Sprout Psychology Melbourne
Experiencing stress and anxiety...?
You might feel depressed and lonely...
You might be struggling with life decisions...
You might be fearful of a new role...
You might be mourning for loss of a family member...
You might have experienced an accident...
You might be struggling with parenthood...
Struggling with work or study...?
You might have trouble with concentration...
You might be struggling socially...
You might have a child that needs support...
In 2020, you might be isolated, lonely, depressed, angry, and uncertain.
There are many reasons one could consult a psychologist.
I am here to work with you side-by-side on your issues, to support you and your family with my professional background and knowledge.
- Sharen Hok Lun Lui
Educational and Developmental Psychologist
Sharen Hok Lun Lui
Over the years, I have worked in the private sector in partnerships with other psychologists and health practitioners. I gathered psychotherapeutic experiences from my clients who presented with a diverse range of mental health concerns. I enjoyed helping them with their interpersonal relationships, and in educational and occupational settings.
Working with Dr Marged Goode in Mount Waverley has allowed me to develop my specialty in the diagnoses and treatment of learning and developmental problems in childhood, adolescence, and neurodevelopmental disorders in adults (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, and Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder).
Now I provide psychotherapy, training in high schools and for overseas and bilingual families of the Asian community. I am also passionate about working with perinatal mental health. As a mother of three kids, I understand the demands and excitement of parenthood. I enjoy working with the culturally-diverse population and am fluent to practice in Mandarin and Cantonese in addition to English.
Individual psychotherapy is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing.
Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety. There are several different types of psychotherapy and some types may work better with certain problems or issues. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies.
Sessions are typically held once a week or every fortnight for 50-60 minutes. Both patient and therapist need to be actively involved in psychotherapy. The trust and relationship between a person and his/her therapist is essential to working together effectively and benefiting from psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy can be short-term (a few sessions), dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months or years), dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and arrangements for how often and how long to meet are planned jointly by the patient and therapist.
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not.
Psychologists say, in fact, that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don't know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you're not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they're going through, and realize you're not alone.
Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
Email me directly to check what Group programs are available at the moment. As it depends on individuals' enrolment. Otherwise you may wish to consider individual therapy first. It is always better to learn about yourself before starting a group program.
Couples therapy can improve romantic relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
Individuals on the Autism spectrum and their partners may experience more conflict than neurotypical couples.
It is my specialty to build around mutual understanding and skills building to improve the quality of relationships of neurodiverse individuals and their partners.