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Psychological Therapies

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Our Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists are Registeredwith APHRA and Medicare and are therefore elegible to provide Better Access Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) and Individual Psychological Therapy respectively; Medicare and APS approved evidence-based strategies to ensure cost-effective quality health outcomes are provided. They include:

 

Psycho-education- educating the individual on their diagnosis, causes, effects and implications; for example, Motivational Interviewing (MI), a directive, person-centered approach to improve intrinsic motivation to support change

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) recognising the influence of cognitions on feelings and behaviours, and of subsequent emotions and behaviours on cognitions. CBT endeavours to assist individuals to identify unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and emotions. CBT is comprised of:

 

Behavioural interventions examples include:

-Behaviour modification

-Exposure techniques

-Activity scheduling

-Relaxation

 

Cognitive Interventions:

Cognitive Therapy including: cognitive restructing and self- instructional training to replace dysfuctional thoughts with more helpful cognitions

 

Relaxation Strategies:

-Progressive Muscle Relaxation

-Controlled Breathing

 

Skills Training: (an important component of CBT)

-Problem Solving Skills and Training

-Anger Management

-Social Skills Training

-Communication Training

-Stress Management

-Parent Management Training

 

Interpersonal Therapy (especially for depression): focused approach on interpersonal issues to assist clients to identify  how interpersonal issues affect and are affected by individual perception, expectations and communication.

 

Narrative Therapy

For clients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Narrative therapy using story telling endeavours to provide counselling in a non-blaming, respectful manner that recognises the individual as an expert in their own life.

 

In addition our Psychologists and clinical Psychologists also offer the following interventions as they have increasing evidence bases:

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  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT): aims to assist individuals to greaten their acceptance  of their sugbjectiveness to promote desired changes in behaviour and improve quality of life.

  • Family Therapy and Family-Based Interventions: many psychotherapeutic models to alter and improve familial interactions

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): Using mindfulness meditation techniques to interupt the ruminating thought patterns that can lead to depressive episodes

  • Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT): goal focused approach to assist clients to change by building solutions

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): aims to reduce ineffective action associated with deregulated emotions using the didactic relationship, skills training, skills generalisation and consultation

  • Schema-Focused Therapy: is focused on identifying and changing schemas that are maladaptive and the ineffective coping strategies that are associated with them. It requires both Cognitive schema change through CBT and experiential work using visual imagery or creative work to symbolise positive experiences

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: endeavours to assist clients by exploring and working through interpersonal, conscious and unconscious intra-psychic conflicts

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT): is a combination of client-centred therapy with guided interventions from gestalt and experiential therapies targeted at interpersonal and/or intrapsychic targets to assist a new understanding and view of oneself

  • Hypnotherapy: using hypnosis to alleviate individual issues