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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Where can I get Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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  • Belinda Chelius

    Counsellor, Social Worker

    I am a skilled, dedicated, culturally sensitive and passionate Senior Social Work Clinician, practicing in the field of complex mental health and substance misuse (Dual-Diagnosis) … View Profile

    Most psychologists are trained in CBT as it is a common therapeutic intervention. My assumption would be that if you go to your GP, and they refer you for 6 sessions under Better Access, you would find a CBT partitioner, as one of the criteria to practice under the Better Access program is for partitioners to be proficient in using CBT.
    Feel free to ask your GP for a referral to an Allied health practitioner that specializes in CBT.
    Hope this helps.

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    My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    I agree with what Belinda wrote. Here is a link which will give you some information about Better Access:

    Apart from CBT you could consider finding a mental health professional with experience in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with his/her clients. My clinical psychologist has used both CBT and ACT methods when working with me - I have found both very helpful.

    All the best.

  • Kristen Ross

    Counsellor, Kinesiologist

    Kristen Ross is a qualified Kinesiologist, Counsellor and Sports Therapist.Affinity Wellness is her holistic wellness practice offering a holistic wellness experience by focusing on all … View Profile

    Many counsellors and psychologists are trained in CBT techniques. Some therapists specialise. 
    As a therapist I feel that it is also part of my job to provide people with access to great resources.
    Try Change Your Thinking by Australian Psychologist Sarah Edelman based on CBT techniques.  I have also recently reviewed it on my blog
    You can also try The Happiness Trap for ACT techniques. 

    Best wishes. 

  • Veronique Winter

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    Other health professionals trained in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) are psychotherapists. As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I am fully trained in CBT and a range of other therapies. The type of modality used depends on the client's individual needs.

    All the best

  • Dr Joanne Dennison

    Counselling Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

    Dennison Psychology is a private psychology practice, with a location in South Yarra (Melbourne). Appointments are available on weekdays (appointments available from early mornings through … View Profile

    The majority of psychologists are trained in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Whilst research shows CBT is a beneficial treatment method for addressing a range of issues, you should discuss the treatment method that is most suited to your needs with your psychologist; You may be more likely to benefit from engaging in a different form of therapy, or having CBT integrated with another approach.
    The approach used depends on a variety of factors, and therapists are trained to account for these in tailoring treatment to your individual needs.

  • Mark McHugh

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    At PsychWell we provide effective treatment for psychological problems with highly trained and experienced, qualified registered clinical psychologists.Achieving psychological wellness is provided with an easy … View Profile

    There is a number of sources of cognitive behavioral therapy, but the most obvious one is with a clinical psychologist, or with a psychologist. There are social workers also, who provide cognitive behavioral therapy.
    There is also psychiatric nurses who are trained in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. There are some psychiatrists who also use cognitive behavioral therapy. The most obvious is psychologists.

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    Dr David Wells

    Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist

    Dr David Wells is a fully registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. David has experience in both private practice and public sector work.Although … View Profile

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy basically looks at changes in thinking and behaviour within a therapeutic relationship. We can ‘get’ information about such changes from lots of places: self-help books, Dr Phil, friends, relatives; but the most successful place to ‘get’ help to change is known to be in a one-on-one situation with someone who is trained in the method. As a clinical psychologist I would suggest psychologists (and you get may qualify for the Medicare rebate) but other professionals also are completent in these techniques. Ask!!!

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