Adult and family psychological therapy
At the Psychology Center - María Sancho we are dedicated to helping people achieve a state of physical, mental and social well-being, and increasing control over their lives in order to improve it, fostering motivation, personal skills, self-esteem, and other tools that are necessary to obtain a better quality of life.
How do I know when I have to go to the psychologist?
If you have any difficulty at a social, couple, personal, work or family level, or if you want to achieve certain goals to improve your quality of life, you can go to the psychologist.
Some of the difficulties with which we can find ourselves, and which could be improved with the help of a professional, are:
Stress and anxiety: intense or continuous state of tension or alarm, feeling of anguish, frequent worries, negative thoughts, obsessions, physical symptoms such as: tachycardia, feeling of suffocation, sweating, dizziness; hypochondria, specific phobias, irascibility, sleep problems, decision-making process, work stress, etc.
Emotional problems: Sensation of sadness or emptiness, guilt, reluctance and discouragement, difficulty in enjoying the things you used to enjoy, changes in sleep and feeding, isolation, frequent crying, irritability, negative thoughts about the future, hopelessness, loneliness ...
Couple difficulties: Difficulties in coexistence, communication problems, too many discussions, sexual problems, separation / divorce, jealousy, infidelity, abuse, emotional dependence, etc.
Feeding, physical and gastrointestinal problems: Excess restriction in terms of diet, bingeing, vomiting, use of laxatives, compulsive exercise, obesity, sudden changes in weight, anorexia, reflux, negative thoughts about one's body, constant stomach pain , diarrhea, irritable colon, etc.
Sleeping problems: lack or excess of sleep, nightmares, night fears, waking up several times during the night, problems falling asleep, etc.
Addictions: Alcoholism, drug use, behavioral addictions (to gambling, shopping, sex), abuse of new technologies (mobile, internet, television, video games), etc.
Personality problems: Indecision, excessive responsibility and need for control, perfectionism, distrust and suspicion, narcissism, emotional dependence, lack of impulse control, authoritarianism, difficulty defending one's own rights, aggression, lack of empathy ...
Goals to improve your quality of life: Get fit, quit smoking, improve social and communication skills, higher work performance, etc.
EMDR therapy (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Department of Veterans and the Department of Defense of the United States as one of only two effective and highly recommended psychotherapies for the treatment of psychic traumas, especially post-traumatic stress disorder.
During the experience of a traumatic event the activated biochemical responses (increasement of the levels of cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine) block the innate information processing system of the brain, isolating the information regarding the trauma, closing them in a neural network with the same emotions , beliefs and physical sensations that existed at the time of the event.
The brain can not withstand the stress of that information and gets disorganized.
As a result of those unprocessed memories, nightmares, sleep disturbances, hyperactivation, anxiety, intrusive images or flashbacks, or non-adaptive behaviors can occur in our daily lives.
What do we work with in EMDR?
We work the memory of the traumatic experience as it has been trapped in a dysfunctional way in memory networks.
The therapeutic change would be the result of the processing of these memories, in larger adaptive networks. Memories that are treated with EMDR transmute during processing and are then stored through a reconsolidation process. The core of EMDR consists in the transmutation of these stored experiences in a dysfunctional way towards an adaptive resolution that favors psychic health.
The desensitization and change of perspective, at the cognitive level observed during an EMDR session, reflect the processing of the memory of the traumatic experience. Therefore, it is denoted that the person sees the distant memory for the first time, modifies the cognitive evaluations about himself, sensing appropriate emotions for the situation and eliminating the disturbing physical sensations.
How do we work with EMDR?
We simultaneously work on the elements of the memory of the trauma while stimulating the cerebral hemispheres through eye movement or "tapping" . This produces a flow of information between both cerebral hemispheres, information that was blocked within the memory networks, and achieves a desensitization of negative and inadequate emotions and a change in the cognitive perspective, thus being able to reposition the event in the past and assimilate and integrate the experience.
Sometimes some pharmacological support is necessary to complement the psychological treatment so it has greater effectiveness; As we say: medication is a small crutch that helps us walk for a while, until we learn to walk alone again.
When we decide to start pharmacological treatment it’s important to do it with a good professional, who clarifies our doubts and gives us security about the treatment.
The services provided by our pharmacological advicer are the following:
· Information on the characteristics of the medication the patient takes.
· Recommendations on possible pharmacological treatments.
· Resolution of doubts about the medication that the patient is taking: dose, if he can take the medication with food or fasting, interactions with other medicines or with food and other doubts that the patient may have.
· Information on adverse drug reactions.
· Possible contraindications: kidney or liver failure, large snorers and other clinical situations.
· Precaution information for special patients: the elderly, when they have another illness, pregnancy, breastfeeding and other situations.
These sessions will have a variable duration, and will be done via Skype either from the Center or from home.
Our psychological and pharmacological team will be in constant contact to offer the most complete and effective intervention, and accompany the person during the process.