WHAT DOCTORS WILL RECEIVEAfter Referring a Patient
A one page report will be sent to referring doctors at appropriate intervals. If a person is in crisis you will be contacted. If an inpatient admission is recommended you will receive a phone call. I am a Medicare Provider for Focused Psychological Strategies with a Mental Health Care Plan under the Better Access to Mental Health Care programme; also eligible to provide service under the Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program and to Chronic Diseases Management (Enhanced Primary Care) program; but NOT yet able to see clients through private health insurance.
Clinical Influences& Preferred Therapeutic Models
My main Clinical Models used in therapy are:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Spiritually Augmented CBT (see below) - replaces negative thinking with a new conclusion that will be more healthy; CBT is used for behavioural and cognitive interventions e.g. assertiveness training, anger management, parenting skills social/communication skills coaching e.g. clarification techniques, 'fair fighting'; verbal contracts etc.);
Gestalt Therapy - focuses on the moment in the session: the type and intensity of body reactions (positive and not positive) to both the content and process of a session, interventions, to the actual relationship of client and therapist; psychodrama utilising guided imagery (where dissociation is not an entrenched habit).
Humanistic/Person-Centred Therapy - reflective listening, clarification etc.
Adlerian Therapy and Systems Theory - e.g. making meaning of family constellation dynamics etc
Solution Focused Therapy - explores solutions a person may be considering or may have found useful in the past; scaling the problem/progress
Narrative Therapy - honours 'problem stories,' while highlighting experiences that speak about success, capability, strength, and willingness; is particularly effective for raising esteem/remembering resourcefulness; emphasis is on the meaning of events as experienced by clients rather than by the counsellor.
Existential Therapy - places emphasis on the value of individual choice and responsibility; minimising direction of decisions by the counsellor;
Transactional Analysis - usefulness or otherwise of Adult-Parent-Child and other roles e.g Karpman Drama Triangle (Victim; Bully; Rescuer triad)
Practice is also informed by The Stress Vulnerability Model, The Recovery Model of mental health treatment, and The Mindfulness Model which offers an array of helpful self soothing strategies.
Some clients elect to involve their spirituality in therapy. Social work takes a holistic approach to the person and to therapy. Spirituality is considered to play an essential part in many client's lives. It came as quite a surprise to me after spending a lot of years qualifying in counselling and social work that prayer ministry can be even more powerful in bringing recovery than conventional models. I've done training in Theophostic (meaning God's light/truth) Ministry and in Wonderful Counsellor Ministry and am involved in training others in using the latter approach. These prayer ministries invite God's involvement in noticing and healing the same kinds of triggers and sources of unhelpful reactions as does conventional counselling/therapy. It has been my experience that this approach often takes less time (and cost) and produces very good outcomes for people. A prayer ministry approach is utilised only where a person has elected to do so. The results can be very satisfying and very quick. A documented clinical model that sits well with this approach is Spiritually Augmented CBT - replaces negative thinking and with a new conclusion that will be more healthy from verses of scripture or from meditation and reflection; uses existential techniques (discovering meaning) that embrace a person's spirituality in addition to their psychological insight and choices to embrace action. For further information read this article from Australasian Psychiatry 2004, Vol. 12, No. 2 , Pages 148-152: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/j.1039-8562.2004.02095.x
Stirk Medical Group
113 Edney Road
Western Australia 6057
Medicare Provider 4422503H
Phone: 9454 4431
Bullcreek Medical Centre:
4/79 Wheatley Drive
Western Australia 6147
Medicare Provider 4422505F
Phone: 9332 0488/9332 9925
For Professional Counselling and/or Prayer Ministry with
Owen Robinson MAASW (Accr)
BSW, BEd (Science), MA (Counselling), Grad Dip Management,
For General Enquiries Phone: 040 8890 887
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