WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THERAPY
In your first consultation, your psychologist will seek information that relates to your referral prior to collaboratively developing your treatment goals. Our psychologists prioritise developing a strong rapport with our clients as well as providing our clients with a safe and non judgemental environment to address any challenges they may face.
Our psychologists use a variety of psychological interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness to address a wide range of psychological issues.
Individuals who are referred by their GP under a Mental Health Care Plan are able to receive up to ten rebated consultations per calendar year.
Sessions tend to last approximately 50 minutes. Appointments may occur more frequently initially and then may be spaced out later in the therapy process to maintain progress.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidenced based trauma therapy that is thought to activate the brain's natural healing process. As well as trauma, it is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic disorder, performance anxiety and phobias, as well as depression, and other mental health conditions.
Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is designed to encourage awareness of self-defeating and negative thinking patterns and behaviours, and gently challenges a person to think and behave in healthier ways through cognitive restructuring and behavioural activation.
Mindfulness is essentially learning to be more in the present moment as opposed to ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. If we are able to be more present focused and aware, we are able to choose to behave and think differently.
Schema therapy is an integrative approach that combines elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoanalysis, attachment theory, and emotion-focused therapy, among others. Schemas are unhelpful patterns that some people develop if their emotional needs aren't met as a child.
It aims to treat personality disorders and other mental health concerns that don’t always respond to other treatment options. It can be particularly useful for treating borderline personality disorder.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages us to let go of distressing thoughts that are not useful in our lives and to be more present focused. It also considers our cores values and how we may lead a more meaningful life that is consistent with these values.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviours. It teaches patients skills to cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviours.
DBT focuses on building skills in distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.