What is Psychotherapy?
"All real living is meeting. Meeting is not in time and space, but space and time in meeting."
In undertaking a course of psychotherapy, you are starting on a process of self-discovery and personal growth. This could either be learning ways to deal with challenges you are currently facing, finding ways to fulfil your potential or processing some unresolved traumas from the past.
The process encourages awareness and a better understanding of one's abilities, feelings and motivations. When clients focus on their assets and abilities, identify healthier ways to deal with setbacks, they quickly experience a sense of empowerment and freedom, which helps them to improve their lives.
Therapy can address a wide range of issues and concerns like: stress, anxiety, depression, trauma or relationship issues (See Home).
What can I expect from the initial consultation?
The initial consultation is an opportunity for us to talk about what brings you to therapy, gather some background information and discuss the prospect of therapy and of collaborating together. A good fit between therapist and client is an essential element in forming an effective working alliance.
Should we decide to work together, we will choose a mutually convenient time to meet regularly. We will agree either on a short term arrangement (if you are looking for a more solution focussed approach or for counselling) or on a longer term one (should you need ongoing support or prefer a more in depth exploration). This will also be discussed at our initial meeting and can be reviewed at any time. Sessions take place at the same place and time, every week and whatever is discussed during the 50 minutes remains confidential. There will be regular reviews to assess how therapy is working for you.
What will happen during therapy?
In therapy you will have the opportunity to be listened to in a non-judgemental environment, to explore issues and concerns in a safe setting which facilitates your progress and growth. Together we will attend to those aspects of yourself that might be struggling with negative emotions and difficult circumstances. You will be supported to identify and question unhelpful beliefs or outdated views about yourself and the world and to consolidate your skills and abilities to work more effectively toward your life goals.
The therapist generally enables you to move along this process through understanding, empathy, exploration and feedback.
By deepening and improving your relationships with yourself and others, with more conscious awareness and supported by the therapeutic relationship, you will be better able to find what motivates you and inspires you and therefore have more freedom of choice about how you act and relate.
Sessions are confidential, take place weekly, at the same time and they last 50 minutes.
Integrative psychotherapy blends two or more theoretical orientations. My approach is grounded in attachment and existential theories as well as informed by latest advances in neuroscience.
A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach focuses on affective, cognitive and sensory experiences through the exploration of the body. It incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive and somatic interventions as well as mindfulness, promoting awareness of present experience, stabilization and empowerment This approach is effective for the treatment of Trauma and for developmental issues.
Often people wonder what is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. Although they stem from the same principles, they can vary in their length and depth of exploration. Counselling is normally short term ( 6 to 15 sessions) and tackles specific problems in the individual's life, like recent set-backs, professional issues, stress, life goals, decision making and so on.
CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) considers at the core of the process the exploration of negative automatic thoughts and their underlying assumptions. It is problem focussed and goal orientated, clients are often required to do homework and keep thoughts diaries. CBT is also a time-limited model. (6-12 sessions)
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