Psychological counselling and psychotherapy

Psychological counselling is a collaborative relationship in which the counsellor helps the client to make sense of her life’s the problematic situations. The possible reasons would be discussed together with the client and solutions would be sought to achieve the best possible outcomes of this situation.

The counselling session is a conversation during which the client could receive feedback on her thoughts and answers to her questions.

The counselling aims to:
improve the client’s well being, relieve her stress, manage the crisis and solve problems, as well as encourage independence in solving problems; support the client’s abilities to achieve adequate self-esteem, increased self-confidence, skills and self-efficiency when making choices and decisions, achieving goals; teach better understanding of herself, her abilities and circumstances.
Psychological counselling would be conducted in a private counselling room on agreed times, the counselling schedule would be agreed with the counsellor. The victims of violence against women would receive individual counselling, counselling of the mother and the children as well as group counselling. Relationship counselling would not be offered.

Psychological counselling would be offered by psychologists with a law degree who have received training on violence against women.

Psychotherapy is comprehensive, target oriented and planned treatment or therapeutical intervention that is based on general and specific training on behavioural disorders and abnormal conditions or on wider personal development needs in relation to the psychosocial and psychosomatic factors and causes.

The aim of the psychotherapy is to relieve or eliminate developed symptoms, modify abnormal behaviour and thought patterns, encourage the patient’s maturity, development, mental health and wellbeing.
Psychotherapy would be carried out individually or within a group. The psychotherapeut would carry out therapy with the children together with the mother or individually considering the child’s wish. Psychotherapy would be carried out during an appointment structured by the patient/client.

Psychotherapist’s tasks:
Identifying the client’s problems, assessing the condition and conceptualization.
Establishing the psychotherapeutic relationship of trust between the psychotherapist and the client.
Putting together a therapeutic agreement – setting goals, planning the treatment process and creating a strategy, putting together a treatment plan.
Realise the treatment plan in accordance with established scientific psychotherapy methods and techniques.
Evaluation and providing feedback. Evaluating the psychotherapeutic process. Adjusting the treatment plan, modifying where necessary. Evaluating the outcomes.