CABINET FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY AMIGDAL (NOW AND HERE)more
Date of establishment: March 1, 2005
Address: St. Leninova no.73 Skopje
Phone: 3 112 145
Founder and chief psychotherapist in the cabinet for psychotherapy, psychological counselling and psychodiagnostics is Mr Mirjana Jovanovska – Stojanovska -
Master in Clinical Psychology and Psychological Counselling, Doctorate in Developmental Psychology at the South-western State University of Bulgaria, Certified Psychodrama and Gestalt Psychotherapist, Psychotherapy Supervisor certified by Metanoja Institute, London, Great Britain. Additional education through various seminars, workshops, conferences and trainings of various modalities of psychotherapy (England, Germany, Israel, Sweden, Russia, Greece, etc.). She is president of the Chamber of Psychologists of the Republic of Macedonia, a member of the Macedonian and European Gestalt Association.
PSYCHOTHERAPY - it is a group of scientific and experiential procedures, procedures and methods aimed at treating psychological disorders psychologically and not caused by organic causes. The term psychotherapy today covers more than 400 theoretical directions, orientations, forms and types of treatment. Each of these approaches has its own theoretical basis, a specific methodology and a technique of work, a way in which the psychotherapist can be assessed, expectations in the field of efficiency, and procedures for gaining knowledge and skills in order to be successfully used in practice. Psychotherapists from all psychotherapeutic approaches adjust the theoretical program to the specific individual profile of the client.
The therapeutic relationship is an important once essential factor in psychotherapy. For a good therapeutic relationship, a psychotherapist needs certain characteristics such as empathy, to be trusted, patient, open, tolerant, communicative, responsible, to respect himself and others, to recognize and accept his personal power, to respect the cultural influence, be honest, congratulate, loyal, realistic, and know the awareness of the present moment and be ethical and conscientious. But it is necessary that psychotherapy be taught, investigated, controlled and legalized.
Psychological counselling is a psychological assisting process that uses a repertoire of interventions and methods and acts according to predetermined goals. It consists of providing help to people who have different psychological difficulties: current crises, problems of living, lack of adaptation, shyness, withdrawal, love problems, etc. In the process of psychological counselling, life skills are taught and developed.
The advisory relationship and counselling union is the same as in psychotherapy.
The field of application of psychotherapy starts from problems such as: aggressiveness, retaliation, shyness, insecurity, addiction, loneliness, guilty feelings, lack of self-esteem, dissatisfaction with themselves, unrealistic expectations and demands, difficulty in the relationship with the opposite sex, inadequate school success, various types of behavioural disorders and habits (rage attacks, night urination, etc.) delinquent behaviour, psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, various compulsive thoughts and fears).
In individual work, elements of psychodrama, gestalt, cognitive-behavioural and other techniques and methods of work are used, depending on the affinities and needs of the client. In a psychotherapy session of individual therapy, techniques of different psychotherapeutic approaches can be used depending on the affinities, sensibility and needs of the client and the therapy session
Family Therapy - Family Therapy helps the relatives to overcome their conflict situations and aims to promote understanding and cooperation among family members in order to solve the problems of one or more persons. It is also needed in family support when a member of the family, and thus the whole family, passes through life crises and when special adjustments are needed for newly emerging situations (financial difficulties, relocation, divorce or death of a loved one). In addition, it may be support for a family member who has members with mental problems and disorders such as depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, anorexia or daily worries, such as communication problems, interpersonal conflicts, or behavioural problems in children and adolescents. Problems with the behaviour of children in the family reveal the reasons for the occurrence of unwanted behaviour and the whole family works to minimize the consequences and change behaviour.
COUPLES THERAPY AND MARITAL COUNSELLING - is a process of counselling participants in interpersonal or marital relationships that allows them to recognize, better manage or reconcile problem differences and repetitive models of stress in relationships. Couple therapy includes family members (e.g. mother and daughter, brothers, etc.), employees or employers in the workplace, a professional and a client, and so on.
Couple therapy is designed for seemingly intractable problems with a history of relationships, where emotions are the goal and agent of change.
Marital counselling or marital therapy involves a variety of methods and ways of working, and in general the basic principles of marital counselling include:
Providing a confidential dialogue that normalizes feelings
To allow both partners to hear and be heard
To provide insight into the problems and difficulties of the new relationship, but also its potentials and directions for change
To train the relationship in taking control of one's own destiny and making meaningful decisions
To change the way you see the relationship
To improve mutual communication
The primary goals of marital therapy and counselling are: to help identify repetitive, negative cycles of behavioural patterns among partners, and help in understanding the sources of reactive emotions on which these models are based. To further expand and re-organize key emotional reactions in the relationship, to facilitate the change of partner's interaction in new ways of interaction. To create new and positive experiences of connecting through new emotional events in relationships, to encourage a sense of attachment among partners and to help maintain the sense of intimacy.
Group psychotherapy has a long history and empirically proven high effectiveness as a very successful form of psychotherapy. It is of great help and in some cases more effective than individual psychotherapy, especially in cases where social support and learning about interpersonal relationships are important goals of treatment. The vast majority of people who sit in group therapy will have greater benefit. Though group therapy is highly supportive in certain moments and situations can be very stressful.
Some goals of group psychotherapy
Many people in need of psychotherapy feel isolated and dissatisfied with their particular life situation.
They may have problems to establish and maintain close mutually satisfying and meaningful relationships with other people. Often they are interested in learning how they interact with others.
Group therapy provides the opportunity for:
• To receive and provide support and feedback
• To improve interpersonal relationships and communication
• To experiment with new ways of interpersonal behaviour
• To speak honestly and directly about your feelings
• To gain insight and understanding of one's own emotions, thoughts and behaviours by looking at behaviour patterns simultaneously inside and outside the group
• To gain insight and understanding about the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours of other people
• To increase self-confidence, self-respect and improve the image for yourself
• To go through internal changes within the group with the expectation of carrying and applying those changes in the outside world.
PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS - includes testing with the help of psychological tests designed to diagnose and clarify issues related to the personality traits, behaviour, mood, emotional functioning and cognitive processes of the individual, revealing its intellectual potentials and resources of personality and character.
With the help of psychological testing, the client receives detailed information about himself, and the psychologist makes an objective psychological finding.
In Amigdala we have different psychological tests:
• Clinical tests
• Tests of intelligence and personality
• Professional orientation tests - Determining the interests and potentials of a person
• Business consulting tests - employment selection, selection when creating a team, diagnostics of a group.