My journey with Psychotherapy started 17 years ago. First, rocky experiences came from my personal need for the treatment. Years later I became a young psychologist with the unique insight into the process of Psychotherapy. Unique because I experienced both sides of the patient-therapist relation. I was a skeptical and full-of-doubts patient and I converted to fully believing in the value of the psychotherapy psychologist. During my professional career I came across many undeniable proofs that psychotherapy is actually working. One of them was one of my patients who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and hospitalized since many years. Where the medical treatment wasn't successful enough the psychotherapy brought such a significant breakthrough that he could finally return home.
I do believe that the technique that prescribes roughly the same approach for every patient is not sufficiently flexible. It may be well suited to the treatment of some patients, but not to the treatment of others. My therapeutic approach is integrative and falls into two main categories:
Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Therapy
Psychoanalysis puts attention on childhood experiences and unconscious conflicts. The task of the Psychoanalysts is to uncover those conflicts within the client and help to provide clarity and insight. This is done through various techniques, such as for example free associations, where a client speaks freely about whatever comes to mind.
Psychodynamic therapy is an updated form of Psychoanalysis which is more focused on the client's present situation and specific problems.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on changing a client's thinking and correcting irrational behavior. The goal is to identify maladaptive thoughts and beliefs and to help a client to retrain new more adaptive though patterns and behaviours.