How We Treat It

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a recognised and effective way to teach individuals and groups how to cope with stress and anxiety and other unhealthy consequences and behaviors. CBT Plus focuses on identifying and changing negative patterns of thinking and maladaptive behaviors and the body processes that go along with this. The intervention has the aim of empowering the individual with effective skills to change these patterns, thus having more choice and control in ones life. Research clearly indicates that CBT is an effective treatment for many mental health problems.

CBT Plus services include:

  • Individual assessment and treatment programmes for a wide range of mental health issues, based on effective and evidence based treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)/positive Psychology / ACT / MBCBT / DBT / REBT.
  • Child and Adolescent assessment and intervention, with family involvement
  • Affordable and accessible group treatments and workshop programmes for individuals
  • Inclusion of Hypnosis as treatment modality if appropriate in order to complement efficacy of other treatment approaches
  • Tailored workshops for organisations and businesses to assist staff with managing stress and anxiety, career planning, and gain increased work satisfaction, or to help management with specific aspects of their leadership role
  • Education to the public on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and its extended focus of CBT Plus, ACT, MCBT or Positive Psychology through workshops, public presentations, and other forms of media
  • Providing links to community organisations, services and resources, utilizing our extensive Public Health experience and other relevant networks
  • Offering ACC registered services in the areas of psychological intervention, abuse issues, pain management (including specific relaxation and mindfulness approaches)
  • Assessments and reports based on relevant psychometric instruments for specific enquiries (e.g. IQ testing, promotion assessments)
  • Provision of ongoing supervision services for individuals in the area of mental health (students and staff, e.g. nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers)
  • University of Waikato where I have been involved for teaching purposes and expert advice.
  • I have also contributed to a number of article publications, book reviews, television interviews and articles in relation to core issues in the psychology field.
  • I do operate within the principles of ‘best practice’ and continuously consult literature, keep up to date with new research findings receive supervision, and attend professional development opportunities.
  • I can also deliver joint therapy for marital difficulties, families, groups and workshops.

What is involved in treatment?

The treatment approach is based on the clients resilience and strengths and is aimed at fast and effective outcomes and solutions. The aim of our therapy is to provide a supportive and safe environment. The intervention is tailor-made and takes the client’s individual needs and strengths into account. It is our understanding that it is impossible to solely treat a problem or disease, rather we have to strengthen and equip each individual client in order to learn strategies and to deal with the issues themselves. This holistic approach is based on collaboration and mutual respect.

A number of effective strategies are offered, which include

  • The use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as a baseline approach, with added other treatment modalities, depending on individual needs (for example ACT, REBT, DBT, Positive Psychology or MCBT.
  • CBT Plus also uses physiological factors and new findings from brain research to increase the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Psychoeducation and information regarding assessment, diagnoses, intervention strategies, support networks, resources, links and other relevant data in the mental health
  • Relaxation training and Mindfulness training, including breathing retraining, muscle relaxation, meditation
  • The use of therapeutical hypnosis to complement the CBT Plus approach
  • Cognitive restructuring, including identifying and challenging unhelpful and unrealistic thought patterns and core beliefs
  • Exposure and Desensitization techniques to effect behavioural change
  • Specific skills training (for example, social skills training, leadership skills, parenting skills)
  • Teaching of Problem Solving strategies
  • Assertiveness training as an underlying foundation for change of behaviours and change of thinking patterns
  • Teaching and monitoring of Behavioural Activation strategies
  • Teaching of newly recognised skills developed by positive psychology – including mindfulness and change of focus on building and using strengths and existing resilience and skills
  • Teaching and development of Goal Setting strategies, including monitoring and support during the implementation process (e.g. home, education, work)
  • Discussion and support in the process of Changing Lifestyle Factors in order to improve overall satisfaction and mental and physical health