Valley Psychology offers specialised therapeutic services from a client centred perspective.
Many of our clients attend for the purpose of improving emotional wellness, whilst others are seeking treatment for more specific mental health presentations. We welcome young people from around 12 years of age as well as adults, families and small groups.

Medicare rebates are available with a GP referral; participants on NDIS plans are also welcome.

Room-Based Therapy
The relaxed rural setting provides opportunity for connection to the natural environment in a peaceful and calming way. We understand that every person is different and there is no “one size fits all” in the therapeutic experience. Utilising our clinical training, knowledge and experience we work closely with our clients to tailor a relevant treatment plan and find the best way to help them achieve their goals.

By exploring our thinking processes, behaviours and emotional responses in a supported therapeutic relationship we can deepen personal awareness and realise our power of choice. Such exploration can lead to improved relationships, as well as personal wellness and emotional balance.

Animal Assisted Therapy
For centuries humans have lived alongside animal companions such as dogs and horses. Our relationships with these animals have often been associated with personal and collective wellbeing. In recent years we have engaged animals such as horses and dogs in various therapeutic settings.

Our approach is often quite experiential with the idea that talking alone does not necessarily bring about change. Doing things differently can also bring about growth and personal development which supports clients toward sustained emotional wellness. Encounters with the horses are tailored to meet the needs and specific treatment goals of each client and can include herd observations, meeting the horses at liberty, sharing touch and grooming as well as leading activities.

Equine-Assisted Therapy indicates the inclusion of horses and the natural environment in our therapy services. We continue to provide evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Narrative Therapy with the additional support of horses and dogs in an outdoor setting as clinically appropriate.

Every horse and human interaction is unique. Some clients report experiencing emotional safety and trust and just by being in the presence of horse’s unconscious feelings or needs can emerge that are then available for therapeutic processing.

Horses offer authentic, physical, non-verbal contact in relationship. They model healthy functioning; this can provide opportunities to explore concepts such as awareness, presence, boundaries, herd/family dynamics, relationships, managing emotions and lifestyle choices.

Family Therapy & Small Group Work
At times it may be beneficial to welcome other family members to the therapy setting. Family Therapy can be a standalone therapy, however single or multiple sessions can be incorporated into an individual’s treatment plan as required.

Participation in group therapy or learning experiences can often be a valuable and rewarding opportunity and suitable alternative to individual therapy. We are also pleased to offer small group work for young people and adults and tailor these programs to meet the needs of participants. These are half to 2 day workshops and the 8-week Muster Program.

405 Martins Creek Rd
Paterson, NSW 2421

 

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