What to expect when seeing a psychologist at Ancora

The role of a psychologist is to assist you work through a range of personal and life issues.
These can include many things, such as:

  • Academic and Learning Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Aspergers
  • Cognitive and intelligence assessments
  • Adjustment Problems (e.g. starting school, changes at home)
  • Anger and Aggression
  • Behavioural Difficulties (e.g. hyperactivity, aggression, oppositional behaviours)
  • Mood Difficulties (e.g. depression, phobias, social anxiety, separation anxiety)
  • Eating disorders and body image issues
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Social and Peer Difficulties
  • Toileting Difficulties
  • Parenting (e.g. psychoeducation, developing effective strategies, parental stress)
  • Parent-Child Relationship Issues

A warm and supportive approach

Our psychologists and clinical psychologists use a warm and supportive approach to set collaborative goals, to assist you to work through your issues in order to achieve improved quality of life.

After the initial session or sessions, people typically then meet with their psychologist regularly to work through mutually agreed upon goals. Sometimes, it can require ongoing and consistent sessions to achieve long lasting change and benefits.

Therapy involves a commitment from both you and your therapist to work through the issues – without the work of both, it is difficult to achieve change. Ultimately, you can achieve your goals and effect permanent and long lasting change.

Evidence-based solutions

Our psychologists are trained to use a variety of evidence-based psychological interventions, including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Couple therapy
  • Family based therapy for Anorexia Nervosa
  • Schema Therapy

Effective intervention

Your psychologist will discuss with you the most effective intervention based on your presenting concerns.

Where relevant and appropriate, your psychologist may give you reading materials or small tasks to consider in between sessions in order to maximize what is being explored.

At all times our psychologists encourage and welcome feedback about how sessions are progressing in order to make you are feeling comfortable and are benefitting from your work together.


Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy

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