We value treatments that have been shown by scientific research to be helpful and effective. But we also know it is essential to tailor your counselling to your individual circumstances and preferences.
Your psychologist will help you in choosing the best therapy, or combinations of therapies, for you.
Some of the therapies we are trained in are:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a group of therapies that have been thoroughly researched and practiced for over 30 years. It is a very practical and strategy-based therapy. You and your Psychologist focus on changing unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours. This can help you feel more relaxed and cheerful in everyday life.
CBT is very effective for many (but not all) people. It has been found to help with everything from Panic Attacks, Phobias and OCD to Major Depression, Anger Management and Childhood Disorders.
See the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy
IPT is based on the idea that we become unhappy, stressed and worried when our relationships are under strain, disrupted, or when we loose an important relationship. This therapy focuses on understanding your relationship patterns, improving important relationships, plus feeling more peaceful and adjusted to ongoing relationship issues. IPT has been shown by research to be effective for adults and teenagers with Depressive Disorders, Chronic Illness, Somatic Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, and Post-Natal Depression. Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt has completed specialist training in IPT at Manchester University, England.
See the Blackdog Institute for more information
Mindfulness is a therapy often combined with CBT. Your Psychologist will focus on helping you develop the ability to pay attention to the present moment, to thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the environment. Mindfulness can help people learn to accept how things are and not negatively judge situations, or themselves. This can decrease distress and help people live more satisfied and tranquil lives. It can also improve people’s ability to cope with significant life difficulties. There is emerging evidence that Mindfulness can help with Major Depression and Dysthmia, Generalised Anxiety, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Parenting-related Stress and Anxiety, Post-Natal Depression and Pain Management. It has also been shown to improve relationships, learning and behaviour plus coping with chronic illness.
See this Berkeley University website for more information and exercises.
Narrative Therapy is a type of counselling that focuses on the strengths and abilities that we already have, rather than on our problems or weaknesses. It is about helping you identify the skills, beliefs and abilities that you can use to improve your life, mental health or relationships. It focuses on collaborating with your Psychologist to build resilience and the ability to overcome problems.
It is often helpful for relationship problems and adolescent issues.
See the influential Dulwich Centre
General: The Australian Psychological Society has lots of information on psychological disorders, mental health websites, and resources.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Information: Amaze has lots of great information including understanding ASD, education sessions and the support services that are available.