MY TOOLS

I have a number of tools which I can use to answer your needs. Each person is different and requires specific help. I adapt my therapy to meet your needs.

Counselling: client-centered therapy

«With other people, I found that it is pointless, in the long run, to act as if I was what I am not.»
- Carl Rogers

 

What is Client-centered Therapy?

 

Client-centered Therapy is well suited to accompany every person in a situation of crisis or conflict, to help resolve psychological symptoms (insomnia, depression, repetition of scenario, lacks of self-confidence).

Three interrelated attitudes on the part of the therapist are central to the success of client-centered therapy: congruence; unconditional positive regard; and empathy.

Congruence

Congruence which is the state achieved by coming together, the state of agreement. It refers to the therapist’s openness and genuineness—the willingness to relate to clients without  hiding behind a professional facade. Therapists who function in this way have all their feelings available to them in therapy sessions and may share significant emotional reactions with their clients. Congruence does not mean, however, that therapists disclose their own personal problems to the clients in therapy sessions or shift the focus of therapy to themselves in any other way.

Unconditional positive regard

Unconditional positive regard means that the therapist accepts the client totally for who he or she is without evaluating or censoring, and without disapproving of particular feelings, actions, or characteristics. The therapist communicates this attitude to the client by a willingness to listen without interrupting, judging, or giving advice. This attitude of positive regard creates a nonthreatening context in which the client feels free to explore and share painful, hostile, defensive, or abnormal feelings without worrying about personal rejection by the therapist.

Empathy

Empathy (“accurate empathetic understanding”). The therapist tries to appreciate the client’s situation from the client’s point of view, showing an emotional understanding of and sensitivity to the client’s feelings throughout the therapy session. In other systems of therapy, empathy with the client would be considered a preliminary step to enabling the therapeutic work to proceed; but in client-centered therapy, it actually constitutes a major portion of the therapeutic work itself. A primary way of conveying this empathy is by active listening that shows careful and perceptive attention to what the client is saying. In addition to standard techniques, such as eye contact, that are common to any good listener, client-centered therapists employ a special method called reflection, which consists of paraphrasing and/or summarizing what a client has just said. This technique shows that the therapist is listening carefully and accurately, and gives clients an added opportunity to examine their own thoughts and feelings as they hear them repeated by another person. Generally, clients respond by elaborating further on the thoughts they have just expressed.

Transactional Analysis

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a system of therapy based on the idea that we take the behaviour, feelings, and thoughts from childhood into our adult relationships, and play them out over and over again. If these childhood relationship were healthy, then the adult relationships are healthy as well. If the relationships were not healthy, then TA can help change how the individual interacts with the people in their life now.

TA offers individuals a chance to look more deeply at how they see themselves and the others in their lives. The relationships that develop within the group reflect the damaged childhood relationships, and letting those play out again allows the therapist to explain, interpret, and challenge the beliefs that play out.

TA counsellors work directly on here-and-now problem-solving behaviours while establishing an equal working relationship to provide clients with day-to-day tools for finding constructive creative solutions.

 

Voice Dialogue

You are not one, but many

 

What is Voice Dialogue Therapy

 Voice Dialogue is the basic method for contacting, learning about, and working with the many selves that make up each of us. It refers to the technique and theoretical structure created by American psychologists, teachers and authors Dr Hal Stone and Dr Sidra Stone, which allows us to experience and integrate the many facets, selves or energy patterns of our psyche.

Voice Dialogue Therapy Technique

The technique allows us to dialogue with different parts of our personality to discover how those parts operate in us: we discover which parts we are identified with and which parts we have disowned and relegated to ‘the shadow’. Voice Dialogue allows us to unhook from those selves which have been dominant or primary in our life and to begin to explore their opposites. This gives you access to new perspectives and energy systems, which not only enriches the inner resources available for you to draw on as you deal with life’s challenges, but also gives you a more comprehensive picture of who you are.

 

Voice Dialogue Therapy Results

The results of becoming more conscious are that you gain access to, and acceptance of, more of who you are. The ideas, feelings and energetic states which become available to you are greater. You realise that it is okay to feel conflicted in some areas of your life; that when you make a decision there is another part of you who would prefer to do something else; that you can enjoy caring for your children but also want time to yourself without them, that you can enjoy the theatre and also sport, that you have spiritual inclinations but also want material comforts. By embracing more of your selves and their often conflicting needs, you will be able to make more conscious decisions rather than acting out of habit or compulsion. You will have more self-acceptance and self-understanding, as well as understanding and acceptance of others.

 

Transgenerational Therapy is a technique using : the genogram, which is an instrument used to outline a family tree network and traditionally includes the names, ages, and positions of each individual within the family network. It is an expandable tool that can include several aspects of family network systems. The use of the genogram for diagramming family network systems, revealing intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics, and for identifying dysfunction in family network systems is illustrated.

This therapy will help you to accept the belonging to your family, to become aware of your family mechanisms that influence you, bring to light your personal behavior towards those stemming from your family, break the pathological links and look after the tree.

 

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that uses a gentle tapping technique instead of needles to stimulate traditional Chinese acupuncture points.  The tapping on the designated points on the face and body is combined with verbalising the identified problem followed by a general affirmation phrase.

Combining these ingredients of the EFT technique balances the energy system and appears to relieve psychological stress and physical pain.  Restoring the balance of the energy system allows the body and mind to resume their natural healing abilities. EFT is safe, easy to apply, and is non-invasive.

 

Our dreams contain important messages, they are encoded – disguised.

Freud’s phrase: “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious”.

A very easy technique that helps you understand your dreams and gives you the keys to your unconscious.

 

Biodecoding is a comprehensive new vision of health that takes the mind-body connection one step further by identifying and consciously addressing the emotional shocks that create physical disorders. Each symptom of an illness precisely indicates its emotional origin. Thus, far from being an enemy, the physical symptom is actually a valuable ally that provides the key to the cure of the physical disease as well as resolution of the emotional imbalance that created it.

Email : benedictemannix@gmail.com

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