Integration in therapy

We have seen multiple approaches to psychotherapy and the difference between them based on their assumptions and goals. Some are more practical and short-term, some investigate deeper aspects, some provide skills, some have a greater interest in the context, some in the individual, and so on. Then we have seen how the psychotherapist should beContinue reading “Integration in therapy”

The importance of therapeutic relationship

After decades of different schools trying to prove they had the best and most effective theories, increasingly more articles are coming up on the effectiveness of other variables than just the approach. And increasingly more schools are integrating rather than separating, because it is clear there are things that work across approaches. One of themContinue reading “The importance of therapeutic relationship”

Assumptions, goals and methods of different therapeutic approaches

— Italiano sotto — Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy Assumption: emotions derive from automatic thoughts (cognitions). If I believe that people are generally mean, I will feel scared and defensive.Goal: challenge automatic thoughts by comparing them to more rational ones (people are not all mean) and this will change the emotions.Method: setting goals, practicing techniques, identifying distortions, definingContinue reading “Assumptions, goals and methods of different therapeutic approaches”

What brings you here?

The therapeutic process starts with a question, “What brings you here?“, and an answer that is the real question, the complaint. A question that the psychologist can help interpret in a goal-oriented way, or simply deconstruct together to find what implications it holds. In some cases this process happens before therapy, if the client’s awarenessContinue reading “What brings you here?”

Type of requests to a psychologist

What happens when a person seeks psychological support? In some cases, it happens that we see a psychologist for an issue the psychologist cannot solve. For example, it’s not that uncommon that people go to ‘take someone else’, figuratively. They report their issues with this person and ask how they can make this person realiseContinue reading “Type of requests to a psychologist”

Before therapy

Before therapy: what happens when there is an issue, but its psychological root is not recognised? Approximately 50% of requests to general practitioners have a psychological nature, that is not necessarily recognised by the patient who asks for help. The issues are often relational, somatic, existential, and the GP resorts to medications, instead than referringContinue reading “Before therapy”

What is me vs. What is not me

What is me and what is not me is something we start learning early on. It’s s fundamental part of the process of being alive and being in the world: to distinguish reality from fantasy, and oneself from what’s outside.  This ability is at the core of setting good boundaries, because it helps you discriminateContinue reading “What is me vs. What is not me”