January 17, 2016

Individual Therapy

Individual psychotherapy or individual therapy is one-on-one therapy between client and psychologist.

Individual Therapist in Pretoria (Individual Therapy)Through individual therapy, I help individuals with the struggles they are facing in their personal lives. I aim to provide a space where my clients feel safe, cared for and comfortable. I regard this as extremely important realizing that coming to therapy can be hard and the hurt, distress and discomfort clients bring needs to be treated with sensitivity. The therapy space I strive toward is so that my clients can vent their emotional stuff and explore the various aspects of their lives and the relationships impacted. In so doing, find relief, gain direction and move upwards and forwards in their lives.  

 

 

I work with individuals on a variety of struggles, some of which include:

  • Managing stress (personal and work)
    • Burnout
    • Finding balance in work/life
  • Trauma, Acute Trauma, PTSD 
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-esteem, self-image and confidence, including struggles around weight, body image and eating.
  • Difficulties in relationships or in interpersonal struggles (conflicts)
  • Abuse 
    • Emotional
    • Physical
    • Sexual (childhood and adult) 
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Addictions including gambling and sex, pornography, masturbation 
  • Divorce and separation
  • Pain management (Fybromyalgia)
  • Psychopathology/psychiatric disorders/diagnoses
  • Depression and Bipolar I and II
  • Anxiety (generalised anxiety, performance anxiety), OCD, Phobias, Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder, 
  • Tourettes Syndrome
  • Acute psychosis, Reactive Psychosis, Psychotic Disorders
  • Dissociative Identity Disorders (DID)
  • Personality Disorders

To assist clients with their therapeutic goals, I use integrative therapy and specifically the integrative interactional approach to psychotherapy. In this approach (as a way of conceptualizing and guiding therapy), I then draw on a variety of techniques depending on the need of the client and what is the most optimal method of assisting in resolving difficulties. I am acutely aware that as social beings we cannot function in isolation and the relationships that we do have greatly contribute to how we feel, how we act and who we are. The patterns that emerge in our lives (through interaction or in relationships) are often the core to our struggles. This together with the uniqueness of each person who walks through my door helps me to develop an intervention strategy (using the Interactional Pattern Analysis – IPA). The IPA helps direct the therapy process. in other words, I work with a plan in therapy, bearing in mind what the client brings to the room each session and what the clients therapeutic goals are.