Why only online sessions?
During the covid pandemic I have been providing all of my sessions online and found that many of my clients preferred it and that they did just as well. So, having worked for some years at a local doctor’s practice, I decided to work exclusively online. This has allowed more people to access the service, irrespective of their location and ability to travel.
What do online appointments involve?
In terms of the actual session content, they are identical to those conducted face-to-face with one exception – some additional safety precautions need to be in place when using the highly effective rewind technique.
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.
It is also important that you find a quiet location where you will not be disturbed so that you get the most benefit from each session.
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 helps someone enter a daydream-like state where they can rehearse positive behaviours. Most people who see me have been using their imagination negatively and so it's very useful to use that same imagination more positively. 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 embedding success. I use this technique in most sessions.
So human givens therapy encompasses lots of different components and this solution-focused brief therapy can be surprisingly simple and effective.
What is the therapy process?
When you get in touch we organise an appointment and during the first session we have a chat about your situation and what you want from therapy. We then work out a plan to help you move forward. This may include learning or reawakening ways of thinking, feeling and acting that allow you to cope and feel better.
Sometimes it’s useful to deactivate the emotions attached to previous trauma. This can be done using an effective, non-voyeuristic technique called 'Rewind' and can often make a profound difference to a person’s wellbeing.
I strive to ensure that you feel better at the end of each session. I do this by working with a holistic understanding of what human beings need to be able to lead emotionally healthy lives, giving you some much needed hope for your future. It helps re-discover the real you so you can live the life you want and deserve.
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. Everyone’s 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, though some do need longer-term support. 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.