Here's a bit about how we work
The most important thing is to develop a clear , trusting, listening relationship with the client. The therapeutic approach chosen follows, and is informed by, a thorough assessment and understanding of the main issues for which clients are seeking help. This will then lead to a clear personalised plan of action. At all times in this process, we will elicit the client’s perspective and involvement. It needs to be a truly collaborative endeavour.
We begin with a free telephone consultation (i.e. about 15 mins.) to help establish the reasons for seeking help and whether proceeding with some sessions would be feasible and productive.
If so, the initial face to face meetings (i.e. 2 or 3 sessions) would focus on gaining a thorough account of the person’s difficulties (i.e. Assessment), culminating in a shared understanding (i.e. Formulation). This should help us understand how and why problems have developed and provide a rationale for how we move forward.
The initial assessment sessions are usually in themselves helpful to clients, allowing self expression , a greater understanding ,and a sense of hope for the future.
The next step, where appropriate, is the negotiation of some therapeutic sessions (usually from 6 to 12 sessions). The aim is to help clients find ways of managing their situation, alleviate problems and improve their quality of life. We would always aim to do this in as few sessions as possible.
It may be more convenient and/or cost effective to conduct some sessions via skype/facetime or on the phone. Even in this situation , though, some face to face sessions are necessary.
Specific therapeutic approaches:
Most clinical psychologists tailor their therapeutic interventions to specific problems, using the most relevant evidence based psychological approaches (i.e. proven to be clinically effective).What is most relevant will vary from case to case . Sometimes this may involve using more than one approach in combination (where using a single approach may be less effective)
We are experienced in the following evidence based approaches:
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Behavioural approaches including Behavioural Activation
• Schema Therapy
• EMDR for PTSD type problems
• Mindfulness based approaches -including mindfulness training in a group
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Compassion Focussed Therapy
• Family and couple therapy
• Grief therapy.
• Person Centred Therapy
• We also offer an assessment service for people who may be worried about memory problems
This is not an exhaustive list.
Most approaches will involve asking clients to undertake certain activities ' between sessions' which help in building up new skills to tackle difficulties and developing resilience to maintain a good quality of life in the future.
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Psychological assessments and therapy for adults
David 07542 004194
Ronald 07715 651360
88 Rodney Street, Liverpool, L1 9AR