How can therapy help you?
Have you been feeling sadder than usual? Do you lack the energy you once had? Do you notice a change in your appetite or in your sleep? Do you find it difficult to have hope about the future?
Do your thoughts consume you and make you feel unable to relax?
Have you had a baby recently and have been feeling blue?
Do you work long hours in a stressful work environment and have been feeling burnout?
Do you find difficult to adapt to a new life in Amsterdam?
Are you going through a difficult time in your life and you don't know how to cope?
If any of these resonate with you, take action and seek professional help. I will be more than glad to help you reach a more fulfilling life.
How therapy works?
Therapy can help you explore the reasons behind your behaviours by teaching you to recognise the thoughts and feelings that motivate them. By learning about your internal world, you can better pay attention to your reactions and plan alternative ways to respond.
Therapy has three stages: the first stage is about developing an understanding of the problems you want to address and create specific goals to change them. The second stage is the intervention part, during which you will develop and implement strategies to solve or minimise your issues. In the third stage, called the termination phase, sessions will be more spaced out and we will create an exit plan in anticipation for the end of therapy.
Which approaches do I use?
I use mainly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), and a systemic approach. CBT is an evidence-based therapy that states that the way we process information influences the way we react to situations. Our reactions are composed of feelings, thoughts and behaviours, which are interconnected and are influenced by the context in which they occur. Compassion-focused therapy key elements is to help people develop and work with inner warmth, safeness and soothing through exercising self-compassion. Finally, because we are not beings living in isolation, the context in which you live in as well as life events are taken into consideration in the process of therapy.
How often and how long does therapy lasts?
The duration of therapy depends on the particular issues that you bring to therapy. At the stage when we discuss the goals for therapy, we can talk about your expectations for the length of therapy with a bit more understanding of the problems. In addition, throughout therapy I will check in with you regarding progress and your satisfaction with therapy. That will give us an idea where we are, where we are going, and when to terminate therapy.
The first session lasts for 90 minutes, but the subsequent sessions are 60 minutes long.