Psychologists Working Together for Change

Approaches to Therapy

As Clinical Psychologists, both Melanie and Catherine have extensive training and experience in their preferred therapeutic approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. They use a range of evidence-based modalities to assist clients to achieve their goals.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Unhelpful thinking patterns contribute to ongoing emotional and relationship difficulties and can get in the way of a person making sustainable life changes.

CBT is a goal oriented and solution focused method that addresses maladaptive thinking to bring about lasting change to emotions and behaviours. What it does is help people to replace thoughts that have negatively influenced their ability to cope with those that will assist them to regulate their emotions more readily. It does this by identifying existing unhelpful beliefs and supporting the development and consolidation of new ways of thinking and behaving. Therapeutic goals may include skill development in the areas of assertiveness, effective communication, boundary setting, problem solving, goal setting and anger management. Practising cognitive and behavioural strategies discussed in sessions is an integral part of the therapy.

CBT is well researched and effective in the treatment of a range of issues including anxiety, depression, sleep, gambling and substance use problems.

Motivational Interviewing
Making change is something that we all struggle with even when there are compelling reasons for that change to occur.

MI is a client centred counselling method that values a collaborative, respectful approach to the therapeutic relationship. Its aim is to assist people to overcome barriers to change by helping them to explore and resolve ambivalence about a particular issue.

The application of MI techniques has been especially useful in the areas of substance use problems,mental health, health related issues, and in helping people to persist with the behavioural changes they are trying to achieve.

What We Want for Our Clients

  • For you to feel heard and respected.
  • To have a positive experience of working collaboratively with a psychologist.
  • To connect or reconnect with feelings of hope and gain a positive vision for the future.
  • To move beyond counselling with an understanding of your strengths and the skills to make changes
  • that will help you to meet future challenges.


We have considerable experience in developing and facilitating training packages to other mental health professionals, community-based workers, and students from a wide range of service providers including: Public Mental Health Services, Primary Health Services, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Services, and Universities.

We are able to provide training to GPs, Allied Health staff, Tertiary Institutions, Psychologists and Corporations on the following topics:

  • Motivational Interviewing for GPs
  • Assessment of Substance Use
  • The Alcohol and Other Drug Service System
  • The Mental Health Service System
  • Stress Management

To discuss other training options please contact us on 03 9482 1888 or email us


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“You can never solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created the problem in the first place” – Albert Einstein