On this page you will find a brief list of the main therapeutic models that we could use during our time together. Everyone is unique. Issues, problems, and life's little or big challenges are different to each person. Rather than applying a specific therapeutic model onto a client, I work with the person sat here in front of me. I find that each therapy session subjectively flows within its uniqueness. People deserve this respect, these are my beliefs, through study, and over 25 years experience in working one-to-one with clients.It could be you have been made redundant from your job. Maybe, with a little encouragement and a listening ear, you begin to think and act upon different ways to get out of your dilemma. Comparatively, you may have trouble accepting your current difficult circumstances, unable to cope with your new challenge(s). Instead of looking for another job, maybe you are finding it difficult not to sink into stress, worry and anxiety, through believing you now have little self-worth, and you are beginning to focus on the negative side of progression instead of feeling able to make any changes. What if your life has changed so much that you really do not know where to start? Your circumstances are now affecting your close relationships and life is getting very difficult?
It is my aim to help you get back on track, rekindle the spark in your life, focus on the direction you choose, and move towards a more positive future. Occasionally, it may help to have more in-depth therapy to discover what is causing and/or propping up your limiting feelings and beliefs around the dilemma. But everyone is different, and deserves to be treated in this way, with respect, dignity, and without judgement. And of course, in strict confidence.
Let's take a look at how I may be able to help you...
Counselling and Psychotherapy
We have become who we are from our life events and the learnings we have taken on board ever since the day we were born. Our relationships with family, friends and colleagues are based upon who we are and how we have learned to behave/react through experience. Everyone has strengths in some form or another. Sometimes clients are not fully aware of the resources they have within their personality. That is why it helps to see a therapist who can treat you as a unique individual, without applying a rigid method of working.
The therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is the basis to helping you reach a successful outcome. I am a qualified counsellor to post-graduate level. I believe that attentively listening to you, possibly more sensitively and empathically than you have been taken notice of before, can help you to build a strong foundation for change. This kind of trusting relationship requires a facilitator who will behave in an ethical and professional manner at all times.
I always uphold respect and integrity, this is reflected in my genuine and honest approach to helping you reach a positive change. All client contact is treated in strict confidence.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
Francine Shapiro, a psychologist, developed EMDR in the 1980s, when she noticed that moving her eyes from side to side seemed to reduce the occurrence of her own distressing memories. It is a highly effective model of psychotherapy, now a NICE compliant evidence based therapy too, widely used in the NHS and private practice. I am qualified in Parts 1, 2 and 3.
EMDR is being used more and more by medical professionals within their work. This therapy helps the client 'link and connect' all parts of the mind and brain; which can help the person change how they think, feel and behave. This model can bring rapid results. This therapy could play part in healing broken feelings within your Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Developed by psychotherapist, Eugine Gedlin, focussing is a therapy that can help guide you into a more focussed awareness, a felt sense and bodily connection of particular feelings. This can be useful to gain a deeper awareness from within that area, to reach something that has been difficult for you to find the words to explain. Did you know that words are only a very small part of our communication?
Clinical Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness
These methods are a natural state of the mind and body, When used by an experienced professional, they are completely safe in every way. Remember, publicised hypnosis is very much sensationalised by the media, and nothing like professional ethical therapy, and not about control!
When you are hypnotised, you are not asleep or out of control. You are in a concentrated state of deep relaxation, a focussed state of awareness. This is where you can link and connect your inner mind and resolve issues and problems you have been experiencing up to now.
I believe this state of mind can often be the key to effective change; it is a state where a person can fully engage and tap into resources that may be needed to gain positive results.
Amongst my qualifications within different psychotherapy models, in the 1990s, I was awarded a Distinction, relating to my Diploma for Clinical Hypnotherapy, accredited by The British Medical Hypnotherapy Examination Board. In the past I have also tutored for the London College of Clinical Hypnosis, amongst other well known people within the field of therapy.
Empty Chair Work/Inner Child
(Gestalt Therapy Techniques)
Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman, in the 1940s, developed Gestalt Therapy.
