As a non-medical practitioner of psychotherapy (Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie), I work with behavioural therapy, especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and complement these with methods such as Gestalt therapy and systemic therapy. I also use aspects of depth psychology and talking therapy according to Rogers in my work. In my opinion, the interaction of the methods is important in order to best meet your individual needs.
- Behavioural therapy is based on the assumption that people learn behaviour which does not necessarily help them. The focus is on helping people to help themselves and recognising dysfunctional thought patterns. Then new and helpful thoughts and behaviours are learned.
- In Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), the methods of behavioural therapy are combined with mindfulness, acceptance, learning to separate speech from thoughts, and interventions to work out values.
- Gestalt therapy uses psychoanalytical approaches and is based on making the patient aware of his or her perceptions in order to be in contact with him or herself.
- In systemic therapy, the focus is on the fact that mental disorders can come from a social context. Particular attention is paid to interactions within the family.
- Depth psychology assumes that psychological problems arise from subconscious conflicts, desires and motives. Here, repressed experiences from childhood are worked through.
- In talking therapy according to Rogers, fundamental attitudes of the therapist toward the patient are established. The therapist’s unconditional positive regard, empathetic understanding and authenticity allow the patient to work through their problems and grow as a person.