Hof & Gavriel
435 Marmion Street
Myaree WA 6154
Mail to: P O Box 3079, MYAREE, WA 6154
Phone (08) 9330 4797
Fax (08) 9330 2099
The practice currently comprises of: Clinical Psychologists - Alexandra Hof and Helen Gavriel. Our Practice Manager is Jane Trocinski and our part time receptionist is Courtney Balaam.
We invite you to scroll through the pages, and if you do have any questions, our Practice Manager should be able to answer them.
Many people haven't consulted a Clinical Psychologist before, and the aim of this information is to provide you with some description about the way we work, and the Conditions of Service which are a part of our working together. If you have concerns about any of these conditions please don't hesitate to contact us, because they are not rigidly set in concrete, and we are willing to discuss any concerns you have, so that we can arrive at something mutually acceptable.
It is difficult to contact any of the psychologists directly because we very rarely break a session with a client to take phone calls. You can always call the office, leave a message with our receptionist, for your psychologist to get back to you.
There are a number of different approaches to counselling and therapy, and we adopt only those approaches which have a sound foundation in psychological science and which have been shown to be effective in appropriate outcome research studies. Our main orientation is grounded in a cognitive-behavioural framework (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), as well as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), solution-orientated therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a specialised treatment for the rapid resolution of trauma related problems.
YOUR CONSULTATIONS AND HOW WE WORK WITH YOU
Clinical Psychology shouldn't be a mysterious affair, and we don't want you to feel anxious about coming to see us. Your initial consultation will begin with getting a description of what is troubling you. We are interested in aspects of your behaviour, thinking, emotions and relationships which are creating difficulties for you now, how these difficulties have developed, and how you have attempted to manage these up until now.
Before you first attend we invite you to think forward to the time when you don’t have the problem. What changes do you want to make in your behaviour, emotions, ways of thinking and perhaps relationships. Take some time to reflect on what you really want in your life, what values you ideally want your life to reflect. Try to be as specific as possible about this. Bring any notes you make along to your first appointment. We will listen carefully, clarify the issues, then share with you our understanding of the problem, and how it can be overcome. We will also try to give you an indication as to how long this might take. At the first session we will almost always get to the process of your starting to learn how to take charge of your problem and to make changes.
Our therapy has an emphasis on the short term resolution of problems, and your therapist will encourage you to make use of home practice between sessions. This work will involve such things are reading, audio cds, doing structured exercises to identify and change the patterns of behaviour, thinking or feeling, keeping a record of events which trigger off the problematic reactions, and the like. This work is a vital part of your therapy programme. One of the aims of therapy is to teach you skills you have not had the chance to learn before, so that you can overcome your problems by using new information and skills in your own life.
In a nutshell, the therapeutic contract is that you learn how to solve your problems, and the therapist's task is to teach you how to do so, so that they become redundant. The more effectively you can work on your side of the contract between sessions, the more rapidly we will both achieve our goal. If you are having problems with doing the homework between sessions, please feel comfortable to call.
As you can see, we encourage you to take an active role in changing, and if this is something you are not willing to take on, then you will not like our approach to therapy. We will not ignore your past, as it is often very important in understanding how you have got to the present, but we will not spend many long hours discussing it. What you learned from the past; the emotional pain, your perspective of yourself, life skills, relationship skills, etc. are important, and issues from the past can be resolved, and your life now, and in the future, can be different. The focus of our work together will be on what you can do to overcome the effects of the past, and to develop beliefs and behaviours more useful to your life and relationships now.