Our Therapeutic Approach

All assessments and therapies used in our service are evidence-based, ensuring research-supported and quality care. Our psychologists are all registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, and are members of the New Zealand Psychological Society.

We use client-informed measures within our sessions so that we can continually measure therapist effectiveness for our clients.

Usually we work with one therapeutic approach to match the client's (or clients') presenting issues. However, when a person or family has complex issues we may use multiple therapies in an integrated approach. All therapies are provided in close collaboration with our clients.

Some therapies we can provide include:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): CBT is an effective therapy for depression and anxiety, supported by over 40 years of solid research. The therapist and client work collaboratively to identify and solve negative thought and behaviour patterns. Coping strategies are taught to help prevent and manage distressing situations.

 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): EFT is a structured therapeutic approach to assisting couple, based on the principles of attachment theory. It helps couples to identify their relational cycles, or what is going on for the couple when they are fighting. Sometimes it is not just a communication issue that gets between a couple but underlying patterns of hurt. EFT assists couples to be able to express their underlying emotions safely to each other and figure out what is really going on. Then the real healing and moving forward in the relationship can begin. EFT can also be used with family therapy and individuals. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies have shown a high rate of success assisting couples to move from distress to a more satisfying and emotionally connected relationship.

 

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT): SFT is a goal-directed, future orientated approach that focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems. This form of therapy assists the client by working towards their goals and their preferred future by using careful questioning and gentle strategies. The therapist works with the client towards their preferred future by finding past resilience’s or exceptions that they had done well when they had faced adversity. It is an effective short-term therapy.

 

Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P): Triple P was developed by Professor Matt Sanders, a New Zealand psychologist, to help with everyday parenting. It covers the common causes of child behavioural or emotional problems, along with strategies for promoting positive behaviour and dealing effectively with misbehaviour. It can help any parent improve their relationship with their child or fine tune their parenting skills. There are over 30 years of research supporting the efficacy of this programme.