Zita Chriszto | Clinical Psychologist


Comprehensive Overview of Psychological Therapies: A Spectrum of Approaches for Mental Well-being

Originating from the work of Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis focuses on exploring unconscious motivations and early developmental experiences, aiming to uncover and resolve deep-seated emotional conflicts. Psychodynamic therapy, a modern evolution of psychoanalysis, also delves into unconscious processes but is typically less intensive and briefer.

CBT is a structured, time-limited therapy that focuses on identifying and modifying dysfunctional thinking patterns, beliefs, and behaviors to alleviate psychological distress. It’s widely used for treating a variety of disorders, including anxiety and depression, emphasizing the interconnection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

DBT is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment that combines standard CBT techniques with mindfulness practices. It’s particularly effective for individuals with borderline personality disorder and those exhibiting self-harm behaviors, focusing on skills like emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Hypnotherapy is a technique that induces a trance-like state to increase focus and concentration. It is used to manage pain, stress, and various psychological conditions by accessing and addressing unconscious thoughts and behaviors

In this psychological approach, the strategies of successful people are analyzed and used to achieve a personal goal. Thoughts, language and behavioral patterns learned through experience are associated with specific outcomes.

KIP is a form of psychotherapy in which daydreaming, imaginative processes are used under the guidance of a therapist to evoke and process symbolic images. This approach aims to uncover unconscious content and promote emotional healing and integration.

This approach, founded by Carl Rogers, emphasizes the innate potential of individuals for self-understanding and growth. Client-centered therapy provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment, encouraging clients to explore and understand their feelings and to take responsibility for their choices.

Existential therapy focuses on concepts like death, freedom, responsibility, and the meaning of life. It encourages clients to confront these existential concerns and understand how they impact their lives, fostering a profound philosophical exploration of one’s existence.

Systemic therapies view individuals within the context of their relationships, examining the dynamics of couples and family systems. These therapies aim to alter interaction patterns and improve communication, understanding that individual problems may stem from broader family dynamics.

Narrative therapy centers on the stories that people construct about their lives, with therapists helping clients to reframe and reinterpret these narratives. It emphasizes the idea that our identities are shaped by the narratives we believe about ourselves, and changing these stories can lead to different perspectives and outcomes.

IPT is a time-limited treatment that focuses on improving interpersonal functioning and alleviating psychiatric symptoms. It’s particularly effective for depression, linking mood to current interpersonal problems like unresolved grief, role transitions, and relationship conflicts.


These therapies integrate mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, with cognitive therapy techniques. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) are effective in managing stress, anxiety, depression, and preventing relapse in depression.


ACT combines aspects of mindfulness and behavior change strategies, encouraging individuals to accept and embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. It focuses on committing to actions that align with personal values as a path to a meaningful life.


EMDR is a unique, nontraditional form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with traumatic memories. It involves the patient focusing on a traumatic memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), believed to reduce the emotional impact of the memory.

Art therapy uses the creative process of art-making to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It allows expression and processing of emotions and experiences through non-verbal means, often revealing unconscious thoughts and feelings.

Adult Assessments

Adult psychology assessments uncover cognitive, emotional, and behavioral patterns, including ADHD diagnosis and assessment, using tools like self-report questionnaires and clinical interviews. These insights inform personalized strategies for mental well-being and productivity enhancement.

This therapy uses dance and movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration. It’s beneficial for individuals who find verbal expression challenging, providing an alternative medium to explore and express emotions and experiences.


This approach combines techniques from different psychotherapeutic schools to tailor treatment to individual client needs. It’s flexible and holistic, allowing therapists to adapt their approach based on what is most effective for the client’s unique situation.

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