What Type of Psychotherapy Are You Searching For?

Introduction

What Psychotherapy Is

What Psychotherapy Is
It is a process of self-discovery. It is a journey in which you can be in touch with your true self, personality, desires and needs and how they all fit in your life story in order to make positive life changes.

You can bring your problems and conflicts to psychotherapy to work on resolving them in a holistic way involving both mind and body.

What Psychotherapy is not

What Psychotherapy is not
Psychotherapy is not about getting advice from a professional. It is not about getting a quick solution. The world is full of advice and the last thing the individual wants is more advice on what he should or should not do.

There are no directives or ‘shoulds’ in psychotherapy. Psychotherapy does not prescribe medications or drugs. It is not a magical cure.

Basics for getting Started

Basics for getting Started
  • It is important to choose a therapist you can trust and are comfortable with.
  • Confidentiality and anonymity of sessions are respected at all times.
  • It is natural to feel that you need more sessions to open up and talk freely about yourself, your feelings, disappointments, and hopes among many others.
  • It is essential to discuss any physical symptoms that you might be experiencing.
  • Personal commitment to therapy and consistency (once per week) are crucial for the success of your therapy.
Adult Psychotherapy

An Individual Unique Process

An Individual Unique Process
Our life resembles a huge puzzle composed of many different pieces with different colors and shapes. When an individual faces a crisis, all he is focused on is the problem at hand. However, sometimes, you need to step back and look at the whole picture. Problematic pieces in your life can be viewed differently…

Family conflicts, relationship issues, illnesses, traumas and losses can exert a lot of pressure on your life and make you feel trapped.
Sometimes, you doubt your abilities and have difficulty setting realistic expectations for yourself. If you are carrying a heavy burden or facing a challenging issue and no other solution has worked, it is time to seek change.

Issues Addressed in Psychotherapy

Issues Addressed in Psychotherapy
  • Trauma, Loss or Grief
  • Depression, Anxiety, Fears and Phobias
  • Anger Issues
  • Chronic illness
  • Identity Conflict
  • Relational Issues
  • Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Life Transitions/ Major Changes
Regardless of what burdens you have, you can create the life you want.
You can see the BIGGER picture in order to FIT the PIECES of YOUR LIFE TOGETHER again.

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Benefits of Psychotherapy
  • Express freely and find meaning to your life
  • Start to view your issues from a different perspective
  • Connect with your true self and appreciate who you are
  • Stop your past from interfering with your present
  • Find solutions to your problems and achieve positive changes
  • Adopt healthy coping strategies
  • Create a better quality for your life.
Adolescent Psychotherapy

An Individual Unique Process

An Individual Unique Process
Adolescence is a transition stage between childhood and adulthood. It is also known as the period of identity crisis. Many adolescents begin questioning the meaning of their existence and the meaning of their lives.
Different questions and thoughts come out during this period:
  • What is the meaning of my life? Who am I?
  • I am lost and I do not know what career path to take. What do I want to do in the future?
  • My friends are causing me many problems. I prefer staying alone.
  • My boyfriend has abandoned me. I feel like I will never get over it.
  • I am afraid of what my friends think of me. I hate myself.
  • I need to lose more and more weight. I feel fat all the time.
Adolescents sometimes find it difficult to talk about personal issues to their parents. Some adolescents feel embarrassed while others do not want authority figures telling them what they should or should not do. Parents are called to respect their adolescents’ need for autonomy, and to support their teens all throughout their search for their identity and inner stability.

Issues Addressed in Psychotherapy

Issues Addressed in Psychotherapy
Through psychotherapy, adolescents have a safe space to experiment freely and go through their quest to build the identity that they are seeking:
  • Identity Crisis and crises related to career direction
  • Parental Conflict
  • Sexual Identity Issues
  • Relationships issues, Peer Conflict and Social Skills Training
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence Issues
  • Anger Issues
  • Mood fluctuations, Depression, Anxiety, Fear and others
  • Loss and Grief
  • Eating Disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia

Benefits of psychotherapy

Benefits of psychotherapy
Be in touch with you inner selves, needs, desires and interests:
  • Accept and express yourself freely
  • Experience a decrease in anxiety, depression and fear towards the future
  • Stop self-destructive behaviors
  • Improve personal relationships
  • Make choices of your own
  • Feel more confident about yourself and your abilities
  • Enjoy being who you are
Child Psychotherapy

When should you Seek Psychotherapy for Your Child?

When should you Seek Psychotherapy for Your Child?
As a parent, it is critical to be attentive to the following:
  1. Sudden changes in your child’s behaviors or unusual mannerisms
  2. Exposure to painful circumstances or crises that evoke psychological trauma in your child
  3. Imminent need to prepare your child for an upcoming high-risk situation (birth of a new brother or sister, divorce etc…)
In such situations, it is necessary to seek psychotherapy for your child.
Divorce, separation, loss of a parent, a parent’s absence, sickness, illness in the family, birth of a new sibling and many other events can cause trauma for your child. It is wrong to believe that if your child is not causing you any trouble, then he or she is doing okay. While some children internalize their emotions and shut down to protect themselves from further psychological hurt, others exhibit various behaviors demanding their parents’ attention.

How Do Children Engage in Psychotherapy?

How Do Children Engage in Psychotherapy?
Children rarely express themselves through words. When words cannot reveal their thoughts and feelings, they resort to playing and drawing.
Children as early as 4 years to 12 years old can come to psychotherapy, which consists mostly of playing, drawing, pretending, role-playing and acting. These tools allow children to share their feelings, express their thoughts and find ways to resolve their problems.

Parents play an essential role in their children’s healthy upbringing. Parental guidance and involvement are essential and central during certain sessions to secure successful outcomes.

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Benefits of Psychotherapy
Child psychotherapy is a process that helps children change problematic behaviors and feel better about themselves:
  • Help Child understand and adapt healthily to life changes
  • Build self-esteem
  • Develop and improve communication skills
  • Build and Improve child’s emotional vocabulary
  • Develop social skills for dealing with peers
  • Develop coping skills for dealing with difficult situations.
Support Group

What is it all about?

What is it all about?
A support group consists of a small number of individuals who are facing common issues or similar concerns (parenting support group). It is a closed confidential group that meets regularly for a certain period of time.
As a psychotherapist, my role includes:
  • Moderating and facilitating the discussion within the group
  • Encouraging members to share their experiences, concerns and feelings
  • Ensuring a positive, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere within the group
  • Providing counseling tips on certain pending issues

Benefits of participating in a support group

Benefits of participating in a support group
  • Receiving emotional support from group members
  • Expressing openly and honestly about your concerns
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  • Learning from others’ experiences
  • Improving your coping skills
  • Making connections with others facing similar concerns
Kindly send email to pauline@pkm-clinic.com
A support group can be opened for specific requests by a private group of people who know each other and would like to work on certain common issues (family, friends and others).