Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
Brief Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in the client’s present behaviour. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are client self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour. It enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the need and desire to abuse substances.
In Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, the central focus is developed during the initial evaluation process, occurring during the first session or two. This focus must be agreed on by the client and therapist. The central focus singles out the most important issues and thus creates a structure and identifies a goal for the treatment. The therapist is expected to be fairly active in keeping the session focused on the main issue. Having a clear focus makes it possible to do interpretive work in a relatively short time because the therapist only addresses the circumscribed problem area.
I work usually between 20 to 25 sessions and then we evaluate our work and decide whether to carry on or stop.
Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behaviour. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour. In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables the client to examine unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships and manifest themselves in the need and desire to abuse substances.
The healing and change process envisioned in long-term psychodynamic therapy typically requires at least 2 years of sessions. This is because the goal of therapy is often to change an aspect of one’s identity or personality or to integrate key developmental learning missed while the client was stuck at an earlier stage of emotional development.
A therapeutic alliance requires intimate self-disclosure on the part of the client and an empathetic and appropriate response on the part of the therapist.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is a “problem-focused” and “action-oriented” form of therapy, meaning it is used to treat specific problems related to some diagnosed mental conditions.
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to improve mental health and it focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviours, improving emotional regulation, and developing of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
CBT is based on the belief that thought distortions and maladaptive behaviours play a role in the development and maintenance of psychological conditions, and that symptoms and associated distress can be reduced by teaching new information-processing skills and coping mechanisms.
Gender Sexuality & Relationship Diverse (GSRD) Therapy
Gender Sexuality & Relationship Diversities (GSRD) is a more inclusive term to replace the acronym LGBTQ+. It includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people, intersex, kink, non-monogamies, sex workers, asexual, non-binary and other gender non-conforming people, as well as those who feel generally excluded in discussions of LGBTQ+ issues.
You may be looking for a therapist with training in a variety of specific issues by feel comfortable in working with who belongs to the GSRD communities. I have attended workshops organised by Pink Therapy on the topic GSRD and Gendered Intelligence (GI) on the topic of working with trans and non-binary clients. I have worked in different GSRD organisations which have a specialised work with GSRD clients. I am also a GSRD rights defender and a campaigner for the Conversion Therapy practice ban.
I am also very aware that mainstream psychotherapy has often persisted in focus on someone’s gender and/or sexuality when it is unrelated to the issue being brought to therapy such as bereavement, depression, anxiety. Trans and queer people suffer from job-related stress, intersex people suffer from traumatic experiences with correction surgeries, kinksters suffer from a sense of loss when their children leave home. Often, GSRD clients can suffer from the consequences of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and internal and external lesbian phobia.
As a GSRD psychotherapist, I believe in working with different tools to better fit to the client needs. I believe that gender and or sexuality/sexual behaviour is vital to the therapeutic process but I work with the clients’ own pace to attend to GSRD specific issues which the client feels that they need to work with or they feel the need to have a therapist who understands “where they are coming from”.
My pronouns are ‘he’, ‘him’, ‘his’.
Straight and working with me!
Being a GSRD therapist does not mean that I do not see heterosexual monogamous clients or that I do not appreciate the way they live their lives. On the contrary, I think that as a psychotherapist I have the privilege of listening and helping those who may have never had the opportunities to talk and to be listened to by others about different aspects of their lives.
Online/Telephone therapy refers to therapy conducted via the internet or telephone. Some people may prefer to use video conferencing so that we can see each other as we speak, and some may prefer to use just audio. I encourage you to try video conferencing and I will support you in the transition by answering any questions.