The above examples represent some common demands that are addressed in the psychotherapeutic activity.
Briefly, we could say that Psychotherapy seeks to turn suffering or restlessness into an opportunity for change and that it starts and takes shape based on the client’s demand for help. The demands, like the listed examples, can be more concrete or diffuse, psychosomatic or asymptomatic, and as difficulties that they represent, they are the starting point of a personal transformation process.
The work of Psychotherapy proposed in MARGUEBAH is based on a fundamental existentialist principle: All the personal difficulties that limit a person’s well-being – physical, psychological or both- question, to some extent, her vision of the world and her own vision of herself. Thus, however mundane the demands are, they often end up translating into moral dilemmas. Topics such as freedom, desire, guilt, spontaneity, love, forgiveness, loss, acceptance are common characters of therapeutic work; the most significant bonds, (the family, the couple) the favorite scenario of those human passions.
The benefits of a humanistic psychotherapy are the self-discovery that the patient reaches and the coherence that is consolidated between what he feels, what he thinks and what he does, which results in his well-being. Through therapeutic work, a series of capacities are constructed to act on reality, transforming it (instead of enduring it or suffering it) and flexibility to deal with complex events. The goal of psychotherapy is the promotion of autonomy of people, so that they can face the challenges that life presents with confidence and vitality without professional help.
In MARGUEBAH a conversational method is combined with Art therapy. To find out what happens, an empathic, exploratory dialogue is proposed in which the most important component is active listening by the therapist. All the dimensions of language, verbal, corporal, contextual, are the object of attention. Throughout the process, the work moves from the concrete to the conceptual and experiential, making use of the power of artistic expression, be it through working with the body, music, painting, writing or dramatization. Another continuous dynamic that allows the use of creativity is what contrasts the literal (what happens?) and the symbolic (what does it mean?). Artistic expression, in itself already communicative and therapeutic, is inserted into the psychotherapeutic process and impregnates it with meaningfulness in a harmonious way, adjusted to the times and needs of each person / couple.
The psychotherapeutic processes have a very variable duration (between months and years) according to the nature of the demand and the client’s involvement in the therapeutic work. During such processes, periods of pause or spacing of the sessions, initially planned with a weekly periodicity, may occur.
The intervention is structured in an individual, couple or group format, according to the characteristics of the demand. The duration of the sessions is 50 minutes in individual format and 1h30 for couples. Sessions take place on a weekly basis.