The psychologists of Praktijk voor Psychologie use techniques and current therapeutic directions within psychology that have the greatest chance of success. This is also known as a generalistic and eclectic method. Customization is the premise: for every client and his or her issues, we look for the best and most suitable methods and techniques. The most commonly used therapeutic techniques are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution−Focused Therapy, EMDR, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness therapy. These therapies and techniques are described below.
The psychologists focuses on clients´ specific issues. This means that your symptoms are the basis of treatment, not any underlying problems. In the sessions the work is focused on the goal, which is that you can continue without help and that your symptoms don´t get worse.
The aim is that, after registration, the first consultation will be within one or two weeks. A regular session lasts 45 minutes.
With what symptoms can you contact us?
Praktijk voor Psychologie can help you with complains such as:
- Sadness, depression
- Anxiety and panic symptoms
- Processing problems due to illness or bereavement
- Stress and burnout issues
- Work and study problems, unemployment
- Problems in relationship or friendship
- Cognitive problems
- Educational problems
- Uncertainty and / or low self-esteem
- Compulsive behaviour and / or thoughts that come back
- Fatigue and ‘vague’ physical complaints (i.e. headaches, stomach aches)
- Problems with aging
When problems are too serious we can decide to refer you to other therapists or health care workers. Naturally this will only happen with your consent and after consultation with your general practitioner.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapy. It is a combination of two forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy addresses the behaviour and the negative thoughts that perpetuate the problems. CBT is effective for several symptoms e.g. anxiety, depression and burnout. The effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy has been proven by scientific research. Treatments are symptom- or problem-oriented and generally short.
For the therapy to be successful, it is important that you fully trust your therapist. In cognitive behavioural therapy it is an open and equal relationship. The therapist works closely with you to achieve improvement in your symptoms. The therapist will try to be as direct and as concrete as possible to help you to conquer your problem. Do you want to know more? Check out the Association’s website for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy.
Solution-Focused therapy is a form of short-term psychotherapy that does not deal with behaviour problems or complaints in the past or present, but focuses on desirable behaviour in the future and how to achieve this goal step by step.
EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a proven effective therapy that can be applied in the processing of bad and traumatising experiences.
How does EMDR work?
The therapist asks you to think back to the incident including the associated images, thoughts and feelings. First, this is done to gather more information about the traumatic experience. Then the process is started. The therapist will ask you to remember and visualise the incident. But now, this is done in combination with a distracting stimulus. The EMDR procedure usually stimulates a stream of thoughts and image but sometimes also feelings and physical sensations. Often there will be immediate changes. The client is asked to focus on the most obvious change after each set of eye movements. Then a new set will follow.
Gradually the memory will lose its strength and emotional charge. It will become increasingly easier to think about the original event without the original negative emotions. Another possibility is that spontaneous thoughts or new insights will arise that give a different, less threatening meaning to the incident. These effects contribute to make this shocking incident part of the normal history of the person.
Schema Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps to understand the origin of behaviour patterns and changes. The influence of one’s childhood experiences on the patterns and daily life is examined. You will learn to change your self-image, so that you will feel better and will take better care and stand up for yourself. You will learn to feel your needs and how to stand up for these needs in a healthier way. This not only changes your behaviour but also your thoughts and feelings.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy assumes that much suffering is caused by people trying to get rid of their suffering the wrong way. Attempts to solve inner pain, can increase the suffering. ACT encourages people to let go off fruitless solutions.
Accepting inner pain does not mean that you undergo the pain on a passive and paralyzed way. Instead, you will actively experience the negative feeling. The result is that the inner pain will not dominate unnecessarily. This element of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is similar to mindfulness.
Mindfulness, or attention training, is the opposite of living on the automatic pilot. You will get closer to your feelings, without judgment or complying to it directly. You will accept the situation as it is and create space to look at problems from a different angle. By training this process, you live more intensively and you will find it easier to relax.
Mindfulness is especially good for people who continue to worry about the past or about the future. People can be so engrossed in their past or future that they ‘forget’ to live in the ‘here and now’. Mindfulness is trying to change this. Research has shown that mindfulness can reduce the risk of relapse in depression. Also it can make fears more manageable.
Within Praktijk voor Psychologie Marjan uses internettherapy. However, the programs are only available in Dutch. In case you still would like to try, please let your therapist know.
More information about internet therapy here: https://www.therapieland.nl/onze-ehealth/