At InnerTwist Clinical Psychology we use a variety of evidence-based assessments and various treatments to ensure that you, your child, and family receive the very best available care.

We do this by working with your family, and others if necessary, in conducting a comprehensive assessment which leads to targeted treatment goals. We then work towards these goals by educating and empowering young people and families to develop the skills needed to manage not only their current difficulties, but future difficulties as well.

All assessments and treatments used at InnerTwist are based on scientific evidence. Treatment approaches used at InnerTwist are:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)

Assessment services

InnerTwist provides a variety of assessments depending upon the needs of you, your child or family. Typically three types of assessments are available:

Psychological assessment: This type of assessment is typically conducted during the first appointment. Quite simply we develop a good understanding of what the problem is, when it started, what’s triggering it, and what’s keeping it going. A psychological assessment can take more than one appointment to gather of all the required information and it may involve us talking to other people for further clarification (e.g., school teacher or other health professionals involved in your child’s care).

Intelligence assessments: Typically called IQ assessments, these may be administered for a variety of reasons, particularly when there are questions around a young person’s potential giftedness or difficulty.

Assessment of learning disability: This type of assessment is administered when there is a concern that a child or young person may have a particular problem in an area of learning, whether that be reading, written expression, or mathematics.

How InnerTwist can help parents and guardians

At InnerTwist, we understand that sometimes parents, and in some cases, entire families, need a little help, so we offer the following services:

  • Stress management for parents
  • Building a stronger relationship between you and your child
  • Improve family or parent-child communication skills
  • Helping to understand how to draw out positive behaviours and set boundaries with your child and/or adolescent
  • Improve parenting skills in a particular area (e.g., morning/afternoon routines, toilet training, sleep routines etc.)
  • Repairing trust after it’s been broken
  • Manage the online world (e.g., reducing the amount of time spent online, online safety etc.)

Help for children and adolescents

Childhood, adolescence and young adulthood are times of great growth and change. At InnerTwist we understand this and work to understand your child’s difficulties are within the context of these changes. Typically, some of the difficulties that Innertwist can help with at this time include:

  • Anxiety or managing worries
  • Behaviour problems at home or school
  • Anger and aggression
  • Obsessive compulsive problems
  • Hair pulling and skin picking behaviours
  • Bullying
  • Reducing stress
  • Attention and concentration challenges
  • Difficulties making and maintain friends
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Toileting concerns
  • Adjustment difficulties (e.g., after trauma such as a car accident, parental separation/divorce, death in the family etc)
  • Depression or low mood
  • Self harm
  • Low self-esteem

Support services

It’s important to Fiona that you have the opportunity to receive quality care and have the opportunity to make the best choices for you and your family. Thinking about how best to provide support during the assessment stage through to when treatment is finalised, InnerTwist Clinical Psychology is very proud to offer the following support services:

Home and out of office visiting services: Sometimes it’s in a client’s best interest to be seen outside of the InnerTwist office. This may be to observe or treat the young person at school, or observe the young person or family at home. InnerTwist recognises the importance of this service and are able to provide it for clients after they have had an initial appointment.

Phone consultations services for current clients: Innertwist is proud to provide a phone consultation service for current clients. Phone consultations are conducted for two reasons:

  • For current clients to have the opportunity to seek support between face-to-face sessions. These can be scheduled between sessions by calling reception on 07 3371 5558.
  • To gather information from other health professionals involved in your child’s care, such as teachers and doctors. Information such as this is always gathered with consent, except in circumstances where there is an immediate safety concern.

Supervision services

Supervision services are available for psychologists seeking clinical endorsement with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and for other psychologists seeking supervision of cases with a child and adolescent focus. Please call or email to discuss your needs further.

School based services

With parent/guardian consent, InnerTwist Clinical Psychology is able to provide:

  • Stress management group-based programs delivered to students on school grounds
  • Cognitive assessments conducted on-school grounds
  • Professional development and consultation to guidance officers, school counsellors and guidance counsellors