Therapeutic Approaches

Every person is unique and deserves individual attention.

Our psychologists spend time and effort developing a tailored approach to suit your individual needs.

These approaches may include the following:

Providing information about biological, cognitive and emotional aspects of psychological issues.  With this approach, we can assist you with an increased understanding and awareness of the processes underlying many Psychological  issues, helping you to make informed choices about change and treatment.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:
There are specific CBT treatments for different psychological problems. Common elements of CBT include:

  • Identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Identifying underlying negative core beliefs that lead to unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Identifying and challenging unhelpful behavioural patterns
  • Improving positive and helpful lifestyle behaviours
  • Relaxation training
  • Exposure therapy (in treatment of anxiety disorders and phobias)

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your full attention, in an open, non-judgmental way to the present moment.  Mindful Meditation can assist you to develop skills to be more focussed and clear in your thinking.  Mindfulness can also assist us to in developing non-judging, open and accepting attitudes to help us cope with adversities and connect to life more fully.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):
ACT is based on the core idea of accepting what is out of your personal control and committing to actions and behaviours within your control to improve and enrich your life. ACT focuses on:

Teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings in such a way that they have  much less negative impact and influence over you.

Helping you to clarify your values and what is truly important and meaningful to you then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better

Interpersonal Therapy:
As its name suggests, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) focuses on how we connect to others and how this can contribute to conditions such as depression and anxiety.  IPT can hep you to increase your awareness and understanding of your past and present social roles, how you relate to others, and assist you to develop more effective interpersonal relationships.

Relaxation strategies:
Includes diaphragmatic breathing, visual imagery, positive visualisation, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindful breathing, sensory awareness, and mindful body awareness.

Solutions Focused Therapy:
Goal oriented therapy with a focus on discussion of solutions and steps to reach them, rather than focusing on discussing problems. 

Positive psychology:
Focuses on identifying and manifesting your unique character strengths, building gratitude, resilience, and optimism, and engaging in creative self-expression, life-affirming relationships and experiences.

With a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship client are able to find the words to describe and explore their experiences. This approach will often be more long term, and involve deep reflection and analysis of long-standing psychological issues.  Psycho-dynamic therapy can also be used to explore and understand the impact of our early life experiences and relationships, and to use this awareness to develop more effective coping strategies and healthier relationships.

Family Therapy:
Family Therapy is an approach that focuses on family relationships and dynamics as central to Psychological well-being.  This can be done with multiple members of a family attending counselling to improve strained relationships and more effectively resolve conflicts.  Family Therapy approaches can also be used when working with an individual to help them understand the impact of their family relationships on their psychological wellbeing and to assist them to manage family boundaries and conflicts in more effective ways.

Narrative Therapy:
Narrative therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling, which centres clients as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, values, and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.  This approach helps to focus your internal narrative or dialogue on your strengths to empower you to respond more effectively to the challenges you face and to assist in the healthy development of your self-identity.