In this time of coronavirus crsis, I can offer CRISIS CAT-INFORMED PHONE SESSIONS/THERAPY TO ANYONE, ANYWHERE. JUST CALL ME TO ARRANGE ON: 07890337604
Normally based in the West End (close to Selfirdge). However I am NOT currently available for face-to-face sessions.
CAT Psychotherapist and Supervisor, with 25 years experience of providing individual therapy, from crisis support to the suicidal, extended assessments, to time-limited or to or longer term, addressing a wide range of personal problems.
Assessment sessions, usually 3 and each of 80-90 minutes, conclude with a personal collaboratively developed formulation and 'map', and recommendations/suggestions for further therapy (CAT or other modalities) and/or self-development.
There are many examples, in literature and in my own work, where one to three session assessment, especially in crisis, has itself yielded benefits sufficient to put aside any urgent need for ongoing therapy.
The most important factor in successful therapy is the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. My foremost concern is therefore to understand, seek to assess for every individual, what will make for an effective, unique therapist-client relationship - one that for each party engages, connects to the other, with both head and heart.
The starting point in any such assessment must be openness to whatever the client brings, responding with empathic, non-judgemental containment. Everyone’s life-story is unique, and I will want to hear as much as she or he feels able to tell me, gently challenging if appropriate, and especially about the relationships that have made it what it is.
The CAT model recognises that, fundamentally, it is relationships themselves that are at the root of our difficulties, and that problematic patterns that afflict us generally stem from early, formative, relationships. Exploring a client’s experience of attachment, separation and loss - and, often, trauma - is likely to throw light on the causes of anxiety or depression, and to feelings of confused identity, isolation, to mood swings, and to self-damaging behaviours.
CAT’s strengths lie in its focus and its collaborative, relational approach. Real, lasting, change means a change in how we relate, whether to ourself (self-belief, self-care) or to those significant to us. The vehicle enabling such change is the process and relationship in the session itself (i.e the therapeutic relationship); moments of change arise in the immediacy, the uniqueness, of "now" - even in an assessmentt;
Every therapist"s style is enriched by their own personal story, life and career experiences as well as, of course, their professional training and practice. It may strike chords for some who read this to know that my early career was in the commercial and business sectors, then as an organisational consultant. As a Samaritan volunteer, then as a therapist, I have been drawn to concern for the human condition at its darkest moments of despair, to those in suicidal crisis, and how best to reach out to them. In 2002 a colleague and I set up a charity, Maytree, specificly to help those in suicidal crisis.
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