Berkeley Vale Clinic offers a holistic approach to treatment with a focus on healing the mind, body and soul.
Individual and group sessions use a combination of the following evidence-based techniques shown to be effective in clinical trials:
Cognitive Behaviours Therapy (CBT) focuses on helping people to recognise unhelpful thoughts and develop strategies to cope more effectively by identifying alternative ways of seeing oneself, ones problems and the world.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) aims to help people to understand their problems and be able to express their feeling about them – including both painful and pleasant feelings
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses acceptance, mindfulness and commitment strategies, together with behavioural change to make you more resilient to psychological stresses.
Medications may be used to target the underlying changes in brain function, helping to alleviate the symptoms of depression, psychosis etc and preventing their recurrence.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is sometimes needed when other treatments such as counselling and medications are not effective. ECT is an essential and effective tool, which is recognised by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and other similar organisations overseas. If your doctor recommends this treatment, it will be discussed with you and your loved ones in detail and you will be given an information pack to enable you to make an informed decision.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive medical procedure that uses a coil to generate brief magnetic fields which in turn induce a brief electric current on the cerebral cortex by activating the neurons at the site of stimulation. This has been shown to be safe and a well-tolerated procedure. The treatment itself is non-convulsive and doesn't require an anaesthetic. Similarly rTMS does not cause any cognitive side-effects.