Psychological assessments and reports
Clients can be referred to be asssessed for upcoming criminal court matters. Usually the solicitor would contact Next Door Psychology directly to arrange this.
Victims of Crime, Workcover and TAC reports and assessments
Clients who need assessments can be referred for formal reports to the relevant agency. Prior approved therapy can also be undertaken through the funding of VOCAT, Workcover or TAC..
The first session of therapy will be focused on assessing the problem, understanding the client's needs and formulating a collaborative treatment plan.
All the Psychologists at Next Door Psychology have training in various therapies, targeted at a range of clinical disorders.
We use an integrated model of therapy, using aspects of various therapies that are suited to the client's presenting needs. Rather than trying to fit unique clients needs into a certain therapy type, Next Door Psychologists endeavour to tailor an individual treatment plan that is suited to the client's personality type, intellectual level, emotional understanding and complexity of need. Each psychologist has their own areas of expertise and when a person is referred, an assessment is undertaken to match the right therapist with the client's needs.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a relatively short term, focused approach to the treatment of many types of emotional, behavioural and psychological problems. The application of CBT varies according to the problem being addressed, but is essentially a collaborative program that helps individuals to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier skills and habits. CBT has been practised widely for more than 30 years. It has been researched extensively, and has demonstrated effectiveness with a variety of psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Next Door Psychology offer psycho-education that provides people with information about their condition, generally focusing on symptoms, stress-vulnerability, and treatment options. Psycho-education can be given to clients about managing anger, stress and chronic pain, increasing their ability to actively participate in their recovery, improve in self esteem as well as improve in social connections and reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Schema therapy is an extension of CBT, providing therapy focused on underlying core beliefs of individuals that maintain chronic psychological conditions. Schema-Focused Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative ("maladaptive") patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful. Several psychologists at Next Door Psychology are experienced in working with this therapy for people who have struggled with metntal health problems for long periods of time, personality disorders and other chronic psychological conditions.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
DBT assists in the regulation of difficult and overwhelming emotional states and assisting to regulate people within unstable relationship patterns. DBT includes mindfulness and other mood regulation and relaxation strategies.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
ACT aims to help clients to accept what is out of their personal control and commit to action to improve and enriche their lives. ACT teaches skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings so that these have less impact and influence over their life. ACT also helps the client to clarify what is truly important and motivate them for change.
This therapy is targeted to work with people who have experienced traumatic events in their lives, improving a person's functioining without re-traumatising them. This therapy focuses on a brain and body based theory of trauma to identify a person's triggers and body reactions to past trauma, empowering the person to recover from the effects of PTSD.