All About Therapy
Systemic therapy seeks to understand the individual in relationships with others, rather than in isolation. It seeks to identify deeply entrenched unhelpful patterns within an individual's relationships and between family members rather than seeing problems located within an individual. All people are embedded in their context and are part of a larger unit or system, such as, a couple, a family, or an organisation.
During the therapeutic process I explore the clients' views and relationships in order to understand the problems they are experiencing. This approach helps family members to communicate better with each other. It can help families to change, develop and resolve conflict.
"There is no perfection only life."
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Our Clients’ Experiences
We are here to help clients to navigate complexities of their lives and to achieve their full potential. We are happy to be able to provide people that come to see us with the best health services. Read on to find out all the wonderful things our clients have to say about working with experienced Psychotherapists and Counsellors in our team, and get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation or appointment.
"Finding Petra was a complete turning point for me after 2 years of battling with PTSD and Post natal depression after a very traumatic birth of my first child.
I looked forward to every session with Petra as she really hears and helps you understand exactly what is going on, every session brought me closer to understanding what I felt and why. In particular I felt that the headway made in every session was very big, it felt like she was an expert strait away. I think that it is rare to have a therapist that is so in-tune. I am so lucky that I was able to do therapy with her and can honestly say that through working with her she has helped me heal and regain the person and mother that I want to be."
I accept insurance plans from most of the major providers, and try to be as accommodating as possible when it comes to providing my services. Call me today and I’ll do my best to accommodate to your situation.
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You Ask - I Answer
Have a question you’d like to ask? We are committed to giving clients the best care and experience we can. There’s no such thing as a bad question when it comes to mental health. Check out the answers to the FAQs below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
How long will it take before I see any benefits?
Being able to share your problems and worries with a therapist can help you better manage some of pressures you may be experiencing and that can already lead to some sense of relief after the first session. The intervals between sessions are from one to two weeks initially depending on the presented problems and needs of the family members. Decisions over these matters are negotiated collaboratively with all family members present.
Although it is hard to estimate and it differs widely, the average length of family therapy treatment ranges between 6 – 20 sessions.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
I do not offer sliding scale rates but I have a limited number of sessions each month on which I am able to offer a discount.
How long does each therapy session take?
An individual therapy session usually lasts for 50 minutes and a couple and family session for 75 minutes.
What issues does Systemic Approach address?
Family and systemic therapy approach is beneficial at times of crisis and also when families and individuals deal with longstanding problems.
It serves to prevent problems such as behavioural difficulties in children and young people and improves parenting skills.
Some of the issues or situations at which an individual or family could benefit from systemic and family therapy are listed bellow.
Promoting parenting skills and communication among family members.
Health problems, and particularly chronic physical illnesses.
Child and adolescent mental health.
Adult mental health.
Alcohol and other substance abuse.
Anxiety and Depression.
Marital problems including lack of communication, separation and divorce.
Foster care and adoption.
Family life cycle and transitional stages of life issues.
Traumatic experiences, loss and bereavement.
Disruption of family life due to social, political and religious conflicts.