At Colbun Psychology we can offer you individual short and long term psychotherapy in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Bulgarian, Russian and Swedish.
At Colbun Psychology, the therapist will help you understand how your problems developed and what will be required to work through your difficulties. In addition, the therapist will provide emotional support and important insights, which will enable you to see your conflicts and problems in a new light and to gradually let go of old patterns of feelings and behaviours.
Treatment begins with an initial consultation, which will involve an evaluation of your needs. This will also be an opportunity for you to see whether you feel comfortable working with your therapist.
At Colbun Psychology we work with couples with a wide range of problems on improving the quality of their relationships. We aim to create a safe environment where couples can explore frustrating patterns in their relationships, work through their specific conflicts, communication issues and deepen trust.
Our therapists use a wide range of practical exercises and techniques to help couples improve relationship skills and identify destructive patterns that cause frustration and emotional upset.
Your therapist will work with you to explore how you can express feelings constructively and how to listen compassionately in order to increase mutual understanding and communication.
We do not see problems as being situated within the individual but instead as being created through relationships with others.
Together we want to help couples create a healthy balance between collectiveness and independence and work out many types of conflicts such as sexual difficulties, power imbalances, financial struggles and family conflicts.
Types of therapy
What type of therapy approach should you go for? Does it matter? What is most suitable for you and your problem?
Our team work from many different approaches and below we have written a little description of each. When you contact us we can help guide you on which therapist may be the best fit for you.
Some of our therapists work from an integrative approach and depending on the circumstances make use of different approaches.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT focuses on the patterns of dysfunctional emotions, thoughts and behaviours that maintain maladaptive behaviour. Through a collaborative, goal-oriented, present-centered procedure, the client is helped to learn new functional patterns and achieve positive change in their lives. There is empirical evidence that CBT is effective for the treatment of a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse.
The aim of this approach is to reveal the unconscious content of a client’s psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. The focus is on the unconscious and past experiences, including childhood relationships with parents and other significant people, to determine current behaviour. This approach relies on the interpersonal relationship between client and therapist. The two of you will work together to understand the deeper significance of what you might be saying, thinking, feeling and doing.
Systemic Psychotherapy sees psychological problems as emerging within a context of past and present relationships with others, taking fully into account the influence of a number of factors, such as gender, culture, ethnicity, class, etc. A systemic approach focuses on the ways people build their narratives about their lives and the impact of these on their patterns of relationship. Narrative therapy involves a process of deconstruction and “meaning making” which is achieved through questioning the narratives that someone holds about themselves, and exploring different, unexplored narratives. Within this approach you can be seen individually, as a couple or as a family.
Developed by Carl Rogers, this approach ultimately sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. Nonetheless, this ability can become blocked or distorted by our life experiences, particularly those that affect our sense of value. In this approach the therapist provides the client with unconditional regard and empathetic understanding providing the client with an opportunity to increase his or her self-worth, reduce the level of incongruence between the ideal and actual self, and help the client become more of a fully functioning person.
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR can help a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. EMDR has also been found to be effective in treating anxiety, panic attacks and different types of phobias. EMDR does not involve the use of drugs or hypnosis.
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
IPT s a brief, attachment-focused therapy that centers on resolving interpersonal problems and symptom recovery. IPT is based on the principle that relationships and life events impact mood and vice versa. It is a problem-targeted, time-limited, present-focused treatment that encourages the patient to regain control of mood and functioning.