What is Psychotherapy?

Hoping to be your best self? Psychotherapy is a process of personal growth leading to potential change in self-awareness, self-confidence, communication and relationships. A psychotherapist can help you navigate challenging circumstances and ease the way to a more fulfilling life. Reviewing your concerns, rather than struggling in isolation, can give you new perspectives and open up possibilities for change.

Ideally therapy occurs weekly or bi-weekly with the goal of exploring and understanding your inner and outer worlds – such as feelings, needs, experiences, challenges, hopes, experiences and relationships. As a Psychotherapist I will not give advice but I will help you explore options and resolve inner conflict so that you can arrive at your own insights and decisions. I am trained in a variety of areas and approaches to assist you in living with more purpose, authenticity, effectiveness, creativity and spontaneity.

Psychotherapy as an Investment

Therapy - the most important thing you may ever do

Your future is based on your current daily habits and choices. Psychotherapy is an investment that helps you evolve in ways that enrich the quality of your life. The more you commit to the process of personal growth, the more you will develop your ability to handle challenging situations. The skills, insights and habits you gain from working with me will likely transfer beyond your present situation to other important realms of your life. Imagine navigating personal and professional situations with more confidence and finesse. Imagine finding yourself in stressful situations and feeling calm and capable of navigating your emotions and the emotions of others around you.

Therapeutic Approach

My approach to therapy is to offer the right types therapy to support the goals you have. A variety of approaches may be needed to help you to address your goals. I will work with you to assess and provide the right therapeutic disciplines, in an appropriate combination to support your growth. Each person is unique and responds well to different approaches. No one therapy may be right for all individuals.

All of the approaches that I employ have been shown to provide clinically effective results for many people and of course results will vary from person to person depending not only on the approach but on the level of commitment that each person brings to their own growth journey. My commitment to you is to work with you to employ approaches that have a greatest potential to help you to achieve your goals.

Positive Psychotherapy

Positive psychology seeks to encourage acceptance of your past, and feel a renewed excitement and optimism about your present and future possibilities. Positive Psychotherapy can help to support a sense of contentment and well-being in the present moment. The main purpose is to improve overall happiness, well-being, quality of life, contentment, and meaning in life. Through positive psychology practices and interventions it is possible to…

  • Understand and capitalize on your strengths,
  • Build a sense of abundance and gratitude in your life,
  • Develop practical wisdom,
  • Learn to forgive,
  • Learn how to be satisfied without perfectionism,
  • Cultivate hope and optimism,
  • Find personal growth as an outcome of significant set- backs or trauma,
  • Learn how to slow down and savour life’s precious moments,
  • Build positive relationships,
  • Foster kindness and generosity and
  • Enhance the sense of meaning and purpose in your life.

Gestalt / EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy)

Gestalt therapy is a world-renowned form of relational psychotherapy. It is the pre-cursor of EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy) which empowers you to interact more authentically, which leads to greater satisfaction in your relationships and well-being. Most of us have “unfinished emotional business” and ineffective patterns which block our ability to connect with our feelings, needs and other people. As a result, we go through life feeling lonely, numb, depressed, anxious, lost or stuck.

Gestalt therapy gently heightens your awareness – of your emotions, needs, ways of relating and your other ways of interacting. Gestalt can help you to resolve feelings about past experiences and to explore internal conflict at the root of current relational challenges. Through its unique therapeutic approach, Gestalt increasingly equips you to direct your life. The result is often a greater sense of depth, connection, meaning and fulfillment in your relationships, interests and sense of self.

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a close cousin to Gestalt. It is based on scientific study of adult love and bonding processes in couples, is designed to address distress and improve intimate relationships among adults. It can help you to better understand both your own emotional responses and those of the people you care most about. Emotionally focussed therapy helps to support the creation of secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and reinforce any pre-existing positive bonds, with the goal of helping you to increase security, closeness, connection and intimacy.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a set of skills that can be learned as an intervention that aims to reduce anxiety and promote resiliency in the face of stressful situations. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving specific current problems.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) offers new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas.

  • 1. Mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment.
  • 2. Distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it.
  • 3. Emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life and
  • 4. Interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.

DBT skills, when practiced and mastered, can help to regulate emotions during stressful times, tolerate distress and negative emotion more easily, be mindful and present in the given moment, and communicate and interact effectively with others.