At Westbourne Park Psychology, our psychologists offer a number of treatment approaches. We make these treatment approaches as accessible as possible by providing after-hours psychology, so you can improve your well-being on your own schedule. Click on the names of any of the treatment approaches listed below to get more information about that approach.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT (which is pronounced as the word ‘act’, not as the initials) does this by:
a) teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you (these are known as mindfulness skills).
b) helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – i.e., your values – then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard treatment approach for many psychological disorders. CBT assumes that our thoughts and behaviours can influence each other, as well as our emotions, and therefore our mental well-being. Therapy aims to disrupt the maladaptive patterns of thought and behaviour that cause distress or poor functioning, and to replace these with more adaptive patterns, which promote mental well-being.
CBT is a very collaborative approach to therapy, requiring that you and your psychologist work together to find ways to improve your patterns of thought and behaviour. Although CBT has a strong basis of treatment strategies and theories, it is also very individualised, so it is tailored to your unique situation.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment within our body and mind, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. In learning to be mindful, we can begin to counter many of our everyday sufferings such as stress, anxiety and depression because we are learning to experience events in a more impersonal and detached way. Our psychologist integrate the mindfulness approach with tried and true conventional approaches. Margaret Mitchell, one of our Clinical Psychologists, has a special interest in mindfulness.
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