Stacey Borsboom Owner and Principal Psychologist at Revise Psychology started her business in 2015 to grow the availability of psychological services in the Central Queensland region, and to continue to confront the stigma around mental health and seeking help. Revise Psychology specialise in early intervention, as well as management of more complex mental health problems for children, adolescents and adults.
Stacey now employs other Registered Psychologists and has plans to continue to grow her practice in the region. She is passionate about encouraging help-seeking for those who may be struggling with mental health or life challenges, and provides a range of specialised programs to assist with prevention of mental health disorders.
What led you to start Revise Psychology?
I was working for a local mental health organisation and was having a lot of success with clients and positive outcomes, but also felt it was a good personal and professional fit for me. After a few years of working in government roles, it was a bit of an ‘a-ha!’ moment and I said to myself, ‘this is what I want to do, why not do it for myself?’ And I must admit, the freedom of not being within an organisation is pretty great! I am able to commit to, and work from my own set of values and my own vision for provision of psychological therapy. It’s very rewarding.
You specialise in early intervention and preventative programs. Tell us about some of the initiatives you have developed and run.
Early intervention is a bit of a passion of mine, as is encouraging help-seeking in any form. The goal is to get people talking about their experiences and their struggles, and turn that into being okay! I find most people grow from the experience of seeing a psychologist. So why are we still ashamed of the fact that occasionally we struggle!? That’s where early intervention comes in. If we can change this stigma in young people, or change the stereotype for those adults seeking help from the get-go, then I’d consider that a win!
With that in mind, at Revise Psychology we’re running early intervention therapy groups in 2018 for new mothers with postnatal depression and general adjustment issues and for adolescents struggling with self-esteem, body image, and social media identities. We’re also looking towards prevention of mental health disorders through parenting support groups for parents and carers of young children, to help guide them to best nurture healthy self-esteem, development and emotional resilience in their children.
What would your advice be to someone who is considering seeing a psychologist, but doesn’t know how to take the first step.
My advice is to start with your General Practitioner (GP). If you don’t have a trusted GP who you see regularly, then my advice is to get one! The consistency of seeing the same person who gets to know you is invaluable. From there, have a chat with them about what you’ve been going through, and let them know that you would like some support. They can write you a Mental Health Care Plan which allows you to receive a Medicare rebate on up to 10 sessions per year with a Psychologist. The beauty of your local GP is that they often know local Psychologists in their area who would be a good fit for you.
You work with school guidance officers. What are some of the issues that our current generation of children are dealing with, and how can parents and community best provide support to them?
Firstly, it’s a much more complex time of life, even compared to when I was at school (admittedly, that’s a little while ago now!). Families are busier. Everyone is more stressed. Time is scarce, and for a society that is so connected, we are extremely disconnected. Our younger people are feeling very isolated, despite our best attempts.
Bullying and social media are big areas of concern that are a lot more prevalent than you might think. Developing regular opportunities in the home to talk about day-to-day life, and really listen to your children is so important. Unfortunately, we can’t stop life events or stressors from happening. But if we can talk to our children and have them know that we are there at anytime for support, we can prevent a lot of helplessness, isolation and internal turmoil that young people can often experience.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Starting out and gaining momentum with referrals and new clients was a challenge. I started Revise Psychology as a sole trader so if there’s a hat to wear in a business, or as a psychologist, I was wearing it! This meant I was seeing clients, processing payments, answering phones, re-booking, writing letters to referrers, and liaising with GPs. It also meant I had to step right out of my comfort zone and learn how to do the book work and run a business.
This has become more manageable, as I’ve now grown to have a full-time Administration Manager, and two part-time Psychologists. So there are less hats to wear, but the book work and business side has grown with it. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t still my biggest challenge. I studied psychology, not how to run a business! But it’s better to be always learning new things than staying stagnant.
What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of myself, and what I’ve achieved in just two and a half years! I’ve seen a significant number of people in this time and feel good about being able to be there for people in their time of need. It also means that I’m helping them to learn about themselves. Just how resilient and strong they can be, and how to better manage difficult situations if they happen again. I’m also extremely proud of my clients for being brave enough to come and seek help, to return to sessions, and commit to making time for themselves, and for their mental health.
What’s one piece of advice for future female leaders?
Be yourself and be brave in your pursuit! It’s a cliche, but if you have an idea or a goal, give it a go. Be authentic and remember your why for starting. Don’t let other people dilute your ideas or goals. It was extremely risky leaving a secure job on good money to start Revise Psychology genuinely knowing I could make a difference. If I packed it all up and shut down at someone’s suggestion that it won’t work or it’s too much, I wouldn’t have made it far at all.
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