Treatments will always search for a balance between what ought to be less or diminishing (problem, symptom or, inadaptive behavioral pattern) and what needs to become more or, grow (capacity, ability, adaptive thoughts, positive feelings, communicative skills, etc.). The duration of the treatment will be dependent on the nature of the problem.
Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client, or to improve relationships (such as in a family). In my work I use cognitive behavioral therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR and Systems Therapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures.
Schema Therapy is used in the treatment of personality disorders and chronic Axis I disorders, such as patients who fail to respond or relapse after having been through other therapies (for example, traditional CBT). Schema Therapy is a modern integrative, psychotherapy which synergistically and systematically combines theory and techniques rooted in past therapies including; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychoanalytic object relations, Attachment Theory and, Gestalt therapy. The goal of Schema Therapy is to help patients meet their core emotional needs.
EMDR is the form of psychotherapy in which the patient recalls a traumatic event while simultaneously undergoing bilateral stimulation that can consist of moving the eyes from side to side, vibrations or tapping movements on different sides of the body, or tones delivered through one ear, then the other, via headphones. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process distressing (traumatic) memories, reducing their lingering influence and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. Lately, there is also growing evidence for the efficacy of EMDR in treating some phobias, anxiety disorders and, self-esteem problems. EMDR is most often used in combination with other psychotherapy treatments.
Mindfulness practice is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, such as bringing about reductions in depression symptoms, reducing stress an anxiety. As such mindfulness meditation and minfulness based cognitieve therapie is often a part of individual psychotherapy.
Systems therapy is a form of psychotherapy which seeks to address people not on individual level (as was the focus in earlier forms of therapy), but rather to address people in relation to others. The practice of systemic therapy is to approach problems practically rather than analytically and to identify stagnant patterns of behavior in groups of people such as a family, and then to address those patterns directly, irrespective of cause.
Coaching is a practice that helps people identify and achieve personal goals. Life coaches assist clients by using a variety of tools and techniques. Coaching as used in my practice is based on behavioral directive and solution focused psychotherapy in combination with the emerging field of Positive Psychology.
Expat coaching deals specifically with the unique set of challenges emerging from the cultural dislocation and relocation following an international or domestic move. This niche of coaching tends to center around adapting to a new culture, identifying issues created within relocating families, difficulties attaining professional goals amidst a changing political and social structure as well as social and personal hurdles unique each individual.