If my experiences of being a therapist have taught me anything, it is that every client is individual and their issues can be complex and ever-changing. So, it became important to me that therapy have the capacity to adapt to such complexity and individualism. Therefore, as I developed my understanding of therapy and of people, I became a pluralistic therapist. This means I invite the possibility of using different methods from CBT, Solution-Focussed, Compassion-Focussed, Humanistic therapies in order to devise a set of sessions tailored to you.
I am also really keen to learn from you (the client), if you are unhappy with anything or just feel like something could be added to therapy then we can try it out. I have worked with clients and service users in different settings using art, musical instruments, comic-strip stories, nature and more to help them gain understanding of their lives.
What to Expect?
Therapy can be quite daunting, it is new, it is unknown, but it is important for me that you know you are in a safe, private environment.
How Long is a Session
Sessions last for up to 50 or 60 minutes.
What is a Client Agreement
How a Session May Start
There are many ways therapists and clients begin a session. The therapist might ask direct questions such as "how has this week been?" or "let's recall last week's session." Some therapists believe in allowing silence and for the client to start the conversation with whatever comes to mind. Both these methods are useful for establishing a strong therapeutic relationship and a meaningful therapy session.
How the Sessions May End
Towards the end of the session, the therapist might indicate there is only 5-10 minutes left of the session. Alternatively, the session may come to a natural close by both parties going silent and reaching a place of feeling 'okay' or 'content' with the overall session. After what you have discussed, the therapist might ask if you would like to do some work at home, referred to as homework, to develop coping skills and self-understanding.
Homework is something which can be discussed with your therapist. it may be something you are keen to utilise, or something you would rather stay away from. The benefits of doing work at home are that you practice coping skills and help new habits become automatic, rather than your threat system. Homework is always agreed as something which is easily achievable for you.
You may end therapy after a set amount of sessions or after a longer period of time. Both are a perfectly acceptable, everyone's needs are different. When you come to ending with your therapist, this might be through feeling like you have accomplished the goals you set, feel emotionally stronger. This can be discussed with your therapist a session or two before your final session. You might then review the overall therapy and establish a crib sheet for what was most helpful, so you might return to it should life get challenging again. I feel here it is important to say that therapy can be accessed at any time, if you end therapy and a few years later would like support then this is okay.