What is psychotherapy and what’s important to take into account?

Psychotherapy is a process to alleviate or remedy a malaise. This malaise can have its origin in several levels:

At the mental level

…we can suffer from our own thoughts if they are repetitive, intrusive, obsessive or negative. We can also condition ourselves by limiting attitudes and beliefs.

At the behavioral level

…we can be limited by dysfunctional, repetitive, compulsive, disturbing, irrational behaviors, etc. This happens when you do something that you do not really want to do. For example, you react in a way you do not want to, or you do something in a more or less intense way than you would like to.

On an emotional level

…we might be overwhelmed by intense feelings such as anxiety, sadness and depression, limiting fears, uncontrollable rage, etc.

On a physical level

…we might struggle with symptoms that are not explained by medical causes. Psychosomatic symptoms and diseases are considered as an expression of psycho-emotional conflicts. This means that an emotion is expressed throughout the body.

In important medical interventions

such as chemotherapy, assisted reproduction processes, etc. psychotherapy can support the medical process in a remarkable way. Therapy then is focused on reducing stress levels, preventing trauma and teaching relaxation techniques. If we can pass through medical processes in a relaxed way, we do prevent stress caused problems and do shorten the time of recovery.

Psychotherapy is indicated in any condition of life or by any experience that limits the normal development of your personal or professional life or happens to make you suffer.

In most cases affectations of the different levels are interwoven to a combination of symptoms called syndrome. Our therapy always considers the four levels mentioned: We integrate mental, behavioral, emotional and physical symptoms

One of the most important factors for a psychotherapy is the therapeutic relationship. This is the relationship between patient and therapist. In a colloquial way it is said “if there is no sympathy there is no therapy”. Experts attribute a greater impact to a relationship of trust and sympathy than to the therapy method itself. After a first session you should consider and decide if you can and want to work with the therapist proposed.

Psychotherapy is a communication process that initiates and produces changes. Before beginning the therapeutic process, we consider it important to establish the targets of the therapy or what is expected to be achieved. During the process, progress must be measurable and quantifiable. In other words, it must be possible to objectify that the therapy works. We do a review at the latest, after 10 sessions to check on progress.

A psychotherapist is a trained professional to help you find your own solutions and your own way of directing your topics. A therapist is supposed to guide you with strategies and techniques but DOES NOT give advice on what to do in specific situations ! This should distinguish a professional from friends and other people in your environment.

There are therapies that focus on analyzing the problem and there are therapies that focus on finding solutions. Our therapy is solution oriented (SO). We do maintain our focus on solutions throughout the entire process.

We consider that each person has resources and knowledge about him- herself to recognize and implement appropriate alternatives. The purpose of therapy is to offer you the necessary conditions to make emerge your very own solutions. The therapist by actively listening and techniques that adapt to each individual process, helps you to recover your balance, to relate more satisfactorily with your environment and in general to live a life in line with who you are.

The therapeutic process focuses on the change of the person who goes to therapy. We cannot change other people. A therapy rather implies being able to get along better with our environment. The change we carry out ourselves makes it impossible for others to remain the same with us. A small change in one system has repercussions in other systems and the rest of the system.

We begin the therapeutic process in recognition of every person and the specific situation you might be in. There is no judgments or blame. We base on the premise that each person acts with the best of his / her intentions even if the outcomes might be far from the desired ones.

Psychotherapy is a trust based relation. Confidentiality and respect for the identity of the person is an unquestionable issue to us. Personal and professional ethics are our values. Among this we count on a solid foundation for our interventions.

We are specialized in Clinical Psychology. There are different models or approaches to psychotherapy that are differentiated by their technical procedures and theoretical formulations. The techniques must be appropriate to the characteristics of each patient and the problem to be solved.