Why choose a Strategic Psychotherapist?
1. What is a Strategic Psychotherapist?
The College of Strategic Psychotherapists includes a vast array of different therapeutic models. This includes different forms of counselling, somatic therapists, cognitive and behavioural therapists, and hypnotherapists. What binds them all is the strategic approach. A strategic approach focuses on the cognitive and behavioral patterns that people run in order to generate a problematic emotional state. As Jeff Zeig says, “every problem has a phenomenology”. This is to say, there is a whole-body process to a condition like anxiety. It is not a noun (an object), it is a verb – something you do to yourself.
How? You run particular thoughts. You run a particular tone in your head. You breathe in a particular way. You hold tension in the body, which could include the face and head. You tell yourself particular disempowering things. If you don’t do all of these things in some sort of unconscious organised pattern, you cannot be anxious! It just does not work.
A Strategic Psychotherapist knows this and will help you recognise your contribution (what you can affect) to the problems you are having. They will help address the cognitive distortions (errors in perception) a person runs in order to generate a problem. The focal point is not the story the client offers, but the elicitation of the pattern and new skills to counter that pattern. It is about making what is unconscious, conscious.
2. Why would you want to engage a Strategic Psychotherapist?
The strategic approach is all about leading you as a client to a better place – one that you and your therapist have agreed to. because the emphasis is not on the content (your story, childhood, past generally) it is much quicker than most traditional approaches to therapy. They will get in there and tackle things quickly.
Our experience is that everyone thinks their situation is very unique, but in actuality, there are discernible perceptual patterns common to almost every when they run anxiety, depression, addictions, phobias anger, low self-esteem, or even procrastination.
This is part of the perceptual pattern that needs to be addressed. What you specifically worry about might be quite different from others, but the overarching pattern will be similar.
3. What conditions can Strategic Psychotherapy Address and what can I expect to pay?
2. Social or performance Anxiety
5. Low Self Esteem
10. Post-Natal Depression
12. Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour
13. Post Traumatic Stress
14. Chronic Weight Issues
The hourly rate for therapy varies enormously depending on your location, and the therapist’s individual fees. Some therapists will charge $150-$280 per hour, while other more experienced therapists are closer to $400 per hour.