Counseling and Psychotherapy

 There are times when life is experienced as painful due to crisis that may be evoked by life events such as sicknesses, traumatic events or normal life crises in the course of life such as marriage, birth of a child, growing, retirement. Under the influence of such events a person might experience anxiety, anger, panic, hopelessness, depression, low self esteem, eating disorders. 

At these times, one can find coping difficult. A person might then increase their efforts or try new ways of coping. If they are not successful one might run the risk of greater disorientation. After a 4-6 weeks period -with or without therapy – one might return to the previous condition or they might move to a new stage where one might cope better or worse than before.

Counseling – whether someone is in the critical phase or in a phase of calm realization of the need for change- can help the person go through difficulties smoother, make decisions for their lives and utilize the crisis as a learning experience.  
Psychotherapeutic process is difficult to be defined in advance because it is a creative joint exploration and there are plenty of scientifically well-founded methods which the therapist chooses to use depending on the client’s personality and needs. This flexibility is related to the therapist’s experience and skills. Personally I am inspired by the principles of Systemic Theory such as that people are basically autonomous and accountable instead of mentally disturbed. The Systemic Model separates people from their problems. It does not seek for the causes of problems in the past and does not use diagnostic labels. The interpretations of problematic behavior that rely on the past (eg He comes from a broken home) provide little or no guidance to how we can change our behavior. No one can change the past. These interpretations are also frequently used for the justification rather than for changing the problematic situation.
Whether someone comes from a “happy” or “dysfunctional” family none of us grows up without strengths and weaknesses, or coping strategies for getting through life. And when we become adults it is a great time to reevaluate and rebalance these strategies.

I work with a range of psychotherapeutic methods that derive from the Systemic view, such as systemic questions and narrative techniques. I also use techniques from Gestalt, clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, projective techniques, and relaxation.
Each session is a joint inquiry in a compassionate, non-judgemental and confidential environment with me energetically participating and choosing the appropriate interventions and supporting you to try new options and experiment with new behaviors.
Some issues people come to me to address are:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Relationship problems in family, with the partner or in the workplace
  • Parenting issues
  • Physical problems
  • Sexuality issues
  • Eating issues
  • Difficulties in setting boundaries
  • Self esteem issues
  • Bereavement
  • Traumatic memories or experiences of abuse
  • Sense of loss of meaning and direction in life
  • Dealing with transitions

 Psychotherapy is beneficial when it can provide a fresh view of a person’s behavior and thoughts and expand their freedom boundaries.