"It is hard to be happy without a life worth living. This is a fundamental tenet of DBT. Of course, all lives are worth living in reality. No life is not worth living. But what is important is that you experience your life as worth living—one that is satisfying, and one that brings happiness.” ― Marsha M. Linehan
As our practice has evolved, our scope of treatment has also evolved with the focus on the provision of specific therapy approaches to treat more complex intrusive and pervasive presentations that are impacting a client’s life. Our focus is to provide often more intensive, longer term treatments to presentations including borderline (BPD) and other personality disorders, grief and loss, addiction, trauma, eating disorders and complex anxiety issues. We apply therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) which was developed to treat BPD.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT was originally designed to treat people who had symptoms of borderline personality however it has been proven to be equally effective in treating other issues including self-harm, eating disorders, addiction and trauma including post-traumatic stress. The term "dialectical" comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites in therapy -- acceptance and change -- brings better results than either one alone. The therapist consistently works with the individual to find ways to hold two seemingly opposite perspectives at once, promoting balance and avoiding black and white—the all-or-nothing styles of thinking. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas: mindfulness; distress tolerance; emotional regulation; interpersonal effectiveness.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behaviour therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behaviour, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it.
We also apply other specialist approaches including:
Trauma informed Therapy
Mindfulness and Positive Psychology
"Cognitive therapy seeks to alleviate psychological stresses by correcting faulty conceptions and self-signals. By correcting erroneous beliefs we can lower excessive reactions". - Aaron T. Beck
Our approach is to build on the client's inherent strengths and qualities to enable them to develop their own solutions, with the support and guidance from the counsellor. We believe that each person has an inherent ability to find their own solutions, but often they don't know how or where to start, however counselling and psychotherapy particularly strengths based, and solution focused approaches build on their ability to find their own direction. We integrate such approaches including humanistic, behavioural, strengths based and psychodynamic psychotherapy modalities into each session as a way of assisting the client to identify their previous harmful behaviours and uncomfortable emotions, learn new skills, develop a healthier way of thinking and an overall greater awareness and sense of self.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a particular type of treatment that therapists use with their clients to address issues of anxiety, anger, depression and numerous other mental health problems. CBT involves looking at the link between a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions, and how each may affect that person’s perception and wellbeing. CBT is a type of therapy that aims to help a person change unhelpful or unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and it is based on the understanding that negative thinking is a bad habit that needs to be broken. The idea is to show a person how their negative thinking affects their mood, and prevents them from achieving their goals or living a full life.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. Goal setting is at the foundation of SFBT; one of the first steps is to identify and clarify your goals. The therapist will begin by questioning what you hope to get out of working with the therapist and how, specifically, your life would change when steps were taken to resolve problems. One of the key questions the therapist asks is called the miracle question: “If a miracle occurred while you were asleep tonight, what changes would you notice in your life tomorrow?” This opens up your mind to creative thinking and, again, to setting goals and developing a clear plan that will lead to life-changing.
Other therapeutic approaches we provide are:
Strengths Based therapy
Change Talk Therapy & Motivational Interviewing
Emotion Focused Therapy
We are again offering face to face sessions, however during these session and whilst onsite in any of our locations, please adopt social distancing protocols and sign in using the QR code provided which are requirements of the the Victorian Government Health Department. We are still offering online therapy sessions including Skype, Zoom Conferencing and telephone counselling sessions. Please call to discuss!