My personal Approach
Integrative psychotherapist specialising in Transactional Analysis
I am an integrative therapist, which means that I bring together all the different aspects of my training and experience to find the best way of working with each individual.
My main psychotherapy training is in Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) which is a psychological theory of human personality, behaviour communication styles and relationships. TA’s basic philosophy is that all people are of value and have the right to live their lives authentically flexibly and can be accepted and treated with respect. Importantly, in Transactional Analysis is the belief that people can change, however deep-rooted their difficulties.
Counselling or Psychotherapy?
Essentially both counsellors and psychotherapists are there to listen, understand and facilitate your reflection and awareness so that you are in a better position. Generally the training a counsellor undergoes is shorter and up to level 5 in terms of educational/vocational training (up to degree level). Psychotherapy is a post graduate training, usually at level 7, (Masters level).
Generally counselling enables people to solve some problems and to share their feelings. In counselling, work is done with your strengths and resources, helping you achieve your goals.
Psychotherapy includes some counselling as well as helping people unlock feelings that are stuck. This usually takes a longer amount of time and the work is deeper.
It is usual for people to attend at least once a week and in some instances of psychotherapy some people attend twice a week.
The first session, which is charged at my standard fee we will mutually agree if we are the “right fit” for each other as it is within our relationship that the work is done.
During that session I will ask you some administrative questions such as your full name, date of birth, GP surgery and postal address.
The rest of the session is to explore together what brings you and how I might be of use to you.
If at this point you decide not to proceed there is no further commitment.
If you do wish to work together then we can agree on a set number of sessions usually at least six.
If we decide that you are unsure or have another longer number of sessions is mind beyond that we can work together until you have what you need.
We will continue to review and see what you are gaining, you will hear my perspective and again decide a focus or where you might wish to go with your process. Beyond that if you wish to end then I suggest we speak about it in a session and have at least one more session to end and say our goodbye.
I work online with my clients, during weekdays and recommend at least one session per week.
In addition I am providing one on one additional supervision with an intersectional lens to qualified humanistic and integrative counsellors. Sessions are 60 minutes in length and offered at a discounted rate for the period we agree to work together whilst I complete my supervision diploma.
~ James Baldwin