feel: Psychology

Psychological Counselling can take different forms depending on the needs of the client and the training and experience of the therapist. At FEEL: Psychology & Yoga the focus is one of creating a unique therapeutic approach in collaboration with each client via evidence-based approaches, which are client centred, and professionally informed.

What to expect

All standard psychology sessions are 50 minutes long. At your initial consultation, I will communicate with you to find out to determine the nature of your challenges, significant past events, present circumstances and to identify your values and goals and your dreams and aspirations. I will seek to understand what is most important to you and collaborate with you to develop a therapeutic plan for ongoing sessions.

It is my goal to give you the tools and skills to be your own therapist as quickly as possible whilst recognising therapy can take some time and is not necessarily a linear straightforward process and will walk with you as your needs present.

Modes of treatment/therapeutic approaches used at FEEL: Psychology include:

CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is a psychotherapy that recognises that the way we think (cognitions) and what we do (behaviour) affects how we FEEL (emotions). CBT works on the idea that it is not the situation or the event we are experiencing that creates our feelings, but the meaning we place upon the situation or the way we interpret the event that affects the way we feel and respond.CBT model

The premise in CBT is that our thoughts, feeling and behaviours are all connected and influence one another. CBT interventions, therefore, include identifying unhelpful thinking styles, unhelpful behaviour, and unhelpful beliefs a person might have about themselves or their life situations and then developing skills that create distance and alternatives to these. The goal is to help individuals recognise the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours to create behavioural flexibility.  CBT is a structured therapy that teaches, via a step-by-step process how to challenge thoughts and manage feelings more effectively.

 ACT
ACT aims to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT aims to teach a person psychological flexibility and skill to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively.

ACT is a mindfulness-based behavioural therapy. Its unique goal is to help people create a rich and meaningful life and develop mindfulness skills and align to values- based living to help to navigate the pain and suffering that sometimes life presents.

ACT model


Strengths-based approaches

A strengths-based approach is employed to assist a person to focus on values-based living and to harness their existing strengths to then help meet with life challenges and achieve their desired goals.

Strengths can include a person’s abilities, skills, knowledge, motivations and potential. Strengths can also include a person’s social networks and community resources.

Psychometric assessment
Psychosocial assessments are provided, where needed and also upon referral, to establish strengths and weaknesses, functional baselines and to clarify a diagnosis. Assessments can assist with NDIS access applications and with supported independent living and/or specialist disability accommodation applications.