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How do we work?

At PC Fundamenta we place the individual at the centre of our treatments and how we look for solutions. According to our philosophy, therapy needs to fit the patient and so needs to be adapted to his or her specific needs. It is not about what would work for the average patient but what will work for you in this moment, right now. We obviously have a broad knowledge of several therapeutic schools en the necessary experience of matching the right techniques with the specific patient.

Individual therapy
We try to keep the therapy length as short as is possible to get the desired results. This approach results in needing an average of 10 sessions for a course of treatment. Though it is important to note that problems in differing categories generally have different average treatment times, for instance patients with life problems such as mourning a loss need 2-3 sessions on average whilst those with clinical problems such as anorexia generally need long term care and support which can span months. Our main concern is that the problem a patient suffers from is dealt with and satisfactorily resolved as quickly as possible. This has the added benefit of making our therapy cost no more than is necessary, shorter waiting lists for those who would like to make use of our services and even more importantly to make sure a dependency on therapy does not arise.

At PC Fundamenta we have a broad knowledge of different behavioral therapeutic schools and experience with most behavioral therapies based on those schools. These schools include behavior analysis, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. We also strive to stay up to date on all the latest developments and research that are related to our field and the care we provide. If we are unable to help you, we will aid you in finding another therapist, doctor or specialist who can and we will also assist you, if necessary, in arranging an appointment with them.

Our normal procedure is that the first appointment with a new patient will be the intake. At the intake we get to know each other and discuss individual needs and expectations and will determine the course of action for your treatment. After this we will, for the longer therapies, regularly evaluate progress and make changes to the therapy if needed or desired.

Family or relationship therapy
Family or relationship therapy functions not that differently from individual therapy. Just as with individual therapy our aim is to provide treatment that fits the people involved and resolves the issues satisfactorily for those involved. We do this by making the needs, expectations and wishes of all participants clear for themselves but also to one another. Building on those we can foster cooperation and growth in those elements that bring the people involved together whilst diminishing the role of those elements that would drive them apart. Participants learn to react appropriately to work on fulfilling their wishes and give others the opportunity to do the same. Problems in relationships are presented as interactive and cooperative problems of need fulfillment instead of individual problems .

Children
We think that during any treatment involving a child the most important factor is involving its parental figures, the importance even increases by decreasing age of the child. Individual therapy is often not a good idea when a child is very young because they lack introspective abilities. We try to help parents restructure their child’s environment by explaining learning paradigms, change rigid structures or specific structural changes in their daily routine.

When facing preteens or teens the therapy will be more centered around age congruent individual therapy instead of system therapy. One example of such individual treatment is make belief play or actual play where we recreate relevant problems. Every few sessions however we invite the parents to receive feedback, listen to their griefs and restructure the child’s environment.