Individual psychotherapy usually takes the form of meetings with the same therapist, usually at a fixed time and with a specified frequency, such as once or twice a week. Depending on your needs, it can be short-term (we’ll predetermine the number of meetings) or long-term (from several to dozens of meetings) – this is designed for people who come forward in a crisis situation, such as the loss of a loved one, a job, an unexpected illness, a significant change or the need to make an important life decision.
Long-term psychotherapy is aimed at a deeper knowledge and understanding of oneself – feelings, thoughts, behavior in various situations, towards oneself and others.
It will help you establish satisfying relationships with others, give you a sense of an inner coherence, assist you in developing new, constructive ways of seeing yourself and the world. There is no predetermined end date to such process.
Both forms of work take place in an atmosphere of safety and honesty. At the first meeting, the psychotherapist informs the patient about the fee and the form of payment, as well as about how to cancel the session.
Group psychotherapy is addressed primarily to people who experience difficulties in their relationships with others and with themselves.
What are its goals?
How does it proceed?
The goals of group therapy are to be achieved through self-observation, feedback from co-participants and individual group work.
The facilitators focus on three thematic areas:
here and now – topics related to relationships in the group, reflections on the course of therapy;
there and now – topics related to the participant’s current functioning, including: relationships with others and functioning in the professional and social fields, and others;
there and then – topics related to childhood and adolescence, relationships in the family of origin, the participant’s inner world as a child.
The initial period of psychotherapy is usually devoted to getting to know each other and discussing the anxiety of talking about oneself, which is more or less a common experience of all group members. After several meetings, the first cooperative relationships are formed in achieving group and individual goals of therapy.
Couples therapy is designed for people who want or need to improve partner or marital relationships. Why is it worth it? At different stages of life we encounter situations that cause tension and conflict, and we may encounter difficulties in dealing with interactions with the person closest to us.
Couples psychotherapy allows us to identify the problem, learn how to communicate effectively and change unwanted behavior.
In this context, the most important turn out to be:
Family therapy is, on the one hand, a healing process when someone in the family – usually a child or teenager – displays an emotional disorder. In this one, it is important to meet with the whole family, since it participates in the process of illness of one of its members. This is based on the belief that in both health and illness, a person’s behavior and symptoms are determined by relationships with other people, especially those closest to them.
On the other hand, it can be said that family therapy is a dialogue between the therapist and all members of the group about how to get out of the crisis they are in.
An important part of this dialogue is to understand the meaning of the messages of the family’s previous generations, which in part determine the present.
A family therapist never seeks to find fault or judge, but neither is he an expert on how to live. Above all, he acts as a catalyst for change, which will allow the family itself to find the best solutions to the difficult situation in which it finds itself, to unleash its resources and strengths.
Sometimes problems arise in the lives of the young, and they may not always be able to cope with them on their own: at home, kindergarten, school, or in relationships with peers. It is worthwhile at such times to consult a specialist.
Both child and adolescent therapy takes place initially with the parents and is aimed at those who have not yet reached the age of 18. This is followed by individual meetings with the therapist.
This is important, because in some cases problems with children are the result of difficulties that parents experience in their adult lives.
Problems often reported during therapy include: