I am sat here at home on what is yet another beautiful summers day. As I start to reflect on last weeks session with Simone Stephen MNCS – Head of Therapy at Less Ordinary and CEO of her private therapy consultancy self titled Simone Stephen, I am still left with unanswered questions about the therapy process. So this week I wanted to focus on the therapy experience, with the view to help my audience get a clear er insight. So in good lockdown fashion I set up my zoom meeting with Simone Stephen to discuss this topic in greater depth .

Many people don’t know what to expect from a counselling session. What is the basic structure of a session?

The goals of therapy would be set at the initial consultation however, these are open to change.  The session would start with a check in then the agenda and finish up with a summarising.

The therapy journey involves the initial disclosure stage in the first sessions then moves onto the exploration stage before finishing up with the closure commitment stage. It is also worth noting that sessions can be in person on online via video calls.

Many of us go through highs and lows. At what point do you seek therapy?

Therapy is a mental health check in. You don’t have to wait until breaking point. We never stop learning about ourselves and can always raise our level of awareness, explore and understand ourselves.

“Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upwards from the unconscious”

Carl Jung a founder of analytical psychology

So here we are overcoming the notion that feelings and beliefs are an inherent part of our personality. Rather than saying this is my story and I’m sticking to it, we become aware that we can hold the pen to write our future story.

Our self defeating behaviours are created by an external source but they are perpetuated voluntarily by the individual. These are the stories or narratives where we serve as excuses and the excuses disempower us.

“Therapy is a mental health check”

Simone Stephen MNCS

So this is tough because we have to take responsibility and admit there’s something we’ve got wrong! 

What type of client issues have you experienced?

Clients have come to me presenting self defeating behaviours such as procrastination which is avoidance at its best! Unbalanced attitudes like worrying, perfectionism, lack of confidence, stress and anxiety, heartbreak. Many have overwhelming emotions that they feel they have no control of and counselling supports them to change the way they work with these and empowers them to lead their life with healthy and constructive choices.

I’ve also seen clients with deeper issues like abuse, depression, self harm, grief and loss experiencing a heavy load of anger and the work there has been about finding healthy coping strategies.

Next week join us for a closer look at the types of therapy.

Useful links

https://www.mhm.org.uk/

https://www.rethink.org

http://www.freemindfulness.org/

Anxiety Care UK

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