Did you know that each year, almost 10,000 Australians die of a heart attack?  That’s one Australian life every 53 minutes.  That’s why during Heart Week – 29 April – 6 May 2019 – the Heart Foundation will be urging all Australians to learn the warning signs of a heart attack (refer to www.heartfoundation.org.au).

What is motivational interviewing?

Here at The Psych Professionals, we pride ourselves on linking in with national campaigns such as this.  Our psychologist team is trained in the Motivational Interviewing techniqueMotivational interviewing assists people with a chronic disease to improve their lifestyle and self-management and to sustain lifestyle changes (Scales & Miller, 2003).  We aim, through our therapy, at aiding our clients to sustain long-term behavioural changes, which can be very challenging for people with coronary heart disease.

How to make life-long changes

Our focus is not only that the client understands the importance of lifestyle changes, but also is aided in building the confidence to make and sustain such changes, based on the following premise:

6Heart Disease Support - Heart Week 2013

The Psych Professionals are pleased to advise that we have Psychologists with specific training in Motivational Interviewing.  They are available to assess, diagnose and implement therapeutic treatment plans for clients with chronic diseases including heart disease.