Before any change work can truly begin and a desired outcome be established I ( we ) will do everything possible to understand where you think you are ( how have you arrived there / what has happened / what is happening etc ) and where you want to be. Some treatment programmes will be very short and others will take longer – each person and each problem is different – however all therapy requires work and there is no such thing as an easy fix if you want lasting change. It is also important that you feel confident to share any information or points of view freely – there are no right and wrong answers. This is a team effort between a qualified professional and an individual who hopes that that professional can assist them towards a desired change.
I will always treat you with respect and will do my best to make sure you have the most effective treatment programme that I can provide for you. I have a few associate professionals who I am happy to work with and recommend and as such if I consider their specific skill would be more beneficial to your treatment programme and ( if you are happy to ) we can include them.
I will have your best interests to the forefront at all times. I am a member of the regulatory bodies NCH and the GHR. I will plan your session carefully paying attention to what you have told me and specific information you have shared with me. This attention to detail makes your treatment programme specific and unique to you and therefore greatly potentates achievement of your desired change / outcome.
With your permission ( I assure you of complete confidentiality at all times ) I would normally take notes when necessary and sometimes will ask to record the session so that I am able to listen to certain conversations after you have left my office for the benefit of your next session. You are also free to record our sessions for your own purposes. However this would only be carried out with your consent and with strict observance of confidentiality and data protection law.
My intention is always to work within your own comfort zones. You will never have to do anything you do not want to do or say anything that you do not want to say however for real change to occur it will be useful for you to ask and answer questions, break down meaning and think of your own responses in a way that is uniquely relevant to you. Remember, there are no right and wrong answers here. My aim is to help you to help yourself. You will more than likely do a considerable amount of the change work and reach your own personal conclusions by yourself although I will be guiding you and supporting you all the way. My intention is to ‘empower you to help yourself – each of us owns a customised, almost godlike goal-achieving resource, cleverly wrapped up in a three pound lump of grey matter’ – NLP Alder and Heather 2006
I use NLP as a framework to ensure structure in your treatment. The use of NLP and other approaches helps set out using respected and proven methods where your therapy is starting from, where it is heading, what the desired outcomes are, and how they will be achieved measuring therapy in terms of short term, medium term and long terms goals or chunks.
It is important to show and measure change, even if the change is minimal. Careful structuring and accountability will set clear goals however large or small, and achieving any or part of them will be consciously noted. If we do not ascertain exactly where you ‘ are’ and where you want to ‘be’ then neither I nor you will know when you have got ‘ there.’