How many sessions would I need?
This depends on many factors and the how far back the presenting issues extend. Most people begin to find some relief and positive change within the first 4 sessions of meeting on a weekly basis. By the end of the first session we would be in a position to decide how many sessions would be required in order to complete the work safely and effectively.
For issues of childhood or sexual abuse I would use a more psychodynamic approach, which would be upwards of 12 sessions.
Ultimately; counselling cannot immediately change someone’s situation, but it can help to change the way we think about it and therefore reduce anxiety. Once we get into a calm space we can explore choices that help us become happier.
What is Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT)?
This is a very powerful therapy model, which invites clients to focus on the solution of their problem rather than the problem itself. The therapy works well for clients experiencing stressful situations in their lives. Once the situation is explained the client sets some goals as to where they would like to get to and the focus of the therapy then becomes: “What changes need to happen to create that preferred future”?
This therapy is very useful for Couples Therapy or processing life events such as divorce, separation and negative changes in the workplace.
What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
In a “nutshell”; CBT brings into our awareness the link between feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Once feelings and thoughts have been acknowledged and validated we can look at changing our behaviour in a way that creates a positive change to our thoughts and feelings. The study of Mindfulness gives clients an ability to control their negative thoughts better by bringing the “logical mind” into the present moment. CBT works with our left-brain, logical mind, (doing mode) whereas the Mindfulness techniques allow our right brain, emotional mind, to move into “being mode”.
This therapy is particularly useful to help with panic attacks, anxiety issues or depression.