What is provided.
I provide 1:1 solution-focused therapy with adults, teenagers or children.
Each session is 45 minutes long.
For 'in-person' sessions, I am based at The Fairbourne Clinic in Newbury, West Berkshire.
Those wanting sessions for younger children (primary-school age)
Sessions are in person and are 30 mins long. I use drawing and talking, counselling techniques and solution-focused practice. Parents accompany their children if younger than 8. Parents always have the option to stay in the sessions.
Family solution-focused sessions are available for up to 3 family members at a time. They are 1 1/2 hours in length.
How many sessions will I need?
Emotional difficulties can be wide-ranging and long-standing, affecting self-esteem, friendships and relationships, and therefore it is very difficult to estimate exactly how many therapy sessions a person will need in order to feel as if they are reaching a point where they no longer need someone to talk to. Some find that several session are enough for them to move on, others find that more are needed. You move on when you feel you need to. Somewhere around the region of 12 sessions is fairly average.
What happens in sessions?
Solution-focused therapy is a little like CBT (Cognitive Based Therapy) but often doesn't come with homework. It is also different from counselling, in that although we listen to the problem, we work towards future reflection and goals. The sessions start with where you want to see yourself, rather than where you are currently at. You get to talk about how you would like things to be and we work out ways in which you can reach those (realistic) goals. If you want to discuss things from the past that have lead you to speaking to someone then you are welcome. Just because we don't dwell on the problem doesn't mean we don't talk about it. Each session moves slowly forward from the last so that you get closer to where you want to be.
Can parents have sessions too?
Young children and adolescents are not the only ones who struggle. Parents often say that they would like to be able to help their child or teenager as well. If you are the one feeling frustrated and unable to see how or where to help your child or teenager, then book an appointment for a solution-focused session. As a solution-focused therapist it's always good to be able to work with parents too! Booking a 1:1 means that we can talk through any issues or thoughts you may have.
Please feel free to email or phone if you have any questions. Making an enquiry doesn't commit you to a meeting, but it might just give you peace of mind and you can take it further if you wish.
What isn't provided free of charge
Sometimes parents want to talk about how their child is progressing. I am happy to do this or to talk about how things have changed from the parents' point of view, to give advice or to discuss further points but these sessions need to be booked and paid for. Parents are welcome to be part of their child's/teenagers' session, so that we can all talk about changes that have taken place if this is required and all parties are comfortable with this.