Eclectic therapy is an integrative, open, form of psychotherapy that adapts to the unique needs of the patient, depending on the problem, the treatment goals, and the person's expectations and motivation. As a psychologist with interest in eclectic therapy, Marésa van der Walt draws from a wide range of disciplines and may use a range of proven methods to determine the best combination of therapy tools to help patients. In effect, Marésa customises the therapeutic process for each individual by using whatever combination of treatments, is most effective for treating the particular problem.

What can eclectic therapy help with?

Eclectic therapy is useful for people with the following concerns:

  • Major depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Postpartum depression
  • Developmental challenges and issues related to specific stages of life
  • Couples problems, family problems, and other relationship struggles
  • School-related problems in teenagers
  • Coping skills for health issues or medical problems
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What to Expect

During your first session, Marésa will ask you questions to begin to understand you. She might ask about your background, current problems and how they are affecting your personal life and professional life. Doing this will help her learn what therapeutic approaches will work best for you.

You will also be given a chance to ask questions about the process and what to expect. Since the nature of eclectic therapy is ever-changing, Marésa may not be able to provide a detailed treatment plan with predetermined goals and strategies for every session. She will, however, give you an idea of what to expect in general.