If the ups and downs of everyday life are causing you to feel overwhelmed, our highly skilled team of psychologists at Direct Focus Solutions are here to help. As a leading provider of psychology services in Central West we offer tailor-made therapies designed to meet your unique needs.
Our comprehensive and holistic approach is suited to individuals at all stages of life and spans a diverse range of mental health concerns. Our genuine and compassionate team are dedicated to helping you maximise your potential and enjoy your life to the fullest.
Our team of exceptionally well trained and experienced psychologists can provide in-depth assessments and therapies for a wide range of mental health conditions and concerns. This makes us a leading provider of Psychology services in Central West.
In order to deliver optimal outcomes, psychologists identify the origins of particular behaviours by delving into a client’s history and past experiences. This allows us to better understand our clients and provide them with the tools required to manage their wellbeing. We approach this by challenging the thought mechanisms or patterns that lead to negative or unhelpful behaviour.
By facilitating and supporting clients to make positive changes through psychoeducation and skill-building they learn to shift their thinking and set realistic expectations.
This method may lead to positive impacts on behaviours and day-to-day actions and interactions. Over time, this promotes a sense of personal achievement, and a more fulfilled, happy life with enhanced relationships and better self-esteem.
Psychology in Central West is suited for anyone who feels they may be experiencing mental health concerns. No matter your age or circumstances, our psychologists can support you to navigate a path through a wide range of concerns and circumstances, including:
Grieving and loss
Challenges related to ADHD and ASD and other neurodiverse conditions
Adjustment to disability or significant life changes
Workplace harassment or bullying
Substance abuse, criminal charges or allegations of wrong-doing
Personal feelings regarding physical issues, abuse and neglect
Difficulties securing new employment due to poor mental health
Parenting and relationship matters
Chronic mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression
Issues related to sleep, aging, and more
As your dedicated mental health professionals, our goal is to help you develop effective skills such as problem solving and decision making. We want you to feel heard, understood and supported on your journey to better mental health, and will assist you in developing a solid sense of self and self-worth for a more enjoyable life.
For many individuals, seeking psychological services in Central West can also lead to self-discovery, personal growth and fulfillment. If you are part of the corporate, sporting, or academic sectors, our psychology services in Central West can also aid in enhanced performance and improvements in clients’ professional and personal lives.
Our solutions-focused approach helps clients to reach new levels of achievement in an increasingly competitive world.
EMDR is a trauma processing technique that helps alleviate discomfort. It can be especially helpful for PTSD.
EMDR theory states that unprocessed traumatic memories contain each of the emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and sensations that occurred at the time of the event. EMDR is a safe and empowering experience to process trauma, as it does not retraumatize an individual (if the protocols are followed) who is undergoing this therapy.
Unlike other therapies which emphasise techniques to help you alter your emotional responses to thoughts associated with the traumatic experience, EMDR instead targets your memories. Specifically, EMDR aims to change the way these traumatic memories are stored in the brain.
During EMDR, clients are observed by a clinician as they undergo a learning process that incorporates the use of eye movements and bilateral rhythmic stimulation (such as tones or taps.) As the individual briefly focuses on the traumatic memory while undergoing these processes, the vividness and intensity of emotion within the memory are reduced as they are processed.
Psychoeducation is a vital aspect of maintaining mental health and wellbeing. For our clients, psychoeducation is a great way to learn more about how their mental health concerns impact their daily life.
Providing a way for clients to recognise how their thinking may impact their behaviour challenges them to change negative, incorrect or false beliefs and thinking styles.
Psychoeducation encourages clients to focus on their strengths, positive thinking styles, feelings and emotions, as a way of coping and responding to life’s challenges.
Psychology Central West – Therapies We Offer
We offer a range of therapies as part of our psychology provisions in Central West, including:
Psychotherapy (talk therapy) is one of the most common therapies we use. This includes working with models such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
The aim is to equip you with constructive and reliable coping strategies that allow you to overcome challenges and difficulties you may face.
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) utilises mindfulness and acceptance strategies in order to change the way you view negative thoughts and stressors that can impact your life. ACT can be particularly powerful for people experiencing anxiety and depression.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) examines how distorted thoughts, feelings and emotions overlayed with false beliefs and assumptions can negatively impact your actions and behaviours. By challenging you to focus on identifying and changing these pessimistic cognitions, we develop strategies with you that facilitate constructive and positive behavioural change. CBT can be effective at facilitating therapies for depression, anxiety and phobias.
Finding the right therapy is the first step on your path to recovery.
Psychology Central West – Why Work with Us?
At DFS, all of our psychologists are highly trained, experienced and skilled within their chosen specialities. Our team members are fully registered and endorsed with their required governing bodies and maintain appropriate professional memberships and registration.
We adhere to strict ethical standards and codes of practice and are committed to engaging in ongoing professional training. We recognise that the quality of engagement?between client and psychologist plays a vital role in the success of therapies. This is why we work to create genuine connections in a judgment free environment? We truly care for our client’s wellbeing and act as facilitators towards your goals or intentions, whether it be feeling better about yourself, or to help you to make big decisions within your life? As a multidisciplinary team of specialists (including psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and support workers) we are positioned to deliver personalised supports across every age group.