Our Services provide inclusive and affirming Individual Therapy for Adolescents (16 years+) and Adults
Impacts from Trauma
We utilise the latest evidence based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Compassion-focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing and elements of Solution Focused Therapy where appropriate. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) will start to be incorporated into our practice more in 2024.
Authentic Self Psychology is not an emergency service. Click here for a list of some support numbers (both urgent and non-urgent).
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
The main goal of ACT is to help individuals develop psychological flexibility by learning how to accept difficult thoughts and feelings and take action towards a more meaningful life. This is achieved through a variety of techniques, including mindfulness, diffusion from difficult thoughts, value clarification, and valued action.
Schema therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is based on the idea that early experiences and patterns of behaviour can create deeply ingrained negative beliefs, called schemas, that may continue to affect an individual’s life well into adulthood. These schemas can lead to patterns of negative behaviour, emotional distress, and dysfunctional relationships. Schema therapy uses a number of techniques to help a person better understand and overcome their schemas to improve their self concept and relationships with others.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a type of therapy that was developed to help people who struggle with intense emotions and interpersonal difficulties. It was originally designed to work with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but it has since been used to treat a wide range of mental health concerns. It aims to help people learn how to regulate their emotions, cope with stress, and improve their relationships with others.
CBT is a type of therapy that helps individuals identify and challenge "unhelpful" thinking patterns and develop different behavioural responses to situations.
IFS is a psychotherapy based on an integrative model. The approach draws upon different elements in other psychotherapies, with the key element of proposing that all of us possess 'parts' that present their own perceptions and characteristics. IFS aims to unify and unburden these parts, approaching them with curiosity, compassion and confidence. Through this approach, IFS posits that we can move toward a more integrated Self, supporting both our inner and outer relationships. Click here for more information about IFS as described by IFS Founder, Dr Rick Schwartz.
Animal-Assisted Therapy incorporates specially selected and trained animals into goal directed therapeutic/intervention plans that are designed to promote improvement in physical, cognitive, psychosocial, behavioral, and/or emotional functioning. AAT promotes mutual wellbeing and benefits for the humans and animals involved. AAEs may directly or indirectly involve the animal. Click here for more information about AAT as described by Therapy Dogs Australia.
**Alfie will be working with Darcy in 2024 following his completion of the Clinician Course faciliated by Therapy Dogs Australia.