This starts out with me finding out about you and your life and the difficulties you are experiencing. More often than not, right from the first session, we will also begin using relaxation methods, together with a wide range of other techniques. These exercises work to activate your own natural resources and are key to providing you with immediate relief from psychological stress.
We will also work out some achievable and realistic goals to focus on, starting with small manageable steps and continuing at a pace that suits you. We will work together to set goals that are clear and meaningful to you. From here on we activate your natural resources to help you to feel better and take back control of your life. At each session we check out what effects the treatment is having for you and, if necessary, work through any unanticipated difficulties. The treatment ends when you’re happy that you’ve made enough progress to continue living a healthy life without regular assistance from me. You will not be encouraged to become dependent on therapy. I also use evidence-based measures to show demonstrable change.
Everyone’s situation is different, but I aim to take as few sessions as possible and you can fully expect improvements to begin from the first session. People rarely need more than six sessions to make significant progress and lasting improvements, often as few as three or four are necessary. In 2019 my average length of treatment was 3.5 sessions, with a maximum of 12, and a minimum of 1.
Once therapy has finished, in some cases people like to continue with a coaching and mentoring approach. In this case, we move into business or life or creativity coaching, still using the same goal-setting and solution finding techniques.