How does individual, couple and family psychotherapy work?
Psychotherapy takes the form of a dialogue between psychotherapist Nada Trtnik and an individual, a couple or a family. In this process, the therapist creates a safe space in which we identify the causes of your problems; we find the purpose of learning new patterns and consequently they are learned. The new behavioral patterns are tailored to your needs and your specifics according to your past anamnesis and future goals. In psychotherapy, you process your unresolved traumas from the past when they negatively affect your perception of yourself and others, and your functioning in relationships.
What is the duration of psychotherapy treatment?
A couple, an individual or a family first comes to an initial therapy session or counselling. There we agree on further therapy, the goals you want to achieve, and generally determine the necessary number of sessions. The suggested number of sessions may vary, depending on the complexity of problems, the client’s financial needs, the progress in therapy, etc.
If you then opt for a longer therapeutic treatment, in the beginning you attend hourly sessions once a week (in principle on the same day, at the same time). Later on, the frequency of sessions can be tailored to your needs and goals (e.g. twice a month, once a month, or as needed). A therapy treatment usually takes from three months to one year; it can be shorter or longer, if necessary.
Those who want true and lasting changes in their lives opt for a longer therapeutic treatment.
In my psychotherapeutic work I use different approaches such as:
- Play therapy
- Various relaxation techniques
- Goal writing
- Homework writing
- Relational family therapy
- Imago therapy
- Gottman method
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
You are often given homework that you do between two therapeutic meetings. Homework is related to the problem you are currently dealing with.