Psychotherapy is the first treatment option for virtually all emotional difficulties. We choose our methods based on two principles: First we identify methods proven to be efficient by multiple scientific studies. We then select those who allow us to achieve visible results in a reasonable and limited period of time.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is a group of psychological treatment methods, offering evidence-based tools for the treatment of a large variety of emotional difficulties (e.g. depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, burn-out syndrome, bipolar disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, psychotic disorders). Its therapeutic tools aim at providing a person with new skills allowing to master difficulties by changing coping strategies and relationships. This allows disrupting or diminishing mechanisms maintaining the difficulties. Duration of therapy depends on the character of the difficulties and would usually last between 12 and 20 weeks.
This therapy is a subtype of cognitive behaviour therapy designed to train emotion regulation skills, for emotions to serve rather than harm a person. This is achieved by strengthening mindfulness, social skills, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills. People suffering from increased impulsivity, emotional instability, depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorder as well as substance use disorders can gain substantial benefits from these interventions.
Duration of therapy: 25 weeks
This therapeutic and prevention programme is designed for people suffering from depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, burn-out syndrome and chronic pain. It teaches how to focus on one moment at a time. Moreover, it gradually allows to “take a step back” from one’s thoughts and emotions and is enabled to learn to accept painful experiences which cannot be modified during the short term. These new skills are acquired through practical exercises, which are scientifically proven to change brain functions and structure. This results in a growing ability to wisely monitor physical and mental signs and respect one’s boundaries. They also foster compassion towards oneself, one’s body and others.
Duration of therapy: 8 weeks
This therapy uses behavioural interventions to recover from apathy and self-condemnation caused by chronic fatigue, rumination, depression, anxiety, exhaustion and other types of emotional crisis (including psychosis). Therapeutic activity is selected according to two principles: Values (life priorities) and activities that have once been associated with pleasure. Activity and mood protocols are used to identify possible links between mood, various activities and daily routine. Key priorities in life are identified as emotional difficulties often lead to their neglect. Such neglect then keeps from experiencing satisfaction in daily life. Focusing on priorities and pleasant activities there is high probability to disrupt the vicious circle of apathy and self-condemnation.
Duration of therapy: 10-15 weeks
This therapy allows you to finally experience joy again having gone through traumatic life experiences, abuse, loss of loved ones and other misfortunes. Such events are a heavy burden on anyone, however for some of us the wounds opened up by them never seem to heal. Those people are tormented by memory flash-backs, emotional overload, they cannot experience pleasure anymore. This therapy is based on human ability to remember imagery and create alternative scenarios on an “inner stage” of imagination. This way one is enabled to reprocess emotions of helplessness, shame and hate.
Duration of therapy 6-8 weeks
Most people in a crisis are confronted with questions and challenges regarding their existential and spiritual needs, e.g. wondering why they suffer to such an extent. For some it is quite painful to be faced with weakened faith, they are suddenly unable to pray, finding themselves thinking about death. Recent psychotherapy research puts more and more emphasis on spiritual needs as a meaningful factor and resource in emotional crisis. As both vulnerability and resilience can be closely related to maladaptive and more adaptive spirituality, comprehensive and integrated therapy should thoroughly consider spiritual issues. Bearing in mind how sensitive they sometimes are, such therapy requires highest standards of tolerance and personal freedom. Spiritual issues are integrated into evidence-based therapy comprehensively responding to a person’s emotional, physical and social needs.
Duration of therapy: depending on the method they are integrated into (from several weeks to months)
This is the oldest of all existing therapy forms, focusing on subconscious processes which are relevant to a person’s behavior. Thorough analysis of the self enables to understand how events of the past influence present behaviour and functioning. Therapy seeks to form a better understanding of oneself through a therapeutic relationship, to uncover subconscious conflicts, fostering personal growth and harmonious integration of biographic experiences. It is generally held that such personality growth continues for a lifetime beyond the end of therapy. There is growing scientific evidence on the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy for depression, stress related disorders, panic disorder and other anxiety disorders, ( “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,” Jonathan K. Shedler, PhD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; American Psychologist, Vol. 65. No.2.)
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is delivered as short-term and long-term therapy. Long-term therapy focusses on modification of essential personality traits and lasts anywhere from 24 weeks (half a year) to up to 2 years. Short-term therapy focusses on a specific goal agreed on with the client (e.g. reduction of stress related symptoms in the context of loss and burn-out.)