Introduction to Therapies

Therapy can be undertaken in a variety of situations depending on the client’s needs. In many cases Individual therapy is productive, and Group therapy has an important role to play. Where relationships are involved seeing couples and families together is helpful to resolving the issues.

Good treatment includes an Evaluation appointment, during which the client and therapist determine together what needs to be worked on and the best approaches to employ in addressing the client’s needs.

At NexusWest, we employ a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, integrating them to address the specific needs and contexts of our clients. Our integrative model allows us to evaluate clients’ issues and utilize individually-tailored approaches for success.

In therapy sessions you will be encouraged to explore various aspects of your life. We provide you with a safe place to explore and release feelings, pain and trauma. We help you to understand the underlying causes and patterns which impact your life today.

Following an assessment, you will be encouraged to see how your past experiences, as well as your current actions and behaviours, contribute to the problems that you are now experiencing.

As you identify self-defeating patterns of behaviour, we will provide support to process any frozen or repressed experiences to liberate you to be all that you can be. We employ a variety of trauma reduction techniques to do this, in which we are fully accredited. Individual therapy sessions are usually 1-1½ hours in length.

Relationship therapy/counselling is the process whereby the parties in a relationship learn to recognize troublesome differences and repeating patterns of distress and to reconcile them or manage them better. The relationship involved may be between members of a couple or family (see also family therapy, below); or between employers and employees in a workplace, or between a professional and a client.

At NexusWest we tend to use a Relational Life Model approach to work with couples, families, and other groups.

Meeting with other clients in a small group of up to 8 to10 people led by an experienced therapist, you will have the opportunity to work on your issues in a safe setting whilst benefiting from the experiences of others in the group. A group generates an energy and provides a dynamic that helps each person see more of himself. Listening to someone else often triggers memories we had lost. Feedback from members tells us about our impact on other people and also enables us to see the issue from another angle. The first way we process experience is by talking about it, something often denied to children, and sometimes the group stand as the first ever witnesses to what happened.

Groups may be general in nature, or formed around specific areas of concern. Addictions, compulsive behaviours, co-dependence, trauma issues and so on may each be the focus of a group. Group members pledge confidentiality, and learn how to give and get feedback on their concerns in safety. Groups typically last for 1½ to 2 hours, depending on type.

We currently have a number of groups running. For more specific details and availability, please contact the office where we can assist you further.

Typically the groups include:

  • Mixed Aftercare Group
  • Men’s Sex Addiction Group
  • Couples Group
  • Co-dependency Groups
  • Men’s Trauma Recovery Group
  • Gay Men’s Trauma Recovery Group
  • Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.

    The different schools of family therapy have in common a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an ‘individual’ or ‘family’ issue, involving families in solutions is often beneficial. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyses the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system. At NexusWest we use an Integrative approach and the Relational Life Model in family therapy.

    Often a lot of work can be done in a short space of time by focusing steadily for several days at a time. Done in small groups, a feeling of safety is created by the experienced therapist/facilitator and feedback and support from others accelerate the learning process.

    Various Workshops and Intensives are scheduled throughout the year. Further details of these Workshops/Intensives can be obtained by calling either of the offices and registering your interest.

  • Trauma Intensive Workshop I
  • Trauma Intensive Workshop II
  • Love Addiction/Love Avoidance
  • Couples, Boundaries, Intimacy
  • Men’s Workshop