A psychologist may use a variety of techniques or therapeutic approaches and strategies in therapy with you. The approaches used by psychologists in their work with you should reflect what is known to be the most effective way to work with your specific issue(s).
BMD Psychology Consulting uses a number of evidenced-based therapeutic approaches in clinical work with clients.
For more information about different kinds of therapy see the Australian Psychological Society website here.
You can read here about the effectiveness of therapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is the world's most successful form of talk therapy and aims to reduce distress and improve psychological wellbeing and functioning by changing the way we think about things (thoughts or cognitions) and the way we do things (behaviours).
CBT aims to help you become aware of and act to change the negative thinking patterns and behaviours that cause psychological distress and maladaptive behaviours.
CBT utilises a variety of between-session tasks (homework tasks) for clients to assist the therapy process, including keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviours, questioning and testing thoughts and beliefs that might be unhelpful and unrealistic, gradually facing activities which may have been avoided, and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT aims to equip you with the psychological skills required to 1) accept what is out of your personal control and 2) commit to actions that improve your life.
ACT works to reduce the impact of painful thoughts and feelings through the development of mindfulness skills, and focuses on helping you identify and clarify what is important to you by exploring your values and using this knowledge to motivate you to positive change.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
IPT is a therapy approach that is time-limited and focused on building your interpersonal skills. Exploring how you interact with people can help you better understand your emotions in relation to them and learning new skills in the area of interpersonal interaction can assist you to improve your relationships at home, at work, with family and with friends.
It can also assist, along with other therapy approaches, to manage a range of associated psychological conditions or issues, such as depression and anxiety, especially social anxiety related behaviours.
Mindfulness therapy helps you learn to be aware of your thoughts and feelings in the moment, without necessarily reacting to them in established or habitual ways, and can be part of a range of therapeutic approaches used for many issues and disorders.
Schema therapy assumes that we have developed blueprints for how we cope with and respond to the things that happen to us in our life.
Maladaptive schemas create problems in our functioning and schema therapy aims to help you understand how your schemas are impacting on your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and helps you develop more adaptive ways meet your core emotional needs.
This type of therapy focuses on solutions, rather than problems, and is usually time-limited (brief) and strength focused.