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Brief Psychotherapy
 


By brief we mean four to six sessions after the motivational assessment, which can be found under the Self Help link. There can also be a personal assessment after a brief telephone discussion or, alternatively you can print the assessment and fax it and we will reply to arrange the personal assessment. Our approach to brief therapy is broadly cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused. In plain English, beginning with the A, B, C's , our personality includes Affect, Behaviour and Cognition - what we feel, what we do and what we think.

If we feel sad, we can use our ability to think and work out why and then do something different. After we have done something to change the situation we feel better. Therapy may include skills for life such as assertiveness, relaxation techniques, breathing techniques, exercise, challenging negative thoughts etc., etc. Some of these skills are available under Self Help, many more as handouts for face-to-face work. The key benefit of face to face psychotherapy is the therapeutic relationship, which enables us and facilitates the process of change. The cost is £40 or €50 per hour for personal psychotherapy. Brief psychotherapy is suitable for life crisis such as relationship break-up, job loss, work-related or other stress. We do not offer brief psychotherapy to those who are feeling suicidal (contact Samaritans0845 790 9090). Those who have a history of psychiatric illness or anti-social behaviour should discuss psychotherapy with their doctor first.

 

Psychotherapy
 

The longer term psychotherapy offered is integrative psychotherapy. There are two aspects to the integration. The first is the integration of affect, cognition, behaviour, body and spirit. In English, the holistic inclusion of how we feel, what we think, what we do, spiritual aspects our being and the impact of our way of being on our body. For example, we may be more at home with logical thinking and problem-solving and be thrown by, and feel overwhelmed with sadness following bereavement. On the other hand, we may be fully aware of our feelings, but nonplussed by the need to get ourselves organised with a promotion, or the arrival of a baby. These examples are really stereotypes, although many of us have adapted creatively in these ways in order to get through our childhood. We may have been told "Big boys don't cry-don't be such a baby!", and learnt that it was wiser then to think rather than feel. We may have been told "Don't be such a smart-Alec!" or "What a geek!", and decided that it would be better not to succeed, or to study, or to exceed parental expectations. Other 'messages' may lead to our working too hard, having little confidence or always putting others first, with the consequence that these 'out of awareness' choices may be proving unhealthy and life-sapping for us as adults. The second aspect of integration concerns the psychotherapy itself. The history of psychotherapy, from the split that occurred between Freud and Jung onwards, has many examples of dialogue ceasing between the innovators of new approaches to psychotherapy and thus perhaps the potential for new knowledge and understanding ceasing. It is as if the human being is a multi-faceted diamond. Some approaches focus on only one or two aspects of that diamond, sometimes to good effect, but not finding perhaps more of the precious, beautiful jewel that is within our potential. Integrative psychotherapy holds the potential for including any aspect of other psychotherapy modalities that serve to enhance the therapeutic relationship, which is where healing occurs. Longer term psychotherapy is appropriate for personal development and personal growth, for those who have to have personal therapy as part of their training as counselors and therapists and those who wish to gain or regain their sense of being fully alive, and perhaps their zest for life. The cost is £40 or €50 per hour for longer-term psychotherapy. Please use the contact link to arrange by telephone or e-mail for a free, informal telephone discussion.