Albert is a clinical psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. He is a passionate therapist who is committed to scientific evidence-based therapies, which are applied with his characteristic gentle and client-centered approach to create a safe and accepting atmosphere.
Albert believes that change first occurs from within a person – starting with their emotions, thoughts (cognitions), and behaviours. Once these have changed positively, the effects then ripple outwards to their relationships, lives, and work.
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
Accordingly, he has trained extensively in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). This is an active and focused form of psychodynamic therapy designed to provide rapid access to the patient’s unconscious, painful childhood events, and inner emotional lives. This therapy aims to provide not only symptom relief, but also deeper personality change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs)
Albert’s other main interest is the family of new-generation Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs). These therapies are based on active skills and techniques, so one can learn or relearn healthier ways to deal with thoughts, behaviours, and relationships (such as communication and assertiveness skills). It has been researched extensively, and has proven effectiveness with a large variety of disorders.
This creates a combination of skills that tailors the treatment to what the client wants and needs – whether they prefer short-term cognitive and behavioural change focused on the here-and-now, or deeper psychodynamic work exploring feelings and the unconscious.
Throughout all this, Albert keeps an eye on helping patients individuate, which means helping them mature and find freedom as individuals, separate from unhealthy family dynamics, resolve childhood pains, thrive, enjoy, and find meaning in life.
Issues he can help with include: