A therapist not only advises but guides you to come to self-understanding through asking “right” questions. It helps you to come to insight in your problems. The course of sessions depends on the problem and your needs.
The methods that are used include visualization therapy. Methods are used where the person is immediately confronted, through visualization, with feelings he/she had during a certain event (positive or negative) and re-experience it. The advantage is that the person replaces the old negative images with positive new images and then live life from the new images. Besides being very effective for traumatic events, visualization can also be used effectively for reasons e.g. for studies, weight loss, goal attainment, etc.
The pastoral narrative method is to directly or indirectly bring a person’s own life story in connection again with God’s great story of his/her life.
Geneagrams are also used where a person’s family history is looked at. Dr. Heymans also makes use of rational-emotive therapy, where one looks at particular thought processes that determine emotions, experienced with a specific event, and how the thinking process can be changed. She also uses CD’s, questionnaires, and internationally recognised techniques.
After each session, questions are identified that clients need to think about and should give feedback at the next session. Homework is also given to settle changes that were made.