I work with cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Meta-Cognitive Therapy, Exposure Treatment and Schema Therapy techniques. CBT is a collaborative, structured and usually somewhat shorter form of therapy compared to, for instance, psychoanalysis.
Content and duration of the therapy
Together we determine the time frame and the content of the therapy sessions. We collaborate on defining the themes, aims and focus points for the therapy, and we evaluate and revise these throughout. We also discuss and plan what should be reflected, focused or worked upon in the time between sessions. Sometimes people seek therapy for very specific reasons and thus come for a limited amount of sessions. Some decide to have regular sessions for a longer period of time, while others prefer spaced out sessions for years. Many return for a few booster sessions when they feel the need.
My main aim is to help my clients thrive and flourish. In order to do so we need to identify obstacles, barriers and limitations and – very importantly – resources, support, skills, values, desires and hopes for the future. When we understand relevant experiences and patterns of thinking, feeling, bodily sensations, choices and actions, we will work on developing coping strategies, creating and maintaining change.
Many come to therapy with hypotheses about psychiatric diagnoses that may apply to them. Based on my work experience in psychiatric settings, with diagnostics and psychological assessment, however, it is important to be careful not to reduce people to diagnostic criteria. For me, it is of great significance to first and foremost understand my clients as the whole human beings that they are, situated in particular social, cultural and material contexts.