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Psychological Therapy

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The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) provided in our center has been scientifically proven to be effective with children, adolescents and adults. The CBT will not only focus on reducing symptoms, it will help embracing the strengths of our clients to be more resilient and engaged in their life. The therapy will be provided in a supportive and confidential atmosphere where we respect cultural and individual differences. Therefore, each therapy will be personalized to help our clients, children or adults, to reach their goals. The CBT can be described as generally active, directive, structured and relatively short-lived. It focuses on the present while understanding the origin of the problem in the past.

The psychologist performs assessments and provides therapy to give you the tools you need to successfully manage:

Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are characterized by an excessive fear and/or worry about the present and the future that can interfere with daily life activities such as school work, job performance or social situations. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, illness anxiety disorder, separation anxiety and selective mutism.

Mood disorders

Mood disorders are characterized by a serious change in mood. There are several types of mood disorders including: major depressive disorder (MDD), dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder.

Obsessive compulsive disorder and other disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder is characterized by the presence of recurrent obsessions (thoughts or images) that are intrusive and unwanted, and the presence of compulsions (repetitive behaviors or mental acts) that an individual feel driven to perform it. Some other related disorders are also characterized by excessive preoccupations or body focused repetitive behavior like hair pulling, hoarding, or skin picking.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are mental disorders that negatively affect a person's physical or mental health. They include binge eating disorder where people eat a large amount in a short period of time, anorexia nervosa where people eat very little and thus have a low body weight, bulimia nervosa where people eat a lot and then try to rid themselves of the food.

Addictive disorders

Addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance. Addiction has been extended, however, to include mood-altering behaviors or activities. Substance addictions such as alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking and behavioral addictions like spending, shopping, internet addiction and sexual activity.

Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders

Following a traumatic stressful event, individual will experience variable clinical distress. The trauma can be terrorism attacks, natural disasters, car accident, divorce, loss of a loved one, childhood trauma and more. People can experience a deep sense of helplessness, anxiety, abnormal fear, flashbacks from the event, avoidance to situation that might trigger memories, aggressiveness, anger outbursts, and anhedonia. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders include: Post traumatic stress disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Disinhiblted Social Engagement Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorders.

Behavioral problems

Problem behaviors such as physical aggression, impulsivity, agitation, self-injury, and tantrums are major barriers to effective social and educational development. Such behaviors put children/adolescents at risk for exclusion and isolation from social, educational, family, and community activities. In addition, problem behaviors may place an onerous burden on families, particularly as children grow from preschool into school age.

Emotional problems

Emotional problems vary such as sadness, feeling of shame and guilt, shyness, pathological jealousy, excessive anger, emotional blocking, low self-esteem enuresis. The therapy will focus on anger management, shame therapy…These problems if not treated can increase the stress level and lead to other problems such as difficulty of memorization and concentration, insomnia and sleeping disorders.