You might ask your GP to do a blood test for Vitamin B 12 levels as well as iron levels.

7.  Vitamin D deficiency - A Black Dog Institute paper that looked at current research into vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency contributing to depression has recommended that Vitamin D levels should be checked in all depressed patients. (Source: 

8.  Thyroid problems - If the thyroid is not functioning well it can cause depression. (Source: healthdirect)

9.  Liver problems -  People with a liver disease reported 12-month rates of major depression (17.2%) that were significantly higher than among people without liver disease (7.0%).  (Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information)

10. Haemochromatosis (inherited iron overload disorder) - iron levels that are too high from this disorder can cause depression. (Source: Haemochromatosis Australia)

11. Epilepsy and other neurological disorders (20%-55% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

12. Multiple Sclerosis (40%-60% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

13. Diabetes (9%-26% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

14. Idiopathic Parkinson disease (2.7%-90% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

15. Stroke (14-19% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

16. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (20%-50% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

17. Cardiovascular disease (7%-27% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

18. Cancer (0%-38% of patients) - (Source: Medical Journal of Australia)

19. Sleep apnoea - Individuals with severe sleep apnoea have a greater likelihood of having depression regardless of whether excessive daytime sleepiness is also present. However, if excessive daytime sleepiness is present there is a greater likelihood of depression.  (Source: Lung Foundation Australia)  Certain type of breathing during sleep are particularly associated with depression: snorting, gasping or short interruptions in breathing.  (Source: WebMD)

Evidence-based Complementary Therapies

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for comlimentary therapies states that zinc is one of six evidence based complimentry therapies for mild to moderate depression.  

The 6 complementary therapies for mild to moderate major depression are:


     •     Omega-3 fatty acids  - Used as adjunct to medication, it may help       

          with bipolar disorder (depression symptoms) and milder cases of

          major depression

     •     St John’s wort -  Similar efficacy to SSRIs for mild to moderate

          cases of major depression

     •     S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) - May help with depression when

          used as adjunct to medication

     •     Zinc - May assist depressive symptoms when used as adjunct to


     •     N-acetyl cysteine - Some symptom reduction efficacy in bipolar

          disorder and possibly in depression

     •     Folate (including L-methylfolate) - May assist depressive symptoms

          as adjunct to medication

The guidelines quote a study that indetified that reported that high adherence to a Mediterranean diet, also a very healthful dietary pattern, is associated with a 30% reduced risk for depression.  

Source: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists clinical practice guidelines for mood disorders

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2015, Vol. 49(12) 1087–1206 (page 1143)