THE COUCH THERAPY GROUP
The Couch Therapy Group is a group of like minded practitioners whose desire is to provide a holistic approach to patient care, working together for the benefit of their clients and considering all of their physical, mental and emotional health.
Our belief is that by providing a relaxed environment for clients in a calming atmosphere we can help you achieve your goals.
Sarah Coric is a Registered Psychologist and full Member of theAustralian Psychological Society (APS).
Sarah has completed a Master of Health Psychology and has treated a range of mental health conditions afflicting adults, adolescents, couples, families and older adults since 2004.
Areas of specialty include pain management, adjustment to chronic illness, stress management, substance use disorders and self-harm behaviours as well as the more common presentations of anxiety,depression, grief, relationship issues.
She has been formally trained as a family therapist and has a particular interest in this area. Sarah currently runs group education sessions on mood and anxiety disorders, substance use and addictions, self-esteem, stress reduction and relaxation strategies, as well as group psychotherapy, in her role at the Currumbin Clinic Psychiatric Hospital.
She is a published author on the topic of personality, and how it is modulated by emotional regulation and coping strategies in adolescents who self-harm. She uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in her private practice as well as Mindfulness based approaches, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Family Therapy and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy among other styles.
Sarah’s training ensures she always uses evidence based therapies with clients and treatment is individually tailored to each client.
Donna Hughes is a Registered Psychologist and full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Donna has experience in private practice and has been working as a psychologist for more than 10 years with clients ranging in age from 2 to 90.
Donna has spent years working for the Department of Child Safety protecting children from abuse and in the prison system facilitating programs to offenders.
She continues to work with the legal system regularly writing family reports and psychological reports to help the court determine custody schedules for children and parents.
Donna is accredited to facilitate the Triple P Parenting Program, she can assist clients with parenting information and strategies.
Donna feels that treating a range of mental health problems can be easily achieved in the short term, it does not need to take years. It can address simple issues such as communication difficulties, problems in dealing with anger and rage, substance addictions, fears and anxieties. In more complicated cases psychology can help clients with issues such as depression, grief and loss and abuse whether this be sexual, physical, mental or emotional.
Donna’s therapy style is based on Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy. Both these therapy styles focus on the therapist identifying the negative thinking patterns that are occurring in the client’s life and then teaching them the skills to dispute and remove these behaviors. She also encourages clients to use behavioral techniques such as relaxation, deep breathing and exercise to reduce the stress in their lives and in doing this they will increase their concentration, memory and will be more in control of their emotions.