A course of psychotherapy and counselling with me will usually take the following route:
An Initial Consultation where we can get to know each other a little and get a feel for whether we can work together. If you decide to go forward, subsequent sessions will look in more detail at:
- Your current life and how it is being affected.
- Your past and how it may be influencing your present.
- An improved future and the necessary changes needed in order to achieve your goals.
My first objective is to provide a therapeutic environment where you feel confident and at ease enough to talk honestly and freely about your life and the issues affecting it.
The Initial Consultation will allow me to gain an insight into what brings you for counselling and what troubles you are experiencing. It also permits you to ask any questions you have, and permits me to gather some basic background information about you and your case. Based on what you tell me I can start to plan a course of therapy tailored to your individual needs. I will also be able to suggest how many sessions you might need although this figure may change depending on your progress.
Your next session(s) will focus on your present life:
home, family, work, friends, finances, recreation, etc.
and determine how the problem(s) that bring you to me are affecting these main areas.
The next step is usually to look at your past and how it may be influencing your current issues. This may be recent past, or your childhood, or a combination of the two. Often we find that our pasts have a very strong influence over how our lives unfold and so, by gaining an insight into your personal history, we can hope to structure future sessions to be most effective.
Having assessed your present and your past, we are in the best position possible to look at your future and what you wish it to offer. Whilst change may be desirable, it can also be quite daunting. For this reason we may need to take a steady, step by step approach to its management.
In tailoring your treatment I draw from a wide range of approaches, tools and models. This ‘integrative’ approach may include:
- Person Centred/Humanistic Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
- Transactional Analysis
- Mindfulness & Mindfulness-based therapies
- Hypnotherapy and Cognitive-based hypnotherapy
I often give my clients homework to do between sessions. Don’t be put off by this; homework is often fun and always aimed at speeding your progress and improving outcomes. I believe that the best results are achieved by taking an active role in your own therapy.
As our sessions together unfold, we will regularly assess our progress and, if deemed necessary, try new approaches and psychotherapeutic tools. By the end of therapy we aim to have taken a thorough look at the matters that have been causing you concern and we will have made the distinction between ‘symptoms’ and ‘causes’. We will have applied tried and tested methods for remedying these issues.
In addition to achieving your goals, you will have attained a far deeper and more fulfilling understanding of ‘self’ and now be much better equipped to cope with many of the challenges that life might provide for you in the future.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning”.