Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health problems. They work with adults, children and teenagers and are trained to provide a range of evidence-based techniques and therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Clinical psychologists use psychological theory and research to provide a tailored intervention for each client.
The Clinical Psychologists at Mindright have completed a Masters, Doctorate, or PhD in Clinical Psychology, as well as ongoing professional development and skills training. They are highly qualified and experienced health care providers who have demonstrated expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health concerns and work collaboratively with other treating health professionals, such as General Practitioners (GPs), to ensure that clients receive optimal care.
Mindright specialise in the assessment and treatment of:
- Perinatal depression and anxiety (pregnancy and postnatal)
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Relationship problems
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Couple Therapy
- Personality disorders
- Sleep problems
- Adjustment Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Difficulty coping with medical conditions
- Developmental Disorders including autism
- Behavioural issues
- School refusal
- Infertility and/or pregnancy loss
- Anger problems
- Learning difficulties
- Family stress including separation and divorce
Types of Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a well validated treatment for a wide range of difficulties including depression and anxiety. CBT emphasises the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Negative or unhelpful thoughts can cause self-destructive feelings and behaviours. CBT is about becoming aware of these unhelpful patterns and then challenging them to create more helpful thoughts, which can help to improve mood or reduce anxiety. CBT also aims to increase behavioural skills to better manage difficulties, such as behavioural activation,problem solving, goal setting, relaxation training, communication skills and exposure therapy.
CBT focuses on ways to implement strategies into your daily life to improve your mental health and reduce psychological difficulties. CBT is typically delivered within 10-12 treatment sessions and works especially well for clients presenting with acute psychological difficulties.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an internationally recognised and validated therapy model that focuses on letting go of fusion or attachment to thoughts, embracing the present moment, and engaging in effective patterns of behavioral action to move toward value-based goals. The idea is that life can be painful, and attempts to reduce pain through control and avoidance only result in additional unnecessary suffering. The ultimate goal of practicing the basic principles of ACT is to build a rich, vibrant, and meaningful life while accepting the inevitable pain that comes with it. ACT is a good adjunct to CBT therapy for clients experiencing depression, anxiety and a range of other psychological difficulties.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a skill-based behavioural therapeutic approach that has demonstrated strong research support for the effective treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which often involves self-injurious behaviors, dichotomous thinking, and labile moods. DBT is often recommended for clients presenting with acute difficulties with regulating his/her emotions and high levels of distress. DBT interventions and skills are encapsulated within four modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.