CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterised by intrusive thoughts, images or urges (obsessions) that cause distress, and repetitive actions (compulsions) taken to eliminate that distress. If these obsessions and compulsions together interfere significantly with daily life or relationships, or considered excessive or unreasonable by the person experiencing them, then treatment may be recommended.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for OCD has been shown to be an effective treatment. At Thrive Wellness we offer specialised CBT treatment for OCD that takes into account the specific features of the disorder.

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder, also known as “emotionally unstable personality disorder, borderline type”, is a pervasive condition characterised by intense emotional ups and downs, impulsive behaviour and high risk of deliberate self harm or suicide attempts. Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder may experience increased difficulty managing friendships and other interpersonal relationships.

The characteristic features of Borderline Personality Disorder are often side effects of coping strategies learned in childhood or adolescence to manage traumatic or invalidating experiences during critical developmental years.

At Thrive Wellness we provide a CBT-based treatment for BPD that borrows heavily from both Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy techniques. Focus of treatment is on replacing unhelpful patterns of coping behaviour with new strategies that provide a more lasting reduction in distress. During the course of treatment, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience some worsening of symptoms while past strategies for coping, which may have been partially effective, are gradually replaced with more sustainable strategies.

Bowen Therapy

Bowen therapy is a gentle, hands-on, remedial technique that assists the body’s own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony in the body. By balancing the body, clients may experience symptom relief and treatment of underlying causes of pain or discomfort.

Gentle rolling motions are performed over the tissues that initiate nerve reflex signals which cause responses in the region the work is taking place, and across the whole body. When a bowen move is performed on the body, sensory receptors in the skin, fascia, muscle & joints, send information to the spinal cord and/or brain, which responds with information to, amongst other things, adjust stretch-length of muscles and joint alignment. Work performed either side of the spine directly affects the autonomic nervous system, supporting the body to switch out of sympathetic go-go-go (also known as fight or flight mode) and into a state of parasympathetic dominance. It is in this state of parasympathetic dominance that the body is able to rest and repair itself most optimally. Clients receiving bowen therapy experience this change in state during a session, often reporting a deep sense of relaxation & usually, falling asleep.

Because of the gentleness of the technique, it is suitable for bodies of all ages – from infants & children, through to adults & the elderly.

If you attend Thrive Wellness for treatment of an injury; an assessment, injury management plan and exercise plan will be developed as part of the service, if indicated.

Root Cause Protocol

At your initial consultation, you will be provided with a HTMA test kit (paid for as part of your Thrive Wellness consultation) and a private pathology referral for some specific blood tests (these incur additional costs you pay direct to the Laboratory, or if your GP supports our investigations and deems you eligible, they may provide you with a referral for bulk-billing through Medicare).

If you already have your blood test results, please ensure they cover all the Required tests below or we will need to provide you with a private referral for those that are missing. It’s also important that Red Cell Magnesium is measured in mmol/L or mg/L units NOT umol/g Hb, as the latter cannot be compared to the literature. As such, we recommend you use Nutripath or Sullivan Nicolaides Laboratories (SNL) for your blood draw. Testing through QML is not suitable.

Full Blood Examination (FBE)
Red Cell Magnesium
Serum Copper
Plasma Zinc
Serum Ceruloplasmin
Iron studies
– Serum Iron
– Transferrin or Total Iron-binding Capacity (TIBC)
– Transferrin Saturation
– Ferritin

Optional extras
Calcitriol 1,25(OH) (Active Hormone D)
Calcifediol 25(OH) (Storage Hormone D)
Ionised Serum Calcium
Red Cell Potassium
Red Cell Manganese

Following your appointment, a summary of your consultation with recommendations will be emailed to you. Correspondence will also be sent to your Treating Doctor on request. Clients are encouraged to stay in touch via email – basic weekly email support is provided for a few weeks following each consultation. If more detailed support is required, a further follow up (or short review) consultation will be recommended.

If you would like to dive deeper than what we cover in the consultation, learning resources can be emailed to you, along with peer reviewed published articles to share with your Treating Doctor and other Health Practitioners. I am also available to speak with your Treating Doctor on request.

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