Another key lesson I have learnt from my practice is the importance of facilitate clients to not only build insight but that they can experience and implement change early on, and benefit from this. On assessment I may recommend to a client that we work in a more solution focussed way to address the presenting issue. This means working therapeutically and with practical tools and techniques to facilitate doing things differently and building personal effectiveness. Issues this might work well with; social anxiety, assertive and confidence building, working with students and exam stress. My solution focussed work draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Transactional Analysis, is focussed which allows the client to rationalise and make sense of a distress within easy to understand model. I also draw on a range of practical techniques which clients can then integrate and practice day to day, with the aim of enhancing their ability to self manage, from meditation /mindfulness to drawing on cognitive solution focussed psychology models, for example professor Steve Peters book ‘The Chimp Paradox’ published by Random House books.
I outline below presenting problems which I can support you with;
Therapy and with a relationship focus
- Anxiety and depression, identifying the source and building a strategy to reduce distress and feel more in control
- Social anxiety
- Repeated addictive behaviour, cycles of obsessive action, feeling unable to break free.
- Existential dilemmas, procrastination or decision making, for example a critical career decision
This work in my experience enables young people to engage with therapy and is highly effective. I believe in making this work accessible to young people just starting out. Consequently, I offer 2 low cost sessions a week to students under 25 and at the reduced rate of £40 per hour to make this work more affordable.