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A96 TF96
Co. Dublin

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Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy

About Dr. Michael Leibowitz

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, now living in Ireland, I am a psychoanalytically orientated psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, with local and international clinical training and experience.

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy component of my practice includes working with individual adults who present with a wide range of personal and relational difficulties. Therapeutic discourse is interactive and bidirectional. An ordinary, conversational seating arrangement would apply when working in this way. Individual sessions are of sixty-minutes duration. Sessions are held consecutively, at weekly intervals.

I also offer Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy which essentially privileges the unconscious mind. Therapeutic discourse is focused almost exclusively on the utterances of the attendee. The development of change orientated insight, together with catharsis and emotional energy redeployment, would be the principal objectives in this form of 'talk therapy' intervention. My theoretical approach would largely be informed by Freudian and neo-Ferenczian psychoanalytic doctrine. It would be customary for the attendee (known as the analysand), to avail of a provided psychoanalytic couch when choosing to work therapeutically in this way. Sessions are strictly fifty-minutes duration. Traditionally, the analysand would attend more than one session per week.

Albeit at different levels of intensity, the approach in both psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy would be to work beyond the current presenting problem, which is often symptomatic of deeper, unresolved internal conflicts. Typically, such inner conflicts and stressors remain concealed in the mind and therefore outside of direct conscious awareness. Both psychodynamic and psychoanalytic 'talk therapies' conclude when such underlying tensions and conflicts are eventually and adequately addressed, allowing for a significant reduction in, or resolution of, the presenting difficulty.

In distinct contrast to the above, I would offer clinical hypnotherapy intervention to adults who would prefer a time-limited, highly solution-focused approach to the symptomatic resolution of their specific difficulty.

Essentially, hypnotherapy operates topographically at the level of the subconscious mind in order to bring about positive and desired change. Positive changes in the way one thinks, feels and acts in relation to a specific concern, would be the central goal of this form of intervention.

My application of hypnotherapy would be to swiftly and effectively achieve symptom resolution from a particular on-going stressor(s); or, as the case may be, significant symptom reduction of the presenting stressor, so as to allow for a more adaptive level of daily coping and functioning. Where appropriate and with the prospective hypnotee's (person undergoing hypnotherapy) permission, clinical hypnotherapy treatment would be conducted in consultation with the hypnotee's doctor, dentist or any other medical/dental specialist currently involved in their care.

Following initial office-based, in-person assessment and preliminary sessions, depending on circumstances, subsequent non-analytical, supportive psychotherapy sessions may be held over the Internet via VSee,Face-Time or Skype.

Should daytime attendance be inconvenient, Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5:30pm to 8:30 would be available for psychotherapy sessions.

Hypnotherapy sessions are usually held on a Saturday. A morning session from 11 am to lunchtime is available or, alternatively, in the afternoon from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.

All sessions are attended by prior arrangement.

Referrals are welcome from the person themselves, their doctor, dentist (hypnodontic intervention), or any other mental health professional.

Professional qualifications/registration:

B. Soc. Sc. (SW)(Hons) Cape Town (UCT) (1981)

M. Soc. Sc. (Clin SW) Cape Town (UCT) (1987)

Ph.D. Kent (UKC, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies) (Quia Clausi) (1999)

M.Sc. (Hons) (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) Dublin (UCD) (2010)

Certified Hypnotherapist NGH Ireland (2017).

General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice GHSC/GHR, UK (2017)

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist: Irish Hypnotist Register (2018)

Cert. Hypno-Gastric-Band Weight Loss Intervention (HSOH) (2018)

Member: Irish Council For Psychotherapy.