Common Treatments

Your therapist will work with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan and therapeutic approach, however some common therapies/treatments are outlined here.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. CBT helps people to understand how the way they think impacts their mood and aims to teach them to think in a less negative way about life and about themselves. CBT also focuses on the important role that activity and behaviour plays in our mental health.

What to expect: CBT is a very structured, logical approach to therapy. You can expect to closely examine your thoughts and develop practical ways to challenge and change unhelpful thoughts. You can also expect to examine your behaviours and start making change to these to include more helpful/adaptive behaviours and cutting down on unhelpful/maladaptive behaviours. CBT also has a strong focus on goal setting as well as homework.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

The key approach of ACT (pronounced as the word ‘act’ rather than the initials ‘A-C-T’) is acceptance of what is out of one’s personal control, and the commitment to action that is going to lead to a rich, valued-filled life.

What to expect: In ACT you can expect to examine your values closely; those things in life that are important to you. One of the key understandings of ACT is that pain is an inevitable part of life, however suffering (our attempts to avoid pain that actually increase it) can be lessened. In ACT you can expect to learn techniques to create some distance from difficult thoughts, as well as acceptance strategies of pain. Mindfulness is also a core component of all ACT work.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a specialised trauma therapy for PTSD and cPTSD. It is considered the gold standard therapy for trauma.

What to expect: You will work with your clinician to identify specific memories linked to trauma events, as well as the emotions, physical sensations, and thoughts connected to these memories. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are then used to desensitise the emotions and physical sensations, before new associations are developed with more helpful thoughts.

Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy combines elements of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, gestalt, attachment theory, and emotion-focused therapy, among others. Schema Therapy can be particularly useful for people who have had long-term mental health issues and have had limited success with other therapies.

What to expect: Early Maladaptive Schemas develop when core emotional needs in childhood are not met. Through Schema Therapy you will gain an understanding of what schemas are relevant to you, how these schemas developed for you, how these schemas relate to your mental health and experiences today. From this, you will develop new strategies to help you manage the impact of these schemas now and in the future.

Exposure Response Prevention

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is a specific type of type of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) that is considered to be effective treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and anxiety disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety and phobias. ERP aims to increase tolerance to discomfort and uncertainty without performing neutralising tasks such as ritualised behaviours and thoughts, reassurance seeking, or avoidance.

What to expect: Collaborative work with a trained therapist is conducted to determine individually tailored exposure techniques to systematically desensitise your fears and anxieties. In ERP you can learn to process how you react to your thoughts and learn new ways to cope with distress, anxiety and uncertainty.

Clinical hypnosis

Hypnosis can be defined as a relaxed, altered state of consciousness, somewhat like a deep meditative state. Clinical hypnosis (sometimes referred to as hypnotherapy) is the use of hypnotic techniques for therapeutic benefit. Hypnosis induces an altered state of consciousness that allows the brain to be more receptive to suggestions of change, and is an effective way of accessing the subconscious to facilitate therapeutic change. Clinical hypnosis has made particularly large advancements in the past 50 years with multiple scientific studies and meta-analyses showing clinical hypnosis to be effective and safe with long-lasting benefits.

Clinical hypnosis has also been shown to be helpful across a large variety of conditions and issues, including:

    • Fear and phobias|
    • Anxiety
    • Sexual problems
    • Alcoholism
    • Smoking control/cessation
    • Speech disorders
    • Chronic pain
    • Boosting self-confidence/Self-esteem
    • Increasing motivation
    • Memory/concentration improvement
    • Eating issues and weight control
    • Increasing work/study/sporting performance

Couples Therapy – Gottman Couples Therapy

Gottman Therapy is one of the leading approaches to couples therapy, and research continually demonstrates it as the most effective approach.

What to expect: In Gottman Therapy you can expect to work with your partner on aspects of your relationship that you are hoping to improve. Tasks to improve aspects such as communication, affection, imtimacy, conflict, and negotiation are all potential areas of focus.

Building resiliency

Traditionally, psychology has focused on ‘fixing’ issues when they needed fixing. Building resiliency is about focusing on strategies that maintain strong mental health and wellbeing.

What to expect: When working on resiliency you can expect to explore topics such as gratitude, mindfulness, self-compassion, physical activity, and many others.