What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Individual counselling and psychotherapy is the right setting for the treatment of the most common mental health presentations in private practice, including depression and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationship difficulties and chronic pain. The individual therapy setting safeguards best that your psychologist is 100% focused on your concerns and can be fully supportive in a confidential environment.
Your psychologist is trained to manage a wide range of mental health presentations. All New Paths psychologists draw from several evidence-based counselling approaches, including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema-Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Interpersonal Therapy. We do not do any manualised therapy, because everyone is different and is therefore treated in a tailored, individualised way.
Individual therapy typically has different phases: the gathering of relevant information, building a therapeutic alliance with means finding strategies to help you in the areas you want to see changed, then doing the actual therapy “work” and implement strategies to prevent relapse.
We conduct individual therapy as a collaborative approach, because that best guarantees that approaching your goals is the result of your doing. You achieved the good result which is rewarding.
Typically, any therapy process includes some form of skill development, for instance, managing moods and anxiety, better decision making or problem-solving, building resilience and relationship skills, to name a few. In the sessions you are encouraged to explore and clarify your feelings and thoughts, to learn to express needs, and to work through influential memories, if necessary. The one on one setting help to express yourself freely.
Our treatment procedures are informed by best practice guidelines. Often one form of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or similar approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is the modern form of CBT, are utilised, or parts thereof. CBT and ACT are considered short-term approaches. In research, treatment is often referred to as “short-term” when session number are between 8 or 10 and 25.
Individual progress depends on many different factors. Treatment length vary greatly. A lot can be achieved in 4-10 sessions if you need help with specific problems. Chronic conditions that have been in place for five, 10 or more years are best addressed with weekly or fortnightly sessions over 4-6 months or longer.
Medicare and health fund rebates are available, conditions apply.