Approaches & techniques Used in Psychotherapy
1. I specialise in the Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic approach, which aims at tapping into underlying emotional patterns laid down in childhood. These patterns repeat in some way throughout our lives, in our adult relationships, in the workplace and in the way we relate to ourselves. By working with a psychotherapist these deep-seated patterns can be identified and understood. Once we are aware of these old patterns we can adjust, change or discard them.
2. I also make use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques which can be helpful in identifying unhelpful thoughts that affect how we feel and thus our behaviours.
3. I use Sandtray Therapy as an additional tool
Sandtray Therapy Tool
The Sandtray is literally a sand-filled box into which miniature figures and objects are placed, chosen without too much thought.
The idea is that we place objects in the Sandtray that represent aspects of our psyches or minds. The useful thing about symbols is that they are multi-layered and can more easily capture complex feelings, conflicts and thoughts than mere words. In this way the use of the Sandtray makes visible what is invisible. It is a useful way in to the internal world of children, but is equally helpful to adults.
Arranging objects in the tray can help to provide distance from negative feelings, enabling us to think about ourselves more objectively as opposed to being taken over by fear, rage or sadness. It helps us to embrace all of our traits, especially the ones we dislike.
Some people find that just arranging the objects chosen in the Sandtray is healing in itself, just as dreams heal whether we analyse them or not. Sandtray can be used to represent powerful dreams and makes understanding them easier. It is also an effective way of learning to understand how different parts of us relate to each other. Many find it a calming and positive addition to their psychotherapy treatment.