Treatment with a psychologist

Coming to see a psychologist at Hepworth Psychology

The role of a psychologist is to assist you work through a range of personal and life issues. These can include many things, such as:

  • Depression and other mood issues
  • Anxiety issues, including obsessive compulsive disorder and panic
  • Relationship issues and interpersonal conflict
  • Self-esteem and personal growth
  • Eating disorders and body image concerns
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness training
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment and life transition issues
  • Antenatal and post natal issues
  • Couples therapy
  • Child, adolescent and family issues

Our psychologists and clinical psychologists use a warm and supportive approach to set collaborative goals, to assist you to work through your issues in order to achieve improved quality of life.  After the initial session or sessions, people typically then meet with their psychologist regularly to work through mutually agreed upon goals. Sometimes, it can require ongoing and consistent sessions to achieve long lasting change and benefits. Therapy involves a commitment from both you and your therapist to work through the issues – without the work of both, it is difficult to achieve change. Ultimately, you can achieve your goals and effect permanent and long lasting change.

Our psychologists are trained to use a variety of evidence-based psychological interventions, including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Couple therapy
  • Family based therapy for Anorexia Nervosa
  • Schema Therapy


Your psychologist will discuss with you the most effective intervention based on your presenting concerns. Where relevant and appropriate, your psychologist may give you reading materials or small tasks to consider in between sessions in order to maximize what is being explored. At all times our psychologists encourage and welcome feedback about how sessions are progressing in order to make you are feeling comfortable and are benefitting from your work together.

Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy

Hepworth Psychology offers child, adolescent and family treatment and interventions. We have experienced child and adolescent psychologists working on the team, Alana Malloy, Sarah Conner, Jennifer Politis, Maria Karefilakis and Katie Stirling, all whom work with following presenting issues:

  • Academic and Learning Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, including aspergers
  • Cognitive and intelligence assessments
  • Adjustment Problems (e.g., starting school, changes in the home)
  • Anger and Aggression
  • Behavioural Difficulties (e.g., hyperactivity, aggression, oppositional behaviours)
  • Mood Difficulties (e.g., depression, phobias, social anxiety, separation anxiety)
  • Eating disorders and body image issues
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Social and Peer Difficulties
  • Toileting Difficulties
  • Parenting (e.g., psychoeducation, developing effective strategies, parental stress)
  • Parent-Child Relationship Issues

Treatment approaches used by our psychologist include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Play therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Education and skill building for parents
  • Liaising with schools and other health profressionals

All of our child and adolescent psychologist will work with both the young person and their family to work through the presenting issues. Some sessions may be with only the young person and others only with the parents depending on what is important at that stage of therapy. If and when needed, our psychologists will also offer school and home observations to obtain a thorough understanding of your child’s needs. Furthermore, we can conduct cognitive (intelligence), achievement and autism testing. Please refer to the assessment and testing section of the website for more details.

Assessments and Testing – Behavioural, cognitive, academic and others

Hepworth Psychology can complete a variety of assessments and testing depending on your needs. The testing can assist both children and adolescents to obtain a better understanding of their strengths and limitations at school and work.
The following are an example of the testing available:

  • Intelligence testing using the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)
  • Intelligence and cognitive testing for Children using the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Kids (WISC)
  • Achievement Based Testing using the Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)

Hepworth Psychology is also able to complete diagnostic assessments to confirm or disconfirm the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Eating, Weight and Body Image Therapy

At Hepworth Psychology we have a particular interest in working with people who experience eating, weight and body image concerns. Such issues include:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder and binge eating issues
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)
  • Chronic dieting behaviours
  • Restrictive eating
  • Weight management
  • Body image concerns
  • Body Dysmophia
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Childhood eating and feeding issues
  • Food anxiety and orthorexia (preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy)
  • Obesity and overweight, including support for people having bariatric surgery

At Hepworth Psychology we adopt a client-centred approach when treating eating, weight and body image issues. Our practitioners are familiar with evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioural therapy and interpersonal therapy for eating disorders to treat eating and weight issues. At the beginning of treatment you will be provided with an information booklet to guide you through your sessions.
We adopt a non-dieting approach when working with clients. Such an approach incorporates accepting all shapes, weight and appearances and focusing on all aspects of health to achieve well-being and physical health. A non-dieting approach encourages a positive relationship with food that dismantles shame, anxiety and fear that people can experience on a diet. This positive relationship with food focuses on all aspects of eating including nutrition, hunger and fullness, the social aspects of eating, enjoyment and also includes a positive, not a punitive, experience with exercise and movement.

Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders (FBT)

FBT is the evidence-based treatment for young people (age 17 and under) with an eating disorder, particularly Anorexia Nervosa. FBT is often also referred to as the Maudsley Model/ Approach. FBT initially involves weekly appointments and, where possible, requires the whole family to attend. In FBT, the family are perceived to be the best resource to challenge the eating disorder and allow the young person so restore weight and ascertain a stable and positive relationship with food. FBT consists of three phases and ideally occurs over 20 sessions however this may take longer depending on individual circumstances.
FBT is conducted by an FBT trained clinician. At Hepworth Psychology, four of our psychologists, Natasha Hepworth, Katie Stirling, Jana Dickinson and Alana Malloy have received training in conducting FBT.