Psychology Change

Online mental health support clinic

Asking for help is a sign of courage​

PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOTHERAPY, AND ONLINE SEXOLOGY

Psychology for Life-changing works only with experienced, selected international Psychologists, Sexologists, and certified Psychotherapists.

In our clinic, a Psychotherapist, Psychologist, and Sexologist cannot open their account. Before joining our team, they are subject to competence and interpersonal verification which is how we get to know our team

We are proud to have the best international specialists on board.

Our priority is the correct diagnosis of the problem and the selection of the most effective method of further treatment.

You are the most important to us, which is why we focus on the highest level of service.

We offer you the support of a Client Mental Health Manager, a psychologist, and a certified psychotherapist, who has the necessary knowledge and competencies to support you.

The first psychological consultation is free. Based on the interview, the Clients’ Mental Health Manager – psychologist, and certified psychotherapist will recommend the following treatment steps and the appropriate specialist to best deal with your problem.

You do not need to be familiar with all genres of psychotherapy. You also do not need to understand the difference between a psychologist, a psychotherapist, and a psychiatrist. Our task is to clarify all doubts, answer questions and select the appropriate specialist.

HOW THE PROCESS LOOKS LIKE

SERVICES

You make the decision to change your life

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You have an initial consultation with a psychotherapist

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Our psychotherapist recommends further treatment:

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Individual sessions with a psychotherapist

Individual sessions with a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist

TotalMind: individual sessions with our psychotherapist and business counselor

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TotalMind: individual sessions with our psychotherapist and business counselor

ISSUES

Crisis intervention is a short-term form of psychological help, intended for people who have experienced severe stress and/or traumatic experiences and are unable to cope single-handedly. How long does crisis intervention take? Usually, crisis intervention lasts from a few to even a dozen meetings; the number depends on the type of problem the client faces. The first meeting lasts up to 1.5 hours and the next meetings last 50 minutes and are held once or twice a week. When to seek help? Not every crisis requires specialist intervention. You should seek support when you are unable to cope with a situation for a long time, or the stress is so great that it prevents normal functioning in life. This also refers to the feeling of helplessness and increasing tension. The most common situations people experience before searching crisis intervention, are:

  • death of a loved one,
  • job loss
  • the experience of violence, war, or natural disasters.
What are the benefits of crisis intervention? First of all, it helps to return to inner balance by restoring a sense of efficiency. During the process, the client regains control over his/her problem and gains the ability to adequately assess stressful situations and effectively deal with future stressful situations. The effects of crisis intervention are also a reduction in the tension associated with a problematic situation, getting emotional support, a reduction of anxiety and an increased sense of security, If you want to consult a psychotherapist, make an appointment for a consultation.

Fear can take many forms in our lives and includes:

  • Anxiety disorder - panic attacks
  • Generalized anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive - compulsive disorders
  • Social anxiety
  • Somatization, hypochondriac and autonomic disorders, in the somatic form
  • Depression-anxiety disorders and any other anxiety or anxiety disorders
In order to overcome fears effectively, you should approach the issue from two sides. On the one hand, act quickly by not letting anxiety take over your mental space. On the other hand, you need to understand the underlying causes and emotional mechanism of anxiety. The fear factor is often not directly related to its cause. It only triggers unwanted and unaccepted emotions. It is also worth knowing that the taking of medications, also termed ‘pharmacotherapy’ should be used only when anxiety appears very often and with great force; medication alone will not eliminate the cause. It is thanks to psychotherapy that we increase our tolerance to anxiety - that is, we are able to function normally even in situations where anxiety arises. Once the therapy has ended, fears may still appear, but their intensity will be so low that they will become a neutral part of our life and will not disrupt it in any way. Sometimes they even become a motivating factor. If you want to consult a psychotherapist, make an appointment for a consultation.

A long-term lack of energy and motivation to act is very often one of the important indicators of emerging, or ongoing, depression ; today, it is one of the most common mental disorders and is considered the fourth most serious; health problem in the world. The influence of depression, on a professional situation - and sometimes, the influence of responsibilities and the atmosphere at work on the emergence of depression- is undeniable. There is no fixed "set" of ‘depression symptoms’ but there are many indirect ways to indicate that your current condition may be depression. It should also be remembered that the symptoms of depression may vary depending on gender. Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men. Signs of depression in women can be as follows:

