We Specialise is Providing Evidence Based Treatments

We specialise in providing evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). All of these approaches are widely accepted around the world to treat a wide range of problems. They have been extensively researched and shown to be effective in clinical trials (in which the treatment’s effectiveness is compared against the results of having no treatment or against other treatments, such as medication).

All these therapies have a practical problem-solving approach, and focus on teaching people the skills to hep them find solutions to their problems.
They focus mainly on the present, rather than on childhood experiences. They are not psychoanalysis and do not involve lying on a couch, dream analysis or “weird” things. Of course, it can be useful to look at how and when unhelpful patterns developed, but our focus is much more on what you want your life to be about now, and what is preventing you from achieving it.

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

CBT is the most widely used therapy around the world today. It is a very practical approach that focuses on changing unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. As with anything new, developments often lead to reformulations and refinements, and ACT is the current example of this. Both CBT and ACT have similar goals. The major ones being:

  • to help people recognise the role that thinking plays in helping or hindering them
  • to think and act more flexibly
  • to take action towards living a valued and meaningful life

The focus in both CBT and ACT is on helping people to:

  • identify and recognize unhelpful or painful thoughts
  • be able to distance oneself from the unhelpful or painful thoughts
  • identify alternative thinking that is more realistic, helpful and positive
  • identify, connect with, and take committed action towards one’s core values
  • learn skills to improve coping, eg., relaxation, assertive communication, problem-solving, goal-setting skills

The Beyondblue website gives further information on these treatments.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

DBT is aimed at helping people with longer term problems that do not always respond so well to traditional CBT.  For more information see our DBT site DBTsydney.com.au. Typical examples include suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self-harm, drug and alcohol problems, eating disorders, problems with sense of self, or unhelpful relationship patterns. DBT is a longer term approach that involves both group and individual therapy, both of which we offer. It is important that you see someone with thorough training in DBT, as this will ensure that you get the most out of the therapy.

DBT comprises of several stages, these being:

  1. Dealing with and reducing high risk behaviours
  2. Developing active coping skills similar to those used in CBT and ACT
  3. Developing better quality relationships
  4. Dealing with past psychological trauma

Schema Therapy

Schema therapy is also aimed at more longer term problems. It is based on the idea that some people seem to get caught up in cycles of self-defeating patterns. These patterns first develop as unhelpful ways of understanding and interacting with the world early on in life, and then persist into adulthood. Schema therapy teaches the person to use various techniques to break these patterns.

Schema therapy typically involves one-on-one therapy with a trained schema therapy. A number of our therapists are trained in this approach.

The choice between DBT and schema therapy often comes down to the specific types of problems you are dealing with, and whether one approach better suits your personal style.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

ITP aims to understand how the problems came about and how they relate to your current social and personal life. The focus in ITP is on helping people to:-

  • express feelings about problems, both the painful feelings as well as the pleasant ones
  • accept painful feelings
  • assess communication patterns to identify communication failures
  • express feelings and wishes more directly
  • resolve conflicts with the important people in your life by first
  • identifying the conflicts and then making choices about a plan of action