rounded approaches
‘We may define therapy as a search for value’ Abraham Maslow

I specialise in a variety of therapy models, each with their own benefits in particular situations. For example, if the aim of therapy is to work on troublesome thoughts or behaviours, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works very well. If however, the focus is on linking events from the past with difficulties in the present, then Psychodynamic orientated therapy is more suitable. In each case, therapy is tailored to the individual needs of the client(s). The different approaches are explained in more detail below.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • A model that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours; searching for practical and meaningful ways of working through current difficulties.

Psychodynamic therapy

  • A style of therapy that highlights the impact of earlier experiences and the less conscious facets of the internal world on current difficulties.

Schema-focused therapy

  • Underlying belief systems created during early childhood are considered in reference to their influence on present life and relationship patterns.

Systemic therapy

  • The individual is recognised as part of an organic and evolving system, for example the family. Change in one part of the system affects the system as a whole.

Narrative therapy

  • An assumption that people are experts in their own lives and that problems are separate from people. New, empowering stories are sought to replace existing, problem-saturated narratives – in a sense, life is ‘re-authored’.

Existential therapy

  • A search for meaning through examination of the existential concerns of human existence and their psychological impact on life. 

Post-Modern/Social Constructionist orientated models

  • Current meanings and understandings are questioned and the role of society in constructing difficulties is explored.

I also use relaxation and meditation/mindfulness techniques and, for children, creative and play therapy.

Therapy may be short, medium or long-term, exploratory or goal-orientated. I provide bilingual therapy in English and Hebrew to mixed culture couples/families. Bilingual therapy offers the opportunity for all parties to feel similarly heard and enjoy the comfort of expressing themselves more honestly in their mother tongue.

Above all I believe therapy must be empathic, accepting, containing and down-to-earth. The most important aspect of therapy, of course, is always the relationship between therapist and client.

 

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