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.

Exercise Physiology

Expected outcomes of appropriately prescribed exercise interventions may include improved quality of sleep, improved mood, improved physical health and improved social and community engagement.
In one study, 60% of people halved their depression score by exercising and over 40% maintained this improvement for at least 3 months.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists receive specialised training in the design and delivery of exercise and lifestyle interventions for people with chronic and complex conditions, including depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.

At Thrive Wellness our Exercise Physiologists provide testing, assessment, programming and supervision of exercise delivery programs in individual or group settings. Exercise interventions are based around best practice guidelines and programs are tailored to the unique needs and goals of each client.

Clinical Nutrition

Nutritional Psychiatry is a field of research that examines how diet and targeted nutrient therapy can influence mental health and wellbeing.

At your appointment, we provide you with dietary advice aimed to improve your mental health by supporting optimal microbiota-gut-brain axis function, reduction of inflammation and improved immune function. Specific supplements, sleeping and exercise interventions may be recommended. 

Blood, hair, saliva or urine tests may be recommended to help identify nutrient imbalances and design targeted interventions to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Sometimes genetic testing is recommended. 

Previous test results

Please ask your treating doctor to forward results of previous blood and other pathology tests to us prior to your appointment. 

If your GP is in the process of arranging blood tests for you, here are the tests we find helpful:

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

Less frequently (your Treating Doctor will know whether these tests are applicable to you):
Calcitriol 1,25(OH) (Active Hormone D)
Calcifediol 25(OH) (Storage Hormone D)
HoloTC (Active B12)

After your appointment

Following your appointment, a summary of your consultation with recommendations will be emailed to you. Correspondence will be sent to your Treating Doctor on request. Clients are encouraged to stay in touch via email – basic email support is provided for the week following each consultation to help you implement recommendations. Review appointments will be booked to monitor progress and adjust recommendations to help you achieve your goals. If you have additional questions or experience an unexpected change in symptoms in between appointments, please contact us so we can move your appointment forward and address your queries as soon as possible.

Information for your Treating Doctor
MBS Review B12 Testing Protocol


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