Traditionally the psychological worldview focuses on the individual as the primary client with environmental factors taking second place. The systemic worldview on the other hand sees the family as the primary unit and as important contributors to an individuals psychological functioning and development. A strategic and systemic worldview alongside a Solution Focused Therapy approach is operated here at JK & Associates Therapy Services Ltd. However, this does not mean the individual is excluded; quite the contrary as we have many individual clients. The individual’s systemic affiliations and interactions have a lot of power in a persons life and so working with the whole family, or community system the therapist is able to observe and understand the person and so assist them better.
Family therapy enables couples, family members, and others involved within the family system to express any difficult emotions or thoughts in a safe environment so that everyone is heard and understood. Strengths within the family can be looked at and built on as well as other useful changes needed in relationships. Family therapy is collaborative as well as individual giving an opportunity for reflection on important relationships and how to move forward in that relationship.
Other approaches offered at JK & Associates Therapy Services Ltd are:
- Client centered whereby the therapist offers a non-judgmental atmosphere allowing the individual, group, or family to discover what he/she/they need and want.
- Solution Focused – in other words ‘where do I want to be?’ looks at what the client wishes to achieve through the sessions rather than the problem that brought him or her to therapy. It looks at what has worked before and what can be done differently so that things continue to work. This approach focuses on the here and now as well as the future, dwelling little or if at all on the past.
- Motivational Interviewing encourages an increase in motivation to change. It is also a client centered approach that explores while resolving ambivalence with regards to changing personal behaviours. It is used successfully in adolescent substance abuse as well as being effective when used alongside Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). This makes sense as the therapist encourages the client to have autonomy over his or her decisions, a concept that adolescents are striving for during their transition from childhood to adulthood.
- Worksheets are used throughout the sessions as a guide to monitor progress. With children they are used as a guide to assess emotions, frustration and anger as children are not as articulate as adult in expressing their thoughts and feelings.
Equine Assisted Therapy is also offered here at JK & Associates Therapy Services Ltd courtesy of BEAT-UK.
Depression, Eating Disorders, Addiction and Anxiety are explained a little further on the side links. However, here at JK & Associate Therapy Services Ltd we cover these and more. Below is a list of other issues, though this is by no means exhaustive:
- Grief and Loss
- Parenting and Behaviour
- Suicide and Self-Harm