Schematherapy is an especially useful method for treating revolving life topics. Early experiences with significant others affect us later in life, both positively and negatively. If important needs are not met appropriately during childhood and adolescence, the formed “Schemata” (patterns of thoughts, emotions, behavior, and perceptions) stay highly present during adulthood and can be activated easily. In therapy we aim to change those long-existing patterns in order to broaden your possibilities of taking action. Therefore, techniques that activate emotions like guided imaginations are used.
Acceptance and Commitment-Therapy (ACT) intends to help people to reach a higher level of psychological flexibility and thereby a more fulfilled and self-determined life. Therefore, it is necessary to be in contact with one’s own thoughts and emotions – without withdrawing from them or getting trapped by them. ACT uses a variety of experience-oriented methods like mindfulness meditation.
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) offers different methods by which people can be supported to recognize their own emotional states, to understand them, accept them, and finally to adequately regulate them. Moreover, EFT can enable patients to use helpful emotions more intensively. EFT is also suitable in the absence of psychological difficulties in order to promote emotional intelligence.
Relaxation techniques have a positive effect on a variety of psychological and somatic disorders and stress-related difficulties. Relaxation exercises can add to the therapeutic effect of other methods as well as prevent psychological difficulties and avoid relapses. Depending on your individual situation and preferences I use progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), autogenic training, mindfulness, and hypnotherapeutic techniques.
Hypnotherapy uses different techniques in order to initiate a changed state of consciousness. In this so-called trance rational thinking can step back in order to enable access to subconscious resources and solutions. During the whole process you remain aware of the present situation and are able to control yourself as well as the progress of the hypnosis. Usually, you will be able to remember your experiences during the trance, and are able to transfer new insights to your life.