What does therapy entail?

Therapy can help you get a deeper insight into the different situations that occur in your life and explore new ways to solve problems. Of course you can talk to friends and family, but there are many benefits in meeting a professional – someone that isn’t involved in your previous experiences and isn’t in a personal relationship with you.

You should feel safe and comfortable in your therapy sessions knowing you are speaking to a professional with a four-year education in counseling, using skills to listen, support and meet your needs in an empathetic manner. Therapy will help you prioritize and choose new paths so that you can feel more satisfied and content with your life.

Together we will decide what you can expect from therapy depending on how much time and money you are willing to invest.

Therapy forms: 

Psychodynamic therapy

Is originally based on psychoanalysis but has developed since then through other forms of psychology. All theories and methods are evidence based and the focus is to solve and diminish the patient’s inner conflicts. The idea is to go back to childhood memories and experiences to see if there is a correlation between the problems that exist in the patient’s life today. In couple and relational therapy, the psychodynamic approach explores each individual’s feelings, needs, motives and other relations in order to get a better understanding of their life history and the couple’s/relationship’s history together.

Psychosynthesis

A transpersonal form of psychology which includes the mind, emotions, body and soul. The goal is to create a balance and harmony between the conflicting forces within us. Psychosynthesis was founded nearly 100 years ago by Roberto Assagioli, a psychiatrist and student of Freud, who broke away from psychoanalysis and included inspirations from religion, philosophy and modern medicine in his work. It is a holistic approach and the belief is that every problem or shortcomings includes a seed for personal growth. The focus is on the will, roles, attitudes, beliefs and goals. Psychodynamic methods are used to explore childhood memories and experiences which can influence the problems we face today.

CBT

CBT is a psychotherapy method where the focus is to change dysfunctional thoughts – feelings – behavior patterns that cause psychological problems and suffering. CBT is structured, active and promotes knowledge and insight. Focus is on the present and future, rather than on the past. We will together investigate and chart the thought-feeling-behavior patterns in different situations and try to understand how these cause us to feel bad. From there we try and formulate alternative thoughts/behaviors. Psychoeducation is learning more about one´s symptoms and find ways of dealing with them in a more adequate way. Homework is an important tool in CBT and functions as a link between sessions as well as giving a good opportunity to practice new things in line with what one would like to change. ACT, CFT, Mindfulness based are some examples of “Third wave CBT therapies". These have a non-judgmental, kind, accepting approach in common, as well as a focus on the present moment.

ACT

Acceptance Commitment Therapy is stemmed from CBT. The technique helps you to live in the present moment through the use of mindfulness and other experiential exercises. This form of therapy is evidence based and allows you to become aware of the different parts of the self including thoughts, emotions, senses, and body. The main focus is to learn how to accept both pain and pleasure instead of avoidance while moving in the direction to a more meaningful life 

Emotionally Focused Therapy - couples

EFT is usually a short-term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy fomulated in the early 80's by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greeberg. Researcg studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. In EFT the focus lies around promoting a safe and secure connection between the partners and not around who is right and who is wrong. With the therapist's help the couple get new insights into what causes the conflicts on a more emotional level in aid of finding new ways out of destructive patterns. The work promotes better communication as well as finding more supportive and positive ways of relating for long-term strengthening of the couple's bond.

Systemic therapy

Systemic therapy is a form of therapy that sees psychological problems as emerging within a context of past and present relationships with others. A systemic therapist will encourage openness to and understanding of each person’s way of seeing the problem. He or she will also explore in detail how each individual feels about the situation and their reactions. This method will aim to challenge and shift the destructive pattern and encourage change, in order to promote more positive ways of relating between the individuals within a couple, relationship or family.

Trauma therapy/EMDR

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (founded by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D, USA) is one of the most successful methods in treating trauma and PTSD. It is an 8-stage psychotherapy that uses bilateral stimulation such as eye movements, auditory or tactile stimulation to help process the traumatic event. 

When a disturbing event occurs it can get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. It often leads the individual to re-experience the disturbing event in the present even though it occurred in the past. EMDR seems to stimulate the information and allows the brain to reprocess the experience so that the individual can view him or herself in a more positive light. 

Gestalt therapy

Gestalt therapy promotes self awareness and self exploration through environmental support with the belief that growth occurs through awareness and authentic dialogue. A key focus is on supporting the client to relate, embody and live in the here and now. The goal for clients is to become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it and how they can change themselves, and at the same time learn and accept to value themselves.


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