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Hornsby NSW 2077
There are compelling reasons why clients benefit from well trained and experienced practitioners. New Paths Psychology stands for providing the best possible process to resolving your concerns and issues. We have helped 100s of clients with mood and anxiety issues ...
Some people prefer the term “counseling” others prefer “therapy” or “psychological therapy” but they are interchangeable.
I refer to counselling and psychotherapy as a professional talk that is purpose- and meaningful. Therapy is based on values and informed by proven scientific models.
The work we do together is a collaborative process guided by the clients’ goals but also by a case formulation and best practice.
Clinical Psychologists have a Masters degree in Psychology plus 2-3 years of clinical training and supervised practice as a minimum requirement. In addition, a minimum of 56 professional development hours are required every year.
Clinical psychologists are trained in the delivery of a range of techniques and therapies with demonstrated effectiveness in treating mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and more complex presentations such as posttraumatic stress disorder and personality disorders
Further, clients find help with grief and loss, significant life transitions, developmental issues, relationship difficulties or parenting problems, domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, trauma, maintaining healthy lifestyles or stress management.
Therapy helps you identify the relevant factors of your difficulties and help create necessary steps for your solution.
Raised awareness and insights in dynamics of relationships are an important factor in managing yourself and your life.
Education about the nature of psychological difficulties and building new skills are further 2 factors.
When the problem circles around ‘feeling too much’ (as in fear, sadness or anger), experiential work is an important part of the work.
The first session is often a bit longer (60-90 minutes) to have enough time to hear your concerns and the circumstances that brought you to counselling.
Most people are somewhat nervous, which is understandable, given the private nature of the topic. Please remember, therapy is confidential and we are there to support, not to judge.
Understanding the nature of problems is important before deciding how to address them, is particularly important when it comes to human difficulties, given their complex nature. Time to reflect usually is time well spent. With effectiveness in mind, we cannot and therefore should not rush this process. Slow means quicker, if that makes sense. Notwithstanding, some issues only require some new impulses and change can be quickly achieved.
Appointments are 50 minutes long. Therapy is learning something new. Humans learn by practicing and repetition. Therefore, regular appointments, usually weekly or fortnightly allow to gain traction and to maintain momentum. Some clients feel better after a few sessions, lasting change is often the result of working on issues consistently for some time.
Similar to learning an instrument, consistent practice which may include journaling between sessions, does the trick, even if you do not recognise immediate results.
For best outcomes a certain number of sessions should be pre-agreed on (e.g. six). We are confident that we are able to help, therefore a certain predictability of the process is beneficial for the client and allows for covering important topics.
New Paths is committed to best practice therapy. Each of the listed Psychotherapy approach has their particular focus to address certain client’s needs. Psychotherapy has been vigorously researched in the past 40 years. At New Paths we are trained in using several contemporary and advanced approaches for both short-term and long standing problems and complex conditions, including
Remember, the training and experience of the practitioner influences the case formulation and the chosen therapy approach. Each approach has a different focus of difficulties to address. As long as you choose a well-trained practitioner, you should not have to worry about treatment approaches. Same, when you give your car to the workshop for servicing, the mechanic is the main factor, although the tools play a role too.
The psychologist’s role is defined as being an expert for the process: finding out what you need, finding what works for you, offering support or being receptive. The client’s role is defined by being an expert for the content: only you know what is important for you, therefore your collaboration and input is an important ingredient. Please be as open as you can.
Privacy and confidentiality has a very high priority. Under normal circumstances every detail remains confidential. For instance, if you accidently meet your psychologist outside the practice she would not know you and would not greet you. This is to protect your privacy. However, some exceptions apply, for instance, your file is subpoenaed or your or someone else’s life and well-being are at risk. If you are referred by a GP or another third party, reports about the therapy process are produced and sent to the referred. Please discuss any concerns.