I believe that there is no universal approach to therapy. My personalized approach comes forth from a great variety of techniques and, in the meantime, a vast life-experience which allows me to understand and respect the unique needs and desires of each individual personality.
I utilize both traditional therapeutic methods, as well as evidence-based treatments supported by current research. My integrative approach allows me to draw from different therapeutic strategies based on the needs of my clients, as opposed to a one-size-fits all approach.
It is a person centered approach.
Psychosynthesis is a so-called ‘transpersonal’ approach because it integrates the spiritual aspect of human experience.
The main goal of psychosynthesis is to foster the development of our true existential identity, to help individuals develop their full potential and come to what is called self-realization. It is a therapeutic approach that focuses on personal growth and development.
Its strengths lies in the holistic way in which it approaches existential questions in life. Prominent in the psychosynthesis therapeutic vision is the recognition of the positive, creative, joyous experiences which we experience alongside with the painful and tragic ones. Life and the situation that we find ourselves in are approached from a growth-oriented perspective rather than a pathological one.
Furthermore, psychosynthesis affirms the reality of spiritual experience as an integral part of human experience, and places our individual uniqueness in connection to the whole.
It is a gentle approach, in which we work with whatever issue is presently experienced as challenging. It is thus present oriented and does not so much work with the past (although it is taken in consideration of course). This can bring quick results with very concrete tools.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured and goal-oriented approach that is based on the premise that our thoughts affect our feelings and behaviors. It is not the situation that causes us distress, but our thoughts about the situation.
CBT involves identifying and changing biases and distortions in our thinking styles that reinforce negative feelings and behaviors. If you can change the way you think, then changes in your emotions and behaviors will follow. It is one of the most used psychological treatments in the Netherlands.
It offers very useful and concete structures and tools that help reach results very quickly.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living (as definied by Peterson).
Positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behavior with a focus on strengths instead of weakness, building the good in life and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal”.
What Positive Psychology Focuses, on in a nutshell:
- Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)
- Positive states and traits (like gratitude, resilience, and compassion)
Perhaps the most known use of positive psychology is its focus on Eudaimonia – a form of well being that goes doeeper than happiness and is not based on external sources of perceived happiness (hedonism).
Mindfulness based therapy
Mindfulness – as used in a psychological setting – involves awareness and non-judgemental acceptance of our thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Mindfulness can be an important tool for stress-management and relaxation, as well as aiding in emotion regulation and distress tolerance.
Your mind is like any other part of your being, there are benefits from understanding how it works and you can train it to work better. Specifically a mindfulness practice has the following benefits:
Stability of mind – maintaining your mind in an alert clear space rather than at the two extremes of a dull or agitated mind.
Flexibility of mind – the ability to shift your mind to whatever object you choose, rather than having it bounce haphazardly between a number of issues
Self awareness – being aware of the contents of your mind and understanding the typical patterns of your mind
Acting rather than reacting – Becoming less reactive, e.g. when you are angry and choosing how you will act.