Psychotherapy

Consultation

Consultation is an initial interview conducted by a psychotherapist or psychiatrist. It takes 50 minutes and its aim is to collect information about the presenting problem, its context, history, background. This is essential to make an initial diagnosis and offer the most suitable form of help, considering the needs and capabilities of the patient.

Decision regarding the most adequate form of help is made jointly by the consulting psychotherapist and the patient. After the consultation patients are referred to our office where they are informed about the availability of the required specialists.

The therapy takes place once (or sometimes twice) a week. A psychotheraputic session lasts 50 minutes. Depending on the initial agreement between the patient and the psychotherapist, therapy can take from several weeks to several months or years.

The basis of psychotherapy offered in Laboratorium is psychodynamic theory.

Long term individual psychotherapy

Long term individual psychotherapy is a process focused on getting to know oneself and gaining a deeper understanding of one’s own feelings, thoughts and behaviour in various situations, towards various people and also towards one’s own self. The aim is to undergo deep changes in life, relationships, self-esteem and well-being.

There is no set date for completion of the therapy.

Short term individual psychotherapy

Short term (time limited) individual psychotherapy is proposed for people in a fairly well-defined crisis situation – such as the loss of a loved one, sudden illness, a need to make a major life decision or the onset of psychological symptoms, suffering, or medically unexplained physiological symptoms.

This form of therapy has a set date for completion and the duration is set during the first two meetings with the therapist. The therapy is usually 10-30 sessions long (3-6 months in total with sessions on a weekly basis).

ISTDP

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a unique method of psychotherapy based on solid scientific foundations. It was created by Habib Davanloo and is currently being developed by his successors in USA and Europe.

This approach derives from findings of psychology, psychotherapy, medicine and neuroscience. It includes various areas of human functioning, which enables the therapist to address the complexity of psychological problems.

One of the features of this kind of therapy is that therapist’s activity is much higher than in standard psychodynamic psychotherapy. The therapist is actively intervening and focusing the conversation with patient on an agreed central problem, experience of feelings and their expression. The aim is to overcome automatic, unproductive and unhealthy patterns of reactions towards oneself and other people and replacing them with new ones that are more healthy and functional.

Another distinguishing feature is the length of sessions, each of whom may last from a standard 50 minutes to 3 hours. They take place once a week or two weeks depending on patient’s presented problem and therapist’s approach. The fee for longer sessions is accordingly higher. Sessions could be videotaped (with guaranteed confidentiality and with the patient’s consent) in order to provide an opportunity for closer monitoring of the therapeutic work. The conditions of videotaping, fees, length of sessions and their frequency are agreed between the patient and the therapist during the first session.

Online psychotherapy

Skype therapy is offered only to persons in unusual and very particular circumstances. We believe that live conversation in the therapist’s office is the most effective, but recognise that there are specific situations when Skype therapy is the only possible way to do it.

It requires a face-to-face initial consultation. If this results in a joint decision to commence psychotherapy online, then in addition to once-a-week online sessions, a face-to-face session is required once every 2-3 months.

If the conclusion of the initial consultation is that only face-to-face therapy will help the patient and yet they have difficulties reaching our premises, we will help them to get therapy closer to their place of residence.

Perinatal psychotherapy

There is a common belief that pregnancy and maternity are a time of joy and fulfilment, but of course the reality is much more complex. Perinatal time, by which we understand the period of pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life, is a time of significant changes in woman’s life.

This time is an opportunity for a woman’s own development, but sometimes strong negative feelings can also occur, old psychological scars may resurface and the state of mind can worsen.

Perinatal psychotherapy helps women who are pregnant or new mothers who have found themselves in a difficult situation (such as giving birth to a baby with severe health problems, traumatic labour etc.), who are in crisis or experience troubling thoughts, feelings or behaviors. We help women who are overwhelmed within their families, find it difficult to fit into a new role, who feel they have to compete with their mothers or mothers-in-law or those who feel torn between the needs of a baby and their partner’s expectations.

Moreover, we help women who struggle with infertility, who are afraid of labour, who have experienced a miscarriage or are depressed during  pregnancy or in the postnatal period.

Children younger than 10 months can also be present during these sessions.

The consultation before starting therapy can take place at the patient’s home.

Couples therapy

Being in a relationship is a unique life experience; there is a dynamic of both hope and disappointment. To engage in a relationship, to sustain it, to care for intimacy and being close and at the same time not forget about one’s own autonomy is a challenge often accompanied by crises, some of which may be difficult to overcome without external therapeutic help and support.

Couples therapy is an offer for partners ready to be able to look at their relationship and at each other in new ways in order to be able to find a harmonious balance.

We invite interested couples to first undergo a consultation. It takes 50-100 minutes.  At the end of consultation the couple receives an offer regarding further therapeutic work focus on reestablishing a close relationship and its development. This kind of therapy may also include mediation in conflict situations.

The offer may consist of a number of sessions of couples therapy and/or some kind of individual personal psychological or therapeutic help for each of the partners/spouses.

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