This may be the first time you have started to look for help, or you may have already tried various treatments. Mental health problems may not get better on their own, so getting help is very important. It is great you are interested in learning more about treatment options. This website provides information about the treatment programs run at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI). Our treatment programs are available to adults age 18 years and over (or age 16 and over in the case of eating disorders), who are living in Western Australia and who have a Medicare card. As we form part of the public health service, the treatment that we offer is free. If you are interested in coming to treatment at CCI, you can be referred by your GP or psychiatrist. If you are unable to attend our service, you may find it helpful to explore our free self-help resources.
CCI offers short-term treatments which aim to equip people with practical skills and strategies to manage their difficulties. An average course of treatment lasts around 10 treatment sessions (or 20-plus in the case of eating disorders). Sessions tend to be scheduled once a week. Our treatments are delivered by clinical psychologists who have specialist, postgraduate university training in psychological assessment and therapy. The type of treatment offered at CCI is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT can teach you strategies to modify unhelpful thoughts (cognitions) and behaviours. Research has shown this is an effective treatment for a wide range of mental health problems. You can learn more about CBT by reading this article about it written by CCI Senior Clinical Psychologist Dr Peter McEvoy.
The treatment offered at CCI is highly effective for most people. However, no treatment exists that is effective for everybody. This means that there are some people who do not benefit from the treatment offered at CCI. Treatment at CCI is very active, and focuses on helping you to make changes to unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours. To benefit from this treatment, you will need to make time outside of treatment sessions to practice the skills you are taught. If the treatment offered at CCI does not sound suitable for you that is okay, as a number of other effective treatments do exist. It may be helpful to speak with your GP about the available options, so that you can choose the option that sounds most suitable for you.
For more information about accessing treatment at CCI, see our service information brochure.
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