Individual Psychotherapy is conducted in a safe and confidential environment on a one-to-one basis. Usually, the patient and psychotherapist meet on a weekly at a fixed day and time. This will allow for the development of a trusting relationship whereby the psychotherapist will help the patient come to a greater understanding of her/himself and increasingly find new ways dealing with her/his problems. Usually, there is no ‘agenda’ or expectation from patients other to than to gradually discover their way of relating and communicating with the psychotherapist. However, where a patient has a specific goal in mind the work is structured accordingly and can include coaching and exercises.
Sometimes even happy and healthy relationships can encounter a rough patch where one or both people aren’t getting what they want or need. If you are in a relationship that has encountered a difficult patch where one or both of you are feeling stuck or perhaps caught in a locked cycle, Couples Psychotherapy can help. Couples Psychotherapy involves each couple safely and confidentially meeting with a psychotherapist on a weekly basis to talk about issues relating to painful feelings and explore existing and perhaps limiting coping mechanisms along with new ones.
Couples work can often include:
- Exploring thoughts, feelings and underlying beliefs that each partner hold and may not have shared with the other.
- Looking at behaviours in the relationship and how these behaviours impact the relationship.
- How to more effectively communicate these thoughts, feelings and desires.
- How to create change based on both your treatment goals.
- Practicing different communication skills in the session.
- Assigning tasks between the sessions to help you achieve change
- Creative approaches such as: Videoing your communication without the therapist present in order to gain as much insight as possible.
Usually sessions are on a weekly basis, after some time the frequency of the sessions will decrease to perhaps once a month and then after a certain period you will no longer need the support of the therapist to help with the relationship.
People primarily learn about themselves and the world through social interaction. Joining a therapeuticgroup offers a safe and holding environment for members to look more clearly at their relationships with others and themselves. A group often comes to represent families and the kinds of difficulties that you experience in your life are likely to be repeated within the group in a context that facilitates reflection, processing and understanding with the help of the group conductor and other group members. By joining a group you are agreeing to (a) put thoughts and feelings into words, not actions; (b) to allow other people to have an effect on you and be willing to talk openly and honestly about those effects; and (c) to share with the group the background to the problems that brought you to therapy.
It is to be expected that there will be times when being in the group is uncomfortable or frustrating, as powerful feelings can be evoked but it is particularly important to continue attending at these times and to work on the experience.