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What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a practice which is based on cooperation and “alliance” between a therapist and a visitor (client), in order to discuss and improve serious issues of everyday life, personality and sociability of an individual. Through dialogue, a supportive environment is created in which the therapist remains objective, neutral and non-judgmental. The therapist and the visitor collaborate creating and reinforcing a climate of trust, in order to identify and change the ‘problematic’ pattern of thinking and behavior aiming the improvement of daily functioning.

In psychotherapy, therapists apply scientific based psychotherapy, which helps to create a basis for developing and maintaining (in daily routine) healthy, flexible and effective habits. The aim of psychotherapy is not only to address the current “problem-issue” an individual faces, but to strengthen the way of thinking, to build tools and practices that will enable them to cope with future challenges that will arise.

When to seek psychotherapy?

Most visitors who seek assistance consciously through psychotherapy and counseling are those who quickly are guided through their goals for improvement. Other visitors, because of their distorted and false interpretations of the notion of “psychotherapy”, avoid seeking help, causing their problems to worsen and eventually reach a dead end. The right of choice is an inalienable right of every person and specifically, even if one has rejected the offer of help, it would be good to think that he has nothing to lose by trying, and a different form of assistance.

Overcoming your concern about seeking help is ‘Worth’ it.

This is because if at some point the quality of your life is not what you want, then psychotherapy can help improve it.
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The signs which indicate that psychotherapy can benefit you:

• Feeling overwhelmed, helpless and sad.
• Your problems do not improve, despite all your efforts, and despite the efforts of your family and friendly environment.
• It is difficult to concentrate on your responsibilities or your daily routine.
• You worry excessively, expect the worst or are continuously upset.
• Grow potentially risky behaviors (alcohol consumption or drug use, etc.) that harm you and others around you.

How to prepare for psychotherapy?

When you feel ready to begin psychotherapy, consider the following:

  • • Are you seeking individual, family, couples therapy or parent counseling?
  • • Which is the main reason for seeking help?
  • • Upon completion of therapy, what would you like to have achieved?
  • • The commitment level of the therapy process.
  • • Which days and times are the most convenient for you to schedule a session.

Will confidentiality be maintained?

Confidentiality is one of the most important elements of the ethical code of the field of psychology. The therapist understands that trust is the “key” for a fruitful alliance. The therapist shall safeguard the confidentiality of the visitor-client and maintain respect and understanding.

What is a psychotherapy approach?

Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RECBT) is one of the “Cognitive” psychotherapy approaches in the field of ​​psychology. It is a comprehensive, energetic, philosophical and empirically based approach that focuses on solving emotional and behavioral difficulties and mental-psychological dysfunctions in order to enable people to take responsibility of their “change” for a more healthy and happy life.

Father of this approach is the American psychologist Albert Ellis, PhD (1913-2007), who was inspired by Greek philosophers to develop the psychotherapeutic approach in 1950.

The basic principle of RECBT is that people unwillingly contribute to their emotional disturbance due to demanding beliefs. Moreover, events do not cause unhealthy emotions and dysfunctional behaviors, but our beliefs-thoughts in relation to the events do, which as a result triggers a negative, unhealthy emotion or many emotions

Mainly, the RECBT model is applied at the center “OriZo”, but the team’s aim is to implement a therapeutic model which adapts to the visitor’s needs in the best possible way. Psychotherapy is carried out through various approaches, where each one equipts therapists with tools for the optimal provision of mental health services, among which are the Cognitive Therapies (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy), Psychoanalysis, Systemic Therapy, Mindfulness, Gestalt therapy etc.

Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is supported by valid scientific literature. It is intended to provide a philosophical shift, beyond temporary improvement, aiming to provide visitors with practices and tools in such a way that they can then apply these practices themselves in their future emotional or behavioral obstacles .

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