In therapy I apply an ecclectic approach, tailored to your individual needs.
My approach draws upon treatment forms, with proven (evidence based) effectivity,
additionally supported by years of clinical practice
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Applicable to a wide array of psychological distress/symptoms; most commonly used in depression and anxiety
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.
You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Unlike some other therapy treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past.
Chronic psychological disorders
Psychodynamic therapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present.
Psychodynamic therapy aims to help people with serious psychological disorders understand and change complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems, reducing symptoms and alleviating distress.
It may be offered when other therapies have been tried in the past but something additional is needed or if it is your preferred option. It is often a longer-term psychotherapy than other psychological therapies.
social isolation, relationship building, depression
IPT is a talking treatment that can help to identify and address problems in their relationships with family, partners and friends when dealing with a depression.
The idea is that poor relationships with people in your life can leave you feeling depressed.
Depression can in turn make your relationships with other people worse.
IPT may prove effective if you experience severe depression or depression that hasn’t responded to other therapies, such as CBT.
Rational Emotive-Behavioral Therapy
Self-defeating behaviors, guilt, mood and anxiety disorder)
REBT is a challenging form of cognitive therapy in which we aim to notice and catch out moments in which you may be putting yourself in distress and the changing this thought process.
This therapy is based on the concept that we all have sets of rigid and dogmatic beliefs that disturb us and make us mentally unhealthy. In this type of therapy we learn to spot these rigid beliefs and to replace them with preferences.
Dialectical behavior Therapy
Distress tolerance, Emotion regulation, Borderline Personality
Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of psychotherapy that utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach. DBT emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment.
The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships.
DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels causing major distress throughout.
Psychological testing and assessment
DSM 5- Acute and Chronic Disorders, Personality disorders, Intelligence and aptitude quotients
A wide variety of tools including but not limited self report questionnaires, structured and semi-structured interviews based on DSM 5.
Diagnosis and indication testing of clinical and personality disorders, as well as aptitude and job competency testing.
Depending on the nature of the complaints and a number of other factors, the diagnosis “phase” of treatment can sometimes extend over periods of time. At all times, clients are provided with a debrief and report of conclusions derived.
Person Centered Therapy
Self-confidence, self-esteem, grief, depression, anxiety, abuse
Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that enables you to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, you will discover your own solutions.
My role is that of a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging your experiences without moving the conversation in another direction. I am here is there to encourage and support you and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the your personal process of self-discovery.
Schema Focused Therapy
Personality quotients, personality disorders
Schema focused therapy an integrative approach that aims to treat personality disorders and other mental health concerns that don’t always respond to other treatment options.
Schemas are unhelpful patterns that people may develop if their emotional needs aren’t met as a child. Schemas can affect you throughout life and contribute to problematic coping methods and behaviors if they aren’t addressed. Most people tend to develop more than one schema.
The goal of schema focused therapy is to teach you how to ensure your emotional needs are met in healthy ways that doesn’t cause distress.
Ultimately, this form of therapy will help you develop a strong, healthy adult mode which – in turn – can help heal and regulate other modes and help keep you from being overwhelmed by their effects.
Low self-esteem, eating disorders, distress rooting from family/intimate/
social/ professional relationships
A central idea of relational therapy is that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours (healthy and unhealthy) are directly related to our interpersonal relationships. In other words the focus is on our self-with-other experience. We are all creatures of familial, social and political contexts, continuously formed (and forming) through our interactions with others.
Telling one’s own relational story in the presence of a carefully attuned empathic listener can be a powerful experience, generating shifts in self-understanding and ultimately in symptoms.
Relational therapy can be an effective treatment for a whole range of psychological and emotional problems.
Exposure and response prevention
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and bad habits
ERP is a type of behavioral therapy that exposes people to situations that provoke their obsessions and the resulting distress while helping them prevent their compulsive responses. The ultimate goal is to free people from the cycle of obsessions and compulsions.
Response prevention is key, because anything that gets rid of distress makes it impossible for us to get used to it. When people don’t turn to compulsions, they learn how to accept their obsessions instead of acting desperately to neutralize them. The thoughts are still difficult sometimes, but they no longer seem like a huge problem.
This process of getting used to something is what we call habituation. As patients habituate to the feelings their obsessions bring up and reduce their reliance on compulsions, they spend less time and energy avoiding distress, improving overall quality of life and ease.
Positive psychology and coaching
Social skill training, self- esteem and aptitude training
Treatment of clinical disorders often bases upon “a deficit model”. This model conceptualizes the root of psychological distress as resulting from a lack, insufficiency or inefficiency of certain character traits, self regulating mechanisms, skills or capacities etc. Therapy is aimed at restoring these “deficiencies” in order to alleviate distress and return functionality.
Contrary to the deficiency concept of therapy, positive psychology lays focus on your strenghts and capabilities rather than your weaknesses and other disadvantages.
Positive psychology entails a broad concept, encompassing a variety of techniques that encourage you to identify and further develop your own positive emotions, experiences, and character traits.
Crisis management & intervention
Self-harm and Suicide prevention
Crisis intervention and management has several purposes. Primarily, it aims to reduce the intensity of an individual’s emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral reactions to a crisis.
Another purpose is to help individuals return to their level of functioning before the crisis. Functioning may be improved above and beyond this by developing new coping skills and eliminating ineffective ways of coping, such as withdrawal, isolation, and substance abuse. In this way, individuals become better equipped to cope with future difficulties.
crisis intervention aims to assist individuals in recovering from the crises and to prevent serious long-term problems from developing. Through talking about what happened, and the feelings about what happened, and by developing and improving ways to cope and solve problems, the interventions aim to decrease distress and improve your problem solving.
Not sure about therapy? Schedule a free walk in!
You may experience taking the step to seek help with mental distress as a challenging and sometimes frightful experience. When the time is right for you to take the step, it is important you are well informed.
Schedule a walk in session of 30 minutes, where we can meet in person and break the ice. During the walk-in I will attempt to answer any and all questions you may have about therapy and its relevance for you.
The walk in session is entirely free and obligation free.
Feel helpless and sad
Experience emotions that are difficult to control and burdening
Lack a healthy work/life balance, working long hours and are constantly on the edge because of it
Feel that your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts (even with support of family and friends)
Have difficulty concentrating on work assignments; or carrying out your everyday activities.
Behave aggressive and you could harm yourself or others
Have difficulty navigating through problems or challenging situations of every-day life (such as divorce, passing of a loved one, facing an empty nest, work –related issues)