My Approach


The central idea in my work is that mental health is more than the absence of disease or dysfunction. True mental health is the state of high-level wellness which generates your energy and zest for life, and enables you to maximize your potential.

I practice Cognitive Behavioural psychotherapy because it works! Cognitive Therapy’s basic principal is that the way we feel and the way we behave are the results of the way we structure our world. Our feelings, behaviour and thoughts all influence each other, which means that we all have the tools to heal ourselves.

Using cognitive-behavioural therapy, I’ll teach you how to become self-reliant, and able to examine and change your own perceptions, thoughts and beliefs and consequently change your behaviours. Once you master the process, you’ll discover a new way of viewing the world and you’ll become your own therapist.

In our sessions I will teach you how to examine your thoughts (which govern these behaviours) as well as the enduring attitudes and beliefs which underlie your behaviour. I’ll show you how emotional and behavioural responses can be altered by changing your thoughts.

Psychological Principals

From an academic point of perspective, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combines the theoretical and the therapeutic methods previously assigned to each school. In this model the therapist emphasizes a progressive examination from behaviour to automatic thoughts, to enduring attitudes, beliefs, and self-concepts which underlie the person’s behaviour.

It follows that a person's emotional and behavioural responses can be altered by changing his/her cognitions; therefore, satisfying my conviction that thought and action in psychotherapy are critical. While behaviourists (Meichenbam, Skinner, Wolpe) emphasize action cognitivists (Beck) focus on insight and reflection. However, no therapy is complete without the humanist approach (Maslow, Rogers) which emphasizes emotional experience and expression.

Consequently, in my online counselling process I focus on cognition, affect, or behaviour. I employ procedures such as monitoring automatic thoughts, skills training, and mirroring with intent to identify conditions of client's worth and dysfunctional assumptions. In addition, I also examine the client's developmental ante­cedents in an attempt to increase the client's resources upon which the client’s self redefines itself in the therapy.

The goal of my online counseling is to reverse the client's self-destructive thought processes by enabling the individual to recognize both the antecedents and consequences of self-distortions. Client's self-destructive thoughts are corrected resulting in prevention of further distortions of reality and/or self fragmentation. As the person redefines him/herself, he/she obtains a new, different, or richer level of self understanding, unity, and resilience.

With respect to any theoretical approach, I assert that the actual selection of a particular theory is not as important as the process of the therapist's investigating, evaluating, and choosing the best theoretical approach that is most congruent with a client's unique needs of growing, learning, and healing.

These postulates are consistent with research's findings. The critical components to any successful therapy consist of (a) therapeutic relationship which balances the rights of the client with the responsibilities of the therapist, (b) client's active participation of novel experiences, and (c) client's self examination and changes in self-system within a safe and caring client-therapist relationship.
 
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Dr. Marjeta Ritchie

+00 386 (0)31 799 595
drmarjeta@psiholog-slovenija.si

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