There are over 400 different treatment approaches available to psychologists, Justin makes sure that he is across a range of evidence based treatment approaches that have been shown to be effective.

Justin matches the most effective combination of approaches to the issues his clients reveal, from simple issues that require only a few visits to resolve to clients who present with complex issues with roots in history. These clients can require long term treatment.

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What makes good therapy?

Justin believes that good therapy requires a combination of art, science and faith. Truly believing in his clients. A process of working together to discover hidden vulnerabilities strengths and capabilities. Of breaking the hold of past self defeating patterns of maladaptive coping (thinking, feeling and behaving) that rob them of living a full, meaningful and purpose filled life. Free from the tyranny of the social expectations imposed by, social media and the fears and anxieties that follow.

Searching for and finding the courage and the tools to tolerate life’s challenges with equanimity, while highlighting and celebrating moments of connection and meaning. Good therapy doesn’t just focus on symptom management but seeks to build resilience and cultivate his client’s capacity to become agents of their own wellbeing.

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Schema Therapy

Sustainable change can be challenging and often requires a combination of different treatment approach’s, Justin has a particular interest in Schema Therapy.

Schema Therapy is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioural, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model.

Schema Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative (“maladaptive”) patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful.

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Areas of Expertise

  • General Anxiety
  • Relationship conflict/breakdown (co-dependency)
  • Anger Management
  • Complex trauma (childhood neglect)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Instability (highs and lows)
  • Family Conflict
  • Addiction
  • Enmeshment and dependency
  • Assertiveness
  • Stage of life challenges: adjusting to retirement, surviving divorce and surviving HSC
  • Adult Autism
  • ADHD
  • Persistent low-level depression; Such as difficulty finding direction, meaning and purpose in life.