When having counselling it is important to know that different therapists will help you work through different problems using a variety of approaches and techniques. Evidence suggests that no one approach works better than all the others in all circumstances and it is important that you find a therapist that you trust and is qualified to help you.
Our practitioners have been trained in a range of therapies which are evidence-based. We offer 30 minute, 50 minute, and 90 minute sessions, with availability varying for each clinician. Some of the therapies that we offer include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a therapy technique many clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors use. Some therapists specialise in this form of therapy while others will use some of the techniques to help you work through particular difficulties. CBT is aimed at helping you understand, manage and change your thoughts (cognitions) and actions (behaviour). This form of therapy has been shown to be very effective for a whole range of issues but is particularly effective if you have depression or anxiety.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from its core messages, which is to accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. Although this therapy is a new wave of CBT, it has some unique perspectives, using mindfulness meditation and a range of other techniques to assist you in better managing difficult emotions and thoughts, and aiming towards value-driven behaviour.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Motivational Interviewing is both a client centered and semi-directive therapy aimed at helping people to change their behaviours. It is based on a number of premises that include: helping clients explore the discrepancy between how they want their lives to be versus how they currently are (or between their deeply held values and their day to day behaviour), rolling with resistance to change, and developing self-efficacy to help clients move towards change successfully and with confidence.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Interpersonal therapy is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on the notion that interpersonal factors may contribute heavily to psychological problems. IPT aims to change the person’s interpersonal behaviour by fostering adaptation to current interpersonal roles and situations.
Schema Therapy was developed in the 1990s to provide treatment options for long-term issues and “treatment resistant” anxiety and depression. Schema Therapy suggests that ongoing distress is a result of the activation of schemas, which are constructs; made-up of ways of thinking, feeling, experiencing, and memories. When these schemas are activated they trigger a theme that is distressing and self-reinforcing. In Schema Therapy, we use cognitive, experiential and behavioural techniques to modify these patterns to reduce distress.