— Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go. —
Kevin Arnold, The Wonder Years.
At OltreConfini, we offer different paths of introspection and personal growth tailored to the specific needs of each person. To do this, we integrate a Western approach to psychology with knowledge of eastern origin, such as that of yoga and meditation. We view, psychology, yoga and meditation as different ways to reach the same goal: the overall well-being of the person. Combining these tools in the way that best fits each individual can only strengthen their individual effects.
As a psychology practice, we offer individual, couple, family and group sessions, primarily adopting a systemic or a psychodynamic relational therapeutic approach. We work both in person and remotely, when clinically appropriate. We strive to lead our patients on a journey to greater awareness of the connection between body and mind.
We also adopt approaches such yoga, meditation, and Tibetan Singing Bowls either alongside the therapy or as stand-alone tools for those who choose to set out on their path of inner discovery, without solely relying on spoken words.
The AltroTempo Room is a small space dedicated to reflection or meditation that gives everyone the opportunity to choose whether to extend their time at OltreConfini. This allows our clients to deepen their individual practice and offers them space and time to recover, before diving back into everyday life.
It is a treatment modality conducted by a trained professional, in which patient and therapist work together to address a crisis situation or a state of psychological suffering. This is a two-person process, which relies on language and reflection to investigate the roots of emotional suffering. Psychotherapy is not only reserved to those who are suffering. In fact, it is also certainly indicated for those who are striving to better understand themselves.
Therapy is a space for listening and processing, meant to provide the person with adaptive tools to improve well-being and quality of life.
Many are the goals of individual psychotherapy, such as reduction of psychological distress, acceptance of oneself and one's limitations, development of personal skills to maximize potential.
Psychotherapy leads to new ways of relating to others and resolving psychic conflicts, thanks to the development of greater awareness and ability for introspection. Psychotherapy fosters a process of re-writing a person’s story by introducing new meaning.
A family is made of different individuals relating to each other within the so-called "family system". Each member of this system shares a relationship with each family member and at the same time experiences life outside of the family (school, work, friends). As with any other system, conflicts and misunderstandings arise within the family.
Family therapy identifies points of conflict, assisting the family members as they modify dysfunctional behaviors, improve cohabitation, and mitigate tensions. Issues of hierarchies, boundaries and quality of communication within the family are addressed to achieve new homeostasis and stability. The ultimate goal of family therapy is to improve the family system and in turn the well-being of the individuals within it.
Technology has entered every aspect of our lives, and when it comes to mental health, if used responsibly, it can allow access to services to individuals who would otherwise not have it. Circumstances for which teletherapy can become a valuable option are many.
Ad OltreConfini we are able to legally provide remote services to patients who are residents of Italy and New York State. Furthermore, thanks to time difference, we can offer services to residents of New York State at less traditional hours.
Some examples of cases in which teletherapy can be a valuable option are:
- Individuals who live in remote areas with limited access to services.
- Expats who cannot easily locate a therapist who speaks their language in their area.
- Individuals who due to work or family responsibilities find it difficult or impossible to commit to a traditional therapy setting.
- Elderly or individuals who cannot easily leave home due to a disability.
How it works
Certain exclusion criteria apply when offering clinical services remotely. Prior to entering a teletherapy relationship with a patient, we conduct a thorough assessment of clinical needs to determine if teletherapy is a suitable option. If this is not the case, we assist the person in finding appropriate alternative referrals.
If teletherapy is a good fit, flexible times to meet are agreed upon and sessions will take place on secure HIPPA compliant platforms.
When possible, we recommend that treatment periodically include in-person sessions, as this contributes to strengthen the therapeutic relationship.
Couples therapy targets problems and conflicts that the couple cannot manage effectively. It involves both partners, offering them a safe space to express their thoughts and feelings. The therapist focuses on the relationship to identify alternative and more adaptive forms of communication. By identifying and clarifying problems in the relationship, the therapist assists the partners with initiating and sustaining change.
Being a couple requires daily compromise. Sometimes, compromise appears difficult, if not even impossible. Therapy fosters better communication and helps the partners bridging their differences and finding new meaning by retracing the steps of the relationship and the principles on which it stands. By seeing difficulties more clearly, existing resources can be activated and new ones stimulated.
Group therapy is a form of treatment in which a small group of individuals meet regularly for sessions in which one or two therapists lead the conversation, assuring that the needs of all members are taken into account and addressed by the group. Group dynamics, when managed appropriately by trained professionals, can be an extremely powerful therapeutic tool. Group therapy can follow a variety of formats depending on the specific focus of the group and needs of the patients.
Defining yoga is not an easy task. The Western image of yoga is often that of an alternative workout, reserved to people with flexible bodies, mostly women, who contort in unlikely postures making weird sounds in unison. In reality, yoga is something else. One of its main meanings is "Union", also intended as “union of all dualities”: between body and mind, between mind and spirit, between individual and world around.
Yoga, which originated in India five thousand years ago as a philosophy and discipline of life, has adapted over the centuries to the many cultural contexts in which it was transplanted. The same is happening now in the West, where yoga has been slowly modified, to the point of being transformed into something completely different.
The western world is discovering in yoga an effective refuge from the frenzy of its time, but it is selecting from it only those aspects that seem to most collude with its own frenetic rhythm. For this reason, yoga today is often mistaken only with its physical components, postures known as "asana", which were later incorporated into yoga for the purpose of strengthening the body and facilitating meditation.
In reality, the practice of yoga can entirely disregard athletic ability. Breathing consciously during a walk, or meditating for a few minutes while listening to the silence of one's emotions means doing yoga. Intended like this, yoga is obviously accessible to people of any age and physical form. A large body of research confirms the many benefits that practicing yoga brings to the body as well as to the mind. Several studies show that yoga correlates to a reduction in levels of depression, anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, muscle tension, digestion, blood pressure, and even diabetes.
At OltreConfini, we introduce our clients to the principles of yoga, either by offering it as a stand-alone practice or just by integrating its principles into the therapeutic work. To us, accompanying people in their path of body awareness, breathing, and improved posture already means introducing them to the principles of yoga.