The psychological services that our firm offers include psychotherapy, couples therapy, EMDR-therapy, support during a divorce or during the judicial procedure, forensic psychology expertise, mediation and work counselling.
- Couples therapy
- EMDR therapy
- Handling a judicial process and support getting through it
- Expertise in forensic psychology
- Work counselling
Psychotherapy is a target-oriented and professional activity that aims to support the psychological growth and development of the clients, improve their own ability to solve their problems and further the clients well-being. Psychotherapy can be realized as individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy or group therapy. Psychotherapy takes place in a confidential interaction between the psychotherapist and the client. The psychotherapist is bound by professional secrecy. According to research the efficiency of psychotherapy is significant: more than two thirds of the clients that have gotten psychotherapy feel better after the sessions.
The forms of psychotherapy that our firm offer are solution-focused psychotherapy and EMDR-treatment. These are so called short-term psychotherapies, where the maximum amount of sessions usually is 40, but most of the clients see the psychotherapist 5-20 times. The successful outcome of the treatment requires the client and psychotherapist to be efficient, that they have a good ability to co-operate, a clear goal, therapeutic focus and that the client is independent.
The client's need for psychotherapy is determined during the first session. If the client needs professional psychiatric help or long-term psychotherapy he or she will be directed elsewhere.
Couples therapy is a target-oriented and professional activity that aims to support the couple to define their goals for the future. The interaction of a relationship and other problems in the couple like the lack of trust or sexual problems are typical topics covered during couples therapy.
Our firm offers couples therapy from a solution-focused point of view. EMDR-treatment can also be used as a part of couples therapy. The couple can come to the therapy together or separately. The couple's therapist is bound by professional secrecy. The length of the therapy depends on the nature of the problems, which goals the couple has set for themselves, how well the therapy progresses and which forms of therapy are used. A significant part of the couples feel that they have gotten the help that they needed during less than 10 calls.
A good couples therapy session takes place in a safe environment where everyone can freely and without shame talk about their own thoughts, feelings and needs. It is important for us to strive to keep the impartiality towards both parties and help each person to see the situation from the point of view of the other.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of client-focused psychotherapy, which is used more and more also in Finland. EMDR-treatment makes it possible to work on traumatic and difficult experiences and memories from the past and neutralizing the emotions in the body and mind connected to the incidents. Research show that the efficacy of the EMDR-treatment is good: EMDR-treatment is faster and requires fewer calls than psychotherapy based on discussion. EMDR-treatment has been proven to significantly speed up the coping after traumatic and difficult life experiences.
In a traumatic situation the information a person receives isn't stored normally in his or her memory, but as (often negative) beliefs, feelings, associations and reactions of the body. Later in life some impulses might trigger these memories to cause anxiety, somatic symptoms and sleeping problems. During the EMDR-treatment both sides of the brain get equal stimulation (usually with eye movement series, but sometimes as stimuli through hearing or touching as well). The physiological mechanism that the EMDR-method sets off activates the process of information connected to the memory. A successful EMDR-treatment is effective both neurobiologically and psychologically, and changes the distressful and disturbing memory making it neutral for the client. At the same time it connects a positive belief to this memory of the person himself. EMDR-treatment can also be used on children and young adults.
At PsyJuridica the EMDR-method has successfully been used to treat the negative memories and traumas connected to sporting or road accidents, violent experiences, bullying at work and relationship crises, as well as to deal with different kinds of stress connected to performing or other anxieties, fears and panic disorders. The psychotherapist at our firm has a long training in the EMDR-treatment. To deal with a separate traumatic experience the client typically needs 2-4 sessions with the psychotherapist. After a continued traumatization more calls are required.
Being part of a judicial process often causes the persons involved to feel stress and anxiety. The unawareness and uncertainty of the future, the ongoing process, presenting oneself in court and the fear and anxiety concerning the outcome of the process are the most common psychological stress factors connected to a judicial dispute and legal proceedings. These stress factors can cause sleeping problems, flightiness, lack of appetite, somatic symptoms, mood swings and sometimes absence from work caused by these problems mentioned. For the time being not much attention has been given to this in Finland.
Our firm offers a support service during the judicial process, which strives to significantly help easing the stress and anxiety connected to the legal proceedings. Different types of methods can be used to manage the stress, solution-focused and behavioural psychotherapy as well as EMDR-treatment. With the help of our support the focus of our client's life is shifted from the judicial process to the other important factors in life. We have very positive experiences of applying this type of support, and find it efficient. Using this support and EMDR-treatment we have made it possible for an anxious and frightened person to take part in the legal proceedings, when the presence of this person was necessary for the case.
The client often meets the psychologist between two and four times to get the support they need. This service is also available for clients that have judicial assignments taken care of by other law firms. The psychotherapist is bound by professional secrecy.
A contract of support during a judicial process gives the employer a possibility to further his employee's well-being and ability to work in a situation where they are faced with legal proceedings in their personal life or because of their work. This contract can be drawn up for a certain period of time or for the time being, it can include a certain amount of calls, for the whole personnel or for a part of it. The contract enables the employee to get help fast in a situation of crisis. It motivates and encourages the employees and passes on the humane values of the company.
Mediation can be defined as a method of conflict control, where an impartial outsider, the mediator, with the help of his training, experience and professionalism can assist the parties to find a solution to the conflict that satisfies both sides. Mediation has been carried out in Finland both in dispute and criminal procedures, family matters, school activity and work communities.
