People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
The client and the therapist will work together to identify goals for the therapy. Common issues include: general anxiety and stress, difficult childhood and family experiences (past and present), relationship struggles, depression, homesickness, and eating and body image issues. Clients also come to work toward developing a better self-image or to achieve personal growth. The approach to such treatment varies from person to person, but may include a good deal of initial work involving the client's past experiences. For others, treatment may emphasize current experiences. We hope to provide a supportive environment in which our clients are able to work toward their unique goals.
Psychoanalytic treatment involves exploring the organization of the personality and reorganizing it in a way that addresses deep conflicts and defenses.
According to the principles of psychoanalysis, curing a phobia is only possible by identifying and solving the initial conflict.
Psychoanalysis is the form of therapy often seen in old movies where a client lies on a couch with the psychoanalyst seated near his or her head. The psychoanalyst does not inject his or her own opinions but allows the client to transfer feelings onto the analyst.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, enables you to manage your fears by helping you gradually change the way you think.
It's based on the interconnectedness of thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviors.
A phobia sufferer believes that the feared situation is inherently dangerous. This belief leads to negative automatic thoughts that occur as soon as the feared situation is encountered and the automatic thoughts lead to a phobic behavioral reaction.
It may take several CBT sessions to counteract this thought pattern. In order to accomplish this, the therapist can help you overcome your fear with incremental steps.
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