About Therapy

It is very important that you feel comfortable with your psychologist. It is the role of the psychologist to support you and provide a service that best meets your needs. Like any relationship, it's important for you to know you can talk to your psychologist about any concerns that may arise throughout the therapeutic process. 

Many people feel a little anxious coming to see a psychologist for the first time. This is understandable. Please know that I will endeavour to do whatever I can to make you feel safe and comfortable. 

​What to Expect

The first session is an opportunity for you to begin to share the concerns that bring you to therapy. In this session, I collect some history and commence assessment. I may ask you some specific questions to help determine what your needs are, and to help us to develop a plan together for future sessions.

​Therapeutic approaches

Several different approaches may be utilised. Some of the main frameworks include:

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)   This approach targets thinking, and how it affects how we feel and what we do. CBT also includes behavioural strategies. CBT has been found to be very effective for the treatment of disorders such as anxiety and depression. 

Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)  ACT principles encourage us to stop struggling with difficult thoughts, instead to accept the experience as it is (being mindful), and continue to take action in line with your values. 

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) - Interpersonal therapy focuses on the emotions that arise in our relationships and interactions with others. It is grounded in attachment theory. IPT has been found to be an effective treatment for depression and can help us better navigate our relationships with others.

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) - DBT is a skills based therapy for people who struggle with emotional dysregulation. It is particularly beneficial for people who have borderline personality disorder, or complex trauma.

E
ye movement desensitisation and rapid reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR is a treatment for trauma and  adverse past events that continue to impact current functioning. It is a structured treatment. For more information please feel free to call me to discuss suitability.

 "Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen"
- Brene Brown


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