Services

Offering Psychotherapy and Counseling

I help you to navigate with various life challenges, adverse events, anxiety, stress, depression, mental health issues, substance abuse, drug addiction, or other issues that may affect your psychological wellbeing, relationships, or productivity at work.

My Areas of Clinical Expertise Include:

  • Anxiety
  • Worry, rumination
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Life-adjustment difficulties
  • Relationship issues
  • Codependency
  • LGBTQIA+ issues  
  • Identity issues
  • Self-defeating behaviors
  • Coping skills
  • Bereavement
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress)
  • Substance abuse
  • Addiction
  • Burnout
  • EAP counseling

Treatment Approach

I utilize Integrative Therapy, that combines different therapy modalities and evidence-based treatment, to fit the needs of the individual client. In my practice, I integrate various psychotherapeutic methods and orientations, depending on the client’s unique background and presenting concerns.

These approaches include solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral, client-centered, insight-oriented, culturally sensitive, strength-based, mindfulness-based, and psychodynamic approaches. I may also incorporate the use of other methods in order to tailor my psychological services to the client’s needs.  

My main focus is on the here and now, but I may explore the client’s past to provide insight on how early experiences and relationships, and unresolved issues, continue to influence the present, in terms of thoughts, feelings, behavior and current relationships, and how they may impact the day-to-day life.

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy involves you, the client, talking to the psychotherapist about your issues and concerns, as well as your goals. The session focus may be on current or past issues, problems, feelings, relationships, etc. Together we explore the aspects that are contributing to your distress, and what no longer works, including unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We explore how you can better handle difficult and painful thoughts and feelings. We examine how the past still may influence your behavior today. We learn how to identify unhealthy patterns and how to change them for healthier ones.

Individual psychotherapy sessions are normally 60 minutes in length. The sessions are scheduled usually weekly, especially in the beginning. The frequency may of course vary depending on your individual needs.

Psychotherapy may be time limited brief therapy, or as long as several years, depending on the client’s needs and personal goals. Toward the end of treatment, the frequency of sessions may be reduced to encourage client autonomy.

Online Therapy

Online therapy sessions from the privacy of home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of my services are provided exclusively through online sessions (teletherapy). To arrange an online session, please contact me by e-mail:  ritva.morales@yahoo.com

Ritva Morales, Licensed Psychologist

Registered Psychologist with the Belgian Commission of Psychologists.
Registered Psychologist, EFPA – The European Federation of Psychologists’ Association.
Member of the The Belgian Federation of Psychologists (BFP).
Member of the Flemish Association of Clinical Psychologists (VVKP)
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Member of the Norwegian Psychological Association (NPF).
Member of The British Psychological Society (BPS).

Languages spoken: English, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish.
Age: Adults