Research shows that psychological treatments are effective in managing mental health disorders.
A review of current research shows that psychological treatments are:
effective at treating common mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression,
often more effective than medication over the long term, because people receiving medication only are more likely to relapse after they stop, and
effective and cost efficient.
What can our programs do for you?
Reduce your vulnerability to stress-related illnesses and disease,
Improve your health, wellbeing, and life satisfaction,
Reduce time off work or study due to absenteeism, illness and injuries,
Help promote a mentally healthy lifestyle,
Teach you healthy ways to cope with stress in your life - work pressures, financial difficulties, relationship problems, exams and deadlines, and
Optimise your energy levels for total health and wellbeing.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
The term 'cognitive behaviour therapy' or CBT can refer to a group of therapies united by common principles, including cognitive therapy, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).
CBT is a short term, practical, skills-focused, evidence-based psychological approach. CBT aims to reduce the intensity of distressing emotions and change unhelpful behaviours by modifying "cognitive" processes (thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and underlying core beliefs about yourself and the world).
Principles of CBT
CBT is mostly focused on the present or your current life situation, with less focus on the remote causes of problem behaviours.
CBT requires active participation by the client - helping to set goals, the agenda for each session, and completing assignments between sessions.
CBT involves collaboration between client and therapist. As therapy progresses, the client becomes their own coach and is better able to reflect upon their own thoughts and behaviours.
CBT is solution-focused and goal-oriented.
CBT is designed to be a time-limited treatment. The sessions may be weekly initially, then fortnightly, and then monthly to allow clients to practice the strategies independently and prepare for the end of treatment.
Areas of Specialisation
Relaxation and mindfulness training
Post and prenatal depression and anxiety
Assertiveness, social and communication skills
Life transitions and adjustment issues (e.g. retrenchment, relationship breakdown)