How does psychotherapy work?

There are moments when we feel bad, sometimes too overwhelmed by reality and our problems. In such moments, it is good to seek psychological help. Apply for psychodynamic psychotherapy at our center in Krakow. The latest research shows that in Poland about 10% of the population suffers from depression, anxiety or other mental disorders

How can a psychologist and psychotherapist help?

Psychologists and psychotherapists help solve many problems. Through the use of psychotherapy, psychologists help people of all ages continue to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives despite their difficulties.

In therapy, psychologists use a scientifically proven psychodynamic approach to help people develop healthier and more effective mechanisms. There are several approaches in psychotherapy – including cognitive-behavioral, integrative, systemic – couples therapy, which help patients work through their problems.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between a suffering patient and a psychologist. Therapy takes place in a specially prepared office, which provides a safe space and allows for an open conversation with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgmental.

Together with your psychologist, you will work to identify and change thought patterns and behaviors that prevent you from feeling more comfortable in your life and having a better sense of well-being. To achieve this, it is necessary to understand the mechanisms by which you function in relationships and learn how to better deal with problems that will arise in the future.

Część psychoterapeutów swój styl pracy określa jako eklektyczny, czyli polegający na integrowaniu różnych orientacji teoretycznych. Ponadto, psychoterapeuta pracuje zgodnie ze swoim zakresem kompetencji, przy poszanowaniu zasady poufności oraz zgodnie z prawnymi i etycznymi wskazaniami, określającymi zawodowy profesjonalizm.

When should you consider psychotherapy?

When we have problems that reduce our quality of life, when we suffer from persistent emotional and somatic symptoms.

The motivation for seeking help from a psychotherapist is individual; some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt angry, irritated, anxious, tense, depressed, resentful, or sad for a long time. Other people may need help with a chronic illness that destabilizes their emotional or physical well-being. There are also people who suffer from going through a divorce or the death of a loved one. Others are overwhelmed by difficult life situations.

There are many myths about psychotherapy that may discourage you from trying it. It is worth overcoming your fear, uncertainty, shame and difficulties in asking for help. In such situations, psychotherapy can help you.

When you should seek help:
  • You experience an overwhelming, long-lasting feeling of fear, sadness and helplessness.
  • Your difficulties do not seem to improve despite your efforts and the help of friends and family
  • You can’t concentrate on tasks that weren’t previously a problem at work
  • It’s hard for you to motivate yourself to do everyday activities.
  • You constantly worry and anticipate the worst-case scenario.
  • Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, overeating, starving yourself, spending money on unnecessary things, taking drugs, being aggressive, which harms you or affects your relationships with others.

Types of therapeutic approaches

There are many different approaches and certified schools for training psychotherapists. Therapists working at our Małopolska Psychotherapy Center SYNAPSA in Krakow rely on one of the selected trends, such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic therapy, and psychoanalytic therapy. Each theoretical perspective is like a road map that helps the psychotherapist understand his patients, the causes of their problems, and develop an appropriate and individual therapy plan.

The psychologist encourages greater observation and analysis of behavior in difficult crisis moments, and encourages the patient to discuss his or her previous experiences in order to seek a deeper understanding of current problems.

Each psychotherapy process is a very individual process that meets the needs of each patient.

Piotr Wereszczyński, psychologist and psychotherapist

He works therapeutically in the psychodynamic paradigm. He specializes in individual psychotherapy for people with neurotic problems and depressive personality disorders