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Psychotherapy is a range of techniques that help the clients to cope with the issues that they are facing in their lives and to improve personality growth. The common characteristic of psychotherapy is interpersonal contact between the client and the therapist, which distinguishes psychotherapy from the pure medical approach.
Online therapy, or e-therapy is a development in mental health in which a therapist or counsellor provides psychological advice and support over the Internet. This can occur through e-mail, video conferencing, or online chat. For more information, or to make an appointment for an online session, visit MyMind Online
Group session is a type of therapy, where a group of 6-12 individuals and trained therapist(s) meet for regular sessions. Members are encouraged to give feedback to others and engage in interactions in safe group environment. This is a very efficient way to work on social issues, addictions, personality disorders, or ACoA (Adult Child of Alcoholic) Syndrome and many other difficulties. Actual group therapy offer.
A support group of is a gathering of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice. MyMind can facilitate support groups, courses and workshops around a number of issues including infertility, assertiveness, relationship issues and bereavement. Please see ‘Courses and training’ for more information, or contact our team at 076 680 680 or at hq@mymind.org
Intervention focuses on recent critical situations with the aim of restoring the person to the level of functioning before the crisis. For quick response from our mental health professionals please use our e-MyMind service. Online response within 72 hours.

APPROACHES TO THE COUNSELLING PROCESS.

This combines Cognitive Therapy and Psychotherapy and encourages clients to draw on their own ability to develop the skills to change destructive patterns of behaviour.
Negative ways of thinking are explored in structured and directive ways, involving diary-keeping, progress charts, etc
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses specifically on behavioural patterns that have a negative impact on mood.
This is achieved by focusing on the thoughts behind behaviours and the development of a treatment plan to enable the client to change the thoughts and consequential behaviours.
The changes are usually targeted in the client’s environment where triggers are identified and managed effectively.
This form of intervention is typically short-term with a treatment plan identified when a clinical assessment has been carried out.
Uses the power of the mind to influence behaviour.
It is based on the theory that previous experiences can damage self image and this can affect attitude, emotions and ability to deal with certain situations.
It works by helping the client to identify, question and change poor mental images of themselves, thus altering negative responses and behaviour.
It can help pessimistic or depressed people to view things from a more optimistic perspective.
DBT was developed from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
The main aim of CBT is to change behaviour, which is done by applying techniques with a focus on problem-solving, such as homework, diary cards and behavioural analysis.
However, some people felt uncomfortable with the strong focus on change, and felt that their suffering and apparent loss of control over their lives were not understood.
This caused them to become frustrated and even to drop out of treatment. Therapist sought to resolve this by the use of acceptance strategies.
Acceptance strategies are added to the process of CBT which means that the therapist explores with their clients an acceptance that their behaviour (e.g. self-harming, drinking, etc.), even though damaging in the long term, may be the only way they have learned to deal with intense emotions; and which might have led to positive short term benefits.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences.
EMDR is thought to imitate the psychological state that we enter into when in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
Studies show that when in REM sleep we are able to make new associations between things very rapidly – EMDR may be tapping into this high speed processing mode that we all have but often can’t access. The theory is that EMDR works directly with memory networks and enhances information processing by creating associations between the distressing memory and more adaptive information in other memory networks.
The name is derived from the German for “organized whole”.
Developed by Fritz Perls, it focuses on the whole of the client’s experience, including feelings, thoughts and actions.
The client gains self-awareness in the `here and now’ by analysing behaviour and body language and talking about bottled up feelings.
This approach often includes acting out scenarios and dream recall.
Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy is based on the philosophy that the client has the ability to integrate their life experiences when facilitated in a safe, confidential environment.
The counsellor provides a non-judgemental, unconditional approach and environment which enables clients to grow in their acceptance of themselves and a belief in their innate ability to achieve balance in their life.
This form of psychotherapy is usually long-term (20+ sessions).
Mindfulness is a specific way of intentionally paying attention.
One negative thought can lead to a chain reaction of negative thoughts. This approach encourages people to be aware of each thought, enabling the first negative thought to be ‘caught’ so that is seen as just a ‘thought’ and not a fact.
This breaks the chain reaction of negative thoughts giving a mental ‘space’ in which the person can re-centre themselves in the present.
Mindfulness-based therapists can work with individuals and groups and will usually integrate mindfulness into another modality, in which they are already trained. Mindfulness is likely to appeal to therapists who have developed a long-term meditation practice.
Devised by Carl Rogers and also called “Client-Centred” or “Rogerian” counselling.
This is based on the assumption that a client seeking help in the resolution of a problem they are experiencing, can enter into a relationship with a counsellor who is sufficiently accepting and permissive to allow the client to freely express any emotions and feelings.
This will enable the client to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and develop inner resources.
The objective is for the client to become able to see himself as a person, with the power and freedom to change, rather than as an object.
This is based on the work of Sigmund Freud, who believed that the unacceptable thoughts of early childhood are banished to the unconscious mind but continue to influence thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
“Repressed” feelings can surface later as conflicts, depression, etc or through dreams or creative activities. The analyst seeks to interpret and make acceptable to the client’s conscious mind, troublesome feelings and relationships from the past.
“Transference” onto the analyst, of feelings about figures in the client’s life, is encouraged.
This type of therapy is often used by clients suffering high levels of distress and can be a lengthy and intensive process.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on difficulties arising from early childhood that remain unresolved.
The Counsellor helps the client to resolve the conflict by creating the environment where the person feels safe enough to talk about their early life and to express feelings and thoughts that have not been released before, and which have resulted in dysfunctional behavioural patterns and relationships.
This form of therapeutic intervention typically takes some time in the region of 1-2 years of weekly sessions of one-hour (50 minutes) duration.
Systemic & Family Therapy considers the distress of the individual client in the context of relationships within the family unit and society.
This form of therapy focuses on the interaction of the individual with others and seeks to discover meaning and understanding of self and wider system.
Typically this form of therapy is also longer term.