Kamia Harris Psychologist Australia is a licensed health professional specializing in mental health care. She works with clients of all ages, providing psychological services and helping individuals tackle emotional difficulties.
She has over 18 years of experience in mental health. Throughout her career, she has worked in various settings and is passionate about providing high-quality mental health care.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is an evidence-based therapy that aims to alter negative thought patterns and behaviors. It has proven particularly successful for anxiety and depression, helping to reduce symptoms.
Cognitive therapy operates under the principle that thoughts, emotions and behaviors are inextricably connected and can influence one another. CBT proposes that by learning to recognize and combat negative thought patterns, it becomes easier to alter them for better mental wellbeing.
CBT comes in various forms, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). REBT was the original form of CBT and it focuses on challenging negative thought patterns that might be contributing to your issues.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are scientifically proven to reduce stress, ease anxiety and promote long-lasting behavioral change by rewiring the brain. With EFT, you’ll be in control of your lifelong behavior change for the better!
Self-help therapy involving tapping on specific meridian points on the body to release negative emotions such as fear, phobias and trauma. This empowering and healing practice can be learned by anyone dealing with emotional issues like stress, anxiety or depression.
Studies have demonstrated that cannabis significantly decreases pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD and cravings while improving various physiological markers such as heart rate variability (HRV), blood pressure, cortisol levels, salivary immunoglobulin A levels and happiness levels. It was also discovered to reduce levels of HC and boost immune function.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR (eye movement reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy that uses eye movements and guided instructions to access memories of trauma. It may be employed in treating PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Studies on EMDR have demonstrated that it can alter how we process upsetting memories, thoughts and feelings associated with trauma. This may reduce or eliminate PTSD symptoms altogether.
In EMDR, you access upsetting memories through back-and-forth eye movement (EMs) and dual attention. These techniques work together to help process the memory and prevent it from triggering negative feelings.
Early studies have noted that electromyograms (EMs) cause changes in interhemispheric activity, aiding memory retrieval. This finding aligns with the AIP model and may explain some of EMDR’s therapeutic effects.
There has been much speculation regarding the role of extracellular vesicles (EMs) in producing treatment benefits, although exact mechanisms remain uncertain. Some studies suggest EMs cause increased communication between left and right brain hemispheres which may facilitate associative processing or episodic memory retrieval.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT (Accelerated Cognitive Therapy) is an approach to psychotherapy that promotes psychological flexibility. This requires accepting negative thoughts, feelings and experiences as inevitable parts of life and dedicating yourself to activities which uphold your values.
Relational Frame Theory (RFT), used by ACT therapists and clients, helps them achieve psychological flexibility through six core processes: acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive defusion, chosen values, committed action and behavioral change.
This type of therapy can be beneficial for patients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. Additionally, it assists those looking to learn how to manage stress, addictions and other emotional problems more effectively.
ACT has often been prescribed for those who feel their lives have become meaningless and lack control over their emotions and thoughts. Studies have even demonstrated its efficacy in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.