Rising above your circumstances
In today’s world kids and teens are faced with many challenges that affect their general wellbeing. These include:
- Peer pressure
- Death in the family
These are just some of the things kids and teens are faced with in everyday lives. These challenges manifest as troubled behaviour such as:
To adults these challenges seem minor as we have already survived childhood. The challenges faced by adults seem so much worse.
It is important to remember that to children these challenges are being faced right now and they are very real with very real consequences.
Remember how tough those years were for you!
Negative behaviour is often a symptom of something in your child’s inner world that is hurting them in some way. Sometimes even the child is not aware of how something actually affects them.
using Imago Therapy
Imago Therapy: a form of relationship therapy that takes place over 12 weeks.
- It is a way for couples (and families) to talk about their problems and frustrations without “blaming” or “attacking” one another.
- (“relationship” refers to all forms of relationships such as family, romantic and friendships).
- Imago looks at and works on the basic relationship building blocks like understanding, communication and needs.
- Relationships are based on needs and the other persons willingness to try and fulfil those needs.
- The outcome of a relationship is dependent on two individuals and the dynamics between them.
- The main aim of Imago is to help couples communicate better, allowing them to address their problems
The 12-Week Layout
Week 1: Partner Profile.
- In this first week we will focus on the things you like and dislike about each other.
- You will compare each other’s traits with Imago traits.
- The exercise will help you make constructive use of the information.
Week 2: Your Relationship Vision.
- This week’s focus is on seeing the potential in the relationship.
Week 3: Imago Workup.
- Focus on recording and summarising information based on childhood wounds.
Week 4: Childhood Wounds & Frustration
- Focus is on childhood frustrations, events and how you reacted to them.
- We will look at patterns in your childhood in relation to your behaviour within your relationship.
- Research shows that childhood wounds have a direct impact on adult relationships.
Week 5: Couple’s Dialogue.
- This week, training is provided on accurate listening, understanding and validating each other's points of view.
- We also focus on expressing empathy for one another’s feelings.
- Regular practice of these skills will lead to clear and effective communication skills and a deeper emotional connection.
- You will learn to replace “reacting” with “empathic understanding.”
Week 6: The Non-Exit Decision.
- The exercise for this week serves two purposes:
- It will ensure that you work through these exercises together.
- It gradually increases your level of intimacy.
Week 7: The Fun List
- Focus is on designing and intensifying your emotional bond, deepening feelings of safety and pleasure.
Week 8: The Surprise List.
- The purpose of this week is to augment caring behaviours with unanticipated pleasures, adding to the feeling of safety and bonding.
Week 9: Re-Romanticising.
- Focus is on sharing specific information about what pleases you.
- We look at agreeing to please each other on a regular basis, turning your relationship into a zone of safety.
Week 10: Stretching
- This week we focus on your partner’s deepest needs, giving you the opportunity to change your behaviour so that you meet those needs.
- As you stretch against your resistance, your partner will be healed, and you will become a whole and loving individual.
Week 11: Container Transaction Days.
- Focus is on expressing anger and resentment towards each other.
- Container transaction allows deeper feelings to emerge and reduces fear of anger for both of you.
Week 12: Visualisation of Love.
- The exercise in this week amplifies the positive changes you have been making in your relationship through the suggestive power of visualisation.
- It becomes a daily meditation.
Why Phoenix Counselling?
My aim is to help clients experience personal growth through various therapeutic techniques.
I assist you to find a way to cope with everyday life and challenges (traumatic experience or simply everyday life) that has led to hopelessness.
I am qualified to work with adults, children and teenagers.
I believe that it is possible to rise above our challenges.
About Phoenix Counselling
As a registered counsellor I aim to address symptoms by finding the underlying cause.
Once I address the causes (yes there can be multiple causes) I then work together with the kid or teen to find healthy ways to deal with these challenges.
This will result in better outcomes for themselves and possibly others around them. I work together with you and the teachers (where necessary) to help your kids and teens rise above their darkest hour.
Understanding the stigma surrounded by receiving help for mental health, I also offer online counselling.
- For kids aged 5-13 I use play therapy, therefore online counselling is not available for them as it requires person to person interaction.
- Teens aged 14+ are constantly using social media, why not use it to get the help they need without being judged for it. The option for "in person counselling" is available for older teens.
Emotional analytical therapy
Behavior and Motivation
Book an Appointment
Monday – Saturday: By appointment only.
- Roodepoort area (In person counselling)
- International (Online counselling)
Registration number: CO 20412