Adult Psychology Clinic
The Adult Psychology Clinic offers a specialised clinical facility for individuals experiencing a wide variety of psychological problems.
The service is provided by clinical and professional psychology trainees undertaking supervised advanced post graduate training and practice in clinical psychology.
Due to ethical issues, the service is not available to staff, students or the immediate family members of those enrolled in psychology and speech pathology courses at Curtin University.
Range of services
- Anger management
The clinic runs specialist treatment programs for obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, and mood management groups for anxiety and depression.
The Mood Management Program is an 8-week group program for the treatment of anxiety and depression in adults. The group is based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and includes such things as learning relaxation skills, how to challenge unhelpful thinking and other strategies. The Mood Management Program is conducted on an intermittent basis.
Curtin Psychology Clinic has a specialist Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) treatment program. The latest evidence-based treatments for OCD are available to clients. The program is constantly carrying out research projects to improve understanding and treatment for the disorder.
You will be initially assessed to find out the nature and extent of your difficulties. The therapist will then suggest an appropriate treatment plan. You may be offered group or individual therapy. If you still experience difficulties at the end of treatment you’ll be offered further sessions.
Group therapy comprises 6-8 individuals with OCD being treated together by two therapists. The treatment runs over ten weeks, for two hours each week.
Individual therapy is conducted one-on-one with the therapist. This treatment runs over ten weeks, for one hour each week.
Based on extensive evidence from studies, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is currently the most effective treatment for OCD. Even for individuals with very severe OCD, this treatment often results in significant improvement.
How to make an appointment
Contact the clinic on +61 8 9266 1717 to make an appointment. Referrals are not required.
What to expect
Your first session will include a two-hour assessment session. One of our trained therapists will ask you a range of questions to ensure that the OCD Treatment Program is the best treatment for the difficulties you are experiencing.
If the OCD program is the best treatment for your difficulties you will be offered a starting date for the 10-week program.
If the OCD program is not the best treatment for you, we will arrange a referral to a more appropriate service or program.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is marked by unwanted and distressing thoughts, mental images or urges (obsessions), and physical or mental acts, or rituals, which the individual undertakes to relieve their anxiety (compulsions).
Common obsessions include thoughts about: contamination; harm coming to oneself or others; the need for symmetry/exactness; the need to keep or save things; and upsetting sexual, violent/aggressive, or religious thoughts or images.
Common compulsions include: cleaning; hand-washing; ordering/arranging; hoarding; counting; checking; touching; repeating; and confessing.
While some of these behaviours are common, such as washing ones hands, it is when the behaviour becomes excessive and interruptive to your daily activities that help may be needed. Fortunately, good treatments are available to help with this problem.
The MINDFULNESS GROUP PROGRAM is an 8 week program that aims to teach skills in mindfulness. The group involves practice in session of mindfulness skills and emphasises the importance of homework and daily practice of mindfulness skills. It involves becoming more aware of bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts and developing a mindful acceptance and acknowledgement of unwanted thoughts and feelings. The goal is for participants to learn more skilful responses to unpleasant states. It also includes becoming aware of warning signs for low mood and developing an action plan. Mindfulness groups are conducted regularly throughout the year.
Your referral or request for treatment is initially reviewed by our clinical team. One of the clinical psychology trainees will contact you to ask a few simple questions to better understand your treatment needs.
After the initial assessment a plan for therapy is drafted with you, outlining goals for treatment and the treatment program. In general, treatment involves one-hour weekly sessions over six to 10 weeks. The length of treatment can vary according to the nature of your problem and the type of therapy prescribed.
Your clinical psychology trainee will review your progress periodically and make adjustments where necessary. Your clinical care is supervised by a team of experienced clinical psychologists.
Individual sessions are recorded to ensure you receive the best intervention through close supervision with your clinical psychology trainee. Recordings are confidential and deleted after your treatment is completed.
As the clinic is part of a research facility, there may be an opportunity for you to participate in one of the ongoing research programs from time to time. Although the treatment offered through the clinic is the best currently available, our research focus aims to further improve the success rates for people experiencing psychological problems. Participation in any research is on a voluntary basis.