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Individual Psychotherapy

"In my experience, psychotherapy at its best is like dual meditation − it's like a container in which you can be compassionate and mindful toward yourself." Jack Cornfield

The word psychotherapy comes from the Greek words psyche (soul) and therapeia (healing or treatment). Individual psychotherapy (or talk therapy) is a widely used therapeutic process designed to increase a person's mental wellbeing, facilitate greater self-knowledge, and improve feelings of positivity and levels of functioning in life. In individual psychotherapy at Bona Dea Centre in Bryanston, a trained therapist uses encouragement, honesty and researched techniques to help their client identify and eliminate the barriers that are preventing them from reaching their full potential.

The conversational process improves self-compassion, empathy, and coping skills. While it is most recommended for those facing specific life challenges, such as a divorce or trauma, it not only benefits those experiencing any great difficulty. It can also be an enjoyable process of self-growth and discovery for anyone wanting to improve their way of being in life.

HISTORY

While Sigmund Freud is often seen as the founding father of psychotherapy, the Hellenistic stoic philosophers practised early forms of psychotherapy in ancient Greece and Roman back in 4th century AD. Freud's therapeutic model is widely practised today; his concept of "the talking cure" forms the foundation of individual psychotherapy. Other psychodynamic models were later developed by historic figures, such as Carl Jung, Alfred Adler and Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers and Eric Berne.

THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS

Individual psychotherapy is a collaborative counselling process that requires the client's willingness to co-operate. The greater your ability to share frankly with your psychotherapist, and be open to change, the greater the results. While the client does most of the talking, the therapist acts as a mirror, reflecting your unconscious process, helping you see the self-defeating thoughts that may be blocking your growth, and helping you heal from traumas. Therapists are trained listeners who know the workings of the mind. While the emotional work involved is not always easy, the effect can be hugely beneficial. With the right guidance and encouragement, the benefits are often lifelong.

TYPES

Individual psychotherapy includes various approaches. Your therapist may use one of several evidence-based therapeutic modalities, combine them, or even recommend it alongside treatment by a psychiatrist. Some of the types of psychotherapy include cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Counselling and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY CAN HELP YOU…

• Reach your full potential
• Get to know how you unconsciously sabotage your own success
• Improve the way you function within relationships
• Ease difficulty in managing work or money
• Reduce psychological distress
• Change negative thoughts or behaviours
• Understand and manage addictions
• Cope with a mental disorder (anxiety disorders, mood disorders etc.)
• Improve your outlook on life
• Overcome past trauma
• Work through an existential crisis or life transition
• Manage stress in daily life

An individual psychotherapist at Bona Dea Centre in Bryanston will assess your case and goals with you to determine the duration and frequency of your individual counselling approach as each case varies.