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 23 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 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 work with:

  • Children (4yrs +)
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Parents with depression, anxiety adjustment and stress, parenting/carer issues, family issues, separation and divorce
  • OCD in children, adolescents
  • Anxiety in children, adolescents
  • Phobias
  • Health-related issues, including Chronic Illness and Somatic issues (medically unexplained symptoms)
  • Parenting and family management
  • Bereavement, loss and separation

I love providing formal assessments of neurodevelopmental and learning disorders, such as ADHD, Autism, and Specific Learning Disorders. Assisting clients with these conditions and their parents is a passion of mine.
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

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

Educational and Developmental Psychologist
B.A, Adv Dip (Psych), M. Psych (Edu and Dev), MAPS

Jenna is a warm, collaborative and engaging therapist, passionate about working with and supporting people across the lifespan (childhood through to adulthood). Jenna completed her training with a Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University, and has several years of experience working in primary schools and private practice. 

Jenna has a particular interest in working with children, adolescents and families to provide psychological support on a range of issues, including mental health and developmental challenges. Jenna uses a strengths-based, person-centred approach to help find ways to best support families and clients reach their potential. Jenna is also passionate about applying a neurodiversity affirming lens to her work, while using a variety of evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to achieve desired outcomes.

Jenna has extensive assessment experience, helping to identify various mental health, behavioural, and developmental neuro-types including Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia, Autism, and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Jenna enjoys providing ongoing support to clients and their families after an assessment or diagnosis, particularly working collaboratively with clients, parents, and teachers to help best support her clients across settings.

  • Children 3yrs +
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Adults (up to 65 yrs)
  • 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
  • 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 an Educational & Developmental Psychologist.

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.