Psychotherapy is a form of treatment that is effective for anxiety, mood and personality problems. The treatment is short if possible and long if necessary, depending on the nature of the problem and the person. The aim of psychotherapy is to jointly (client and therapist) examine and process the psychological complaints in order to reduce them or make them more manageable.
There are various forms of psychotherapy: cognitive behavioural therapy, client-oriented therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, play psychotherapy and systemic psychotherapy. In general, we opt for a combination of these forms, also known as integrative psychotherapy. The choice always takes place in consultation between the client and the practitioner.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of therapy in which the emphasis is on changing the behaviours and thinking patterns that maintain or exacerbate psychological or physical complaints. In the Netherlands, this is the most widely used and researched form of psychotherapy. The treatments are a complaint- or problem-oriented and short-term in nature. The therapist might utilize exercises and homework to help the client.
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy for people who continue to suffer the consequences of a major experience, such as a traffic accident or a violent crime.
EMDR consists of a number of actions that allow the memories of these experiences to be stored in the memory in a different way. The therapist will ask you to think back to the event, including the accompanying images, thoughts and feelings, and then a number of sets of eye movements will be made. The sets will gradually lead to the memory losing its power and emotional charge. This makes it easier and easier to think back to the original event.
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Schema therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps to understand and change the origin of behavioural patterns. The influence of experiences from a person’s childhood on patterns and daily life is investigated. One learns to change oneself in such a way that one feels better and is better able to take care of oneself and stand up for oneself. This changes behaviour, thoughts and feelings.
In some of our branches we do not offer a full schedule therapy, but we can work with parts of the schedule therapy.
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The systemic therapist does not consider and treat problems of individuals as independent, but always places them in a social context. The therapy is about the influence that problems of a family member or partner have on the others in the system and how these others influence the problems of the reported client. The system therapist looks for patterns in interactions that maintain the problematic behaviour or the problematic relationship. The emphasis of the therapy is on changing these patterns. In systemic therapy, family constellations are used.
If a client experiences relationship problems as a result of his/her symptoms and if these relationship problems have a negative influence on the original registration complaint, then a short-term relationship therapy can be considered. It is only in these kinds of situations that a relationship therapy is reimbursed by the health insurance company.
ACT (acceptance & commitment therapy) is a modern form of acceptance-oriented behavioural therapy that focuses on behavioural change and improving functioning.
Acceptance is about experiencing and accepting what is inside, such as unwanted feelings and thoughts. Commitment stands for connecting to values and goals that are important to a person. The ability to be in touch with the here and now (mindfulness), being able to distance oneself from the content of one’s own thinking, making value-oriented choices and converting these into actions are taught.
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IPT is based on the assumption that people need other people to feel good. Changes in important relationships could provoke depression in people who are sensitive to it. IPT focuses on the recent cause that contributed to the depression. The therapy investigates how contacts with important others in the environment go. Particular attention is paid to changes that occurred in the period prior to the onset of the symptoms. By identifying, together with the therapist, where the greatest pain in life is or with which the greatest change is related, it can be determined what the focus should be in the treatment.
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R.E.T. stands for rational-emotional therapy and was developed by the American psychologist Albert Ellis (1913-2007). RET is a specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy and teaches the client to become aware of irrational ideas, and then to replace them with more healthy, rational beliefs.
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CBASP is a relatively new treatment, especially developed for people suffering from chronic (or recurring) depression. The treatment is a mix of (regular) cognitive behavioural therapy, with added elements from interpersonal psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. CBASP stands for Cognitive Behavioral Analyses System of Psychotherapy.
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Increasingly, e-health is also being offered. By this we mean informative programmes that are offered via the Internet and that have a specific subject as their theme, such as anxiety, depression and/or ADHD, for example. In addition, self-help techniques are also offered or material is offered to support a specific treatment.
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Most therapies talk a lot about problems and worries. Children are not always able to express what concerns them. Play fits in better with their world of experience. The therapist can use the child’s world of play to understand what concerns him or her and then help the child cope with difficult experiences. Playing is also a way for children to express their feelings. During the game there is of course also talk, but for the child in a more playful way.
Group therapy is psychotherapy that takes place in a group of adult men and women, under the guidance of two therapists.
This form of therapy is intended for adult men and women who have to deal with persistent or recurring problems or complaints for a longer period of time. This can include issues such as stress, anxiety and mood complaints, problems in the family or relationship, at work or in the social circle. It is important to acknowledge that the complaints or problems are related to, or arise from, the way in which one stands in life (character/personality).
We do not work with an agenda or fixed themes. The participants decide for themselves what the conversation is about. The specificity of group psychotherapy compared to individual psychotherapy is that one is given the opportunity to examine one’s own attitude, reactions and way of dealing with people in a situation that shows similarities with situations one has to deal with in daily life.
The starting point for this form of therapy is that people are often unaware of the motives behind their behaviour. Sometimes a person is inhibited in his or her functioning by (old) feelings and experiences that are not only related to current events. The purpose of this form of psychotherapy is to make people aware of ‘hidden’ thoughts and feelings. This makes it possible to better understand and process psychological problems and to look for other ways to deal with these situations.
Client-oriented psychotherapy is person-oriented, process-oriented and insightful. Person-oriented means that the client, as a person, is central and decides for himself what he or she wants to address in the therapy. Process-oriented means that the therapy is a process aimed at (re)integrating thinking, feeling and acting. Insightful means that the client learns to better understand himself and the cause of his problems. Client-oriented therapy is a process of growth and development. This not only effectively solves complaints, but also (and above all) increase your feeling of well-being, for example by increasing your feeling of autonomy, since you feel freer to be who you are and to express what you think. The desired reduction in symptoms is a consequence of this broader person-oriented approach, not the goal in itself.
Heart Rate Variability Training is a relatively fast method with which you learn to deal with stressful situations in a conscious way. This biofeedback method consists of learning a regular and calm breathing pattern, in combination with awareness exercises. At stressful moments you will learn to focus your attention on your breathing and heartbeat, thereby sharpening your awareness and positively influencing your behaviour.
The aim is to become actively aware of automatic reactions to stress, conflict situations and fear, and then to learn to choose alternatives if these reactions have a negative impact on a person’s functioning. The training consists of a combination of psychological skills such as mindfulness and acceptance techniques (ACT) and/or principles from twilight therapy and physical skills (basic postures) from martial arts.
There are many different forms of psychotherapy. Some therapies help to deal with unpleasant memories from the past, such as EMDR, while other treatments focus mainly on the here and now. Cognitive behavioural therapy teaches you what you can do to change your behaviour or thoughts in order to feel better, and mindfulness helps you to take more distance from your own thoughts and feelings.
Our therapists are trained in various evidence-based treatment methods and try to determine together with you which treatment suits you best. Unless there is no other option, you will keep the same practitioner from start to finish, so you won’t have to get used to a new face all the time.
We try to avoid long waiting lists, and offer a safe and personal atmosphere within our offices.
Our most important asset, however, is that psychotherapy in neuroCare can be combined with the latest neuromodulation techniques, such as rTMS. This turns out to be a powerful combination: research has shown that psychotherapy and rTMS are much more effective together than separately, at least in the treatment of depressive symptoms. In this way, we have been able to help many people, sometimes after years of struggle with the symptoms. Moreover, we try not only to help you get better, but also to stay better. For example, we offer everyone a free check-up appointment six months after the end of the treatment.