A successful mediation has amongst other things the following effects: a) the conflict is ended; b) the costs are smaller than in litigation c) the involved feel that they have contributed to the decision in a greater extent d) the focus of the interaction is the co-operation e) a reconciliation creates the preconditions for the conflicts to subside between the parties in the future f) a reconciliation gives the involved the experience and memory trace that it is a possibility to reach an agreement between the parties. When a mediation is successful in a work community it lessens the absences due to illness, gives the immediate superiors time to focus on the actual duties and increases the efficiency and productivity of the work.
A good mediator is an active and empathic listener who guides the negotiations impartially. The mediator can face the parties of the conflict dealing with their emotions as well as a possible moral reasoning or discussion concerning values. A good mediator maintains a positive atmosphere.
Out of the dead end is our firm's mediation service for private persons, companies and corporations. Our firm is specialized in solution-focused mediation. In the solution-focused mediation the discussion is centered around the assets of the parties involved, how to recognize their strong suits, the possibilities in change and alternatives as well as orienting oneself for the future. The mediation service often includes separate meetings with both parties involved, a common meeting and a follow-up. The discussion is confidential. The wishes of the parties, compromises made and goals on how to change ones behaviour is written down in an Out of the dead end-contract. The mediation of our firm is work charged by the hour. Alongside our work we can consult the law department of our firm in questions concerning legal matters, with the consent of our client.
Companies and corporations have the possibility to make an Out of the dead end- agreement with our firm. The contract offers the employer a possibility to improve the well-being of the employees as well as their ability to work in a situation of conflict. The contract can be drawn up for a certain period of time or for the time being, or to cover a certain amount of appointments. The Out of the dead end-contract enables initiating the mediation process within ten days of the reference to our firm. The contract signals the employer's good conflict management skills to the employees.
Expert witnesses in forensic psychology have been used more frequently in the Finnish legal system during the last couple of years. As good examples of this one can mention the trials of Anneli Auer and Jyrki Järvilehto, but also several trials concerning sexual abuse of a child, indemnity and custody battles. The forensic psychologist's role as an expert witness often includes a case-specific evaluation, passing on relevant research and/or evaluating a possible psychological presentation of evidence of the adverse party. The Finnish Psychological Association has drawn up detailed instructions regarding how psychologists should testify in court and evaluate psychological damage.
The expertise work and statement of a forensic psychologist gives the court information based on scientific research about the human behaviour. In more and more cases the defence has to rely on an expert witness of forensic psychology. This can be a result of the fact that the witness of the prosecutor, a police officer for example, who doesn't have any training in behavioural science testifies that the accused is lying. In these cases the defence might need a forensic psychologist to testify what kind of behaviour is connected to lying and how accurately it is possible to determine if a person is in fact lying.
We do expertise work in forensic psychology and draw up statements in very different types of situations. We do not hesitate to say no to the client if we believe that it isn't possible to draw up an objective statement or a statement based on scientific research in a particular case. We have been both the expert witness of the defence and the witness called in by the court in questions regarding alienation of a parent (custody battles), evaluation of the parents (custody battles), the amount and quality of psychological damage (criminal procedures), the activity of the human memory (criminal procedures), evaluating the reliability of a statement (criminal procedures) and risk evaluation (criminal procedures) as well as evaluating the statement of another expert.
The expert work in forensic psychology at our firm is work charged by the hour. Along with the work we can consult our judicial department with the consent of our client. If needed it is possible to carry out an experimental study concerning the most essential questions of the case, or order the study from a researcher in forensic psychology in Finland or abroad. Thanks to our background, we have a broad network of top researchers in the field, as well as the ability to review and question the preliminary report of the police and the actions of the prosecutor.
Work counselling is a target-oriented and professional activity of interaction, where the trained work counsellor helps the client to examine his or her own work, to acknowledge the effects of his ways of working and strives to maintain the client's motivation to work. Work counselling gives the opportunity to stop in the middle of the work stress and examine one's well-being at work and professional growth as well as the quality of one's work. Work counselling is especially important when the work community is changing or if the employees are doing psychologically burdening work. Work counselling can be carried out individually, in groups or in work communities.
Our firm offers solutions-focused work counselling. Characteristic features of the solution-focused work counselling is recognizing the assets and strong suits of the client, finding the joy and good shape to work and maintaining it, evaluating the possibility in changes and alternatives as well as orientating oneself for the future. A successful work counselling enables the client to experience his work less burdening, more efficient and more productive.
We do work counselling especially on the field of health and social care, the judicial field and security business, for individuals and groups. Work counselling is confidential and the work counsellor is bound by professional secrecy. The ideal size of a work counselling group is three to six people. The length, prize, amount of appointments and goals of the work counselling is determined in the work counselling contract. Work counselling is usually a process that lasts about six months, during which the appointments are approximately one month apart. After the first meeting our firm does separate work counselling contracts for individuals regarding five 90 minute appointments, according to the price recommendations of Akava.
Divorcepark is our firm's service for persons considering a divorce or a separation. During this service the client meets with our psychologists and if needed also with our lawyer to get help to make a possible decision regarding the divorce or to get help to carry out a separation. It gives a professional point of view on how to go through with the separation with the least amount of harm to the involved parties and how to sustain the well-being of possible children. During this service the client can ensure his or her rights in the case of a divorce and become aware of the different steps of the process as well as their cost and timetable. Some of our clients need information about how to safely separate from a threatening and violent partner. This service doesn't tie our client to our judicial services, but enables the client to use them together or separately, in the case that the couple ends up in a divorce.