PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPROACH

Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 1897–98, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

It is my conviction that there are as many psychotherapy approaches as the therapists that practicing them. When research shows that the most crucial factor in psychotherapy outcome is the therapeutic relationship, the origin of my stance becomes obvious. Every individual in therapy and every therapist is a unique human being, so is every relationship.

Having said that, it is a fact that every therapist has been trained in one or more psychotherapy models or “schools” and has evolved his/her approach in order to efficiently help people who come to therapy confronting issues/problems in relationships, with stress, depression etc.

The pillars of my approach to psychotherapy, as have been created through, training, studying and experience are the systems approach, the evolutionary psychology, the theories of attachment and temperament, the narrative psychology, and the neurosciences with special emphasis on affective, cognitive & behavioural, developmental, and evolutionary neuroscience.

The apprehension of the development of an individual so that he/she to be functional and healthy, the determinants of possible dysfunctionality, as well as the ways of reconnecting with health is the base upon which a therapist rests his/her efforts to help people. 

My apprehension of how we develop, what makes us functional and happy and what not, involves, in a multilevel and complex “construction”, the “laws” of how living systems function, our genes (genetics & epigenetics), our environment (especially our relationships and culture), the evolutionary constrictions for our species, the use of language and the production of meaning, and our embodied brain and mind.