What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a process defined by the relationship between a trained psychotherapist and its client. The aim is problem resolution and the creation of positive change, emotionally and behaviorally. The environment of the relationship is characterized by the empathy, confidentiality and non-judgmental attitude of the therapist, thereby facilitating the trust of the client.
Evolution of Psychotherapy
Over the years, the field of psychotherapy has gone through many changes and continues to evolve, from its earliest treatment model of long-term psychoanalysis to it more current following of brief therapy modalities. To date, with the addition of visual technology in communication it is now possible to conduct psychotherapy over the internet.
Transitioning to Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy
The method of Psychoanalysis consists of 2-3 sessions a week. The client is prone and the therapist sits out of view of the client often not contributing much in the form of feedback. The client discusses his/her past in order to understand the origins of ones problems. Transference, counter-transference, unconscious drives and regression are some of the principles that govern this method of therapy. Then, face to face dynamic psychotherapy became more in fashion, 1-2 sessions a week with more dynamic participation and interpretation by the therapist.
Once I decided to study and add hypnosis to my repetoire, the name of Milton H. Erickson was constantly coming up in the readings. Upon learning more about him, I became fascinated by his more unconventional, eclectic and tailored approaches to therapy and began to pursue that educational path.
In being an Ericksonian psychotherapist and hypnotherapist one focuses more on utilizing the strengths of the individual rather than focusing on their weaknesses. It is a “future” oriented model. The past and the origins of one’s behavior are not relevant. The aim is to move the client from point A to their desired outcome point Z, incorporating their existing strengths into new methods of achievement often with the aid of their unconscious mind. Each client is seen as an individual and therefore, the therapy is tailored to meet the strengths and goals of that individual. Strategies, such as NLP(neuro-linguistic programming), cognitive therapy, hypnosis, solution oriented and problem solving techniques, to name a few, are used to achieve the client’s goals.
All of my training and experience has allowed me to utilize the above approaches to help each and every client achieve their goals based on their own individual strengths, needs and beliefs.
- Panic Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Stress Management
- Pain Management
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Therapy with elders and their families
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