Information on Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy

Psychotherapy is a general term for resolving day to day life challenges or addressing mental health concerns by talking with a psychologist. During psychotherapy you can learn about your adopted behavioral patterns and the mechanisms involved that often lead to a disfunctional relationship or situation. Psychotherapy also facilitates understanding your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. You are also guided to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills that will bring the desired results. Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling or simply therapy. Psychotherapy can be used to help adopt better behavioral patterns which will lead to more satisfying and gratifying personal or professional relationships, loving marriages, better parent-child relationships. Usually people who have undergone psychotherapy they have a greater repertoire of functional reactions to life challenges and obstacles which follows them throughout their lives. Clients often state that they have a lifetime “toolbox” to help them “fix” their problems throughout their lives. They feel as if they have given themselves a very important gift.

Psychotherapy is a very powerful instrument in achieving self realization but can also help treating most mental health problems including:

  • Anxiety disorders, such as OCD, phobias, panic disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, acute stress
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Schizophrenia and other disorders that can cause detachment from reality (psychotic disorder)
  • Sexual disorders
  • Low self esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Abusive relationships

Psychotherapy can also help overcome a number of the life’s stresses and conflicts that can affect everyone. It is helpful for:

  • Recover from sexual, emotional, mental or physical abuse
  • Resolving conflicts with partner or someone else in your life
  • Relieve anxiety or stress due to work or other situations
  • Recover from witnessing violence
  • Cope with major life changes, such as divorce, the death of a loved one or loss of job
  • Learn to manage unhealthy reactions such as road rage or passive aggressive behavior
  • Come to terms with a chronic or serious physical health problem
  • Overcome sexual disfunction, such as erectile disfunctionpremature ejaculation and inability to reach an orgasm
  • Sleep disorders, if you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • In some cases psychotherapy can be as effective as medication such as antidepressants. However, in some more advanced cases therapy might not be enough to elevate the symptoms of a mental condition. In this case it will have to be combined with medication or hypnotherapy

How to help and understand Third Culture Kids

The globalization process in our fast moving world has created a new cast of children, the Third Culture Kids (TCKs). A TCK is defined as a person who has spent a significant part of his developmental years outside the parent’s culture (passport country). The TCK often builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture maybe assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is a subject the TCK may experience a lot of confusion about.

The TCKs are raised in a neither/nor world. It is neither fully the world of their parent’s passport culture nor fully the world of the host culture (or cultures) in which they are raised. Some TCKs experience two different worlds simultaneously. Their mother often does not speak the language of the host country, while the home family traditions remain identical to the parents’ passport culture and the TCKs have to face the challenge of adapting within minutes from the home culture to the host country culture- the moment they step out of their house and vice versa. These children have often been described as cultural chameleons.

A major cross-cultural move, leaving behind beloved family members and home, requires an adjustment period even for adults. Yet, it is more demanding for young children whose sense of belonging, identity and basic value system is still under development. In some cases TCKs have been moving from one culture to the next for almost all their childhood, having to say goodbye to friends, countries and cultures they loved, which results in intense feelings of rootlessness and restlessness. In the process, they lose their sense of belonging. By the time they have to repatriate, they feel they don’t fit anywhere. They were seen as different (both physically and behaviorally)in the host culture and had to make adjustments in order to blend in and back in the home culture they feel they don’t fit in either, as the host culture has considerably altered them. TCKs major struggle is finding a sense of personal and cultural identity and dealing with unresolved grief.

TCKs’ parents often fail to recognize the tremendous experience of losses or the anger, sadness, grief and denial that follows. Parents may also find hard to understand, the grieving process their children undergo every time they lose people or things they love, growing up among worlds. However, TCKs seem to feel understood and instinctively connected when they meet each other. There is something about growing up in and among many different cultures that creates an emotional bond that transcends the details.

In order to help TCKs process the changes in their versatile lives, parents can actively listen to them, exhibiting deep understanding, comforting, and empathy. The advantages of the culturally rich lives of the TCKs should also be stressed. They have an expanded view of the world. They have learned how people conceive life, from different philosophical and political perspectives. They not only learn about cultural differences but they also experience the world in a distinct way that is impossible to do by reading books or watching movies. Their experience of diverse cultures and places around the world can be helpful in the global workforce. The adult TCKs often find themselves qualified not only for the corporate world, but also for jobs such as teaching or mentoring. Global awareness, is a major emphasis in universities around the world and adult TCKs are the perfect candidate for such positions. Another, sector their multifaceted experiences will be valued in, is the diplomatic and political arena, especially if they are bilingual as a result of living in a multiple language environment. In many cases adult TCKs have turned their valuable cultural experience and the understanding of the hardship TCKs around the world are facing, into vastly successful careers, by writing books and organizing seminars around the world for TCKs to attend.

In conclusion, as with all life experiences there will always be positive and negative aspects. However, the power lies inside us and is the power of choice. We can choose to focus on the negative and have a cynical view of life or we can choose to focus on the positive and lead a delightful, fulfilling and enjoyable life.

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