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Suite 1.8 / 1091 Stud Road
Rowville Victoria 3178

(03) 8288 1937

Angelique Park (Psych)

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Angelique (Angie) Park has extensive experience providing counselling and therapy to adults, both young and older, and adolescents, with a range of psychological issues.

She specialises in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, relaxation training, and skills training. Angie is passionate about the Mind/Body connection, and can provide sound empathy through her excellent listening skills and her own life experiences.

Angie's areas of expertise include:

  • Anxiety (including phobias and panic attacks)
  • Depression
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues (including couples therapy)
  • Chronic disease adjustment and pain management

Angie is an approved Medicare provider, and can also offer services through private health funds or for private paying clients. She can also be found on the APS website ‘Find a Psychologist’.

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July 21, 2018

Interesting how powerful the language used by a healthcare practitioner is on influencing their patients' mindset and recovery.

July 16, 2018

Recommended management for treating back pain (published in The Lancet, March 2018) as discussed with Curves Rowville members today:

First Line Management
• Advise to stay active
• Patient education
• Return to work plan
• Exercise therapy: walking, pilates, gym, yoga, swimming, group exercise etc.

Second Line Management
• Manual Therapy: spinal manipulation, remedial massage, acupuncture/ dry needling.
• Approximately 90% of cases of acute back pain should improve in 4-6 weeks with the above treatments
• Chronic back pain (more than 12 weeks duration) requires a multidisciplinary approach so consider continuing the above treatments in conjunction with psychology treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness.

If Above Management Fails
• Diagnostic Imaging: If back pain is unresponsive to 6-12 weeks of above management consider X-ray, CT or MRI. In most cases of acute back pain diagnostic imaging is not necessary as the condition improves in 4-6 weeks and imaging does not change the diagnosis or management. Exceptions are worsening neurological deficits, trauma, history of cancer etc.
• Drugs: Non Steroidal Inflammatory Drugs may have some limited benefit for acute back pain but very little benefit for chronic back pain. Opioids or pain killers have no real benefit for back pain.
• Surgery: Most surgeries are as effective or if not less effective than exercise and conservative management as listed above. There are certain indications for surgery such as instability and worsening neurological deficits.

July 10, 2018

Conditions like spinal disc bulges and spinal disc degeneration are normal physiological processes that also occur in the population without back pain.

June 28, 2018

If you are considering orthopaedic surgery have a look at this episode of Insight to help you make an informed decision.

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