Therapy: Group, Individual and Sport Psychology

Group psychotherapy or group psychological therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group.

The term can legitimately refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format, including Cognitive behavioral therapy or Interpersonal therapy, but it is usually applied to psychodynamic group therapy where the group context and group process is explicitly utilized as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group.

The broader concept of group therapy can be taken to include any helping process that takes place in a group, including support groups, skills training groups (such as anger management, mindfulness, relaxation training or social skills training), and psycho-education groups.

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual Psychotherapy is a general term referring to any form of therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client or patient. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and of no specific kind or degree, but rather depend on the specialty of the practitioner.

Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well being. Our psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behaviour change that are designed to improve the mental health of our clients or patients.

Sport Psychology

Natural athletic ability comes from a genetic background that lends the right mix of physical athleticism and a body type suited to a particular sport. However, beyond raw talent, the mind of an athlete determines the course of his/her career. In addition, a winning mindset can make up for genetic shortcomings.

A good coach knows how to draw the most out of athletes, both physically and mentally, by applying sport psychology to cultivate mental toughness and character in his/her players by example and personal attention to the unique needs of each athlete.

There are other important factors also to consider:

Stressful life events and pressure to perform often manifest physically, and symptoms like fatigue, gastrointestinal complaints and sleep disturbances could have psychological roots.

Stress can cause distraction, muscle tightness, lack of coordination and sleep    deprivation that can predispose athletes to injury.

Injured athletes may experience guilt and depression, feeling they have let their team down etc.

Psychology also plays an important role during rehabilitation and return to play as athletes work through pain, lack of self-confidence and the fear of impaired performance or being re-injured. Athlete welfare/life balance – assisting athletes to develop life skills, support networks and develop options for life after sport.

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