At Maple Tree Psychology, we offer a number of different therapies:
Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Psychodynamic therapy (PDT) is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms including, depression, bipolar, personality problems, anxiety, panic and stress-related conditions, anger management as well as drug and alcohol addictions. The benefits are immediate as well as long lasting. People continue to benefit after treatment has ended up to several years.
PDT focuses on the roots of pain and suffering, it attacks real problem, rather than the symptom. PDT attacks the deeper, repressed thoughts, feelings and experiences. Its hallmark is: you are better off learning the truth about yourself, including character, personality, confidence and skill level rather than being someone you are not. It helps you come back to the person you are and were meant to be, instead of continuing to be lost. PDT helps build confidence and insight. PDT aims to analyse the past bringing clarity and a new understanding of yourself. PDT encourages you to make sense of behaviour, bad decisions and huge mistakes.
The underlying concept in PDT argues that with learning more about who you are as a person which is based on major events of your past, you gain clarity, togetherness, understanding and confidence. In turn you have better judgement, better decision-making, excellent problem solving skills and the confidence to reach any goal(s) you may set for yourself. The 2nd part to PDT is the idea that you must chase after what you need in order to be happy. With increased confidence, clarity and togetherness you can more efficiently and effectively chase after what you need.
PDT is Daniel's preferred method of treatment.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a relatively short term model focused more on present matters. The application of CBT varies according to the problem being addressed, however CBT is essentially a model that helps individuals identify negative, destructive thoughts and behaviours. CBT argues that the choices you are making in life are based on distorted facts and beliefs, therefore your choices are poor. CBT help clients develop a more accurate view of people, systems, the world as well as themselves. CBT helps people change their behaviour by first changing their distorted thinking patterns.
CBT challenges your way of thinking and provides a different, alternative and more accurate way of seeing a problem, issue or person. CBT is based on the idea that if you change or alter your negative, unproductive style of thinking you will be able to change your behaviour and eventually the way you interact with the world. CBT gives you a better chance to chase after what you want from this world as well as getting back to normal thinking, operating and behaving.
CBT has been practised widely for more than 30 years. It has been researched extensively, and has demonstrated effectiveness with a variety of emotional, psychological and psychiatric difficulties and has been particularly successful treating such conditions as anxiety, depression, personality, anger, substance abuse and bipolar disorders.
Hypnotherapy uses special techniques to induce a deep state of relaxation, during which our unconscious minds are highly receptive to new perspectives and ideas.
The reason hypnosis is so effective lies in the extreme power of our unconscious mind, which is responsible for keeping us safe and helping us find our place in this world. Our unconscious mind is thought to process literally 100,000’s of pieces of information at any given time, whilst storing over 400,000,000 pieces relating to our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, behavioural habits, memories.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help people to stop smoking, lose weight, enhance performance, build confidence, overcome anxiety, recover from divorce, manage anger outbursts, relieve stress, conquer addictions, cure phobias, fix insomnia,
reduce depression and assist with substance abuse.
Analysing dreams can be one of the most complicated and complex tasks known in the therapy circles. It is extremely challenging and involved with no certainty or guarantee of rendering accurate results. Some therapists refer to dream analysis a bit like a crapshoot because you venture down a path unsure of what may surface. Its very much a guessing game with what is in the unconscious. The dream analysis that Daniel utilises is very much based in the Freudian school of thought and aims to uncover what may potentially lie in the unconscious. Because nobody can be sure of what is or isn't in one's unconscious, we are not sure what may emerge. We do know that material stored in the unconscious are thoughts, feelings or experiences that are extremely hurtful and or upsetting and beyond the mind's current capabilities therefore, they are repressed and stored for a later time.
Analysing dreams is a form of reversing this process in order to become aware of and learn about the material that has been repressed. There are many reasons why dream analysis can useful for example, getting past a mental block or assisting you to learn about the real self. Dream analysis can provide you with a totally new pathway or area of life to investigate. Dream analysis is very helpful in dealing with thoughts, feelings and experiences that are just a bit out of reach for the conscious mind. You can rest assure that Daniel will not perform dream analysis without a careful consideration of the risks vs potential rewards.