When working with a young person I aim to have an initial assessment with parents or caregivers. This gives me useful background to the child’s presenting issues as well as finding out what the caregivers would like to achieve from the therapy process. Depending on the length of the therapeutic work, I arrange reviews with parents or caregivers every 6-12 weeks which the client may attend if they wish.
When working with adults, I prefer a psychodynamic and humanistic approach over CBT. This means that I can help the client identify and process the source of the problem which in turn can lead to the client making different decisions about their life and gaining greater autonomy.
Whilst my core modality is Transactional Analysis, I like to use a range of theories and interventions with both adult and child clients, tailored to the issues presenting in the therapy room. The key is offering a confidential space to a client where they feel safe and secure and where they believe that their needs can be met. This in turn can allow them to begin talking about and processing troubling issues