At LIFE we use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic techniques which we tailor to our clients. Our clinical approach have been scientifically validated in research trials and shown to be effective at achieving significant psychological improvement.
Our clinicians have been trained in a variety of therapies such as:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
- Mindfulness-based approaches
- Positive Psychology
- Schema therapy
- Solution-Focussed Therapy
CBT is an evidence based technique which helps you to understand, manage and change your thoughts (cognitions) and actions (behaviour). This form of therapy has been shown to be very effective in assisting people to overcome a whole range of issues. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommends the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches for a wide range of psychological problems. CBT is the most effective treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.
ACT is a therapy that aims to help people create a rich full and meaningful life, while effectively handling the pain and stress that life inevitably brings. ACT teaches you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you and helps you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you and then discover how use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
IPT is a supportive psychotherapy that is time-limited and focuses on building your interpersonal skills. Looking at how you interact with people can help you better understand your emotions in relation to them and how this can contribute to psychological problems.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a psychological approach that combines cognitive therapy with mindfulness techniques. Mindfulness involves consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness. The aim of mindfulness based practices is to enhance awareness so that you are able to respond to thoughts, feelings and events rather than just reacting to them. There is increasing evidence that mindfulness practice is particularly important in preventing relapse of depression, but aside from that benefit, it is a way to enhance emotional and psychological flexibility and increasing quality of life.
While much of psychology focuses on repairing people’s lives, Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This field of psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
Positive Psychology aims to help people achieve well-being, contentment and satisfaction in the past, hope and optimism for the future, and happiness in the present.
If you have ever wondered if you’re reaching your full potential, then positive psychology is the approach for you.
Schemas are the way in which we cope with and respond to the things that happen to us in our life. Schema Therapy aims to stop you from using coping methods that don’t work and get back in touch with your core feelings so your everyday emotional needs can be met.
This type of therapy as the name suggests, focuses on creating solutions to problems. It does this by taking the stories you create in your life and therefore about yourself, from stories of failure to stories of coping and success.