Psychotherapy at About Balance Brighton
Many know psychotherapy as a ‘talking therapy’ but this does not capture the broader reality and impact of what it can provide. It can involve use of the arts and imagery. It deepens the connection between our thoughts, feelings and bodies. It strengthens reflective skills, as the work ranges over perceptions of the past, present and future.
Psychotherapy is set in a uniquely confidential space with a committed other, and so it offers enhanced support to that which you may have already, such as from friends. Work can be short or long term, with the length of support being discussed between the client and their therapist. The work may focus on specific areas of difficulty, as well as a more general sense of dissatisfaction.
Essentially, the power of psychotherapy is stoked by the client’s desire for change, and the vested interest in this by both client and therapist. It is known that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful tool for change. Because of this, you need to feel comfortable with the therapist. This relational connection supports a greater understanding of the patterns in your life, how they may have arisen and your present experiences. Psychotherapy can help you realise your inner strengths and potential. It offers you a safe space which enhances your flexibility to live more choicefully, in the ways you hope for. It helps us to reconsider our horizons.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy
IFS therapy focuses on healing the different parts of ourselves that have emerged during painful experiences through acknowledging their presence and listening to their needs. This process helps you to develop true self-awareness. From here you will rediscover the inner-resources you have been searching for; all of the strength and wisdom that you need to heal.
Sessions are conducted in a slightly different way to traditional talking therapy. Instead of rehashing over your memories and thought processes in detail, you will be guided to drop into a place of feeling and understanding. The exercise enables you to go inward in order to connect with the deeper causes of the symptoms that bring you to therapy. From this place, the real work can be done.
Through learning to love yourself deeply and unconditionally you can heal all manner of things. This includes trauma, attachment issues, addictions and mental health problems. Creating a loving ‘internal family’ within reduces stress, creates healthy habits, relieves symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, low self-worth, among many other complaints. It is especially helpful if you feel disconnected or at war with yourself, experiencing uncomfortable thoughts, behaviours or emotions that you struggle with and don’t understand.
IFS is a well respected, evidence based method. It is rooted in mindfulness, is imaginative and has the ability to be deeply transformative.
Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing a non-judgemental awareness to the whole of your experience in the present moment. This includes your feelings, thoughts, perceptions and the sensations you experience in your body. This awareness is potentially the beginning of a journey to healing, understanding and well-being.
Mindfulness based psychotherapy allows us to pause and become aware of ourselves. This starts with our thoughts and emotions and how we experience these in our bodies. These then become the ground from which we can begin to explore whatever it is that needs our attention.
At the same time mindfulness based psychotherapy encourages us to learn how to be present with ourselves and accepting of our experience. This becomes a skill we can train ourselves in, e.g. we can become aware of whatever thoughts or emotions may be present and we can observe how we react to whatever thoughts or emotions may be present.
This is why the practice places an emphasis, where possible, of working with the experience of thoughts and emotions in the body in the present moment. It offers a strong model that is both theoretically robust and practically flexible, and which works with the power of our awareness to explore and transform our relationship to ourselves, to others and to the world around us.
Solution Focused Psychotherapy
Solution focused psychotherapy focuses on the client’s preferred future rather than problems of the past or present. It is goal oriented and practical and recognises that the client has resources and strengths that will contribute to the solution.
Vilija may use a combination of solution focused psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, EFT (emotional freedom technique) and acupuncture, depending on the client and the issue they’d like to work on. During a treatment the client is fully aware and in control at all times of everything that happens.
For more information about solution focused psychotherapy offered in combination with hypnotherapy, visit our Hypnotherapy page.