I use a number of approaches depending on your needs. We can choose the approach most likely to help you to feel better, solve a personal problem, improve your relationships, and have a more enjoyable, rewarding and productive life.
I attempt to balance the science of psychology with the art of counselling / psychotherapy. The foundation of all effective psychotherapy is a good working relationship between the client and therapist based on empathy, warmth, and positive regard. I listen attentively to understand your situation, thoughts, and feelings as thoroughly as possible.
Our initial conversations will enable me to gain a thorough understanding of your concerns and the situation; this is important as it will help us decide which strategies may be best to help you achieve positive change.
We will discuss your options and we will work together toward your goals, whatever they may be. I will ask you for your thoughts as we progress, making sure that you are happy with the direction and progress of therapy.
Of course, you can simply attend for general counselling; sometimes we just need to talk to someone who understands.
There are many different types of psychotherapy; however, only certain particular therapies have been approved for Medicare referrals, the main one being Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
I have formal training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Self Psychology, Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Although matching the type of therapy to the problem is important, research shows that the most significant factor in successful therapy is how well you work with your particular therapist.