I practice what is called “integrative psychotherapy”; I use a range of therapeutic techniques carefully adapted to each patient.
During my years of practice, I realised that it wasn’t optimal for clinicians to limit ourselves to only one “school” or orientation of psychotherapy. Everyone being unique, every problem needed a slightly different approach.
I was first trained as a psychoanalyst, and I will always appreciate the rigour and the capacity of psychoanalysis to not only go back to the root of what ails us, but also its ability to analyse “transference”. This means simply talking about the feelings the patient has towards the therapist (both positive and negative) and the emotional reaction this brings about. So, what “heals” is precisely the relationship between two human beings. This approach is very unique to psychoanalysis and to this day no other school can pretend to bring about the same level of lasting change.
However, the problems with classical psychoanalysis are many. Firstly, it’s very slow. Who, in our day and age, is ready to commit to a therapy that will probably take years, with no guarantee of a result? Also, the “neutral” stance of the analyst behind the “couch” who mumbles “hm, hmm, I see” and burps himself to sleep after lunch listening to his patient rambling on, is at best- cold, at worst- just plain useless.
I thus decided to train in several “modern” therapies, which are in reality adaptations of ancient traditions, like hypnosis or mindfulness. And the results were far beyond my expectations! Nevertheless, I obtained the best therapeutic successes by combining different approaches and adapting them to each individual case. The various therapeutic techniques I use are the following:
- Psychoanalysis / analytic psychotherapy: The cognitive therapies (CBT) teach us how to gain control over a debilitating symptom, ex. a phobia or anxiety. Psychoanalysis goes to the very root of how and why the particular symptom formed (its function is always a protective one) and thus the symptom can spontaneously disappear- it is no longer needed.
- Hypnosis: Since I started practising hypnosis in 2014, I have had some incredible breakthroughs, especially when treating recurring anxiety, phobias, or any stress-related symptoms. However, please note: hypnosis is not, and should not be seen as a “miracle remedy”. It is an aid, or more precisely: a powerful catalyst which can greatly speed up conventional psychotherapy.
- "Mindfulness": a precious aid in healing any complaint related to anxiety.
- Eye movement therapy (EMDR): used in the treatment of certain “traumatic” experiences.
- Schema therapy: a cognitive therapy designed specifically for the treatment of borderline personality disorder and/or bipolar disorder. I also use this approach when treating any eating disorder.
- Gestalt: this approach is excellent when working with children; it closely resembles art-therapy and involves techniques borrowed from theatre, games and toys.
- Logotherapy: a precious tool when dealing with recurring clinical depression.
My in-session approach is very active and implicated; I will first help you reach your goals, and then I will teach you how the mind and psyche function, so you can become your own therapist, and live a serene and joyful life.