Our psychologists are trained in a range of treatment approaches. This means that they can select from several evidence-based treatment approaches to create a program tailored to your needs. Read on to learn more about just some of the treatment approaches on offer at Rose Park Psychology.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the more recent, ‘third wave’ psychotherapies, which focus less on changing thoughts and more on accepting and learning to live (and thrive) with them. Whilst ACT is firmly grounded in the traditional psychotherapies, it also moves beyond them by incorporating other elements such as values, forgiveness, compassion and connection to the present moment.
Broadly speaking, the aim of ACT is to increase your psychological flexibility – that is, your ability to consciously connect to the present moment and to guide your behaviour by your values. Psychological flexibility is achieved through six core processes, which incorporate Mindfulness skills. The end goal of therapy is for you to live an enriched life – one that accepts the pains of human existence whilst also connecting with the joy and satisfaction that come from living life in a way that is meaningful to you.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most widely-used psychotherapy, with good reason – it has the most extensive evidence base of any psychotherapy, and has been found to be useful for treating a diverse range of mental health problems. CBT works by changing the thoughts and behaviours which are maintaining your current mental health problems; replacing them with more adaptive patterns of thought and action. All of our psychologists are trained in CBT.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) is primarily seen as a treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, it is also applied with benefit to chronic pain, anxiety, and performance psychology. The Australian guidelines for the treatment of PTSD and ASD recommend that individuals with PTSD should be referred for trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy or EMDR, as the first line treatment, before even the prescription of medication. This recommendation is made because many studies have shown EMDR to be an effective treatment intervention, with fewer side effects than medication.
Gottman Method Relationship Counselling
The Gottman Method is a more structured approach than many other approaches to relationship counselling. It is based on the work of researchers who observed and recorded patterns in relationships over 20 years. Their research followed more than 3500 couples. It taught them to predict with great accuracy (over 94%) whether a marriage would survive or would have ended 6 years later. This research informed the theory of relationship functioning which underpins the Gottman Method.
Outcome research supports the Gottman Method, with couples reporting greater relationship satisfaction after counselling based on this method. Research suggests that the Gottman Method is effective not only for heterosexual couples, but also for couples in same-sex relationships. It may also be useful for couples who do not feel that their conflict level is abnormal, but would like to learn better ways to communicate with and support one another.
Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)
In Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), particular emphasis is put on two key processes: worry and rumination.
Worry and rumination are seen to characterise a wide variety of emotional disorders, such as depression and a number of the anxiety disorders. In MCT, they are thought of as significant maintaining factors in such disorders – either because people have difficulty controlling their thoughts or because they see them as harmful in some way.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to experience in the present moment, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. It takes quite a lot of practice to be able to notice your feelings and not just react to them. You may notice for example that you are feeling angry. You may notice that you are frightened of being angry. With a mindful approach, you can gather a lot of information about yourself. Then, you may be able to make a decision about how you are going to respond to that moment and/or your feelings. With practice, you can decide how you are going to manage your feelings, rather than letting them manage you.
Compassion Focused Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) has developed from evolutionary, neurological and psychological science. It is a third wave CBT therapy emphasizing issues such as mindfulness, emotions, acceptance, the relationship, values, goals, and meta‐cognition. Although rooted in modern science, CFT also draws on Buddhist philosophy. This is similar to other recent developments in cognitive behaviour therapy such as Mindfulness. CFT is useful for overcoming distress, trauma, depression, anxiety, eating difficulties, pain and psychosis. Evidence of the effectiveness of CFT continues to grow.