Individual consultation therapy
« It is certainly impossible for me to say that change always means improvement, but what I can say is that any improvement requires change. » GC Lichtenberg
In my consultations, the therapeutic journey runs from 1 to 10 sessions depending on the unique individual situation. The solution oriented model has proven very efficient in alleviating personal, professional and relationship difficulties whether they appeared recently or are ingrained for longer time. Sessions can take place online or in-person, in French or English. In keeping with an established medical or psychological diagnosis, systemic and strategic therapy offers lasting results by empowering patients to come up with new solutions and practice new behaviors.
The following issues can be treated in systemic strategic therapy:
- Anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobias, OCDs
- Mood disorders: depression, bi-polar disorders
- Emotional and sexual disorders
- Sleeping disorders
- Behavioral issues
- Stress, burn-out, bore out
- Stress related to cultural adaptation
- Relationship dysfunctions, parent-child/ couple
Each session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. During the first session, your therapist takes stock of the current situation through a collection of precise and detailed information. It helps identify the pain points, discomfort or suffering to be relieved. Each session includes a phase of deep listening, asking questions, reformulating what was heard to validate the understanding of the problem and the objective to achieve. Depending on the situation, it often but not always ends with reflection exercises, observations or practicing new behaviors after or between the sessions.
To mobilize the patient in the change process, it is frequently asked to conduct small tasks from one session to another. For example, it may involve observing certain situations, thinking about an important issue, or even starting to modify certain behaviors in different contexts and in vivo. By activating his/her personal resources, the patient begins to overcome his/her difficulties. As a result, it shortens the duration of the therapy significantly. The exercises are prescribed and explained by the therapist.
Depending on what the situation calls for, the therapist may ask to see other persons who are part of the client’s entourage. It fosters a deeper understanding of how the problem functions. According to the strategic systemic model, any individual who is part of an ecosystem is potentially part of the solution.
After the first phases of change and signs of improvement, there comes a phase where the newly acquired behaviors and perceptions are solidified. Therapeutic follow-up generally stops after this phase during which the sessions become progressively less frequent as the patient regains his/her autonomy. The therapist ensures that the desired change is maintained over time.
If you think your problem relates to a professional situation, the systemic and strategic coaching might help you find the keys to change.