Andrea Larkins Psychology

Counselling Psychologist

Welcome! I'm Andrea, a warm and empathetic Counselling Psychologist with over 20 years experience in providing therapy to adults of all ages, including 10 years working in the private practice setting. My counselling and psychotherapy practice is located at North Fitzroy and I am also pleased to provide Telehealth services via secure video or phone. If you haven't met me before please take your time to read through my website and if you sense that I may be a good fit based on what you are reading, please get in touch. I will then give you a call to discuss your needs and how I may be able to help you. If I have worked with you in the past, you are very welcome to contact me if you'd like to recommence therapy.

Counselling & Psychotherapy for Adults in North Fitzroy, Melbourne and Telehealth Across Australia


Do any of the following resonate with you?

You’ve lost the happy moments you used to have in your life.

You’ve lost a sense of meaning in your life.

You feel yourself sinking into increasingly negative feelings and worries.

You wake up feeling extremely sad and you don’t know why.

You’re scared that your relationship isn’t going to work out.

You struggle to get along with your partner, your parent or other key people

You keep telling yourself to get over the past but you're finding you can't.

Or you're not exactly sure what the problem is but you are feeling lost.

If any of these sound like you then please know that I've helped many people with these kinds of issues and many others. If you think I might be the right therapist for you then please get in touch and we can discuss your situation and if I am the right person to help you.

Below are some examples of the work I do with people

Depression

Feeling depressed can make it hard to deal with daily life and relationships. You may feel a deep sadness that won’t subside, lethargy, lack of focus or perhaps you feel numb and not really present in your life and relationships.

Therapy can provide support and coping skills as well as the opportunity to uncover the reasons the depression has developed at this point in your life. By addressing the underlying issues you can feel improvement in your symptoms, have deeper self knowledge and you can make meaningful changes in your life.

Anxiety & Social Anxiety

Having severe levels of anxiety may mean you are experiencing excessive worry, physical tension and even panic attacks. Just getting through each day can be a huge struggle, you may be avoiding valued activities or perhaps you are finding it difficult to be really present in your relationships. You may suffer due to a harsh inner critic and self limiting beliefs about yourself.

Therapy can help you in feeling supported, provide strategies to cope and can help you to develop insight into the combination of factors that have led to the anxiety developing at this point in your life. Therapy can also help you find more balance in your thinking and your emotional life through emotional processing and by developing deeper insights into self defeating thoughts, self punishment and avoidance cycles. There can be a focus on identifying what’s most important in your life and moving towards engaging with these aspects of your life, rather than being controlled and limited by excessive anxiety.

Childhood Issues & Emotional Neglect

Having unresolved issues from your childhood such as emotional neglect can mean that you struggle to connect with your emotional life, to feel at peace with yourself and you can find it difficult to fully engage in your life and your relationships. You may feel a lot of worry and stress within family and other relationships or you may feel numb and lacking direction and a sense of meaning in your life.

By opening up about your childhood experiences and your current relationships, you can develop an understanding of the impact of the lack of emotional support from your parents on your development and life now. The therapy will also help you to address the neglected areas of your emotional development so that you will have a healthier engagement with your emotional life, greater clarity and direction in life and a better ability to identify and ask for your needs to be met in your relationships.

Grief & Loss

The pain of grief and loss is an unavoidable part of life and can come in many forms. Perhaps you have lost a loved one through death, a relationship or friendship ending, or you are facing a circumstance or realisation that is crushing or painful. You may feel strong, powerful emotions, great difficulty coping with life’s demands, or more of a disconnect from your emotions and your relationships. You may be aware of new questions emerging about your life and its meaning.

Therapy can provide emotional support, a place to share your story, your pain and confusion. Therapy can help you to find ways to live with your loss and opportunities to grow at this very difficult period in your life.

Relationship Problems (Individuals Only)

You may be feeling confused or dissatisfied in your relationship over some time and aren’t sure what to do. Perhaps you are feeling a lack of engagement and connection with your partner and you aren’t sure how to seek to address this with them. Or you may be certain that you want to leave your relationship and are scared about taking the next step.

Therapy can give you a safe place to share your experience within your relationship and feel understood and supported. You will also develop deeper insights into the relationship dynamic and greater clarity on what isn’t working. The next step is to use these insights to make carefully considered decisions about next steps, it might be to initiate discussion with your partner about your concerns, or to be more assertive or to ask them to attend couples therapy. Or it may be to be supported in therapy as you go through the process of leaving your relationship.

Low Self Worth & Self Esteem

Having low self worth can mean you struggle to seek out what is important to you in your life, perhaps because you don't feel worthy of being loved, or you feel you are worth less than other people, or you have a deep fear of failure or humiliation. Maybe you even feel so much self loathing that you believe you are undeserving of joy and so can't enjoy life's happy moments. For some people their sense of self worth and self esteem is too closely linked with things that are external, such as high achievement, status, competition, seeking approval or appearances and so when they hit a setback or what they perceive as a failure they can be highly vulnerable to stress, depression and even despair.

Therapy can give individuals the opportunity to recognise the negative impact that low self worth is having on their mental health, relationships and quality of life. The therapy may explore the origins in childhood of these self sabotaging patterns of thinking and behaviour, and will work towards developing your ability to have a more compassionate relationship with yourself and your emotions so that you can be more resilient and live a more fulfilling life.

Transition to Becoming a Parent

It is an enormous life change to become a parent, there will be big changes in lifestyle, identity, relationships and physically. For many people embarking on this path there can be a lot of anxiety and stress at any point, from trying to conceive or adopt/foster through to pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Some individuals may have had their own very difficult experiences in childhood due to abuse, emotional neglect or other difficult factors and are keen to come to terms with this and in turn develop a parenting style that reflects their own values.

Therapy can help by giving you the opportunity to reflect and process your feelings, worries and fears about becoming a parent, and also to understand your own experiences of being parented. By exploring these feelings, thoughts and memories you can feel understood, supported and equipped with the insight to develop a parenting approach that feels right and can help you build a stronger relationship with your child.