» Is psychotherapy recommended only for the mentally ill?
Most people contact us because they find themselves in situations they feel they cannot handle by themselves. They may be passing through a difficult period in their life, facing a hard dilemma or problems connected with a personal relationship.
People enrolling in our personal development groups do so with the intention to enrich their lives, learn more about themselves and their relationships.
Some of the people we see do suffer from a mental illness. In many cases psychotherapy is a useful adjuvant to the medication prescribed by their psychiatrist.
» Psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist - what is the difference?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry, the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. The main therapeutic instrument used by psychiatrists is the prescription of the appropriate medication.
A psychologist is an expert in psychology, the science of human mind and behaviour. Psychologists may specialize in various fields, clinical psychology being one of these. Assessment based on psychological tests is the expertise of psychologists.
A psychotherapist is a professional (e.g. psychologist, doctor, social worker) who completed postgraduate training in psychotherapy. The main therapeutic tool used by psychotherapists is the therapeutic conversation.
» Psychotherapy, counselling, consultation - what is the difference?
There are no universally accepted definitions of psychotherapy and counselling. The two terms are often used interchangeably. However, it is often presumed that psychotherapy is a deeper and longer type of intervention applied by professionals with a more in-depth training to clients presenting more complex psychological difficulties. The term counselling is often associated with a supportive stance on part of the counsellor, problem-solving, interventions focused upon behaviour and a relatively brief treatment.
The term consultation is also widely used today. Consultation implies a collaborative relationship between consultant and consultee, with a more active contribution on part of the client to setting the agenda for the conversation and working toward solutions.
» How can psychotherapy help?
Talking about difficulties with a sympathetic yet objective outsider can in itself be helpful. The therapeutic space is a safe environment where explanations can be found, different options mapped and alternative ways of thinking and behaving explored and learned.
The success of therapy depends on the active contribution of everyone participating in the therapeutic conversation.
» Will others learn about the issues I bring to therapy?
Confidentiality is the basis of a trusting therapeutic relationship. It helps people feel safe while disclosing personal issues.
Your psychotherapist will never tell anyone else about the issues discussed in a psychotherapy session except with your permission. The psychotherapist does not need your permission to consult with colleagues who are bound by the same rules of confidentiality. If there is something you do not want to tell your psychotherapist, you do not need to.
For more information refer to the chapter on Confidentiality in our Code of Ethics.
» Can I use my mother tongue during therapy?
While talking about significant personal issues, some of which are difficult to put into words, it is important that people speak the language they are most fluent in. This is particularly true for children. We would like to make it possible for our clients to speak their mother tongue. Our therapists speak Romanian, Hungarian and English.
» How do I get an appointment?
We work on the basis of appointments. You can request an appointment or information by phone or e-mail.
» How many sessions are necessary?
The overall number of appointments, as well as the interval between sessions varies depending on your needs and possibilities. In some situations a single-session consultation is sufficient, while more complex problems may require participation in a longer series of sessions. The expected length of therapy is one of the questions you can discuss with your therapist in the first session.
The usual length of a therapy session is one hour.
Group therapy has a set time frame: 30 sessions of 3 hours each and 3 follow-up sessions.
» How much does it cost?
Our work is supported by sponsors. People using our services contribute to the running costs of the centre with an amount that covers a certain part of the actual cost of therapy. Please inquire from our staff about the amount required per session as it may change in time.
» What if I cannot attend a session?
Please email or phone to postpone or cancel your session. Your appointment time is reserved exclusively for you so we kindly ask you to provide a 24 hours advance notice.
For more information or questions connected with any aspects of our work, please do not hesitate to contact us.