About Psychotherapy:  Depending on the needs of my clients, I make use of one of the following psychotherapeutic methods:  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:  Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychological treatment. CBT helps to challenge negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and is particularly suitable for specific problems such as anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, eating disorders, behavioural difficulties and depression. CBT is based on the belief that people learn most of their unhealthy ways of thinking and behaving over a long period of time. Using a set of structured techniques, a CBT practitioner aims to identify how you are thinking and how this can cause problematic feelings and behaviour. You will learn to challenge negative ways of thinking which helps you to react more positively. This can lead to behavioural changes and improved self-esteem. It is a form of therapy that benefits adults, adolescents and children Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:  Psychodynamic therapy is a longer term psychological therapy, than the above. It allows the person to deal with their  difficulties at their own pace and within their comfort level. It delves into the deeper seeded reasons for one's  difficulties and assists one in understanding how their past experiences has resulted or affected their current  behaviours. The therapist assists one in acknowledging, understanding, and coming to terms with their problem and  moving forward in a healthy way. It is most beneficial for depression and other mood disorders, behavioural problems,  relationship difficulties and anxiety. It is a favourable form of therapy for adolescents aged 14 and older and adults.  My practice offers the following services in assisting children, adolescents and families:  Play Therapy:  In play therapy the use of toys, paints and other mediums will allow your child to express thoughts and  feelings. Because children do not often verbalize their feelings in the same ways as adults, play provides a  non-threatening way of allowing a child to communicate. In this way your child will be helped to sort out  muddled and upsetting feelings due to big changes in their lives (birth of a new sibling, divorce, death of a  loved one, etc). Children do not always understand their own feelings about events that happen and their  distress may start to show in their school-marks, their social relationships, through changes in their behaviour, such as  being more aggressive, clinging, withdrawal, bed-wetting, nightmares or anxiety. If you or your child's teacher is  concerned about any of these symptoms, therapy with a professional may be beneficial. Play therapy is provided for  children aged 5 - 11 years.  Group Therapy:  Often when individuals find it difficult to cope with their emotional difficulties, they feel that they are alone  in their struggle. Group work normalizes what a person is struggling with and gives them the opportunity to  engage with other people who are experiencing the same difficulties. It assists one in talking openly; and  tasks are given to help one understand, cope and deal with their problem. Groups are held to assist with  Anxiety, Social Phobias, Depression and other mood disorders. Groups are available for teenagers aged 14  and older, as well as adults.   Family Therapy:  There are times when a family as a whole, or an individual family member, experiences a trauma (death of a  loved one, hijacking, home invasion, etc) or an extreme life change (divorce, relocation, etc) or are  struggling with an emotional or psychological problem (depression, anxiety, school difficulties, etc) and it  results in a disconnection within the family. You may realise that you are struggling to cope or engage with  one another, or this specific member of the family, which may add to the stress within the family, causing  outbursts of anger, emotional breakdowns, etc. and may sever the communication and overall relationship between the  family members. Family therapy is an extremely beneficial way of assisting the family in communicating openly with  one another in a safe and objective environment, where everyone is given the opportunity to voice their difficulties and  the family learns how to support one another in a healthy way. Once the family is assessed to be suitable for family  therapy, all members of the family (currently living together) must be willing to attend every session which will be held  once a week for an hour.    Web design by ABC Designs