Therapies
 
 
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on the simple principle that our thinking, behaviour and emotions can affect each other. In CBT the client is first taught to monitor thoughts and behaviour.

You will be taught to catch these automatic thoughts as they occur and write them down. You will also be taught to monitor your behaviour or activities by filing in a record. Then later, thoughts and behaviours are used to influence mood. Clients are taught to deal with these automatic thoughts through techniques that enable you to step aside and examine the reality of these thoughts.

CBT focuses on the here and now.
 
Individual Therapy
It has been described as an “uncovering therapy”. In that the goals of therapy are focused on discovering unconscious processes governing behaviour. Once these unconscious processes are discovered in their full complexity, the individual is believed able to reconstruct the personality.

The focus is thus on the individual and how the personality plays out in the individuals environment (s). We are social beings and can not deny out effect we have on the people around us.

Individual therapy focuses on: Mood and Anxiety Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Mood Disorders Range, Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and Phobias); Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia and Body Image Distortions); Adjustments Disorders and Psychotic Disorders; Cutting Behaviour
 
Couples / Marital Therapy
Working with the couple as a unit. Focusing on communication styles, adaptive behaviour, personal and relational myths, management of feelings, sexual relationship and negotiating methods of conflict resolution. It is also of importance to understand the other partner’s internal frame of reference.

Goals that can be focused on during the therapeutic process:

- To understand each partner's childhoods pain and its effects on the current relationship/marriage

- Understanding the conscious and unconscious relationships

- Understanding the dynamics of the power struggles
 
Post Divorce Counselling
- Dealing with the events that led to divorce

- Dealing with the feelings and reactions as a result of the divorce

- Restoring the self-image

- Dealing with depression

- Dealing with relationships with the former spouse and child(ren)

- Entering into a new relationship
 
Trauma Counseling
Trauma Debriefing
 
Aids / HIV Counseling
Living with HIV or Aids therapy to support the client and help to cope with the stigma. Developing an understanding of the illness and how to cope with the effects thereof.
 
Hypnosis - Myths

“Few fields of science have suffered so much from the encumbrances of poor definitions as hypnosis” Gindes
 
Broadly, hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which sensory input is processed in a different way for that individual time and is usually accompanied by relaxation and a state of focused attention.

Hypnotherapy relates to the utilization of the characteristics and phenomena of hypnotic trance to facilitate a therapeutic effect.

Hypnosis is a special state of consciousness in which certain normal human capabilities are heightened while others fade into the background – Braun and Fromm.

Hypnosis is a normal physiological altered state of consciousness, similar to but not the same as being awake; similar to but not the same as being asleep, and is produced by the presence of 2 conditions
a) A central focus of attention b) Surrounding areas of inhibition.

The state of hypnosis in turn produces the following 3 things: 1) An increased concentration of the mind 2) An increased relaxation of the body 3) An increased susceptibility to suggestion – Bryan
   
 
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