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Style & Approach

BMD Psychology believes that a collaborative and reasonably directive therapy style works best for most clients. We focus on establishing strong therapeutic relationships, within which quality therapeutic work can be done.

We offer safe, respectful and non judgemental therapy to every client and for every presenting issue.  We value diversity, believe humour can be a very effective component of good therapeutic work, and we tend to be relatively directive in our approach, with a heft dose of strategies and skills acquisition usually a significant component of our work with people.


Psychologists at BMD Psychology work with clients to establish achievable goals and outcomes for therapy. 

We prioritise the development of a healthy and effective therapeutic relationship between the client and the psychologist, inviting and providing feedback about the therapeutic process and progress, and encouraging clients to take an active role in their therapy.

Self Management

BMD Psychology views therapy as a vehicle, and the psychologist as a resource.  Both are at a client's disposal in their journey to develop a tool kit of life skills and self management techniques.  

In this way, therapy provides clients a forum in which to explore issues and concerns, learn about themselves, and ultimately walk away with the skills and capacity to self-manage their needs and their lives in an effective and healthy way. 

These skills are with the client for life, and will support and assist them long after therapy has come to an end.

Therapy Environment

BMD Psychology provides a safe and non-judgemental environment in which clients can identify and articulate their primary concerns.  Psychologists at BMD work with clients to develop an effective, time limited treatment plan to address these issues. 

BMD Psychology believes that assisting clients to maintain motivation is important, and that providing support to clients as they begin to confront and address the issues that brought them to therapy is a crucial component of good therapy.

We also prioritise personal accountablity and direct and honest communication in ourselves, and in our work with clients. We believe good therapy must include a focus on practical strategies and skills.

BMD Psychology aims to help clients develop insight and self awareness, and to learn new skills for meeting their own needs and managing themselves and their lives effectively.


BMD Psychology uses only evidence-based and best practice approaches in therapy/counselling. 

The primary therapeutic approach used by psychologists at BMD Psychology is cognitive behavioural therapy, however elements of other therapeutic approaches will also be incorporated as appropriate, including Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema Therapy. 

See Types of Therapy page for more details.

+61 403 22 6963 | The Spencer, 710/10 Wominjeka Walk, West Melbourne VIC 3003

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