If you are considering Individual Therapy it suggests that you might be struggling with some aspect of your life, your feelings or relationships. People often believe that the role of the therapist is to offer specific guidance and direction about these problems, i.e. 'tell me what to do'. The real job of therapy is to help us explore the blocks that impact how we successfully process and manage our feelings, interactions and life decisions. What is not understood is that we all have the capacity to make healthy decisions and maintain successful relationships.
In my work with individuals, I use an approach to therapy called Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (STDP) also referred to as Experiential Dynamic Therapy, so named because change is experienced after months not years of therapy. Developed by Drs. H Davanloo (McGill University, Canada) and David Malan (Tavistock Clinic,London England), STDP is a well known, well-documented and well-respected model of therapy that focuses on creating deep and lasting change for individuals. There are numerous research trials demonstrating its effectiveness and many articles and books illustrating its power in dealing with anxiety and depression and other therapeutic issues. STDP has the capacity to lead to positive and significant personality change.
STDP increases an individual's self-awareness and self-understanding. When feelings and thoughts are understood and experienced, there is a significant reduction in anxiety, depression, negative behavioural patterns and psychological and physical symptoms. The power of emotion to transform is enormous. Clients frequently describe an improved sense of well-being, a deeper more intimate connection with others and much improved relationships.
I have trained for the past 25 years in various models of Short - Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. It has been my privilege to train with leading practitioners in this field including: Diana Fosha, PhD. (New York), Robert Neborsky, M.D.( UCLA,) Alan Abbass, M.D., FRCP (Halifax) and Allen Kalpin, M.D.(Toronto). I have also trained extensively with Dr. Josette ten Have -de Labije (Berlin) through the Washington (DC) School of Psychiatry.
It is truly difficult to live with emotional distress and to cope with the many challenges that occur in life. Considering individual therapy does not need to be an overwhelming choice. Beginning a therapy can be a first step towards emotional wellness. Committing to this empathic and engaged therapeutic process provides you a powerful opportunity to create lasting and meaningful change in your life.