  • Lack of energy and motivation to work
  • Fatigue, anxiety, nervousness and restlessness
  • Loss of interest in normally pleasant activities
  • Insomnia or lack of sleep hygiene
  • A permanent feeling of guilt
  • Constant sadness, hopelessness, apathy
  • "Baby blues", in cases of postpartum depression
  • Lack of desire to live and/or suicidal thoughts
In addition, indicators of this disease in men differ from those in women:
  • Feeling angry and irritable, the so-called “short fuse"
  • Anxiety, weakness and constant nervousness
  • Emotional distance and concealment
  • Blaming others for any mistakes
  • Difficulty falling asleep and waking up
  • Loss of concentration, which significantly affects working life
  • Memory impairment
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Loss of libido
Note: Typically, men lose interest in most social activities, as well as activities that can be enjoyed. A large amount of men with depression, still try methods of "escape" by taking up sports, video games, television or having casual sex without emotions in order to avoid deeper interactions with others. Many people with depression may experience additional symptoms in the form of body signals such as:
  • Migraines,
  • Abdominal pain, arthralgia,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Tightness in the stomach,
  • Palpitations,
  • Getting tired quickly.
  • Often, we first observe "physical" symptoms and only the lack of medical reasons directs our attention to the mental condition.

PTSD - Post-traumatic stress disorder- is a disorder that can develop as a result of experiencing or witnessing an event that endangers the safety, life, or health of ourselves or of others. This can be assault, rape, cataclysm or war, a road accident, the traumatic death of a loved one or undergoing major surgery/illness. In such a situation, our psyche ceases to cope with stress overload which then results in PTSD symptoms. Post-traumatic stress disorder – symptoms:

  • reminiscences (flashbacks) - intense and vivid memories of a traumatic event, appearing independently of the will;
  • nightmares associated with a traumatic situation;
  • anhedonia - inability to feel pleasure, isolation;
  • dejection (dispiritedness) avoiding situations that may evoke memories of the situation that caused it;
  • the emergence of suicidal thoughts; uncontrolled outbursts of anger;
  • over-reacting to a situation.
Bodily symptoms:
  • headaches,
  • palpitations,
  • increased blood pressure,
  • rapid breathing,
  • lack of appetite,
  • sleep disorders,
  • gastro-intestinal disorders
How long does PTSD last? If the client, immediately after the traumatic experience, asks for help and learns from the very beginning to take care of the sensitized psyche in the empathetic environment of his/her relatives, he or she can very often deal with it on his own after a dozen or so sessions with a psychologist. However, if you postpone seeking professional help until the symptoms have become unbearable, PTSD therapy may last for many months. Without treatment, PTSD can persist for many years.

We talk about eating disorders when weight and food become the focal point of customers' interest and subordinate them to other areas of life. Most often, these occur in the form of: Anorexia - a deliberate desire to lose weight, fear of obesity and loss of control over impulsive eating. It consists of strict control of calories consumed and striving, not only for excellence of appearance and self-image but also in other areas of life, i.e. the professional, scientific and family spheres. Bulimia - compulsive attacks of gluttony when large amounts of food are consumed within a short period of time followed by defecation and/or very intense physical exercise. Bulimic eating is always associated with guilt; after eating there is a need to relieve tension and obtain relief by ridding the body of the food consumed. Compulsive overeating manifests itself through the excessive overeating of caloric foods, being on a diet often, and refraining from eating in the presence of other people. Individuals who compulsively binge eat, get fat and withdraw from social life. They confuse food with emotions and treat any emotional tension, pleasant or unpleasant, as a reason to reach for food. In the case of clients with eating disorders, individual psychotherapy is a very important element of treatment and is most effective when working in parallel with a doctor who takes care of the physical condition of the body. Psychotherapy supports clients in making their own body image real and understanding the mechanisms that have been developed to maintain weight control. In most cases, such behavior took root long ago and is so strong, that it seems to have become a permanent part of the personality. The treatment of eating disorders is neither simple nor short-term. However, it is possible to improve social functioning and permanently eliminate symptoms by maintaining a healthy weight and eating stress-free without having to self-monitor. Therapy may last from several months to several years with the most important factor being the involvement of the client in the process and the readiness to accept new relationships and mechanisms, developed during the therapy. The purpose of psychotherapy in Psychology for Life-changing is to distinguish the disease from the personality of clients as well as understand and learn a conscious approach to emotions, thoughts, impulses and the behavior related to eating and self-image. If you want to make an appointment, click here.

