APPROACHES

The unexamined life creates more suffering not only for ourselves but for those around us. By examining it, we will see that life improves, gets easier and more attuned. In turn, we feel better, which translates into better decision making and an overall more skillful way of being. Due to life's constant fluctuations, we will find ourselves in periods where we hurt and may feel overwhelmed. It is during those times that we realize that we might have missed a manual on how to live and we understand that "The Good Life" is not an instinct, but a learned skill.

As a clinician, I operate from a client-centred approach which recognizes that you are the expert on yourself, and with the proper care and accompaniment, you will develop into your highest potential. I also aid myself in various other therapeutic styles such as Logotherapy, Mindfulness, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), and Spirituality. 

 

I can help you with your symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, addictions, loss of meaning and self-esteem, relationships, grief, life transitions, and specific men´s issues. Another area where I am passionate about is helping clients balance their spirituality with everyday life. 

Integral therapy

     Through years of studies and research, I realized that healing the mind did not just come with analyzing and changing thoughts but came with the integration of every aspect of what it is to be human into therapy. These aspects are manifold which include our mind, emotions, social connections, physical body and spirituality. With the different approaches I learned, I will help you explore all those aspects of your life so that you can continue to heal as a whole and not only as a part. 

     I sense that the word "Integral" better describes the type of therapy that I offer, I describe it as a state where one includes and transcends previous ways of being and thinking, as opposed to getting rid of prior ways altogether.

     My work is highly inspired by Integral Theory as established by Ken Wilber.  Integral theory is widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive and coherent knowledge frameworks available. For this reason, it has been translated into application by experts around the world to many different disciplines and fields of study, including Integral Psychology, Integral Ecology, Integral Medicine, Integral Politics, and many others.​

Integral Therapy refers to a restorative process that is whole, complete and integrated.

Mindfulness is a distinctly mystical practice rooted in Buddhist traditions that can also be found in most spiritual disciplines. We could say that its goal is to eradicate suffering by bringing attention to what is happening in the present moment and at the same time remaining equanimous with what is.

 

Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are psychological processes that refer to bringing attention to the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that are happening in the present moment and to feel them as they are without condemnation. Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn integrated the teachings from his Buddhist studies and scientific findings and established mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). In therapy, you will learn different practices that will help you develop your attention, your concentration and to stop creating more suffering for yourself. We will explore the dictum "Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional"

Mindfulness therapy (ACT)

Logotherapy

Established by Dr. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and WWII Holocaust survivor. We can describe Logotherapy as the therapy of meaning. According to Dr. Frankl, the search for life's meaning is the primary drive and motivation for living. In his book "Man's search for meaning" he describes how the ones who survived the Holocaust the longest were mostly the ones who did not lose their sense of purpose and meaning in life. 

In life, pain is inevitable, during depressive states, it seems like there is no way to alleviate it. Through logotherapy, a person discovers that what to strive for is not always a painless state in life nor a life free of tension but a life with profound personal and transpersonal meaning.

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is a methodology that seeks to improve human behavior by exploring people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help achieve desired outcomes.

NLP uses perceptual, behavioral, and communication techniques to make it easier for people to change their thoughts and actions.
 

Richard Bandler and John Grinder developed this approach by combining Milton Erikson's hypnotherapy, Fritz Perls Gestalt therapy, and Virginia Satir's Family therapy among other modalities. 

Neuro-linguistic Programing

Spiritual / Transpersonal therapy

Mental health has long known the paramount importance of incorporating Spirituality into therapy, in order to not just help our minds and emotions but also to connect us to something greater than ourselves. As Carl Jung, student of Sigmund Freud believed, our main task is to discover and fulfill our deep, innate potential. When we can connect to something greater than ourselves, a process may occur, a process that humbles us and allows us to welcome things as they are. Furthermore, it can also help us to deepen our sense of purpose and meaning. This is where the spiritual component of the work we will do together comes in.

You might feel that counseling is not what is needed. After all, you may not have a problem that creates a deep struggle nor suffer from depression, anxiety or mental illness. However, you have a relationship problem or professional issue and you know that if you could just solve it, it would lead you to a more satisfying life. Life coaching helps you to achieve self-empowerment by developing skills and attitudes that you can use towards professional or personal goals we will identify together.

 

There is no "one size fits all" in this process. During these sessions, you will be invited to look at your life and your difficulties from different perspectives and integrate these so that you can find the most adequate solution.

Life coaching
Nonviolent
Communication
(NVC)

Is an approach to align ourselves to wisdom developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s.

At its heart is a belief that all humans have the capacity for compassion and empathy. We only resort to behaviours that may be  harmful to others when we do not recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs.

NVC proposes people identify shared needs, revealed by the thoughts and feelings surrounding these needs, and collaborate to develop strategies and make requests of each other to meet each other's needs.

The result is interpersonal harmony and learning for future cooperation.NVC supports change on three interconnected levels: within self, between others, and within groups and social systems. NVC greatest impact has been in personal development, relationships, and social change.

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