What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a term of Greek origin; psyche meaning "breath, spirit or soul" and therapia meaning "healing". Therapy, counselling and psychotherapy are typically used interchangeably and can mean different things to different people.What I mean when I speak about therapy is a process in which you are supported by an experienced professional in a confidential, collaborative and non-judgmental environment to explore barriers and opportunities.
What is the purpose of therapy?
To bring about a positive change to various aspects of your life by identifying your goals, by changing patterns of behaviour and overcoming challenges. My role is to help you enhance skills you already employ and to assist you to develop new ones through collaborative exploration.
How long does therapy take?
The length of time is different for every person. It depends on the individual's needs, on how extensive the issues are and on the person's availability and their ability to work towards change. Some people require only a few sessions, others need a longer time. Some people come for a few sessions, take a break and then return to do more work.
What therapeutic methods do I use?
I have been trained in a number of approaches which I find to be helpful for the people I support:
Solution Focused Therapy:
A goal-directed approach which focuses on present circumstances and draws on clients' strengths and resources to foster the desired change.
A collaborative and non-pathologizing approach to counselling which centres people as the experts of their own lives and separates the client and their problem. Narrative Therapy views people as having many skills, abilities, values, commitments, beliefs and competencies that will assist them to change their relationship with the problems influencing their lives. This approach also considers the broader context of people's lives including class, race, gender, sexual orientation and ability.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT):
DBT is a mindfulness-based approach aimed at developing coping skills, at changing behaviours, regulating emotions and improving relationships. DBT uses cognitive, behavioural, spiritual and motivational strategies and is steeped in validation.
Emotions Focused Therapy (EFT):
Typically a short-term modality, EFT can help in noticing, acknowledging and processing emotions. EFT views emotional responses as essential in identifying needs, and aims to create appropriate responses to these needs.
Does therapy work?
For over 20 years, I have worked with children, youth and adults, supporting individuals and families through various difficulties and helping them define their dreams and realize them. My training as a social worker and my experience in individual and group work provide me with the skills necessary for successful therapeutic interventions. The approaches I use were found to be highly effective through research and I do my work with passion and commitment. The value of therapy for each individual relies on the goals set, on the person's ability and commitment to change, and on the quality of the client-therapist connection.