Cognitive Behavioral approach
Working within a cognitive behavioural therapy framework, it is assumed that thoughts, emotions and behaviour are intrinsically related to one another. The way someone thinks has an influence on his/her feelings and behaviour. Also the way someone acts can affect the way he/she feels about him/herself. The emphasis is on one’s thoughts and standpoints as well as on his/ her behaviour patterns. Compliance and active involvement of the psychologist and of the client are stimulated by using exercises and homework
Schema Focused Therapy (J.E. Young, 1994)
SFT is an integrative approach which draws on cognitive, behavioral, psychoanalytic and experiential therapies.
SFT applies specially when people who attend the practice, are dealing with long lasting negative and self-destructive behavioral patterns. Those rigid self-destructive patterns interfere with the person’s ability to meet his/her basic needs. Such as auto-determination, independence, personal bounds building, validation, spontaneity and realistic boundaries.
Schemas are defined as “broad pervasive themes regarding oneself and one’s relationship with others, developed during childhood in interaction with own temperament, and elaborated throughout one’s lifetime, becoming dysfunctional to a significant degree”
According to SFT early maladaptive schemas (or “ lifetraps”) would be at the base of chronic psychosocial adjusting problems.
Schemas are hard to change. They are supported by cognitive, behavioral and emotional elements. They are perpetrated by maintenance, avoidance en overcompensating processes.
Sometimes analysis at the individual’s level is not enough to understand the onset and evolution of symptoms and problem behavior(s). The focus of attention is then directed to interactions between the individual and his/her environment (partner, family, friends, colleagues, chef, etc). In such cases the reciprocal interactions and transactions among individuals within a given system are the object of study. Identifying dysfunctional relational interaction patterns will be an important aspect of the therapy.
Taking the family, the couple or the individual and his/her relationships as unit of analysis we will be working on communication, problem solving techniques, assertivity and social skills training, emotional self-control and restructuring of dysfunctional thoughts.
Areas of Expertise
- Anxiety, panic dissorder, phobias
- Burn-out and work re-integration
- Problems with self-steem
- Psychosomatic complaints
- Eating dissorder
- Couple and interpersonal problems
- Parenting issues
- Adjusting problems
- Decision making and problem solving strategies