PSYCHOTHERAPY

The journey towards self-discovery

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a path that improves our way of thinking, feeling and acting, through greater self-knowledge (self-awareness): by knowing one's own mechanisms, one is able to better regulate one's emotions and act in a more functional way to one's own purposes.

Who goes to the "shrink" is a weirdo?

In the recent years, the need to devote time to personal growth has become increasingly valued. Psychotherapy is the main modality for this, given the approach is strctly individualized; the aim of therapy is to achieve the self-awareness that allows us to cope with life difficulties in a more serene way, and to achieve personal aims. 

Unfortunately, too many people still think that seeking for counseling and psychotherapy means having some mental problems.

In recent times, however, we are slowly witnessing a change of attitude, especially among the youngsters, given that influencers and celebrities have begun to publicly declare that they have benefited from therapy and ashtags such as #endthestigma, #endthestigmaofmentalhealth are today very popular.

 

Who can practice the psychotherapy?

The psychotherapy is an analysis of the individual in its entirety and complexity, in which the personality as a whole is faced in all relational contexts and life. The practice of psychotherapy in Italy is only authorized for those who, enrolled in the register of psychologists or medical doctors (after their BSc and MSc), have also successfully completed a four-year DClinPsy in psychotherapy.

Why do you need to know yourself?

Self-awareness is the full knowledge of one's personality, with its strengths and weaknesses and, above all, the understanding of personal behavioral automatisms.

When we are self-aware, we give ourselves the opportunity to make sense of events and circumstances in a new way, thus allowing new emotions to flourish and determine new behaviors that bring us closer to our goals.

 

What is the difference between psycho-analysis and psycho-therapy?

The two terms are equivalent, the theoretical frame of reference changes: the psychoanalyst focuses more on the unconscious and the deep self, while the psychotherapist focuses on the way of thinking, feeling emotions and behaving and does not interpret the patient's experiences.

 

In the team of INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE we may have slightly different approaches, but we all recognize the validity of the attachment theory (as proven by numerous experimental evidences), and so we all investigate personality in relation to the personality and the quality of the relationships of care-givers during the upbringing.

 

It is widely demonstrated that the effectiveness of a therapeutic path depends not so much on the theoretical approach as on the quality of the client-therapist relationship. As a consequence, we have decided to offer the first introductory consultation free of charge, in order to allow you making a decision about beginning a path that is only based on how you feel.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A PSYCHOTHERAPY PATH?

You can contact one of us directly, or send a generic request and we will identify the psychologist for you

RAFFAELA MESSINA

Italian only

The first introductory session is always free of charge

INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE - VIA ELBA 10 -  20144 MILANO

    Tel.+39 320 66 44 107    Mail: info@sipsicologia.it