Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a form of behavioural therapy. It is an approach that the ultimate goal is achieving ‘psychological flexibility’ and a rich and meaningful life. It focuses on value guided behavioural change and value guided actions. It allows us to stop struggling with negative thoughts and learn to be with them and accept them just as they are. This is achieved with mindfulness meditation skills, which helps you to live in the present. Coaching utilises ACT principles, amongst other evidenced based coaching techniques. For more information, see website actmindfully.com.au
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is one of two therapies identified by Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health as being an effective treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). EMDR is an integrated psychotherapy approach that addresses the experiences that contribute to psychological health. EMDR assists by rapidly processing feelings, images, smells, sounds and body sensations that are associated with traumatic experiences. EMDR is successful in treating and an array of issues including:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a practical method of treatment that aims to teach the person new skills and strategies that they can apply to future problems. It focuses on the ‘here and now’ whilst developing an understanding of past styles of thinking and behaviour that have developed over time.
CBT is a structured therapy and examines all elements that maintain a problem, including our thoughts (cognitions), feelings, behaviour and the environment. Each session will involve discussion, explanation and practice of skills and techniques. Often you will be required to practice those techniques in between sessions. See website
Visit aacbt.org for more information.
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a short-term future-focused therapeutic approach which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. Elements of the desired solution often are already present in the client’s life, and become the basis for ongoing change. The ability to articulate what the changes will be like is often more important than understanding what led to the problem.
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
Motivational Interviewing focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence and centres on motivational processes within the individual that facilitate change. Motivational Interviewing supports change in a manner congruent with the person’s own values and concerns.
Family Systems Theories
Family Systems theories utilise an integrative perspective of family systems where a comprehensive theoretical and treatment perspective and spheres of activity take place. Activities are utilised to strengthen families to increase cohesion, flexibility and communication. A growth oriented approached is utilised.
Sandplay and Creative Therapies
Sandplay and Symbol Work use multiple intelligences and offers a different way to process emotional information for clients. They are easily used because of the way they allow the individual to access deeper levels of the psyche at their own pace and level. The methods are self-balancing, self-regulating and non-intrusive. They are not applicable in every case, and are used in conjunction with other therapies listed above.