Our psychotherapy services provide assessment and treatment to help people with complex difficulties.
What is individual therapy? Therapy is also known as psychotherapy or counselling where a client works one-on-one with a trained psychotherapist looking at the nature and quality of the person’s behaviour, feelings, thoughts, beliefs. People seek out therapy for various personal reasons, i.e. struggling to cope with life’s challenges, self-growth, self-insight, childhood trauma, current traumatic experiences, and many more reasons. Psychotherapy is approached from a systematic view and is goal directed in the process. The aim of psychotherapy is to mobilise clients by assisting in identifying, acknowledging, and addressing their difficulties in a tangible manner, which in turn creates a feeling of control and power within their life. The duration of psychotherapy is often completed in a limited number of sessions; however, the level of progress is determined by the complexity of the client’s presenting complaint, situation as well as the level of commitment of the client to the process.
A few of the many presenting complaints that people experience to seek therapy:
All cases involving children begins with an in-depth history taking session with a parent(s) where a full developmental, social, and educational history is taken. The current presenting problem/complaint and reason for referral is also discussed in detail during the session. From the relevant information gathered from the parent(s) as well as from the child’s in their subsequent sessions, the therapist determines an effective therapeutic intervention. Play therapy is psychotherapy for younger children. It is a less direct, less scary approach which allows the child the freedom to express themselves in an easier, more comfortable, and familiar manner. Consent by both parents and/or legal guardian is needed before psychotherapy can proceed with a minor.
Couples therapy is indicated when two individuals are experiencing difficulties within their interpersonal relationship and agree to seek professional guidance. The therapist consults both individuals separately to identify blockages and obstacles within the relationship. Commitment to the process from both parties is essential. Once a clear pattern of what is happening is identified, the therapist invites both parties to a joint session and creates a safe space in which the partners can resolve pent up emotions and deal with their complex feelings that have built up over time.
Couples therapy is a speciality of Dr Adele, she completed her Ph.D. in 2011 titled: The effects of a pre-marital communication training programme and the levels of marital satisfaction: A one-year follow-up study. The findings indicate that effective communication is an essential skill for intimate relationship satisfaction. The focus is on equipping the couple with effective speaking and listening skills to increase the effectiveness of addressing the identified difficulties in their relationship. Couples often place a great amount of time, energy and effort into their relationship initially and then become complacent and partners can subsequently feel lonely or taken for granted. Various additional aspects of the relationship are also addressed regarding the preservation of your relationship i.e. time, boundaries, wants and needs, etc.
A few of the many presenting complaints that couples experience and address in therapy:
Family therapy is a sub type of therapy which involves various or all family members to address a specific difficulty and improve communications between family members. The intervention is dependent on the presenting complaint and often therapy if of a short-term nature.
Hypnosis is both a physical and mental state of relaxation where an individual experiences an altered state of consciousness. This altered state of consciousness one enters freely allows oneself to accept beneficial suggestions given directly into the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and alleviation of somatic, psychosomatic, and psychological conditions. Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention, with the help of the therapist, on specific thoughts or tasks. Hypnosis is usually considered an aid in the therapeutic purpose because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from the conscious minds.