Gestalt therapy is an experiential therapy, a humanistic form of therapy, that was originally designed as an alternative to conventional psychoanalysis. It is more concerned with helping the client 'experience' rather than understand. 'Understanding' itself might not be the key to change. Gestalt Therapy helps you to go through your own healing process to help safely resolve problems. Gestalt Therapy helps you to 'tap into your flexibility and creativity'.
Often, when a child grows up traumatized, he or she may learn to hide that trauma and act normal because the grown adult is now frightened of experiencing the same emotional distress again. As an adult, unexplained behaviour can get in your way of living a happier life. Perhaps there are certain people within your life who you try to avoid, but would really like to understand why your feelings are so strong in this area. Working therapeutically with your inner child, internally completing the 'unresolved' can have a huge positive effect upon your life. When you feel ready, I can sensitively and creatively assist you in communicating with that 'younger you' and help facilitate your healing.
We could all do with some relaxation from time to time. Progressive relaxation can help you to feel more comfortable within yourself.
Used as a stand alone tool, relaxation and mindfulness can help with stress, anxiety and depression, and is sometimes the precursor to a therapy intervention. Taking a few deep breaths in through your nose, holding the breath for a few seconds, and then releasing it slowly through your mouth, can help you to let go of tension. I do recommend most of my clients to practise relaxation methods, of their choosing. This gives each person a special time to consider themselves and their journey in life, whilst encouraging healing and developing well-being. This is not compulsory, only my recommendation, but if you would like to purchase a recording that could help with this process, you may wish to consider taking a look through the list of self-help recordings at www.self-hypnosis.com. (Please note my 'brand/trade' name, 'Barrie St John' and not my birth name, Barrie Foster. Barrie St John is merely a trading name for international consumerism and past teachings.)
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
Founder, Richard Bandler, and co-creator, John Grinder, developed this method to understand and change human behaviour patterns. NLP is the study of subjective experience. This means working in or around the sensory systems of a person:
Visual - what you see, (Ask yourself, 'What did I see today that made me smile?)
Auditory - what you hear, (Ask yourself, 'Which music helps me to feel happy?)
Kinaesthetic - how you feel, (Ask yourself, 'When I laugh, how does it make me feel inside?')
Olfactory - what you smell, (Ask yourself, 'Which smells invigorate my senses?)
Gustatory - what you taste, (Ask yourself, 'What is my favourite food or drink?)
and Digital - your internal self-talk. (Ask yourself, 'What would I like to say but cannot quite find the right words to express my meaning?')
Although NLP gives us many different techniques to help people, it is the flexible use of this approach that really brings results. This approach can bring you rapid change, where other methods have failed to hit the mark. I hold qualifications to Master Practitioner in NLP. I also have many years of experience in teaching within this area.
Solution Focused Therapy
In Solution-Focussed Therapy we target the 'solutions' to your problem. Together, we use your current and future resources and hopes rather than the present problems and past causes. We may look at your own coping strengths to create more clear goals towards a resolution to your problem.
Timeline Therapy TM
Each life experience has an impact in some way or another, on how we approach our day-to-day living. Significant events can make our life 'now' less than fulfilling and can stop us from achieving the results we want. A timeline therapist uses the client's own internal 'timeline' to elicit and facilitate a compelling and happier future.
Using Art in Therapy
Using our creativity can be very helpful in therapy, especially when words inadequately describe a feeling inside. Drawing, scribbling or squiggling with coloured pens, pencils and paint can be fun. Even playing with, moulding or massaging play dough, can be a good way to express how you are feeling. It can be a helpful distraction when dealing with trauma at a deeper level. Often the barrier to reaching our deeper awareness is the conscious logical and thinking mind. Whilst it can be helpful to 'understand' a situation, releasing and processing the emotions can be quite profound if facilitated by an attentive and competent therapist. Arts in therapy can be very simple and easy to use. This is a good way to help a young person, as well as an adult, with difficulties.