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Are you on your path to SELF-ACTUALISATION?

What is the meaning of life? What is the point to it all? These are two questions every person in life has asked themselves at one time or another. It seems especially relevant when a person has expereinced loss, trauma or grief, but also when things don’t seem to be going our way, and we have difficulty in our relationships, or even feel depressed or anxious. All people have inherent drive towards greater and greater self-actualisation, but can become stuck on the path or stray from the path due to ineffective coping mechanisms and patterns of communication.

As far back as the 1930’s, Abraham Maslow wrote that the point of life is to self-actualise, which means to reach one’s full potential, to become the “you” that you were always meant to be. Self-actualisation is not a destination, but a path, and everybody’s self-actualisation is different. When we are on our path to self-actualisation, we feel happy, motivated, energised, satisfied and mobolised. When we are not on our path to self-actualisation, we feel depressed, anxious, tired, frustrated, fatiqued, flat, lost, angry and may even experience problems in relationships, with money, with subtances, with food.

In order for a person to be on the path to self-actualisation, certain levels of needs are required to be met. Psychotherapy can be seen as a process in which the client is facilitated to more effectively have these needs met so that he or she can once again be on the path to self-actualisation.

Relationship • Career • Family • Balance • Health & Body • Communication

Psychotherapy is a tailor-made process designed around each client’s needs. Depending on the presenting complaint, communication style, and goals set in therapy, we may use a combination of the following forms of psychotherapy:

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
• Hypnotherapy (Rapid Induction)
• Couples Therapy
• Person-Centred Therapy
• Teddy-Bear Therapy
• Play Therapy
• Sex Therapy
• Communication Training
• Trauma Therapy
• Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
• Progressive Relaxation Training
• Assertiveness Training
• Substance abuse treatment
• Grief Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
• Hypnotherapy (Rapid Induction)
• Couples Therapy
• Person-Centred Therapy
 
• Teddy-Bear Therapy
• Play Therapy
• Sex Therapy
• Communication Training
• Trauma Therapy
 
• Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
• Progressive Relaxation Training
• Assertiveness Training
• Substance abuse treatment
• Grief Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) assists clients to break ineffective patterns of behaviour by correcting the distorted or irrational beliefs underlying them. 

Any belief comprises of 3 levels: cognition, emotion, and experience. These three levels are like a pyramid, with cognition on the top like the mind, emotion in the middle like the heart, and experience on the bottom like the feet.

The least effective way of challenging these irrational beliefs is by tackling only the level of cognition, the second most effective way is by tackling only the level of emotion, the most effective way is by tackling the level of experience. But overall, most effective is to tackly all three levels, and this is how CBT works. By tackling all three levels, cognition, emotion, and experience, CBT helps clients adjust and correct their distored and and irrational beliefs that lead to ineffective coping mechanisms and ineffective patterns of communication.

CBT can be effectively used to treat:

• Phase of Life Problems
• Bullying Victimisation
• Weight Gain Issues
• Career Frustrations
• Substance Abuse
• Behavioural Problems
• Trauma
• Low Self-esteem
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Phobia
• Eating Disorders

• Phase of Life Problems
• Bullying Victimisation
• Weight Gain Issues
• Career Frustrations

• Substance Abuse
• Behavioural Problems
• Trauma
• Low Self-esteem

• Depression
• Anxiety
• 
Phobia
• Eating Disorders

Hypnotherapy. There are many misconceptions and misperceptions about hypnotherapy, which is actually a very effective therapeutic tool that can be used to treat a wide variety of presenting complaints.

Hypnotherapy is essentially a form of guided relaxation that can assist a person to make changes to behavioural patterns and beliefs. Contrary to popular belief, a person does not lose consciousness or go to sleep when hypnotised. During an induction, the client is relaxed, but fully conscious and aware of what is happening.

In Rapid Induction Hypnotherapy (RIH), the therapist does not delve into a person’s past to uncover passed forgotten memories, but rather helps the person to achieve therapeutic goals throug post-hypnotic suggestions, which are discussed with the client before hand. Also contrary to popular belief, the therapist is not in control of the client during hypotherapy. Rather, the therapist guides a relaxation process that the client has full control over.

All a person needs to be hypnotised is a good imagination and a good concentration. A powerful therapeutic tool, a client should always consult a registered psychologist who is adeqautely trained to gain the full benefit of hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy can be effectively used to treat:

• Phobias
• Low Self-esteem
• Weight Gain Issues
• Insomnia
• Smoking
• Hypersentitvity

• Phobias
• Low Self-esteem

• Weight Gain Issues
• Insomnia

• Smoking
• Hypersentitvity

Teddy Bear Therapy (TBT) is a specilaised form of play therapy that can be used to treat children aged 3 – 12 years.

TBT uses story-telling as a way to address difficulties a child may be facing. The child choses a teddy bear from the therapist’s collection of teddies to be the “star” of the story. The therapist and child co-create the story, which gives the chld the opportunity to put on the table any difficulties, worries, traumas, fears or problems they might be experiencing in a non-threatening format that lowers defensiveness and provides optimal opportunity for the child to express him/her self. What’s more, through the use of the story, the therapist assists the child to resolve whatever difficulty he or she (or the teddy bear) is facing.

This highly effective form of play is used to treat:

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Eating Disorders
• Substance Abuse

• Behavioural Problems
• Trauma
• Low Self-esteem
• Phase of Life Problems
• Bullying Victimisation
• Weight Gain Issues
• Career Frustrations

• Depression
• Anxiety
• Phobias
• Eating Disorders

• Substance Abuse
• Behavioural Problems
• Trauma
• Low Self-esteem

• Phase of Life Problems
• Bullying Victimisation
• Weight Gain Issues
• Career Frustrations

Effective living starts today!

Impact Therapy has a variety of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists; providing assistance for children, adolescents and adults, as well as couples and families.

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