In “Clinic Dzintari” everyone can receive professional psychiatric and psychological help.

Psychotherapy and psychological counseling is a process similar to learning. People learn from themselves. They discover ways to overcome difficulties, internal forces to develop the skills to make changes, how to make changes in themselves or a situation. Sometimes it is valuable, if there is simply a person, to whom you can openly express your feelings. Sometimes it is sufficient, if you can learn a variety of techniques to help cope with stress.

What does a psychologist do?

Most forms of psychotherapy includes conversations, listening, confidence building, receiving support. When you are talking to a psychologist about yourself or a difficult situation, that you are concerned about, a psychologist assess the situation, and determines the factors that are “wrong.” The psychologist and the client work together – by making treatment goals, looking for solutions that could allow a person to feel better. A very important part of treatment is trust, to being open and honest about sensitive topics, such as feelings, ideas, relationships, problems, frustrations and hopes.

What can a person receive from the therapy?

What the client can receive from the therapy depends on the reason – why he has looked for help. For example, some people go to therapy to deal with specific problems, others – to begin to make better choices for themselves or to begin to heal after difficult life situations.

Therapy can help people feel better, be stronger, and make better choices as well as uncover themselves, learn, discover, understand – what is their motivation, what exactly makes them run on certain routes, or – their own internal resources. There is an opportunity to learn new coping skills, develop more patience, or learn to love themselves. You may find new ways to cope with problems or deal with them in difficult situations, therapy helps to “grow up” and mature.

What happens in therapy?

The psychologist will talk to you about your feelings, thoughts, relationships, important values. Initiation of therapy focuses on the discussion of what you want to solve, reach or revise and setting goals. Some of the goals of therapy could be:

  • build self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • solutions how to reduce anxiety and depression;
  • learn to manage anger and frustration;
  • make healthier choices (for example, in relationships, eating),
  • finish destructive behavior.

On the first visit, the psychologist he will ask you to talk about yourself. The first time may take a little longer. It helps to understand you better, and gives you the opportunity to assess if you feel comfortable with the psychologist. The psychologist will ask you about your problems, concerns and symptoms. Consequently, the psychologist could tell you about their understanding, what is not as it should be, and how therapy might help. Together, you and your psychologist will decide on treatment goals and how often to meet. To have a better understanding of your situation a psychologist can teach you new skills or help to think about your situation in a new way.

Is it confidential?

Psychologist respects the person’s privacy and adhere to confidentiality. Psychologist will not tell anyone else, including the person’s family, about what is being discussed in therapy, unless the client himself has given permission or asked for it. The only exception is, if the specialist in the particular case sees a threat to the client’s or other people’s life / health.

If you are concerned about the issue of confidentiality, be sure to ask about it to the psychologist in your first meeting. It is important to feel comfortable with your psychologist and talk openly about your situation in order for your work to be productive.

*Materials used from: BBC, what is therapy?