My therapy approach is informed by Transactional Analysis (TA), a framework that is widely used within counselling and psychotherapy. Transactional analysis seeks to help individuals recognise their strengths, creativity and choice in the 'here and now'.
TA therapy is very versatile, for it can be used in a wide range of areas and incorporates key themes from humanistic, integrative, psychoanalytical, and psychodynamic therapies. TA can be used as a brief and solution-focused approach, as well as applied as an effective long-term, in-depth therapy.
TA values the working relationship between client and therapist. I work with a relational approach to TA and this looks at the therapeutic relationship that evolves between the client and the therapist. A positive relationship forged between the therapist and client can provide a model for subsequent relationships and communication that are developed outside of therapy.
How long does counselling take?
I see clients for anywhere between 6 sessions and several years. The length of therapy depends on the presenting issues and on what you hope to get from therapy. Many clients benefit a great deal from just a small amount of sessions where there is usually a focus on a few issues.
Some clients gain clarity from talking through their situation with me, from exploring their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Others benefit from having a safe space where difficult feelings can emerge and be expressed, allowing clients to move on with greater emotional wellbeing.
Where clients face more complex and deep seated issues, the work may go on for 6 to 9 months or longer. It takes time for our behavioural, feeling and thinking patterns to form. It equally takes time to unravel these and for new positive patterns to become integrated as part of you. In a long-term therapy we work towards fundamental and lasting change.
This is about working through past traumas and issues to enable you to live to your full potential in the present. A long term therapy looks at your beliefs about yourself, others and the world and how this impacts on how you live your life and how you relate to others.
Through paying attention to the therapeutic relationship that evolves between client and therapist, unconscious patterns of feeling, behaving and relating with others can be understood and changed.