types of therapy

cognitive behavioural therapy

cognitive behavioural therapy psychologist

CBT is a group of therapies that have been thoroughly researched and practiced for over 30 years. It is has become more sophisticated over the years. CBT is sometimes supplemented with other therapies or medication.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

‘Cognitive’ means thoughts, and ‘Behaviour’ means actions. The idea is that thoughts and actions contribute to emotional distress and the negative patterns we get into in everyday life. So Cognitive Behavioural Therapy means changing your thoughts and actions to relieve mental health symptoms, calm your body, improve wellbeing and improve self-esteem.

It is a very practical and strategy-based therapy. You will learn new ways of thinking and acting from your psychologist. We aim to develop skills and techniques to improve your feelings and actions in everyday life – now and through the future.

You and your psychologist may focus on changing unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, moving your attention to more helpful thoughts, improving coping styles, developing self-care skills, developing relaxation and stress-reduction skills, facing fears and learning helpful ways to react to stressful situations. This can help you feel more relaxed, cheerful, and less distressed in everyday life.

What Is CBT Used To Treat?

CBT has been found to be very effective for a broad range of issues. These include:

  • Anxiety (of any kind)
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Prenatal and Postnatal depression and anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment to stressful life events
  • Eating problems and body image issues
  • Pain
  • Obsessions, compulsions and tics
  • Perfectionism
  • Low self-esteem
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Who Is CBT Appropriate For?

CBT has been found to be very helpful for:

Further information: Better Health Channel

Catalyst Psychologists using this therapy are:

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Dr Kirsty Hildebrandt

Director & Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Endorsed In Clinical Psychology And Board-Approved Supervisor
B.B.Sc. (Hons). D. Psych (Clinical). MACPA.

For 21 years, I have been working with people of all ages to help them improve their psychological health. I originally trained as a Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, and still love helping children, young people and their parents.

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work in a wide range of excellent services. I’ve worked in Public Mental Health, Secondary Schools, Hospitals, Community Health, and Learning Difficulties Services in both Australia and the UK.

I began supervising Psychologists, Registrar Psychiatrists and other Allied Health Practitioners in 2004. I very much enjoy training and supervising, and am pleased to still be doing this in Private Practice. I am excited to currently be completing advanced training in the assessment of Autism.

I work flexibly with a strong connection to my clients, to help them improve their mental health, well-being, relationships and lives. I enjoy enabling people to be happier and calmer; to meet their goals in life and achieve more; to learn and develop better; and to have better relationships. I have experience in:

  • Children (4yrs +), Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Adjustment
  • Health-related issues, including Chronic Illness and Pain Management
  • Parenting
  • Self-care for Parents
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement and Separation
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning Disorders (e.g., Dyslexia etc)
  • Psychological Assessments of Mental Health, Intelligence, Learning Disorders, Educational Attainment, Autism and ADHD.
  • NDIS Self-Funding and NDIS Plan-Managing clients

I focus on helping people using scientifically proven therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies.

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Clinical Psychologist and an Endorsed Supervisor of other Psychologists. I am also a member of the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association.

Sheida Badiee

Consultant Counselling Psychologist
Endorsed in Counselling Psychology and Board-Approved Supervisor
B.A. (Behavioural Science, Hons), M. Psych (Counselling).

I have 12 years of experience in counselling adolescents and adults, to help them improve their relationships, their wellbeing and their mood. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and assisting them through challenging circumstances. I have been designing and providing training for many years, as well as supervising other Psychologists, and really enjoy this work. Helping students improve their study skills has been a particular focus, especially at my time at Swinburne University Student Counselling.

I use a number of evidenced-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy, and social and study skills training.

  • Adolescents (13yrs +)
  • Adults
  • Adjustment
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Stress
  • Studying issues and study skills
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Relationship issues (peer, partner, family)
  • Self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Domestic violence
  • Workplace issues
  • Body image and eating issues
  • NDIS Self-Funding and NDIS Plan-Managing clients

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) in Counselling Psychology and am a Board-Approved Supervisor. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Jenna Miller

Consultant General Psychologist and School Counsellor. Registrar in Educational & Developmental Psychology.
B.A, Adv Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Edu and Dev), MAPS

I have a strong passion for working with children, youth and families and am dedicated to improving their wellbeing. Providing counselling in Primary Schools and Secondary Schools for the last 5 years has been a wonderful experience and I enjoyed completing my Master’s Degree at Monash University. I have a fun, positive therapy style focussed on improving my client’s mood and functioning in everyday life. I also have extensive experience in assessing learning, cognition, development, and educational ability and attainment.

I use a number of evidenced-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focussed, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

  • Children 3yrs +
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Mild ID
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Adjustment
  • Relationship issues (peer and family)
  • Bullying
  • Parenting
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Giftedness
  • Somatic Symptoms
  • Behavioural problems
  • Divorce, separation and loss
  • Studying issues
  • Assessments of Learning Ability (including Cognition/Intelligence), Educational Attainment, Specific Learning Disorders, Giftedness and Developmental Disorders (ADHD, Autism etc)
  • NDIS Self-Funding and NDIS Plan-Managing clients

I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society and am registered with AHPRA as a General Psychologist. See the AHPRA Register of Health Practitioners.

Dr Belinda Minnett

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
B.S.S. (Psych). Grad Dip (Psych) D. Psych (Clinical). MAPS

I am a passionate Clinical Psychologist, dedicated to providing high quality care to my clients. I have had a wide variety of experience over the past 10 years. I’ve enjoyed working in Community Health, Not-For-Profit, Learning Difficulties, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Private Practices services. I use a number of different therapies in my work such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. However, I enjoy tailoring therapy to the individual needs of the client to improve their relationships, feelings and development. I also find training other professionals and carers rewarding. So I am pleased it is something I often do as part of my role at CCP and in the Public Sector.

I have experience in:

  • Children (4yrs+), Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety and OCD
  • Depression
  • Health-related issues, Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness
  • Parenting and Carer Issues
  • Behavioural Problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Peer relationship issues
  • Bereavement and Separation
  • Post-Natal Depression, Anxiety and Trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Disability
  • Conducting Psychological Assessments of Mental Health, Autism, Intelligence, Educational Attainment and Learning Difficulties.

I am endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Clinical Psychologist.

Dr Belinda Minnett is currently on Maternity Leave and not taking clients.

You can still make an appointment with one of our other psychologists.