While individual psychologist approaches vary somewhat, as a group our overriding goal is to identify the approach that will work best for you, and to offer that approach in a way that makes sense and feels right. We are interested in the development of emotional competence, and part of our assessment involves a needs analysis as to whether there are any strategy based approaches that might support coping. We are also able to offer more general supportive counselling services if you who would prefer a less structured approach.
As a group we also have an interest in neuroscience. We seek out additional training to maintain currency in the latest research findings about the brain and psychology. We will often include brain based approaches within other more traditional approaches, on the understanding that with knowledge of brain function all of us make better day to day choices for ourselves and our relationships.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Suitable for both children and adults, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is based on the premise that thinking (cognition), behaviour, emotions and physical reactions are interrelated. CBT often involves building new coping skills, as well as looking at thinking styles. The value in CBT has been extensively researched since it was first introduced in the mid-twentieth century, and it is an effective treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.
Research demonstrates that CBT is equally as effective as medication for mild to moderate depression, and that adults are less likely to relapse after a course of CBT as compared with antidepressant medication. Skills based programs aimed at children (e.g., Friends for Life) are effective in treating anxiety and depression, and are also useful in preventing the development of emotional difficulties in at-risk children.
Clinical hypnosis is an approach that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of other approaches, offering significant benefits in relaxation and targeted intervention using very focused attentional strategies. Hypnosis increases a sense of control both during therapy and with respect to increased confidence in applying new coping approaches. For more information about the approach used, please contact Acorn and ask to speak with Dr. Kelly Murray.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is an effective treatment for Depression. It assumes that depressive symptoms are related to interpersonal difficulties in one or more of four areas: Role Transition, Grief, Interpersonal sensitivities, and Disputes. In IPT the therapist and client work together to resolve the problems in each relevant area, and outcome research indicates that this significantly reduces depressive symptoms.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach used extensively in adjusting to trauma or other negative life events. The goal with EMDR is to completely eliminate trauma symptoms, rather than finding ways to cope with them.
It involves skill-based preparation using an approach such as CBT, followed by sessions aimed at reprocessing traumatic life events. EMDR can be an excellent treatment option when traumatic experiences have been prolonged or complex.
Triple P: Positive Parenting Program
Triple P is an Australian program designed to assist parents in building positive relationships with their children and teaching skills to help encourage desirable behaviour, while also managing the inevitable incidences of undesirable behaviour. More information on Triple P can be found at the Triple P International website: www.triplep.net
Tuning in to Kids Parenting Program™
The Tuning in to Kids program helps parents nurture the development of emotional competence (sometimes called emotional intelligence) in their children.
The program is appropriate for parents of children with demonstrated emotional difficulties, and for those parents who would like to improve family relationships or support their children in developing strong emotion regulation and interpersonal skills. Further information can be found at the Tuning in to Kids website: www.tuningintokids.org.au