Robyn Gedye has lived in the Franklin area for more than 20 years, and has recently begun working in private practice as a registered psychologist. She specialises in the use of cognitive behaviour therapies (CBT) in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders in adults, and has a particular interest in addressing these issues in rural communities. During her career in mental health she has worked for statutory services and non-government agencies, where her focus has been on the involvement of families in the management of serious mental illness.
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment that is used to help people manage a broad range of problems. While the list of conditions that have responded to CBT is growing, it has been shown to be particularly effective in the treatment of depression, as well as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalised anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Cognitive therapy is highly collaborative and often involves therapists asking questions in a manner that helps people to think differently about their problems. Part of the process also includes teaching techniques so that clients can challenge their thinking and behaviour outside of sessions.
It has been estimated that as many as 25% of us will experience depression and/or an anxiety disorder at some point during our lifetime. CBT is recognised as a short-term therapy in the treatment of these conditions, usually taking between 6 to 16 sessions. Occasionally people need to see their psychologist for longer than this. The psychologist should be able to give you an idea of how long treatment might take after your first session.
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