Frequently Asked Questions
ONLINE SESSIONS ONLY
Since COVID19 I haven't offered sessions at Linden Medical Centre, a Maidenhead GP practice that I had worked from for several years, and so I am now working exclusively online or, if you don’t have a stable internet connection, possibly over the phone using FaceTime.
My fees ares still lower than they were before the pandemic.
What do online appointments involve?
In terms of the actual session content, they are identical to those conducted face-to-face with one exception – we are only able to make use of the rewind technique if we adhere to best practice guidelines which stipulate that there would need to be someone in an adjoining room in case of an adverse reaction and a loss of internet connection at the same time.
Logistically, you will need access to a computer or mobile telephone that is audio and video enabled. You will also need access to a stable internet connection. I make use of Zoom (https://zoom.us/) online conferencing software – if you are using a mobile phone you may need to install the Zoom app, which is free to download from the apple or google play stores. If using a computer, you can join the session via your browser. I will also recommend that you find a quiet location where you will not be disturbed for the duration of our session and we will agree in advance what to do should we lose connection for any reason. Evidence indicates that online sessions can be just as effective as face-to-face and perhaps even easier to attend!
What is a human givens therapist?
To help people make changes I use the 'human givens' approach to psychotherapy and counselling (http://www.hgi.org.uk). This science-based approach provides many different tools and techniques that can be used to assist a client to move forward as effectively and as swiftly as possible. It is a synthesis of the best and most effective practice in current therapy and is constantly evolving and improving.
It works from the basis that people have 'needs', such as, the need for security, privacy, attention, emotional connection and meaning and the 'resources', such as, having an imagination, being logical and being creative that can help get those 'needs' met. These needs and resources are the human 'givens'. If a person's needs are not met, or are out of balance, or their resources are damaged, missing, used too little or even too much, then people can become increasingly distressed. This framework allows me to work effectively with a broad range of issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma and addiction.
I use guided imagery with clients to help neutralise trauma and phobias swiftly using a technique called rewind.
Guided imagery is sometimes known as visualisation and indeed hypnosis. Increasingly it is being recognised that by being in a relaxed and focused state and then rehearsing how you want a situation to be in the future it makes it easier and more likely that this behaviour will become the new normal. Research has shown that neurones in the brain that wire together fire together and guided imagery allows this process to start. Just as with any skill you need to practise, so it is with a behaviour or feeling you want to develop. Most people who come to see me have been using their imagination negatively and so it's very useful to use that same imagination positively and constructively. By 'practising' wished for skills, behaviours and mental responses in the therapy room the brain is well on the way to taking those positive attributes into the real world. It’s a way of starting the ball rolling and also embedding success and it is why I use this technique in most sessions. Additionally, as I help you into this state by using relaxation, people often enjoy the process too.
So human givens therapy encompasses lots of different components and this solution-focused brief therapy can be surprisingly simple and complex at the same time.
How can therapy help?
The focus is on how you want your life to be and what needs to change to allow that to happen. Whether it's how you think about a situation or changing what you do in your day to day life. I will work with you to address your specific issues. It’s got to feel right for you and that’s why the therapy will help you find solutions that are specific to you rather than being prescriptively told what to do.
Sometimes we can get really stuck in life and don’t know what to do to help ourselves. Coming to therapy can allow you to borrow someone else's brain to help you look at things more objectively. Heightened anxiety, which many people struggle with, can make it very difficult to think straight. Added to this our family and friends are often too close to us and things can get too emotional on both sides. Indeed, sometimes they are part of the 'difficulty'.
An important part of therapy is often helping the client to calm down so that they can see things differently and then be able to start making changes. A welcome by product of this relaxation is that clients often notice their sleep improving and that they have more motivation to get things done.
Things can change and, no matter how bad things have become. I can work with you to identify your goals and then find strategies that work for you so that you can make the changes and improvements you need. Sometimes the emotional de-activation of a 'trauma' you've experienced through an effective, non-voyeuristic technique called 'Rewind' can make a profound difference in your life.
This therapy, which is individually tailored to you, can help you to re-discover the real you and allow you to live the life you want and deserve.
What is the therapy process?
When you get in touch with me we can organise an appointment. During this first session an assessment will be made about your situation, what you want from therapy and the best way of moving forward. Practical work will start in this first session.
I strive to ensure that you feel better at the end of each session compared to the start, giving you some much needed hope for your future.
The therapy applies the very latest insights from neuroscience and psychological research and uses a combination of brief, practical psychological interventions to help the client make changes in their life. It is designed to move the therapy out of the consulting room and into your life. This is not just about having a chat and off-loading, though that is sometimes necessary, it is about making real and tangible changes. It is a collaborative process and I will often ask you to do something before the next session to help you move your progress forward.
How many sessions are needed?
This is based very much on the individual client and what they are trying to achieve. Some people chose to come along weekly, particularly initially, whilst others prefer time between sessions for progress to be consolidated or to spread the cost. Everyones situation is different. Occasionally clients finish therapy and then come back at a later stage to deal with different issues or to help them deal with an on-going situation.
Many of my clients manage to resolve their issues and feel confident enough with their progress to stop coming to see me after about 4 to 6 sessions. Obviously everyone is different and some find they need more time to move forward from their difficulties. Occasionally someone will come along and tell me they need long-term therapy only to find that they don't, as their progress is much quicker than they expected. Please see my testimonials page to read some of my previous client's comments.
Contact me now, by phone, text or email.
07742 243858 or ContactMe@AmandaJohns.co.uk