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INDIVIDUAL AND SUPPORTIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY,
AND COUNSELLING

Individual psychotherapy aims to bring about lasting desirable changes in the person's thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours.  At times crisis intervention helps the person to deal with distressing situations.  There are many methods of individual therapy which are effective.  These are suitable for those who are interested in gaining a better understanding of their own behaviour, and hope not to suffer from a serious emotional or mental condition which would require lifelong treatment.  Some examples are: cognitive behavioural therapy or interpersonal therapy for anxiety or depression, or relaxation therapy for stress problems.

Individual therapy is often a best choice for acute disruption of personal affairs, such as the possible break-up of a marriage, the sudden death of someone who is loved, or after natural disasters; or with reproductive crises such as a miscarriage, pregnancy and childbirth or abortion fears, postpartum depression, the emotional impact of a hysterectomy, or the psychosocial consequences of vasectomy or menopause.

Supportive psychotherapy is offered to help a person through a time-limited crisis either caused by social problems, physical illness, bereavement, loss or grief.  It is also beneficial to people who have serious personality disorders and for the relatives of such sufferers.

Counselling is a form of limited psychotherapy in which specific problems are raised and attention focused on finding solutions to these problems.