At Parramatta Psychology we prefer to use evidence based approaches when providing psychological therapy. Evidence based means that there is scientific research that supports the therapy being used. The main approaches we like to use are detailed below. However, at Parramatta Psychology we believe that ‘we’re all different’, each individual is unique, and we therefore tailor our approach to your specific needs and issues.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is used to treat a range of mental disorders. CBT is based on the premise that your thoughts can influence your emotions and behaviours. CBT is comprised of behaviour therapy, cognitive therapy and skills training. CBT is used to empower individuals to understand the cyclical nature of these elements in their unique situation. CBT aims to target strategies to areas of importance where the individual feels most confident in making change.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Therapy is used to address relationship issues. IPT is a time-limited and structured psychological approach that helps you to understand how your mental health and interpersonal difficulties are interrelated. IPT looks specifically at interpersonal disputes, role transitions, grief and interpersonal deficits. IPT seeks to bring about change by helping you modify your interpersonal relationships by exploring your expectations and improving your social support network.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy looks at accepting what is out of your control and committing to taking action. Instead of struggling with your current internal situation, ACT is about getting a grip of your life right now, with your pain, insecurities and worries and taking action in accordance with the things you value and hold as most important to your life. ACT looks at the canvas of your life and tries to answer questions like: What things are close to your heart? What do you want to do in this life that you have? Who do you want to be? Do you want to make a difference, how will you do this? The aim of ACT is psychological flexibility through the following strategies: acceptance, diffusion, living in the present moment, self-as-context, values and committed action.