Our Therapeutic Approaches
- At Equilibrium Psychology we use a variety of evidence-based therapies matched to your individual needs or preferences. Evidence based therapy are methods that have been scientifically studied and found to be effective. These include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT).
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
- Schema Therapy.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
- Gestalt Therapy.
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
- Supportive Counselling.
- Couples Therapy and Family System Therapy.
- Motivational Interviewing.
- Mindfulness Based Therapies.
- Sex Therapy.
- Clinical Hypnosis.
We provide active and practical therapies
We do more than just listen to your story. Together with your therapist you will come to an understanding of your difficulties, what has caused them, and what is maintaining them. We will work on practical strategies and skills so you can overcome what is troubling you, prevent any recurrence and enhance your life. We will often recommend exercises or provide reading material for you between sessions that will maximise your progress.
All our therapies are individualised and effective
All people and all problems are unique. As such, we do not use a ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. Your Clinical Psychologist will take the time to get to know you and tailor your therapy appropriately. They will select the most appropriate evidence-based methods, adapt them to your needs, and interactively assess how they are working for you over the course of therapy, thereby maximising therapeutic gain.
Things we don't do
- Please note, Equilibrium Psychologists do not specialise in:
- Providing reports for court, academic exemption or for insurance purposes.
- Emergency or crisis management.
If you are in crisis please call Lifeline on 131 114 or your local Hospital.
What to expect when you call or email
Our friendly receptionists will be able to answer most common questions. Then, if you wish to proceed, you will be offered a short telephone consultation with one of our Clinical Psychologists. This is in order to match you to the most suitable therapist for you based on therapeutic approach, areas of specialty and appointment availability. We will also call you after your first few weeks of therapy to check that things are progressing well.
If you do not get through to someone when you call, it will be because our receptionists are paying careful attention to other clients at that moment. Please leave a message. You too will receive the same careful service when we attend to your enquiry. We endeavour to return all calls within the hour.
What to expect in the first session
It is very normal to feel uncomfortable about talking to a new person about difficult personal matters. At Equilibrium Psychology we take a warm and non-judgemental approach to put people at ease.
In the first session, your Clinical Psychologist will conduct a thorough assessment of your current life situation, your difficulties and any related factors and history. This is important to enable us to help you in the most effective and efficient way.
You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and, if time permits, we will also generate a plan for your psychological therapy.
Length of therapy
Most people feel the benefits of treatment after a couple of sessions. However, the total number of sessions required depends on several factors. Psychological research indicates that clients typically require between 5 and 15 sessions for full resolution and relapse prevention of common psychological difficulties. However, Equilibrium Psychology does provide longer-term psychotherapy if appropriate.
After assessment we will be able to advise you as to the number and frequency of sessions we recommend. Our treatment plans are flexible to fit in with your schedule and financial situation.
To help you get the most out of your appointments, we will periodically review the progress of your therapy, with reference to your goals. In general, sessions begin on a once weekly basis and the frequency of sessions decreases over the course of treatment, with a three-month follow-up ideal.