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This is one of the humanistic modalities or approaches. It was founded in the 1940s by the American psychologist Carl Rogers who believed that, given the right conditions, a person can reach their full potential and become their true self, which he termed ‘self-actualization’. This actualization process is innate and accessible to everyone.
'The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change.'
Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
This style of therapy supports people to become—and embrace being—an expert in their own lives. In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories we develop and carry with us through our lives.
As we experience events and interactions, we give meaning to those experiences and they, in turn, influence how we see ourselves and our world. We can carry multiple stories at once, such as those related to our self-esteem, our abilities, our relationships, and our work, for example.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions; it is focused on using a wide range of strategies to help people overcome these thoughts. Such strategies may include journaling, role-playing, relaxation techniques, and mental distractions.
Emotionally Free Therapy [EFT] for couples
EFT is a popular approach to couples therapy that has been validated in research. EFT helps couples stop fights and end emotional distance by helping each partner express their important feelings and needs that remain under the surface.
EFT believes that feeling connected to and loved by our partner is a primary need that we all share. When we fight with our partner that feeling of love and connection can disappear.
EFT also helps you recognize that if you don’t feel safe in your relationship, there are two main ways you will respond:
Becoming angry, criticize, and raise your voice
Becoming quiet, turn away, and give the cold shoulder.
EFT believes pursuing and withdrawing happen within a cycle. When things aren’t going well, your interactions become a negative cycle that can spin out of control. The first step is to identify and name this cycle.
Interactive Drawing Therapy [IDT]
IDT is a unique way of working with words, images and feelings to enable clients to gain a better understanding. The page becomes a mirror, helping you see yourself more objectively from new perspectives, and facilitating insight, inner resourcefulness and profound change.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy [DBT]
DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy where Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. Living in the moment helps you pay attention to what is happening inside you (your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses) as well as using your senses to tune in to what's happening around you (what you see, hear, smell, and touch) in nonjudgmental ways.