CBT aims to help people by identifying and modifying any unhelpful ways that they think (the cognitive) and act (the behaviour). It is generally a short-term form of psychotherapy based on the idea that the way we think about things affects how we feel emotionally. In CBT, the focus is usually on an individual’s current thought content, behaviours, problem solving skills and communication skills rather than on past experiences. This form of psychotherapy can be used to manage and treat a wide range of problems such as depression, generalised anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, addictions and personality problems. Usually CBT involves the use of written or verbal exercises or behavioural tasks that are individually developed as a part of your individual treatment plan. Commonly these tasks are initiated during session but are then used for ‘homework’ strategies to help you apply these skills in your everyday life.
The CBT therapy model has shown to be a very effective type of psychological treatment in outcome studies conducted over the past several decades.
Your information is considered and treated as private and confidential. All information gathered is part of the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your condition. We keep all necessary information on file to document what happens during sessions so that your Psychologist can provide an efficient and ethical psychological service. There are some exceptions to this confidentiality however, around issues such as reported risk to yourself, reported risk to others, child safety issues and legal privilege (i.e., if a file is subpoenaed for any legal issues). Your psychologist will discuss these exceptions with you at the outset of therapy so that you are clear about the limitations to confidentiality. Outside of these few issues however, your confidentiality is always fully maintained.
As Associate Members and/or Members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), our psychologists abide by our professional body’s Ethical Code and professional standards. We are all fully registered with the Psychologists Registration Board of Queensland. We have all attained a Masters Degree or higher in Clinical Psychology and/or have attained at least 10 years professional clinical experience. We are all committed to and are engaged in ongoing professional development and peer supervision as a means of maintaining our professional standards.