Anger can be a reaction of the psyche to many situations, including stress and frustration at the behavior of others, or the treatment by others of oneself and can occur when our needs are not met or we feel hurt, criticized and rejected. Each person has a different, learned mechanism for dealing with anger and wrath. The most harmful of these are: Violent and aggressive behavior towards others - hitting and throwing objects, slamming doors, physical violence (violent behavior), verbal abuse (swearing, shouting), emotional abuse (insulting, humiliating others), economic abuse (cutting off access to money), Directing aggression inwards - self-abasement, diminishing self-worth (I am useless), failure to meet needs, self-isolation and self-mutilation. Passive aggression - ignoring other people and their needs, refusing to perform tasks or purposefully doing things wrong, late or at the last minute. Being cynical, sarcastic or smug and sulky. In working with anger, the most important thing is to learn how to express feelings in a healthy way that does not endanger ourselves or others. When emotions do not have a mechanism of self-regulation, we can go to extremes, from aggression to excessive control of anger. Aggression is painful for our loved ones while excessive control can lead to psychosomatic illnesses and difficulties in experiencing all emotions, including joy, happiness and love. Anger management therapy aims at:

  • recognizing triggers for anger, or so-called ‚catalysts’,
  • the effective and efficient response to the above factors in a non-aggressive manner,
  • understanding where certain mechanisms and patterns of behavior come from,
  • experiencing the repressed emotions that led to the dysfunction,
  • acquiring the ability to relax and think calmly regarding emotions,
  • acquiring non-aggressive, problem-solving skills.

In order to be diagnosed, personality disorders must meet certain criteria such as the long duration of abnormal behavior, noticeable abnormal attitudes and behavior exhibited in many relationships with other people, as well as in the mental sphere; the pattern of behavior is not adapted to the social and individual situation, symptoms that appear in late childhood or adolescence and persist into adulthood, psychological discomfort, impairment of functioning in social and professional roles. Personality disorders, as such, cannot be "treated" because they are not a disease, but a certain characteristic of our psyche. However, psychotherapy is a process that allows those affected to function effectively. Therapeutic sessions lead to a better understanding of oneself, the mechanisms that guide our emotions and actions and help to develop methods of action in situations where symptoms intensify. Studies confirm that long-term psychotherapy is the most effective method of coping with personality disorders and helps 40%-64% of patients. If you suspect that you have a personality disorder, make an appointment for a consultation.

Treating insomnia and other sleep disorders should begin with a clear definition of their causes. Often, difficulties in falling asleep, maintaining sleep, waking up too early and poor sleep quality are the consequences of a disorder that lies deeper. Physical factors such as sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome or other somatic diseases, should also be excluded, in order to start working on the real problem. During the therapy in Psychology for Life-changing, we approach treatment from 3 sides:

  • an analysis of emotional, conscious and unconscious mechanisms that cause difficulties with sleeping,
  • the creation of new behavioral patterns to promote good sleep,
  • an analysis of professional/stressful situations while working with our business consultants.

A nervous breakdown is a mental imbalance, caused by exposure to very strong stress. It can occur in response to a sudden traumatic event or be the result of growing, permanent tension. In more detail, there may be several reasons for the occurrence of a nervous breakdown:

  • A sudden, terrible, traumatic event that we cannot deal with, such as a death, the loss of work, money, separation, or divorce.
  • Living under constant stress. Long-term exposure to severe stress causes an "energy debt" to occur in our psyche. At some point, the cost of "servicing" this debt becomes too high and the system collapses.
  • Failure to meet important needs or a long-term feeling of nonfulfillment such as lack of success or multiple failures in various areas of life.
  • Going through a developmental crisis, which on the one hand may be a natural stage of development, is very often related to dealing with a nervous breakdown. It used to be known that there was a midlife crisis, at around 40 years of age; nowadays such crises may appear from approximately 30 years of age until the age of 70.
The duration of a nervous breakdown may last for weeks. But how do we know when we are experiencing it? There are several common physical symptoms:
  • sweating,
  • muscle tension,
  • insomnia,
  • weight loss.
  • accelerated pulse,
  • dyspnoea,
  • palpitations,
  • dizziness,
  • trembling hands,
  • lack of appetite and/or digestive problems,
  • nausea and/or vomiting.
At the same time there are symptoms at the emotional level:
  • Feelings of fear and anxiety.
  • Sorrow, turning to crying
  • No sense of purpose
  • Isolating oneself from the environment
  • Lack of motivation and general apathy
Sometimes, during a nervous breakdown, suicidal thoughts or self-aggressive behavior may appear; in such cases, it is vital to seek psychiatric help in order to stabilize emotions with medication. At least 25% of people experience a nervous breakdown at least once in their lives. Nervous breakdown – treatment A nervous breakdown itself most often disappears on its own after some time. It can then be said that the crisis is a healthy reaction of the emotional system to a traumatic experience. Psychological support during such a process is needed to understand the mechanisms hidden in these emotions and to make the client aware of all stages of the process they are going through. At the same time, the intervention of a specialist is needed when the breakdown is prolonged and interferes with everyday functioning. An unresolved crisis may turn into depression with long-term consequences requiring longer treatment.

