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At Pure Empowerment we work with children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of mental health issues. Depending on your needs and preferences our psychologists integrate a variety of evidence-based approaches to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing.

We offer a range of evidence based clinical services such as:

Individual and Group Treatment/ Clinical Psychology Across the Lifespan

Individual counselling:

  • Social skills training/Assertiveness skills training
  • Self esteem/confidence issues
  • Stress and pain management
  • Sleep and eating problems
  • Relaxation training
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Loss and grief
  • Work/study related stress

 

Child/Adolescent assistance:

  • Behavioural and emotional problems
  • Parent/adolescent problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Learning issues
  • Issues of elimination
  • Sleeping and eating problems
  • Study/school related stress/school refusal issues
  • Bullying issues

Psychological Assessments

  • Cognitive/intellectual
  • Achievement
  • Learning Problems
  • Adaptive living skills
  • Memory problems
  • Emotional and behavioural
  • Vocational

Group Programs (Coming Soon)

  • Adults, adolescents and children
  • Sleep better without drugs-adults
  • Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP)-adolescents
  • Behaviour change program
  • FRIENDS for Life (children and adolescents)
  • Myths of Motherhood/post natal group

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

General Description

CBT is a relatively short-term, focused psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, anger, marital conflict, fears, and substance abuse/dependence.

The focus of the therapy is on how you are thinking (your “cognitions”), behaving, and communicating today, rather than on your early childhood experiences. CBT helps you learn a number of self-help strategies, to assist you to maintain your improvements after the therapy has been completed.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that CBT is as effective as medication for depression, anxiety, obsessions and other fears.

How will I be assessed/evaluated?

When you begin CBT, your therapist will ask you to fill our several self-report forms that assess a range of symptoms and problems. Information will also be obtained through an initial clinical interview. The purpose of this assessment is to enable your therapist to gather as much information on you as possible and to assist them to learn what kinds of problems you do (or do not) have and extent of your problems.

How will I know what will be the focus of the therapy?

You and your therapist will work together to develop a plan of therapy. This might include how often you need to come, your goals, the relevance of medication and other factors.

What are the sessions like?

Unlike some other forms of therapy, CBT sessions are structured. You and your therapist will set an agenda for each meeting and this might include: a review of your experience of the previous session, your homework, one or two current problems, a review of what you have accomplished in this session, and homework for the next session. The goal is to solve problems, not just complain about them.

Do I have to complete the self-help homework?

Yes. What you learn in therapy is what you practice outside of the therapy on your own. Similar to if you went to a personal trainer at a health club whereby they would set the program and you would be expected to follow this program when the trainer is not there. Research suggests that those who carry out homework assignments, often get better faster and stay better longer. Self-help homework might include monitoring your moods, thoughts and behaviours, scheduling activities, collecting evidence, communicating with others and other assignments.

How will I know if I’m getting better?

You and your therapist can identify specific goals at the beginning of therapy- and you can modify these goals as you continue. Then you can evaluate whether you are becoming less depressed, anxious, angry or the like. You should feel free to give your therapist feedback on your progress (as it is important for them to figure out what works and doesn’t work).

What can I read on CBT?

Change your Thinking  (Dr S Eldeman)

Acceptance & Comitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life.

The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT (which is pronounced as the word ‘act’, not as the initials) does this by:

a) teaching 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 (these are known as mindfulness skills).

b) helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – i.e your values – then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better

(Source: Act Mindfully website)

Career Planning

Use of various vocational assessment tools to guide vocational choice selection, preparation of resumes/cover letters and mock interview practice.

Reports

  • Assessment reports (where required)
  • Medico-legal reports- not provided

Professional Supervision to Provisional Psychologist

4 plus 2 year psychology internship supervision. Both primary and secondary levels provided.

Eligible to act as a board approved: –

  • 4+2 internship principal supervisor;
  • 4+2 internship secondary supervisor;
  • Higher degree placement supervisor;
  • Working in addition to placements supervisor.

Medicare (GP Mental Health Plan- Better Access to Mental Health), Workcover, TAC, Pregnancy Related Counselling Under Medicare

Registered provider for these funds. Rebates may apply and differ based on funding option. Please check with your referrer or fund regarding these for psychological services.