Dr Amy Talbot & Associates is a Collaborative Care Practice. Collaborative Care is a best practice service model that we developed to support optimal health and wellbeing outcomes for our patients. Collaborative care is strongly aligned with our values of partnership, education, science and excellence. It promotes the formation of multiple partnerships between your psychologist, other health professionals, your community (family and friends) and you, to facilitate the best possible health outcomes and ensure that you are provided with the support and tools necessary to live your best life.
Read more about Our Story and why we developed the Collaborative Care Model.
We Partner with Your Multidisciplinary Care Team
Psychological wellbeing and mental health is one piece of the bigger picture that moves you towards achieving your ultimate health goals and living your best life.
We take a holistic approach to health.
We work to develop supportive partnerships with other local health professionals (dietitians, psychiatrists, GPs, occupational therapists etc), offering you the benefits of a public multidisciplinary service but in a private setting. We will co-ordinate your care, engaging with each of the other health professionals in your treating team on a regular basis, ensuring that everyone in your care team works together to achieve the best outcomes for you. This is what makes Dr Amy Talbot & Associates unique in the area of private practice care.
We focus on connecting you with the right treatment team.
This approach also means that we have an established network of quality health professionals from various disciplines, in both private and public health services, who we can refer you to should you need to add further members to your care team. You can have peace of mind knowing that we have done the hard work for you in selecting additional health professionals who share our values around patient care and will provide you with the best possible support.
We Partner with Your Community
Your Immediate Community
We recognise that your mental health concerns affect you in all areas of your life, at home, work and school, including your relationships with others. Mental health difficulties also often impact on your loved ones in addition to the pain these difficulties may present for you.
Research shows that involving significant others (parents, family members, spouses/partners, teachers, school staff, coaches etc) in treatment can substantially improve health outcomes for everyone involved. For example, involving family members in treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been shown to improve outcomes by up to 20%.
We focus on assisting you to get the most out of therapy.
By involving members of your immediate community we supporting you or your child to generalise the new skills developed in treatment to all areas of your day to day life, leading to more holistic improvements and better overall outcomes.
Involving family members, teachers and school staff or other members of your community may not be appropriate in all cases. We take an individualised approach and will work with you to determine the most appropriate course of action. We only involve others in your treatment with your consent and when it is in your best interests.
Your Broader Community
We know that the culture and beliefs of the broader community we live in influence our own beliefs and experiences. Although knowledge about mental health is improving in the broader community many people still experience the negative effects of the stigma associated with mental illness.
We focus on reducing stigma through community education.
We believe that increasing community education and understanding about mental health issues and the importance of looking after your mental wellbeing will lead to communities better prepared to support and encourage each individual in their own mental health journey.
We are committed to this goal and actively involved in partnerships with relevant community organisations to improve community knowledge and skills in supporting a positive community attitude towards mental health.
We Partner with You
We believe that every individual has unique insight into their own experience or the experience of their child and family and we will partner in collaboration with you to achieve your goals.
We assist you to develop the skills needed to achieve the outcomes you want
Our team will take the time to understand your history and experiences, the strengths you bring to treatment and the struggles you are facing at present and we will develop an individualised treatment plan for you or your child, based on your goals and best practice intervention. This is why our initial sessions are longer than usual (90 minutes), to ensure we have sufficient time to understand your struggles within the context of who you are and what you have experienced.
Our focus is beyond symptom reduction.
We do not desert you once you start to experience some improvements, instead we focus on assisting you to develop the tools that will enable you to better manage any future difficulties that may arise. We focus on relapse prevention and achieving long term positive health outcomes, as well as early intervention so that you and/or your child can develop the skills required to live your best life.
Interested to know more?
Read our Mission, Vision and Values statements
Find out more about Our Approach to Treatment
Get answers to the most common Questions about Treatment