Chronic Illness Psychologist in Adelaide

Psychological Management of the Burden of Chronic Illness

Psychologist Jo England works with older adults, adults, parents and their children to assist with the management of chronic illness. She brings a deep interest to her work with chronic illness across all age groups. She believes that chronic illness and chronic pain, for many people, is a form of complex trauma.

She has extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, enriched with Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and EMDR techniques.  She sees herself as a relational therapist.

Jo has worked as an educational psychologist and early childhood psychologist. She then began working as a mental health practitioner collaborating with general practice and psychiatry, including in the Department of Paediatric Medicine, acute care and in-patient follow-up at The Canberra Hospital. She did three years of clinical training in complex trauma at the Department of Psychiatry, Westmead Hospital.  She has been in private practice for over 10 years, working with children and adults.

What are the psychosocial needs of people with a chronic illness?

Jo England aims to:

  • Support families as they come to terms with daily injections or other challenging treatments.
  • Support the family as they plan new daily routines.
  • Provide a repertoire of activities which reduce and make pain manageable.
  • Help people sustain their relationships and support their mood.

Depression and Chronic Illness

Research on chronic illnesses indicates that depression commonly co-occurs with chronic conditions. The rate of co-morbid depression is especially high in people who suffer a heart attack, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Chronic Pain Syndrome. Depression is also common in people with Coronary Artery Disease, stroke, cancer, or diabetes.

Depression caused by chronic illness tends to increase a person’s suffering, especially if the illness causes pain and fatigue or it limits a person’s capacity for social interaction. Depression can also intensify pain and fatigue.

Older Adults and Chronic Illness

Jo would like to build peoples’ capacity to resolve loss and build meaning as they age. Cardiovascular health and post-stroke interventions include assistance with achieving lifestyle change and motivation for wellness. Jo will be able to provide more information on your individualised treatment strategy when you meet with her for an initial appointment. She will take a history of your presenting issues, so that therapy can be tailored to meet your own goals for improvement.

Health Rebates for Chronic Illness Therapy

For many patients who have reached the Medicare Safety Net with a Mental Health Care Plan, our gap fee is less than $20. Our normal gap fee is $95.20 per session under Medicare. If you would like to access therapy under a Mental Health Care Plan, you will need to speak to your GP to see if you qualify for one. You may access a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions in a calendar year on this plan.

Alternatively, you may visit our practice privately. If you have private health cover, we advise that you call your provider to ask how much they may cover for psychological therapy sessions. The full private fee is $220 per session, and we have HICAPS facilities on site.

Chronic Illness Psychologist in Adelaide

If you would like to book in to see Jo England for chronic illness therapy in our Adelaide-based clinic, please don’t hesitate to request an appointment. If you would like some more information, you can contact us over the phone on (08) 8272 7885 or via email at admin@westbourneparkpsychology.com.au