Solution-focused Therapy for Adults, Teenagers and Children.
Based in Newbury, West Berkshire. In-person and remote sessions offered.
Talk Through It. Solution-focused Therapy
Welcome to Talk Through It. My name is Gerry Spatharis, I'm a Solution-focused therapist and a part-time Primary Mental Health Worker for the local Council. I have over 28 years of experience working with children, teenagers and adults.
Counselling is something that a lot of us have experienced at some point or other in our lives. It's useful when you need to talk through issues that have been playing over-and-over in your mind. However, Solution-focused therapy is something that I feel is even more useful. It's not necessarily something that people have heard of or are familiar with but it's great for people who want to find a way out of continuously going over the same ground.
Solution-focused therapy was developed at the same time as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, by the same group of psychologists until there was a split in direction and some created CBT whilst others created SF (this, as you can see, is an incredibly simplified version of what happened). The NHS champion CBT because it is short-term, evidenced-based and good for the budget. CBT asks us to look at the behaviours that aren't good for us. Solutionfn-focused therapy does not focus on the behaviours (although acknowledges they exist) but looks at ways in which we can make changes, do things differently and thus have a better outcome. In short, it looks a possibility.
Solution-focused therapy doesn't dwell on the problem. (That's not to say we don't talk about the problem, we do, but not in the same way as you do when you are seeing a Counsellor.) It is great for those who might be ready to move away from the problem and make small changes that will help you move forward. Teenagers and children are particularly good at looking for solutions and finding ways in which they can make things different - another reason why it has such a good success rate. I love it because it is so effective.
The Importance of Finding the Right Person for the Job
The relationship between the therapist and client is key. If I'm not the right person for you, then that's fine. I won't be offended if you don't return! Come for a session and see how you feel. You are always welcome to email before hand or chat to me on the phone if you have questions or concerns.
APPOINTMENT TYPES OFFERERD
- In-person appointments - at the Fairbourne Clinic, Wendan Road, Newbury, West Berkshire.
- Remote appointments - Online through Teleheath (secure)
- Mental health support for local companies or schools - to ensure that their employees/students have mental health support in-house. (Please contact me for packages to suit.)
Book Yourself In!
You can select your own date and time to see me on the booking system. Any questions about booking, just email. If you can't see availability, let me know which days and times you were looking for and I will let you know whether or not I can accommodate your request.
Types of Issue you may be experiencing:
The following are example of some of the issues that people come to see me about. Please don't read the list of issues and worry that yours aren't 'extreme enough' to warrant being seen. It's all relative to who you are. Get in touch if you have any questions.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Typical issues occurring in adults..
- experiencing disillusionment in your career
- marriage issues
- struggling with family life/relationships in general
- unresolved past issues
- becoming angry at seemingly small things
- feeling misunderstood
- OCD behaviours
- ADHD or Autism - coping with, strategies etc
- Functional Neurological Disorder or non-epileptic seizures
This is just a small example of issues experienced.
Typical issues occurring in children or teenagers:
- OCD type behaviours
- fear of parents being hurt or ill
- panic or anxiety
- feeling very low
- excessive anger
- Selective mute
- continually going over the same thoughts or problems
- lacking self-confidence
- having problems relating to people
- unable to make friends
- struggling with school work, expectations or peers
- being disruptive in lessons
- not wanting to go to school
- inability to focus when in class
- worrying about judgement from others
- gender issues
- feel they don't 'fit in'
- FND (Functional Neurological Disorder or non-epileptic seizures)
- ASD/ASC (Autism)
- ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder / Attention Deficit Disorder)
- PANDAS (Paediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections)
Specialisation: Neurodiversity - Autism and ADHD in Adults and Children
I have a lot of experience working with children who have Autism and ADHD and for those who want to know more about these, please see the 'Further Reading' section for books that might be of interest.
Solution-Focused Therapy is incredibly effective, but there's no sense in me telling you this - come and give it a try. I get really good results and if you're the type of person who is not someone who wants to go over and over an issue, then this will probably be the right place for you. Nothing is lost if you decide it isn't for you, but something might be gained if it is. Please feel free to email or phone if you have any questions.
If you would like to book a session with me then please go to 'Bookings, Location and Prices.'
'Problem talk creates problems. Solution talk creates solutions.'
Steve de Shazer