Centre for Psychology and Counselling

Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis (Jungian) and Dream Analysis.

Princess Chambers, 27 Market St, Fremantle, WA

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CHRISTOPHER SEMMENS

My private practice in clinical psychology focuses on anxiety disorders; traumatic stress; chronic pain management; and general emotional management amongst other concerns (e.g. non-specific infertility; weight management; smoking cessation; and psychosomatic issues - including cardio and gastrointestinal). Efficiency is a key consideration in the methods, procedures and process that I adopt.
There are three core elements to my evidence-informed approach:

(i) A trauma-informed orientation - a consideration of the role that unresolved life issues, if they exist (most of us have them, to a greater or lesser degree), in the maintenance of the actual problems we want fixed. In essence the trauma-informed practice orientation approaches the task of assisting a client with the question: "What has happened to you?" as opposed to the conventional medical model characterised by the question: "What is wrong with you?"

(ii) A philosophical change emphasis consistent with working towards a bottom line of "having a good life" while operating with the full realisation of the realities of an imperfect world populated by fallible human beings that necessitates the unavoidable and inevitable experiencing of frustration and adversity (to a greater or lesser degree.)

(iii) A skills based learning agenda, which includes assisting clients to be optimally equipped with knowledge and understanding about emotional management and the ability to implement strategies consistent with limiting or eliminating the interfering effects of the problems we want changed.

The techniques that I routinely utilise are: REBT (rational emotive behaviour therapy); TFT tapping (thought field therapy); hypnotherapy; and general CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy.) I have been conducting very well received training courses both in REBT (since 1991) and TFT tapping (since 1998.)

The major advantage of incorporating TFT into the practice of clinical psychology is that it greatly facilitates the adoption of the fairly recently elaborated "trauma focused practice" orientation to human services. This orientation approaches the task of assisting a client with the question: "What has happened to you?" as opposed to the conventional medical model characterised by the question: "What is wrong with you?"

Email Chris at cscondor@aol.com

Call Chris at 0407 610 982