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Psychotherapy

We are here to help create a program personalised to your circumstance and the goals you wish to achieve. In addition to being experienced providers of Neurofeedback, Neurostimulation and other neuromodulation techniques, we also provide a broad range of evidence based psychology and psychiatry services, including diagnostic assessments. To find the right service for you, this is best discussed in consultation with one of our trained healthcare professionals.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychologists are trained mental health professionals, registered under AHPRA in Australia, to deliver psychotherapy and personalised care to help with behaviour, relationships, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and many other issues.  Individual Psychologists can be experienced to help support a range of clients, or may focus on a particular area, e.g. age group or specific presenting issues etc.  The goal of the Psychologist is to give you the insights and tools to help you manage and copy with stressful situations, grief or traumatic life events or help build upon social skills, relationships and behaviour.

Fortunately, the stigma around mental health and the need to see a psychologist is greatly improved over recent years.  People actively seek out a psychologist, for the following reasons:

  • They want someone to talk to, without judgement, who can professionally understand their experiences and beliefs
  • They are seeking ways to help manage negative experiences or symptoms
  • They want strategies and support in building better relationships with others
  • They want to be able to understand personal thoughts and behaviours and how to manage these
  • They want to build general resilience and overcome negative thoughts.

Evidence-based models of Psychotherapy

Here you will learn more about the different models which can be used as a technique on its own, or together with other models or interventions, to help unpack and overcome psychological distress or behaviours in the individual..


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a well-known and evidence-based technique proven to be effective for a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression and many behavioural difficulties across the lifespan. Fundamental to CBT is examining the interaction between an individual’s cognition (or thought processes), their behaviours (including avoidance behaviours), physiological responses, and mood. A focus is on correcting cognitive distortions, changing problematic behaviours and strengthening an individual’s sense of agency in overcoming their presenting difficulty.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, often referred to as the word ‘ACT’, is a model based on working towards being “okay” with uncomfortable or intrusive thoughts or behaviours. It’s based on helping the person not to avoid or “run away” from the thought or perceived problem and not to feel guilty about it either.

Through Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Individuals can learn to build resilience, often through mindfulness-based techniques, so their day-to-day life is no longer affected by what was once a disruptive and unproductive thoughts and feelings

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal Therapy is a relatively short term form of psychotherapy often used in children and adolescents, experiencing depressive symptoms tied to relationships within the family or close contacts. The goal is to focus on particular interactions which may be causing negative symptoms and to work together to find ways to these situations.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a therapy model used to help clients or patients with a wide range of issues, but in particular, when they experience emotional dysregulation that can be associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), eating and addiction disorders, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) There is a focus on skills development including mindfulness techniques, to help clients and patients relate to ‘living in the moment’, to cope with stress and improve relationships with others.

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a well-researched delete(and novel) approach to help clients process and deal with past traumas within a psychotherapeutic session. EMDR is facilitated by a qualified mental health professional with specific training and is a safe (delete and reassuring) technique to help ‘unblock’ the mind to help process and deal with past traumatic experiences.

Delete: Through assistance tools, the client or patient is instructed to move their eyes along a horizonal line, repeatedly. Psychotherapy can continue while this is happening through guided steps.

Narrative Therapy

The goal of narrative therapy is to help the client or patient identify their own personal skills and values to help assess behaviours and beliefs around negative events. Narrative therapy can be used in individual, family or relationship counselling, to help look objectively at external problems without fear or defence.

Further support & Skills Training

The following techniques are often integrated within a consultation to support the ongoing therapy.

Here you will learn more about the different models which can be used as a technique on its own, or together with other models or interventions, to help unpack and overcome psychological distress or behaviours in the individual..

Sleep Hygiene Awareness Strategies

Sleep plays a vital role in our ability to reconnect and strengthen neural pathways. This is why it is so important to pay attention to a person’s ‘sleep hygiene’ to see if a poor sleep routine may be contributing to negative symptoms, as well as to help the recovery process.

When we have a restorative and natural sleep (note: natural sleep is different to sedation experienced through other substances) the brain undergoes essential processing of the day’s events. We may all note feelings of moodiness and agitation when we have not had a good night’s sleep or we are experiencing jetlag, for example. For these reasons, insufficient sleep or a poor sleep routine may be causing or at the very least exacerbating the negative feelings and behaviours in people seeking psychological care.

Good sleep hygiene includes setting a regular bedtime and wake time each day, limiting exposure to blue light from devices in the evening, and being mindful of sleep disturbing substances like caffeine, alcohol, other sedatives and medications.

Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness techniques incorporated with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is sometimes also referred to as ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’ or ‘MBCT’. Mindfulness techniques are used in the practice of meditation. Some people may misunderstand meditation as a ‘spiritual’ practice and therefore may not feel inclined to try it – but it can also be better thought of as training ourselves to simply be “aware” of intrusive thoughts or beliefs. This awareness can help aid high level of stress associated with anxiety, depression, addiction and other illness, by refocusing our attention on the ‘here and now’.

A trained mental health professional can help guide a client or patient through this method, to help understand the physiological processes and arousal states which underly the negative thoughts and feelings coming to the surface. In this regard, the technique relies on awareness of the body and its natural arousal states.

Anxiety Management Strategies

There are a range of functional and practical anxiety management techniques which can be beneficial to practice not only within your psychotherapeutic consultation, but outside in your day-to-day living. Everyone is different so it is the goal of the mental health professional to find a technique which appeals to you and fits in with your lifestyle, and, more importantly, make you feel better!

There are numerous breathing techniques which help to manage anxiety, other techniques may include identify suitable spaces and moments for a personal ‘time out’ session. Strategy can be simple and physical like muscle relaxation techniques or a focus on healthy foods and foods to steer clear of.

Parenting/ Behaviour Management Skills Training

Working with families to apply well researched strategies to address common problematic behaviours associated with conditions such as ADHD, ASD and ODD. These skills may be taught in 1:1 sessions or may be offered in a group format.

The benefits combining Psychotherapy with neuromodulation


We offer CBT  and other Psychotherapies to patients as a stand-alone consultation, however, the difference with neuroCare as compared to other Neuromodulation or Psychology clinics, is that we combine the two together. Why? Our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Martijn Arns, has studied the effects of either TMS and Neurofeedback in his neuroCare clinics in The Netherlands for more than 15 years. His research team has found and published extensive evidence which shows the effects of Neuromodulation are longer-lasting and are more likely to be retained when CBT or a form of Psychotherapy is done at the same time as receiving (e.g.) TMS.

Source: Donse et al. (2017) Simultaneous rTMS and Psychotherapy in Major Depressive Disorder: Clinical Outcomes and Predictors from a Large Naturalistic Study. Brain Stimulation.


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