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M.A Psychologue, Geneva

A line of thoughts…

«Ernest loved his psychotherapist job. Day after day, his patients invited him into the most secret corners of their lives. Day after day, he reassured them, cared for them, relieved their pain.» Yalom, I. (1996). Mensonges sur le divan, p.11

“Psychotherapy is a meeting matter first;
then it’s about expertise”

In my opinion, patient and therapist are travel companions who engage themselves on a complicated and intimate but gratifying road. Honesty and trust are essential to a successfull of therapy, measured by the capacity to learn about oneself to promote growth and self fulfillment.

“Change isn’t becoming someone else,
it’s knowing who we are, and accepting it”

by modulating certain facets of our personality regardless to the context in which we evolve and through a suitable path to our possibilities (Jacques Salomé).
« Bad habits of the mind can’t be totally suppressed, but it is possible to add new habits and get them to become irresistible. People can’t be changed radically, but you can point at a new path and then help people with the will to walk it.» Gounelle, L.(2010), Les Dieux voyagent toujours incognito, p.213.

Genève, Plainpalais

Systemic therapy is not focused on the individual as such but considers the individual within the various systems to which he belongs or in which it operates (couple, family, friends, colleagues, neighbors … ) . A system is organized with its rules and its own communication codes. A person is involved in complex interpersonal relationships that can be a source of suffering. The visible symptom is then the expression of a wider dysfunction.

By giving a meaning to dysfunctional behaviors and detecting their function, a new balance may be created in which they are no longer useful.
By using a systemic approach, one does not cure the person but his/her way of perceiving and interacting with his/her context. Relational games are analyzed to suggest others, less demanding and more balancing.

Lets consider the family system which experiments various different life phases such as moving in together, birth, adolescence, leaving home, retirement but also divorce, blended families : these changes bring upheaval in how the family system is structured (the place and role of everyone in the family), but also in the way members interact. In crisis, the system may now find a new balance.

In the same perspective, a life event can bring temporary or long term instability (job loss, mourning, disease…).

It is possible that a family member (eg. a child) changes his/her behavior (restlessness, opposition, concentration problems, school divestment … ) in response to his/her way of perceiving the change (child’s concern for the parent who is not doing well ).

Sometimes the crisis is prolonged and it can be difficult to escape new established patterns. Alternatively the new functioning might not satisfy every members. Outside help may be necessary to understand the meaning of the symptoms, find a more harmonious balance for everyone, an awareness of resources or to allow a member to regain control of his life.

How to make an appointment ?

By phone.
If you would like to make an appointment please leave a message distinctly on my cell phone with your name, surname, telephone number and when you would like to be reached back. I will contact you as soon as possible.

My contact :

Myriam Aïssaoui
Psychologist specialized into psychotherapy FSP
Hypnotherapist Shyps
Children, adolescents, adults, couples & families
French– English

Avenue Henri Dunant, 11
1205 Geneva


Access map

 Tram: #12, #15, #18
Plainpalais stop
 Bus: #1
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