Our Approach

 

We specialise in providing therapies that have been proven to be effective through rigorous scientific research, and that are recognised internationally as “best practice” treatments. We then tailor these to the individual, and regularly review progress. The approaches used are all practical and solution focused. Our psychologists are highly trained and experienced, with Masters and/or Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology.

The therapeutic relationship is an important part of effective treatment, and our psychologists have a reputation for working with clients in a manner that is compassionate, professional and non-judgmental.

Our therapists have extensive experience in the following evidence-based approaches:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is the most widely used therapy around the world, and has a strong evidence base for its efficacy. It focuses on changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviour patterns that are causing distress, and on developing new and more helpful coping strategies to improve quality of life. It is a very practical approach that is relatively time limited, with a focus on present issues. where CBT has been extensively researched and is the gold-standard treatment for many psychological difficulties in adults, adolescents and children.

To learn more about CBT click here.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

The goal of ACT is to maximise potential for a full and meaningful life by accepting what is out of our personal control and cultivating vitality through living mindfully and committing to actions that are consistent with our values.

To download a non-technical article that gives a basic overview of ACT click here.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an ancient practice that is now scientifically validated and embraced by Western psychology for a range of difficulties. Mindfulness is the state of conscious awareness to our here-and-now experience without judgment, to appreciate the fullness of each moment of life to increase life satisfaction. Mindfulness skills can be cultivated in many ways and not only through meditation.

To download a simple, non-technical article on “Mindfulness Without Meditation” click here.

To download a Mindfulness app for iPhones from iTunes click here.

Schema Therapy

Schema Therapy is used with adults to address longstanding dysfunctional beliefs and behaviour patterns developed early in life that are repeated over time. This approach is effective for complex and entrenched psychological difficulties and explores current problems clients are experiencing, as well as the historical sources of these difficulties. The therapist and client work together to build a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship in order to create a safe environment for therapy to take place.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT uses cognitive and behavioural strategies to improve the regulation of emotions and the management of distress in adolescents and adults. It integrates Western and Eastern approaches and places an emphasis on acceptance and change.

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)

EFT helps partners understand the current dynamic in their relationship and their often all too familiar negative cycles and stuck points. Couples are taught to recognise and avoid their old distressing patterns, which creates more safety in the relationship to then learn new ways to interact with each other and heal past hurts.

 

All psychological services are provided in accordance with the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Charter for Clients.

 

Please note, at myLife Psychologists we do not not specialise in:

  • Providing reports for court, academic exemption or for insurance purposes;
  • Emergency or crisis management.