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Dr Catherine Proot 

Psychotherapy and Supervision

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Psychotherapy

What is psychotherapy and counselling?
Most people find that being taken seriously, heard and acknowledged by another human being is very powerful.   Psychotherapy offers you a safe and confidential space to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing or uncomfortable with someone with no preconceptions of who you are, and with the added bonus of having skills and training behind them to guide you through your concerns.​
 
Does it work for couples?
When we have been in a relationship or marriage for a long time it can be easy to fall into a trap of not listening to the other person or not communicating our needs clearly.  Sometimes talking to someone with no connection to yourself or your partner is all it takes for you to gain perspective. 

How will psychotherapy make me feel?
Psychotherapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started.  Usually it will take a number of sessions before therapy starts to make a difference.  On rare occasions, a single session may be enough.

 
How much will it cost?
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost € 75.  Couples sessions can last up to 80 minutes to allow both partners sufficient time to express themselves.  The fee for a couples session is € 115.  Cancellation up to 48h in advance is free of charge.  Later the full fee is due, except in cases of sudden illness.    
 
Who needs to know?
Confidentiality is a principle of ethical practice.  It means that the therapist will not disclose anything about you or what you have shared.  This may not be upheld only in instances of danger of harm to self or others, which legally bind the therapist to break confidentiality. In order to help you better, the therapist may talk about your work together - without disclosing personally identifiable details - with her supervisor.    ​

Does it work for everybody?
Psychotherapy is not a universal cure-all.  Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going.  If you feel you are not making any progress, talk to your therapist about your difficulty.  It may be a difficult period you can work through together or you may want to explore whether working with another therapist or a different approach might be more suitable for you.

Is all psychotherapy the same?
There are different methods and approaches to therapy, However, research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is often more important than the method they use.  ​​
Working with Dr Catherine Proot
Dr Catherine Proot works face-to-face, long-term and short-term with adults, couples, and groups.  What she can help with includes questions and difficulties with anxiety, bereavement, burn-out, cancer, chronic pain, depression, general counselling, fear, health related issues, loss and transitions, personal development, relationships, self-esteem, spirituality, stress and trauma.  At heart person-centred in her trust in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship, she brings to the relationship everything that she is, knows and experiences as appropriate and helpful for the client at this time, and offers them the opportunity to do the same. She draws on insights from different therapeutic approaches: 

Humanistic therapies

Humanistic therapies focus on self-development, growth and responsibilities. They seek to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'.

Existential therapy
Existential therapy focuses on exploring the meaning of certain issues through a philosophical perspective, instead of a technique-based approach.
 
Gestalt therapy
Gestalt therapy focuses on the whole of an individual's experience, including their thoughts, feelings and actions. Gaining self-awareness in the 'here and now' is a key aspect of gestalt therapy.
 
Solution-focused brief therapy
This approach predominantly looks at what the person wants to achieve rather than historical problems. Questions are asked to help the person uncover their own strengths and resources. ​

Couples counselling, family and group therapy

Couples counselling, family and group therapy involve two or more people in the therapy session.​  

Systemic therapy 
Systemic Therapy works with families and those in close relationships, regardless of whether they are blood related or not, to improve their communication, resolve issues within the relationship and foster change in  the systems of interaction between each person in the family or organisation.
 
Group therapy
Bringing together people going through similar difficulties the group, facilitated by one or more therapists. can offer emotional support and help develop interpersonal skills.

Cognitive and Behavioural therapies

These therapies look at the interconnectedness of thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviour and recognise that it is possible to change the way we think and behave.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
By looking at past experience, the therapy aims to help clients understand why they think or behave in a certain way, recognise that they have choices and develop new ways of coping.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
The approach focusses on thoughts and perceptions, emotions, physical feelings and actions, teaching clients how each one can have an effect on the other and how they can try to change them.
 
Mindfulness
Adapted from Buddhist meditation techniques, Mindfulness helps people to focus on the present moment in order to gain greater awareness of their emotions and improve their general well-being by learning to control their emotions rather than letting their emotions control them.

​​Body based psychotherapies

These therapeutic approaches draw upon the developments in the neurosciences, particularly the scientific knowledge of how the body and the brain develop, to find ways of helping people process trauma.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT uses tapping on specific accupuncture points to release emotion and support the biochemistry of thoughts, beliefs and feelings to shape a person's emotional, pshysical and spiritual well-being.
 
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to help brain and body to process unresolved traumas such as war experiences, natural disasters, refugee crises, road accidents, rape and assault.  It can also help with the trauma of surgery and ill health and childhood neglect.
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