Individual therapy can be defined in countless ways; however, the basis of this one-on-one collaborative process and relationship between therapist and client aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. Therapy can also serve to enhance positive emotions, identify and nurture character strengths, and increase self-confidence. Working within the therapeutic relationship, I guide my clients to recognize destructive patterns of being and to identify means of replacing them with healthier and more adaptive practices. Many clients find improved self-awareness and the therapeutic journey itself rewarding, and may continue psychotherapy as a means of self-growth and self-realisation.
I work with adolescents and adults who may seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons. In particular, clients may wish to address diagnosable mental health conditions such as anxiety, mood disorders, behavioural disorders or ADHD. Additionally, they may present with everyday concerns, such as relationship problems, stress management, emotional dysregulation, or other issues affecting their mental wellbeing. When specific issues, circumstances and/or mental health conditions begin to cause distress and interfere with daily functioning, it may be time to seek therapy.
Couples therapy is a form of therapy used to treat couples experiencing relational relationship distress, and aims to restore a better level of functioning within couples. Common causes of distress can include poor communication skills, incompatibility, unsatisfied emotional needs, as well as a broad spectrum of psychological disorders such as domestic violence, substance use, depression and anxiety. Therapy aims to identify the presence of dissatisfaction and distress in the relationship, and to devise and implement a treatment plan with objectives designed to improve or alleviate the presenting symptoms, and to restore the relationship to a better and healthier level of functioning.
Within the therapeutic process, my role as a therapist is to assist both partners see the relationship in a more objective manner, and to guide partners towards healthier patterns of relating with each other - improving interactions while ensuring clients are not engaging in actions that can cause physical, psychological, or economic harm to each other. Additionally, I encourage clients to express their unspoken emotions and thoughts, helping the partners to communicate more effectively and meaningfully.
Working with couples therapeutically may result in clients experiencing a renewed commitment to their partnership with improved communications and methods of relating while engaging in healthier and more intimate practices. However, some couples may find their differences irreconcilable, and may consider separation or divorce as an outcome that best serves their relationship and individual wellbeing.
Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves all members of a family, and is designed to help families collaborate to address family difficulties. The therapeutic process aims to facilitate improved understanding, more effective communication, and the proactive disruption of unhealthy behavioural and relational patterns.
Family problems can manifest in the healthiest of families, resulting in challenging, frustrating, and painful interactions among family members. Family difficulties ranging in severity are likely to challenge every family at some point in time. These can result from behavioural, relational and mental health issues in the family, or from specific stressful events.
Common challenges families face include: difficulty adjusting to changing life circumstance; financial difficulties; loss and grief; substance and alcohol use; behavioural difficulties and/or academic concerns in children and adolescents; mental health concerns; separation, divorce, or blended family adjustments; and chronic illness. Such-like challenging family dynamics can then further impact on each family member’s mental and physical health, relationships, and daily functioning.
Krysia Teodorczuk - Clinical Psychologist
Registration Number: PS 013 4465
Practice Number: 086 001 0721859