I am a psychologist with a keen interest in many areas related to health and wellbeing including, but not limited to, injury and pain management, performance anxiety, self-confidence, and sleep habits.
As a Master of Psychology (sport and exercise) candidate at the University of Queensland, I am also passionate about the benefits of sport and exercise for mental health, and take a holistic approach to wellbeing that recognises the strong connection between our body and our mind.
I have worked in several organisations including Drug Arm, Brisbane Pain and Rehabilitation Service, and with sport organisations like the UQ rowing club.
I like to collaborate with my clients to identify and overcome the barriers that are stopping them from achieving what is important to them. Everyone has a different idea of what is important to them, what they want to achieve, or what would make their life more meaningful, which is why I believe it’s important to make therapy an individualised process.
And if you read that, and are now thinking about how you don’t know what’s important to you, or what would make your life more meaningful, don’t worry! What we think is important to us is an ever changing and evolving process, and often requires us to re-evaluate as we get older, change jobs, experience a serious injury, retire from a sport, graduate from high school, lose interest in a hobby, or whatever it may be. If you’re not sure what is important to you or what you want to work towards, finding out can become part of the process.
I have been drawn to working predominantly with adults, and am interested in working with people experiencing a range of concerns including:
- Sleep problems;
- Eating disorders;
- Panic attacks; and
- Attention deficit disorder;
I am committed to using evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), relaxation strategies, as well as Interpersonal therapy (IPT).
CBT – Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours interact to form adaptive or maladaptive responses to what is going on around us. Often these responses are not isolated, and are influenced by habits or patterns in the way that we think, feel, or behave. CBT looks at how we can challenge or change these habits and form more helpful patterns, while developing the skills to overcome a wide range of concerns and maintain a healthy outcome in the long term.
Relaxation strategies – highlight the connection between our body and mind, and can be used to reduce physical tension, manage breathing and bring awareness to physiological sensations in the body in ways that make it easier to deal with challenging situations or events, and promote long term health and wellbeing.
Interpersonal therapy – looks at our relationships with those around us and how we can strengthen or develop those relationships in ways that improve our quality of life and wellbeing. It is impossible to go through life without being affected by the people around us, and so our relationships can provide a good window for improving mental health. IPT covers a range of skills such as communication and expression, which are used to target areas that are causing problems within our relationships.
To make an appointment with Brisbane Psychologist Nikki Crossman, try online booking – Loganholme or call M1 Psychology on 3067 9129.