Our approach to counselling & therapy

Many people seek counselling because they are facing a mental health problem or personal crisis, a difficult transition, a loss, the breakdown of a relationship; or because they feel stuck or need help with a specific difficulty.  Sometimes people are looking to break out of unhelpful patterns of behaviour that are holding them back.  Or, they just want to find the freedom and space to get more out of life.

“Seeing a Psychologist can help”

Seeing a psychologist is an effective way to help you through struggle, stuckness and transition – to clarify your values and to build on your strengths and resources.  Counselling can help you work through and overcome areas in your life where you feel a lack of growth, fulfilment, energy, enthusiasm, contentment or appreciation.

If it’s a mental health problem you are experiencing, we offer evidence-based psychology that can help you with depression, anxiety, stress, grief, loss, post-traumatic stress, trauma recovery, psychosis, disability, adjustment, relationships, addictions, pain and illness.

You don't need to be struggling with your mental health to get benefit from seeing a psychologist.  Our approach is also helpful for people wanting to make positive changes in their life - to gain clarity, motivation and energy to assist with things like exercise, nutrition, big life decisions, relationships, work changes or changing habits.

“It’s important to find the right person”

Finding a psychologist is not always easy.  It can be daunting trying to find someone that is a good fit, especially if you are stressed or feel like you've tried before and it hasn't been helpful.  At The Psychology Spot, we have a range of psychologists that you can choose from. Feel free to contact us to find out if what we offer meets your needs.  Seeing a psychologist is an investment of your time and money and it's important that you find the right person. 

What to expect if you contact us

If you contact us and leave a message, our commitment is that we’ll get back to you the same day or the following day.  You can expect to be treated helpfully and kindly.  If you talk to Katie, our receptionist, she can help you make an appointment for a time that suits you.  If you’d like to talk to a psychologist before you make an appointment, we are happy to have a chat about what we offer and whether it fits your needs.  Once you make an appointment you’ll get an email confirming the details, the directions and what to bring.  Our appointment management system will send you a helpful reminder a few days before the appointment.

What to expect in the first session

Many people who attend counselling for the first time feel nervous.  You may not know where to start, what to say or what it is you are wanting.  This is very normal and it’s our job to guide this process.  Your psychologist will provide a structure that will make it easy for you to get the most out of the time.  Sessions are 50 minutes long and by the end you’ll have a clear sense of:

  • The benefits that come from feeling really listened to and heard in a non-judgemental way

  • The approach and style of support, and whether it fits your needs

  • An agreement about the areas you’ve identified that would be best to work on

  • Some ideas from your psychologist about how we might go about that work

  • Some things to start doing in between sessions

  • Your confidentiality and the privacy of your information

  • The number of sessions recommended

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Your psychologist will tailer their approach to your individual needs and preferences

Your psychologist will tailer their approach to your individual needs and preferences

We offer a range of scientifically validated, evidence based approaches that have been shown to improve psychological health, recovery, resilience and wellbeing.  These include:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Intergenerational Family Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples

Couples counselling

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term (generally 8 to 20 sessions) structured approach to working with couples.  Couples may consider therapy for a range of reasons, including betrayals, lack of intimacy or passion, a partner or child’s illness, or feelings of anger, fear or loss of trust. The aim of EFT is therefore the creation of a more secure bond between partners by developing trust and moving relationships in more healthy and positive directions.

To achieve this goal couples progress through three stages. The first aims to de-escalate negative interactions, patterns and cycles, and helps couples see and understand the dynamics of their relationship. The second stage aims to restructure these interactions by discussing each partner’s fears and teaching them to turn toward each other in an open, responsive way to meet each other’s needs. The final stage involves consolidation. Couples see how they entered into negative patterns and acknowledge how they were able to change those patterns.

EFT is also considered one of the most evidence-based forms of couples therapy. A significant body of research outlines the effectiveness of EFT, with studies finding 70—75% of couples who completed EFT successfully moved from distress to recovery, with approximately 90% showing significant improvements. Most importantly however, EFT shifts blame for problems within a relationship to the negative patterns between both partners, instead of blaming the couple or either partner individually. In this way EFT is a collaborative, non-judgemental and effective approach to working with couples.