A panic attack is a paralyzing, sudden surge of immense fear. Once it appears, its victim cannot calm down and terror completely blocks his/her reactions. Rational thinking and self-control fade away. Such attacks begin suddenly and rapidly peak. They last from a few minutes to as long as an hour. They occur spontaneously and are not related to a specific situation or object. Symptoms of panic attacks are often confused with other illnesses, such as stroke or heart attack. However, the fact that you cannot draw logical connections with events/people/objects only causes fear, helplessness and loss of control over your life. Psychotherapy for panic attacks should always go hand in hand with drug therapy. Meetings with a psychologist help reduce tension, deal with negative emotions and understand the psychological significance of the attacks. A lot of work is put into realizing the repressed causes of these attacks; this fact alone brings relief and reduces the number of recurring events. Additionally, during therapy, the client faces his/her fears and develops new strategies of protective behavior.

Many of our clients are people who have achieved a lot in their lives. They have reached their dream, professional and social positions, but lose the sense of meaning in their lives. Although failure to perceive the meaning of life is described as one of the diagnostic factors of depression, our experience shows that it often occurs earlier, before the onset of the disease and requires a different approach to therapy. Psychologist Viktor Frankl, who survived Auschwitz, recognized two stages of the nonsense syndrome: Existential emptiness - a subjective state of emptiness, boredom, and apathy when it undermines the meaningfulness of any activity and actions. Existential neurosis - when there are additional symptoms that are supposed to fill this "void". Neurosis can occur in the form of, for example, depression, obsession, alcoholism or other addictions. A sense of lack of meaning causes us to be clueless in our lives. We do not know what we have to do/should do/want to do. The meaning of life is not given to us, but we have to discover it for ourselves, in order to be able to face the world effectively and boldly. Values are shaped based on a sense of meaning and our goals and actions are based on them. If you are experiencing a crisis of values and a lack of meaning - make an appointment.

Stress is the response of the psyche to threatening situations. We experience stress in situations of physical, mental, or existential danger. In other words, it can be caused by physical or mental factors. How it will affect us, depends on how we experience that particular emotion. Those of us who are prone to stress and do not have our own effective methods of dealing with problems, face a variety of consequences:

  • Immune system disorders
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ulcers, nausea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Neuroses, anxiety states, depression
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual cycle dysregulation
  • Migraines
  • Decreased libido,
  • Back, neck and spine pain
During the psychotherapy we work on understanding the causes of stress, identifying mechanisms that strengthen or block the experience of stress, and mechanisms for neutralizing or compensating for this tension. The effectiveness of therapy depends on the individual case. For some clients, it is enough to focus on the mechanisms of coping with emerging stress. In other situations, it is necessary to analyze the psychological background of stress and the life situation of clients who unconsciously provoke and escalate stressful situations in a self-destructive way.

Our own method, TotalMind, combines psychological support with business and leads, holistically, to a significant improvement in the quality of personal and professional life. The therapeutic TotalMind procedure proves to be particularly effective in professional burnout situations. From a business perspective we help to analyze the sources of stress and modify toxic work habits, as well as adjust processes to business requirements. From the psychological point of view we analyse the impact of stress on both psyche and the body and recognize the emotional mechanisms behind burnout. Then we transform these mechanisms into actions, in order to support the process of returning to personal and professional effectiveness. How do I know if I am experiencing burnout?​ Below are some symptoms and tips that will help you assess your condition:

    • Tiredness and exhaustion​
    • A sequence of cynical thoughts related to work itself or the work environment
    • Lack of motivation and job satisfaction​
    • Problems with long- and short-term concentration​
    • A constant sense of imperfection​
    • Failure to meet deadlines or meeting deadlines at a much higher cost than previously​
    • Muscle cramps, body aches, non-medical headaches and a reduction in immunity
    • Sudden onset of aggression and irritability​
    • Anxiety or depression​
    • Continuous work at high speed and overtaxing oneself​
    • Sleep problems​
    • Increase in regular alcohol consumption indulging every evening, say, in a glass/or a couple of glasses of wine

ONLINE MENTORING AND BUSINESS CONSULTING

Anna Prymakowska – managing director and co-founder of the clinic, supports our clients in business consulting.

With her experience from management and supervisory board level of international companies in the e-commerce industry, she helps to achieve business effectiveness and profits.

Scope of support

CYPRUS PSYCHOLOGY RETREAT

For those who need a break from the challenges of everyday life, we offer a week-long development stay in sunny Cyprus, during which we will holistically approach issues related to mental health and gain a balance in everyday life.

During your stay, you will have a chance to participate in intensive psychological and business sessions in beautiful interiors, surrounded by nature.
You will be able to take care of your mind and body during yoga and Pilates sessions conducted by qualified trainers.

We know how important comfort and discretion are to you and so your accommodation will be adapted to your expectations and a detailed plan of your stay will be created to meet your needs exactly.

Contact us: hello@psychologychange.com