Paris counselling and psychotherapy
Everyone faces challenges or problems in their lives. Some are easily overcome alone, while some require help from friends or relatives. However, there are certain issues that require specialist help from a professional.
What problems require that extra help depends on the individual and the specifics of the case. Some people can manage their emotions around work stress themselves, but need more help coming to terms with the loss of a parent. Others will be able to cope with the death of a parent with support from other family members but will need help to deal with losing their job.
Our reactions to these things will depend on things like how sustained the stress is, whether the loss was sudden, and about a billion other things that vary from person to person and situation to situation. Itís also unhelpful to judge whether you need help with a situation based on whether someone else needed help. You are not them and thatís okay.
There is certainly nothing wrong with asking for help. Itís actually one of the bravest things you can do.
Our English speaking counselling and psychotherapy service
At Philippe Jacquet & Associates, we understand that it can be hard to seek help for mental health or relationship issues. First, there is still a regrettable stigma around seeking help for these problems, but it can also be the case that youíve been suffering so long, you donít remember a time when you didnít feel like this.
This is compounded even more if you live in a country where you arenít fluent in the language, so you worry about seeking help and not being able to communicate effectively. Thatís why we created an English-speaking counselling clinic for people in Paris, Ile-de-France.
Here, you can access therapy without worrying about a language barrier. We offer therapy sessions online from our London offices via Skype or WhatsApp.
We find that the online sessions are as effective (and potentially more effective for some people) than regular counselling. It is especially useful to those who travel frequently for work, live abroad, have difficulty travelling for sessions, or would like to ensure their anonymity even more so.
If youíre looking for English speaking counselling in France, then please give us a call on either of the following numbers (+44 7809 668193 / +44 7809 668193) or email us. Donít suffer in silence.
What kind of issues do we help with?
Our English-speaking counselling service can help you manage almost any type of mental health or interpersonal relationship issues, but here are some of the most common that we see:
- Relationship issues
- Confidence building in your personal or professional life
- Mid-life crises and the search for meaning
- Addictions, including smoking, drugs, gambling, and sex
- Phobias, including a fear of flying or a fear of public speaking
- Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating
Of course, many people find that their issues do not fit neatly into one of the categories. It can often be the case that you are suffering from more than one problem and that these issues exacerbate each other. For example, someone who is struggling with a mid-life crisis may also be suffering from stress at work or have been recently bereaved, which is causing depression and anxiety. Tackling just one of the issues may not be enough to deal with the problem effectively and so a combined approach is usually needed.
Summary of services offered online
At Philippe Jacquet & Associates, we offer a range of services for people experiencing mental health or interpersonal relationship issues. The treatment plan will be based on the patientís reason for seeking help, their physical ability, and what types of mental health treatment they wish to undergo.
That last point is particularly important. Our founder Philippe Jacquet believes that while a counsellor may be an expert in mental health issues or their school of thought regarding therapy, which in his case in Jungian Analysis, the person experiencing issues is the sole expert in their own lives.
With that in mind, letís give you an idea about the sort of therapies that you can expect at our international counselling service.
This is often a shorter treatment to address a specific problem in a patientís life that cannot be worked through alone or with the help of friends and family, say bereavement counselling after losing a loved one.
Counselling, which can take place in individual or group settings or both, helps you work through problems. The counsellor cannot provide any definitive answers because, as with any mental health treatment, there is no magic cure, but they can provide new ideas and perspectives that will help you find a way to address the issue yourself.
Some of the issues that are best suited to counselling are interpersonal issues, like marital problems, disputes with a boss, or even issues with your parents.
There is much that is not known about psychotherapy by the layperson, which means that those gaps often get filled by sensationalist media portrayals. Psychotherapy is actually a positive and effective form of treatment because it allows people to learn about themselves by talking with a professional about their lives.
Through this, a person comes to understand how their beliefs are unconsciously shaping their thoughts, feelings, and actions. These beliefs will have been shaped by your lived experiences and by the beliefs of those around you. In this safe space, people can examine why they hold problematic beliefs and whether these beliefs are true, which can help to change their outlook and therefore their behaviour.
For example, if you saw that your parents had a rocky relationship or you were cheated on in your teens, it may be affecting your marriage now, without you even realising it.
As with psychotherapy, hypnotherapy is not well understood outside of medical circles. When most people think of hypnosis, they think of an entertainer who makes their volunteers cluck like a chicken on stage. That is nothing like hypnotherapy.
Our highly-trained hypnotherapists will put you into a relaxed state where your unconscious mind will be more open to suggestions. The session will be discussed in detail beforehand, with the therapist taking their lead from you about the suggestions you want to have. To be clear, you will not be asleep and you donít have to take any suggestion that you do not want to take. In fact, you can even break yourself out of a trance yourself if you want to.
This is a mode of self-expression that allows a patient to communicate through creating something and is especially useful when treating patients who thrive on doing, rather than talking. By focusing on the creative, rather than destructive, it can allow the mind to understand and overcome challenges.
An example of its use at our Paris counselling clinic is by getting someone to draw how they feel when they are experiencing the issue that they came to us with, so if a patient was struggling with binge eating, they might be asked to depict how they feel after a binge.
This confidential one-on-one treatment will give you a guide (or coach) to help you through problems or challenges at work. Effectively, they will act as a sounding board and provide you with the different perspectives and scenarios to allow you to make the best decision for you. It also helps you understand how you can change your behaviour to get better results at work.
Using multiple therapies
As part of our integrative approach, we may well combine the approaches to see if the mixture is more helpful for the patient. For example, if someone were to come to us with anxiety related to their job, we might give them counselling, but we can also try art therapy to tap into their creative side or bespoke business coaching to help them attain goals.
Highly experienced counselling service in Paris, France
If youíre in Paris, or elsewhere in France weíre here to help you. Our online counselling and psychotherapy service is designed with the individual patient in mind, because what works for one person may have no effect on another, so no two therapy sessions are truly alike. Thatís the thing to really take away from here; our approach is entirely centred around you and your problems. If an approach doesn't work, we will change it to suit you. You are in the driving seat and you are in control.