Thinking Outside The Box

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Thinking Outside The Box


Offers online therapy

Thinking Outside The Box
Highton, VIC 3216
Call Catherine Lappin
(03) 9069 8786
Announcement icon During this challenging time it is business as usual. We are doing all our work on line which has been an amazing and rewarding success.
The name of my business, Thinking Outside The Box (TOTB) says everything about my beliefs and my business. When we Think Outside The Box, our worlds become bigger. Mental ill health or mental distress causes us to focus inwards and our lives become smaller. We stop doing things because the work that goes into managing a distressing situation is exhausting. You are reading this right now because you know or feel that something is not quite right in your life. This may be something you have felt for as long as you can remember or a recent event. Doesn't matter, your here now so lets see how we can help.
We are a multidisciplinary professionally qualified team of psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, teachers and youth and mental health workers. Because of our outstanding expertise we are able to offer a huge and diverse range of evidence based interventions and therapies. When we met with you we match your needs with our best practice solutions and off we go
I'm Catherine, the CEO and lead therapist at TOTB. I know what its like sitting across from a therapist and being scared, suspicious and hopeful. All of my team at TOTB have been in therapy at sometime and this makes us a truly normal little group, totally representative of the population. We get you, we listen and we do.
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  • Cost per Session: $100 - $180
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: Bank transfer, Cash


  • Years in Practice: 15 Years
  • Degree: Deakin University / Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies
  • Training: Post Graduate degree in Psychological Studies, Deakin Uni / 2006

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: University Of Ballarat. 2009 / Post Grad Cert in Psychotherapy and Counselling / 1982
  • Membership: Australian Success Academy / Certification / 2018

Thinking Outside The Box's Groups

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Structured group suitable for people with a Borderline Personality Disorder. I will also be offering clients who do not have BPD, a skills group using the principles of DBT The skills are life lessons which can be used for understanding anger, grief and loss, love and more. We will also be offering groups focused directly at understanding emotions, their use and and how to make them work for you. An example of this is the use of the term 'anger management', one I particularly dislike. Mainly because it is impossible to 'manage' something you do not understand.

More about this group

Coming soon, family/couples, anger, BPD +++

Family/couples sessions in the office or clients home. Understanding Anger (essentially anger management but the focus is on understanding where the anger comes from and then on how it can be managed). Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, a passion of mine and greatly needed. Understanding emotions and making them work for you. Life transitions coaching; small groups focusing on the needs of the group. Non of the groups are self help or per mentored. They are structured, evidence based groups are delivered by highly qualified and specialized professionals. The outcomes can be exceptional

More about this group


Thinking Outside The Box
Highton, VIC 3216
Call Catherine Lappin
(03) 9069 8786
Offers online therapy
  • Borderline Personality
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Career Guidance
  • Child
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Infidelity
  • LGBTIQNB trauma
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Transgender
  • Weight Loss
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Thinking Disorders
  • Bisexual
  • LGBTQ+
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Other Racial or Ethnic Background
I also speak: French and Spanish
Faith: Other Spiritual or Religious Affiliations
  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
  • Teen
  • Preteen
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Cancer
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Transgender Allied
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Applied Behavioural Analysis
  • Attachment-based
  • Clinical Supervision and Qualified Supervisors -
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Family Systems
  • Interpersonal
  • Intervention
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative
  • Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT)
  • Person-Centred
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychotherapeutic approach to Hypnotherapy
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Transpersonal
  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group


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Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021
Thinking Outside The Box,  in Highton
Thinking Outside The Box