Feelings Chart

How Can I Help?

Welcome to this page. It's an interesting one because it describes how I work and help my clients. Firstly, its important to understand the nature of some of the issues that clients present with.

Symptoms

In just the same was as a physical problem or illness presents with symptoms, such as, such as back ache, headaches or some other problem where there are measurable, palpable features of a condition, emotional and mental issues present with symptoms too. As mental health issues aren't as well understood by the public as physical ones, it's easy to think of the things which present as the real problem, rather than a symptom. For example, phobias can sometimes be and often are, a symptom of something else. Insomnia, a symptom, is nearly always an indicator of something else, usually an anxiety problem.

It is common for clients to present with a symptom then, with their own intent and focus directed at the alleviation of the symptom(s). During the early part of therapy, the real cause of symptoms becomes readily apparent and then the real work begins.

Which Way?

There is no shortage of approaches these days but all useful approaches should converge at more than just partial symptomatic relief. Sadly, this view has become blurred by the idea in some types of therapy which purports that a partial alleviation of symptoms constitutes a success; included in statistics of "evidenced based research". In other words, it's a success if there is any improvement, and symptomatic improvements of 20% might be considered as a success by some. I think it might be called it an improvement. A success? Be your own judge.

I try to create an environment and a process for clients which can lead to at least major improvement or better. Goals are best established at the outset of therapy and a simple and effective means of calibrating progress should be easily and quickly identifiable by both client and therapist. Client and therapist form a team working towards goals. The medial idea of "me doctor, you patient" has no place. Clients hold responsibility for their experiences and therapists hold the responsibility for guiding and encouraging change. In this way, when clients experience personal success they do so in the certainty that it is their own triumph.

The Toolbox

This is extensive, but all elements coalesce into a single, integrated and dynamically flexible approach which remains tuned to the client at all times. Any process which produces no progressmay be abandoned and replaced with more attuned methods which do. This results in an effective and timely journey towards the attainment of goals.