Psychology Services



modes of therapy
Amy offers a range of therapies to suit her clients’ needs. All modes of therapy have a strong research base, showing evidence of their effectiveness. Amy offers both face-to-face and telehealth sessions.
Amy wants her clients to be the best version of themselves and is passionate about supporting them on that journey.

In times of difficulty, seeking psychological support can be one of the best investments you will make for yourself and your family’s health.

Amy works with adolescents and adults and can assist in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders
  • Attachment and belonging
  • Adjustment to stressful life changes
  • Bullying
  • Social skills difficulties
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress and coping
  • Performance
  • Depression treatment and prevention
  • Grief
  • Motivation
  • Perfectionism 
  • Resilience building
  • School issues 
  • Suicide prevention and worries
  • Well-being development
  • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on helping individuals understand how their thinking affects the way they feel and act. In turn, it considers how behaviour can affect thoughts and feelings. In this therapeutic approach, the client and the therapist work together to change the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both. 

CBT is pragmatic, highly structured, tends to focus on current difficulties rather than explore the historical origins of them, and relies on a collaborative therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.

The therapeutic relationship in CBT is one in which the therapist takes a psycho-educational approach and facilitates change through being a teacher and a coach.

Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)

ACT is a third wave cognitive-behavioural therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies together with behaviour strategies to increase psychological flexibility. 

The core message of ACT is to accept what is out of your personal control while committing to action that will improve the quality of your life. The aim of ACT is to help people live a meaningful life while handling the pain and stress that is an inevitable part of life. Mindfulness skills are central to ACT and are taught in order to facilitate the development of an ‘observing self’ that can help you notice both your physical experiences and your thinking processes. ACT can also be used as a model for life coaching. 

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a cognitive behavioural approach that integrates the practice of mindfulness meditation with the more traditional methods utilised by cognitive therapy. It helps people recognise when they’re shifting to a negative thought pattern. The word mindfulness has been defined as ‘being in the present moment with intention’ or ‘the state of being conscious or aware of something’. Mindfulness has become increasingly part of western therapies as a desirable skill to cultivate in order to facilitate mental wellbeing. As a therapeutic technique, mindfulness attempts to bring about a mental state that is achieved by focusing one’s awareness in the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.

Mindfulness will teach you how to refocus your mind on being in the present moment rather than become overly focused on either regret of the past or worries about the future.

Psychoanalytic therapy

Psychoanalytic therapy is a form of in-depth talk therapy that aims to bring unconscious or deeply buried thoughts and feelings to the conscious mind so that repressed experiences and emotions, often from childhood, can be brought to the surface and examined. The psychoanalytic approach helps people explore their pasts and understand how it affects their present psychological difficulties. It can help clients shed the bonds of past experience to live more fully in the present.

Motivational interviewing (MI)

“MI is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013, p. 29).

MI is a guiding style of communication, that sits between following (good listening) and directing (giving information and advice).

MI is designed to empower people to change by drawing out their own meaning, importance and capacity for change.

Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, cultivate what is best within themselves, and enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

“Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living” (Peterson, 2008).

Supportive counselling

Supportive counselling allows the therapist to help clients deal with their emotional distress and problems. It includes comforting, guiding, encouraging, reassuring, and listening. The therapist provides an emotional outlet, the chance for clients to express themselves and be themselves while feeling safe.

To make an appointment, or for general enquiries phone:

0401 441 042

Our Locations

439 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East
16 Webster Street, Ballarat Central, VIC 3350

Crisis and Emergency

Please be aware that Amy Greaves Psychology & Counselling is not an emergency or crisis service.

In the event of a mental health-related emergency please contact one of the following:

  • Family Doctor/GP
  • Ring 000 for emergencies (police or ambulance)
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Kids Helpline (ages 5-25): 1800 551 800
  • Suicide Callback Service: 1300 659 467
  • Mensline: 1300 78 9978
  • The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: 1800 737 732
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292
  • Sane Australia: 1800 18 7263 (

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