Individual psychotherapy

A psychotherapeutic work is often used to relieve psychological discomfort and behavioral distress, to reduce physical, emotional, or moral suffering.

This type of treatment is much more than a simple assistance to help you cope with daily difficulties. It is also much more than providing advice or occasional support.

Deciding to start a therapy implies you want to work on yourself, improve the way you live, feel and behave.

We are all likely to face periods of crisis, or moments of conflict with our own representations, often corresponding to key moments in our lives (birth, adolescence, marriage, retirement, death, separation, loss of job, move or any other potentially traumatic event).

These periods of crisis may be associated to some suffering, which can lead to:

  • A feeling of loneliness,

  • A feeling of existential distress, reinforced by a deep and painful loss of self-worth or dignity,

  • A tendency to isolation,

  • An unusual and excessive consumption of substances, and in some cases,

  • The perpetration of violence against oneself and/or others.

The recovery process may take several weeks or several months. It depends on the issue, on your needs, motivation and personality, on the objectives set together, the method used, and on your assiduity.

The therapeutic framework is a securing and structuring element. It allows you to express yourself openly, to experience new states of consciousness or even some regressive behavior. It also facilitates the awareness of unknown aspects of your personality and allows focus on your experience.

If you choose such a treatment, appointments take place once or twice a week and will be based on a psychodynamic approach.

You can choose between

  • Short term therapy

  • Medium to long term therapy

Short term psychotherapy

When a person decides to start a short term therapy, he/she expects to ease suffering and to treat specific problems. He/she also aspires to enhance his/her quality of life.

The emphasis of the therapeutic work focuses on the understanding of the symptoms and on the awareness of the factors that led the patient to develop these symptoms.

At the same time, the psychotherapist helps the patient identify his/her resources and those of his/her environment.

This introspection work will allow him/her to better manage his/her psychological defenses in the future when these symptoms or problems reappear.

Medium to long term psychotherapy

It supports more profound changes. It usually results in a greater awareness of the patient’s individuality, of his/her resources and personal boundaries, his/her relational capabilities and creativity.

During this period, the patient may feel destabilized and close relationships can change, causing pain, sadness, anger, or other behaviour.

At the same time, the sense of responsibility increases, tends to facilitate the relation with oneself and others, and allows to improve productivity and creativity.

Delegated psychotherapy

Delegated psychotherapy is carried out by psychologist psychotherapists under the same conditions and in the same therapeutic framework as described above.

It takes place under my supervision and in my capacity as a specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.

I exercise this duty of supervision through regular conversations with the delegate psychotherapist and sometimes with the patient.

I strongly believe a good collaboration between the prescribing psychiatrist and the psychologist in charge of the therapy is essential to improve the patient’s condition.

The psychiatrist has the obligation to monitor and supervise. He can interfere in the course of the therapy, modify a prescription or even decide to terminate treatment.

If a psychotropic medication needs to be adjusted, the psychiatrist meets more often with the patient in the presence and/or in the absence of the psychologist psychotherapist, for example during situations of crisis or emergency.

  • The psychiatrist exercises his functions as a doctor, namely:

  • confirms the suffering and makes a diagnosis,

  • establishes or changes the treatment and/or medication,

  • ensures medication if necessary, and,

  • approves legal documents (medical certificates, reports to the health insurance, etc.).

All our treatments/services, including the psychotherapy conducted by a psychologist, are recognized and reimbursed by all Swiss health insurances (compulsory insurance), by the vast majority of international health insurance companies such as UNSMIS, UNIQA or Van Breda , as well as a number of supplementary health insurance.