Usually people come to therapy to get help, to relieve their suffering and symptoms. The motivation for therapy is as unique and diverse as the individuals who seek it, but typically people come to find support they haven't found in other areas of their life. Depending on the issue and type of therapy, this help may come in the form of support, information, guidance, self-knowledge and/or the space to learn and practice new tools
Psychotherapeutic Approaches According to the Client's Needs
According to my own education and work experience you can find several approaches closely intertwined in my work - from Depth Psychology
to a Systemic Approach
(especially in couples and family therapy), from hypnosis to Hypnotherapy
and the Hypno-Systemic Approach
and several techniques rooted in Meditation, Mindfulness
Considering Medical Knowledge in Psychotherapy
As a medical docto
r I am naturally including the somatic (“body”) side of the process in a psychosomatic
and somatopsychic focus and refer patients to other healthcare personnel, e.g. specialists, if it appears necessary. For more information see also “About me”
The Importance of the Therapeutic Relationship
For me personally the therapeutic work and the caring therapeutic relationship need to be grounded in a living field of non-judgmental curiosity, mutual respect, openness, reliability, honesty, kindness and the willingness to explore unknown territory together.
Typical issues that may cause someone to seek therapy:
So-Called Mental Disorders
People struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, eating disorders, chronic pain, difficulties in impulse control, chronic fatigue syndrome, burn-out etc
., may seek therapy to treat the problem and/or learn healthy ways to cope with it.
One way to determine the severity of an issue is to look at how much distress it causes the individual. For example, one person may be distressed about leaving home for university, while another is delighted. If the level of distress is prohibiting the ability to sleep, eat, study, relate to others or enjoy life, therapy may be a healthy option.
Support/Coping Loss is a common reason for people to seek therapy.
Therapy can provide a safe, supportive place for people to talk about grief, adjustment to physical illness, the end of a relationship or job, abuse issues, or any change in life circumstances that cause distress.
Many people come to therapy looking for help with their relationships. Individual, couples or family therapy can address a common source of distress: poor communication and difficulty resolving conflicts
. It can be very helpful to learn to communicate needs and feelings constructively.
Self-Exploration Some people come to therapy to gain a deeper understanding of self. They want to know why they do what they do, why they feel what they feel and determine how much control they have over those areas. Sometimes this exploration is used to determine career, relationship and personal goals.