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Treatment Approaches

A treatment approach is a clinical orientation; a series of skills that can affect change in a client. Over time new approaches are developed to address deficiencies in effectiveness of the dominant approach of the day. But that is not to say that the older approaches are discarded entirely, just that they lose favour in treating certain disorders. Also there may be a comorbid issue that derails therapy or makes a client likely to relapse following treatment. For instance there may be clear anxiety which could very effectively be treated using CBT, but the client has discontinued from therapy a number of times which indicates the need to explore other issues that may for instance respond to a Psychdynamic or DBT approach and then integrate the CBT later into the treatment.

Often different clinicians have a particular clinical orientation - for instance if their initial training emphasised a CBT or Psychodynamic approach, then they tend to see the world from a CBT or psychodynamic standpoint and use certain language and emphasise certain points similarly to other clinicians that have been trained in that orientation. Over time it is common for clinicians to build up a richer 'tool-kit' of skills as they participate in continuing education, formal training and undertake supervision. In this way their orientation will tend to blend into a more eclectic style over time.

It is impossible to master all approaches as there is a significant investment of time and energy in learning applying and integrating each approach. As such the Clinical Psychology Centre has clinicians that use different approaches and therefore specialise in different clinical areas according to the effectiveness of those approaches.