Online Person Centred Therapy
Online Person Centred Therapy is an empathic approach based on the empirically proven fact that a safe, accepting relationship between the therapist and client is key to the process of client self-discovery and actualization. This form of therapy encourages you to discover yourself, it aims to let you experience who you are, what you like and what hinders you in life.
The focus of Person Centred Therapy is personal and not just on the symptom or complaint. It helps you understand and/or process your emotions, thoughts and behavior in the context of your situation and personal history. You will learn to know yourself, you will learn to use your opportunities and you will learn to deal with limitations. This will help reduce psychical symptoms. You will learn to appreciate and accept your own feelings and thoughts so that you are aware of the choices you have made, make and will make. Your therapist will helping you to recognise and experience your own thoughts, feelings and motives. Your therapist will not teach you what you need to do, you will discover for yourself what you will and can do. Hence the focus on the client.
In the first sessions we will discuss and talk about your complaints/problems, about your current situation and about your life: what is your perspective of yourself and your problems? What needs to change or how would you like to change? When do you feel better?
In these conversations, the psychotherapist will also present his / her own ideas about you and your problems. This can make it clear in what specific way you are used to looking at yourself and others. Or you discover aspects that you had not considered before; sometimes it becomes clear how this has to do with the way you are used to seeing yourself from an early age.
In the conversations that follow it will mainly be about what you are currently working on and your psychotherapist will be listening accurately to help you to express your feelings and thoughts. Experiences from the past that you are dealing with are also topic of conversation. Central features of this form of therapy are reflection of your feelings and behavior and the confrontation with it.
In client-centered psychotherapy you can gain more insight into yourself , not only about the problematic aspects, but also the strengths of your personality , which you have sometimes been unable to appropriate sufficiently. You may also realize that you demand or expect more or different things from yourself than suit you. Facing your limitations and making greater use of your options can help you cope with difficult situations in your life.
In the initial phase of the therapy, the psychotherapist will discuss with you how long the therapy is expected to last, given the problems you are facing. He / she will regularly check with you to what extent the goals of the therapy have been achieved. You usually have a weekly meeting of 45 minutes with your psychotherapist. This can also be once every two weeks, depending on what you agree on with your psychotherapist.
You determine in mutual consultation when the therapy can stop, because client-oriented psychotherapy is a "tailor-made" therapy . You should assume that client-centered therapy will last from a few months to a year. Sometimes this can be longer, depending on the problem. External factors, such as the maximum number of sessions that qualify for reimbursement, also play a role.
Person Centred Therapy can be indicated for symptoms such as depression symptoms , anxiety symptoms, burnout , overstrain and excessive worry , and for PTSD symptoms after a traumatic experience. More important than the nature of your complaint, however, is the fact that you are willing and, in a sense, feel the need to reflect on yourself in therapy. There is usually a reason, in the work situation or in your personal relationships, that makes you decide to do something about your complaints or problems.
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