My Methods


The Client- or Person-Centred Psychotherapy
The Systemic Approach
The Family or System Board

The Client- or Person-Centred Psychotherapy
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This method was founded by Carl Rogers. It is based on the conviction that each person carries an unlimited potential for growth and development inside. This potential can be limited or blocked through different experiences. In an atmosphere of appreciation, respect, confidence and empathic understanding it becomes possible to access this potential, to express the personal experiences and to grow and develop as a person.

The centre and focus of the psychotherapy are the client's present experiences and their meaning for the client. It becomes easier to understand one's personal suffering and typical behaviour, and then new viewpoints and solutions can be developed.

Source: Folder of the ÖGwG, Linz.

 

The Systemic Approach
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Systemic Therapy sees people not as isolated individuals, but as part of a system whereby they interact and relate to their environment. Problems, difficult behaviour, diseases and other disorders are seen to be caused by unhealthy interactions between the parts of the system. Therefore it is also necessary to search for solutions on the system level. This happens through dialogue but also through symbolic representation of the system in question (i.e. on the family or system board). Ingrained behaviour and relationship patterns can be softened, moved and solved, and changes can start happening. Great emphasis is given to expanding the possibilities of action for all the persons concerned.

 

The Family or System Board
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On the Family or System Board one can represent and visualize systems, situations, problems, decisional questions, externalisations, etc. on a symbolic level and work on solutions. I am using figures, buttons, stones or other materials for this kind of work. It often enables the client to get a new and different view of a situation and a new outlook and step towards a constructive solution.