Types of therapy available at the Psychological Counseling Unit
The most common form of therapy is dynamic therapy. Its features are: It allows for gradual, cautious familiarization with the patient’s inner world.
It makes room for spontaneous self-expression and familiarization with motivation for behavior, which enlarges the realm of free choice. Therapy proceeds at the right speed
for the patient, and the duration of therapy is flexible. Therapy can last up to three years, depending on need.
Couples that have been together for at least a year are accepted. Couples therapy can improve communication, clarify arguments,
and provide tools for better handling of conflicts.
This therapy integrates cognitive tools. In the process of therapy, the patient is given tasks through which s/he learns to relax and ease the feeling of distress.
Cognitive therapy (CBT) is focused on anxiety and study habits.
It is goal-oriented and time-limited. It addresses anxieties, phobias, procrastination, and avoidance responses.
When necessary, patients are referred to a psychodianostic evaluatio after the intake interview or in the course of their therapy. This evaluation consists of a battery of stanard tests
that examine emotional and cognitive aspects. The purpose of the evaluation is to get to know the patient better, to clarify his/her emotional difficulties
and how s/he copes with them, and discover the most suitable type of therapy.The evaluation process consists of three or four sessions in which the patients is asked to respond to a range of tasks,
after which s/he receives evaluation feedback and treatment recommendations. This information is also shared with the therapist.
The unit’s psychiatrist meets with patients begin treated in the department if the treating therapists feel this is necessary and issue the recommendation.
The psychiatrist may recommend medication and after several follow-up sessions refer the patient to follow-up in another setting.