Our Approach

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Our Approach

If you are looking at this and wondering about having therapy, you may be asking:

“What would all this mean for me as a client?”

We hope this sketch of a journey through therapy will help answer that question, and provide some idea of how we work and what you may expect.

From the start of contact with you, we will provide a confidential, safe, supportive and trusting environment in which to explore experiences, thoughts and feelings which are causing distress, or circumstances which seem overwhelming and are creating difficulties in your life or in your relationships.

You may find, like many people, when you first arrive you need strong support and a period of time in which to simply tell your story and be heard. Your therapist is trained to put you at ease, to listen and support you in telling your story, and to help you to start to make sense of what has happened. He or she can provide the necessary skilful support to deal with upsetting, distressing or traumatic recollections and experiences.

Over time, as the initial pressure and distress subsides, your therapist will help you move towards a sense of reflection and understanding, and help you to develop a sense of what you want from the therapy – your personal goals. During this phase, your therapist can help you feel more stable whilst moving towards new possibilities and awareness. Your therapist is skilled in providing the honest, open and non-judgemental support you will need.

As your relationship with your therapist develops a time will come when you feel able to engage with gentle non-threatening challenge, and begin to experiment creatively. You will begin to explore your inner experience and your world, and how these interact. With your therapist’s help you will develop your awareness of patterns in your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Your awareness of how you work in the world and in your relationships will grow. You will discover where things go well – and where not so well.

You may begin to consider some changes, experimenting with thinking, feeling and behaving differently: you may try out new ideas in the safety of the therapy room. You may notice that this initiates change in your circumstances and relationships outside the therapy room.

During all this time you will be building the resources to tolerate the necessary frustrations of life more easily, and developing the capacity to accept those things which are outside your control. Your therapist will also share ideas and knowledge with you, drawn from therapy and human understanding, to help you build your own capacity to help yourself.

As you gain experience, you will find you need your therapist less and less, and instead begin to rely more and more on your own resources, your growing awareness, your new skills and knowledge. As your confidence and insight grows, you will begin to move towards the end of your therapeutic journey.

The journey time varies from person to person. People are unique, as are their circumstances. The first meeting or so with your therapist will be in the form of supportive exploration and assessment. This process is aimed at helping you to focus on what you want from therapy, your immediate goals, and how long you would like to work. These decisions are usually arrived at in discussion and by consensus between yourself and your therapist.

Most people find therapy a positive experience, and discover it provides opportunity not only for problem solving, and dealing with immediate distress, but also for personal growth and learning, and even fundamental change in life when that is what is wanted.

Having Choice:

Phil Harrison and Rosalie Harrison have experience in providing a wide choice of approaches for their clients, including: short term therapy (6 weeks); long term therapy (several years): a range of methods and approaches from talking and cognitive therapy through to creative and meditative approaches, and including Equine Assisted Therapy.

Their training is in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling and the Humanistic School of Psychology. You can learn more about these by using the “Therapies” drop down menu.

Please feel free to contact either practitioner for more information or explore this site and links.