Adagio consists of a team of practitioners with different specialisms. As a result, we offer a wide variety of therapies. For example, we offer cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR therapy, mindfulness, psychotherapy and relationship or family therapy.
Below you will find an overview of the different forms of therapy that are offered at Adagio. Would you like to know more about a therapy? Please feel free to contact us.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on your thoughts and behavior. In this therapy you can learn how your thoughts influence your behavior, and how you can change this influence. For example, sometimes you can only think about negative things, like that nothing ever works for you. If you think that nothing ever works for you, that also influences your behavior. For example, you stop trying new things because you think it won’t work. There is also no chance that it would work. With cognitive behavioral therapy you learn to interpret situations differently and thus also to change your behaviour.
Psychodynamic / psychoanalytically oriented therapy
In psychodynamic or psychoanalytically oriented therapy, the psychological problem is not only viewed from the perspective of the problems that are present at that moment, but the influence of previous experiences is also taken into account. The reason for this is that you are not always aware of the influence of the past on your behavior now. In order to fix the problems, it is important to know what is causing it and to address that cause. It is not enough for everyone to remedy the complaints they have at that moment, because they are not yet aware of the cause. This makes it more difficult to tackle the problems or can cause problems again later.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a therapy that is intended for people who have had a traumatic experience and who have difficulty coming to terms with it. With EMDR you and the therapist will think back to the traumatic event(s). At the same time you get distraction, for example because the therapist moves his hand back and forth. This distraction makes the emotions and reactions to the images and memories of the experience less intense.
In mindfulness, your attention is focused on what is happening at that moment with your thoughts, feelings, body and your environment. Mindfulness is about focusing not on judging these things, but noticing them and accepting them as they are. Focusing your attention on what is happening in that moment also helps you to distance yourself from things that otherwise keep running through your head. By paying attention to what is happening to you, you can also learn to recognize whether your behavior is helpful or counter-productive. Mindfulness can help with many different complaints, such as stress and burnout, fears or personality problems.
Affect Phobia Therapy
Affect Phobia Therapy is a form of psychodynamic therapy with the aim of admitting and handling emotions again, when you have learned through previous experiences that emotions should not be there. The word affect phobia here refers to a fear of your feelings and desires, which makes you hide them. This can happen unconsciously. By hiding feelings you can become tense, tired and gloomy and/or develop physical complaints. This therapy helps to let go of the feelings you have hidden and learn how to deal with them. Feelings have an important function in your life: they show you what and who you find important or nice, but also what you don’t like or don’t like. As a result, they also help you to know your limits and to stand up for yourself.
Schema therapy looks at the patterns in your behavior and how they can help or hinder you. You will think about how experiences from your childhood created these patterns. You learn to become aware of these patterns and what kind of feelings the patterns cause. Then you learn to reinterpret these patterns and feelings in a way that is helpful. All kinds of active exercises and role plays are part of the schema therapy. By understanding and practicing certain skills, you learn to deal with your emotions and the problems you encounter in a different way. This therapy is mainly used for personality problems.
Solution Focused Therapy
Solution-focused therapy is very different from other forms of therapy. In this therapy, you start by making up a goal for the end of the therapy, instead of the therapy being about the problem. So you decide for yourself what you want to achieve with the therapy, where you are helped by the therapist. It’s not about what goes wrong, but about what does go right and how you can use it. Solution-focused therapy is often combined with other therapies.
Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)
Mentalization Based Therapy has been developed for people who suffer from impulsive behavior and rapidly changing emotions. This often occurs in people with borderline personality disorder, but also in other types of problems. In case of impulsive behavior [SW4] Affect phobia is not a disorder, other people often do not know where this suddenly comes from, making it difficult for others to understand and you quickly end up in unpleasant situations. With this therapy you learn to better understand your feelings and those of others. It becomes easier to act less impulsively when you know better how you feel and how your feelings and actions affect someone else.
Transference Focused Therapy (TFP)
In this therapy you will closely examine with the therapist how you interpret your behavior and that of other people. It is known that some people, for example people with borderline personality disorder, find this difficult. For example, they are more likely to think that someone is looking at them with hostility than people who do not have this disorder. This can have unpleasant consequences for your life. If someone means well and you don’t take it that way, this can lead to a conflict. In this therapy you learn to think less in terms of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ and thus better tolerate your feelings and those of others. This therapy is intensive, the treatments are twice a week for usually two to four years.
Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD (BEPP)
This therapy is about looking at your traumatic experience and its impact on your life. Together with the therapist you go back to your traumatic experience. Telling about your experience can be difficult and involves a lot of emotions. The therapist is there to help you with that. Later in the treatment, you and the therapist and your partner or someone else from your environment will look at the influence of PTSD on your life. You learn what the influence was and how you can organize your life, now that you have been able to process the trauma.
Partner Relationship Therapy
An occasional conflict or bad day in a partner relationship is quite normal. It can become a problem if conflicts or misunderstandings are not expressed properly. There are different forms of couples therapy.
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
The focus of this therapy is on emotion and emotion regulation. So you learn to better deal with each other’s emotions. Here you learn not to always blame yourself or the other person, but to recognize and change the patterns of your interaction together and to stay connected during conflicts. EFT exists not only in the form of couples therapy, but also as family therapy or individual therapy.
Systemic therapy is so called because it is a therapy that focuses on a person’s social system. Important people such as your partner, family or colleagues are involved in the therapy. This is done because everyone is part of social systems and the interactions with the people in your system can influence you and your behavior. That can be positive, but also negative, for example if you do not understand each other. The systems therapist helps you to see how your system works and what changes may be necessary.
E-health means that your treatment takes place (partly) digitally. This can be, for example, that you make a video call with your practitioner, but there are also other additions to the (live) contact with your practitioner. You can think of using virtual reality glasses. Within Adagio we use Amelia (provider for various Virtual Reality environments to, for example, treat anxiety or do mindfulness exercises). Physicians also use Therapyland, an online module to supplement the therapy in which you can do various exercises and receive explanations about a wide range of topics in mental health. This can make the contact with your practitioner more effective, because you don’t have to go through things that you can learn yourself with them as extensively. This gives you more time to discuss the underlying problems.
Psychomotor Therapy (PMT)
In psychomotor therapy you learn to make your mind and body work together. In this way you can learn how your psychological complaints often recur in physical complaints and how you can deal with them. PMT is a treatment that is more focused on experiencing physical feelings. This is different from other treatments where you mainly have a conversation with a therapist.
We also offer various group therapies. We currently have the following ongoing group therapies:
- Mindfulness group (English, Dutch)
- Affect Phobia Therapy Group (AFT) (English)
- Group Schema Therapy (Description: English / Dutch)
- Grupo de psicoterapia psicodinámica (PDT) (Spanish)
- EMOYO emotion regulation training children 8-12 years (Dutch / Español)
- Mindfulness training for children (8-12 years)