Psychotherapy can rely on one or several combined approaches, and the choice depends on the individual and the problems to be treated. I use the following four approaches:
The humanistic approach takes you as the starting point: the therapist listens and tries to help you find the answers and the solutions to your problems. As your psychologist, my role is to be present and listen to you. We’re working together, as equals.
Gestaltism (also known as systemic-interactional)
The Gestalt psychology approach is interested in relationships and interactions: between you and your therapist, you and your environment, and even within yourself. This global perspective considers that by changing your relationships and your interactions, you will be able to change a problematic situation.
As its name implies, this approach focuses on your thoughts and behaviours, and aims to replace problematic ones with more constructive ones. By progressively transforming the way you think and act when confronted with a stressful situation (the memory of a traumatic event or the object of a phobia, for example), you are able to loosen its grip on you. The cognitive behavioural approach is based on proven techniques and strategies, such as respiratory rehabilitation, role-playing, gradual exposure to a difficult situation, etc.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR is a debriefing technique based on the stages of sleep, dream theory and the unconscious, and is very useful in treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Your eyes follow a rapidly shifting light, a process that imitates the dream stage. In a safe environment, you are asked to recall the difficult event in question, and the therapist’s goal is to desensitize you to it. I learned this technique directly from its founder Dr. Francine Shapiro, through training sessions in the United States.
We can move from one approach to another over the course of therapy, or combine several techniques in order to meet your specific needs. Don’t hesitate to discuss it with me and learn more about these approaches by visiting the following pages: