Areas of Expertise
With the right professional help you can overcome:
Stress, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Low Self-Esteem, Chronic Pain, Panic Attacks, Self-Harming, Trauma, Sleep Problems, Smoking Cessation, Weight Management, Phobias, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Relationship Difficulties, Coping with Divorce, Bereavement and Loss, Adapting to Life Changes, Living with Chronic Illness, Chronic Fatigue, Workplace Stress, Fear of Public Speaking, Anxiety Relating to Childbirth, Post Natal Depression and many other forms of emotional distress.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from our first meeting?
Elaine aims to help you feel as comfortable as possible with her from the very first session and appreciate that it can take courage to come and talk to someone you haven’t met before.
In your first session you’ll be asked to complete one or two forms and we’ll explain a bit about session confidentiality.
Elaine will then want to find out what has brought you to see her and you’ll be able to tell her what you would like to change or be able to manage better. This will help her to understand exactly what you need from your session/sessions.
Elaine may give you some helpful explanations about why you might be feeling the way you are, and teach you some simple relaxation techniques to help you feel calmer straight away so that you can begin to think more clearly and work out how to take some control. Together you and Elaine will work out what strategies to use to help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible and will often agree on the first steps you can take after this session to make a difference to how you feel and how you are coping.
How soon will I begin to feel better?
With Human Givens, our aim is always to help you start feeling better from our very first session. Most people find that within a few sessions they have been able to notice improvements and changes, as they deal with past difficulties and learn new strategies for managing their lives and start being able to thrive rather than just survive.
How many sessions will I need to come for?
Most clients find that they can achieve what they need to in four to six sessions, but depending on your circumstances you may need less or more. We will decide together after each session whether you need to come again, so your treatment will not be unnecessarily lengthy or expensive.
How can you help if I can’t change my circumstances?
If your circumstances can’t be changed, we will help you develop useful skills so that you can manage your situation in the best possible way. When you feel calmer and stronger and your own needs are being better met, it is easier to cope with problems and ongoing challenges.
Sometimes you only need to make one or two small changes to make a real difference and as you alter your responses to your situation or to the people around you, this can create a new, more helpful dynamic.
How do I book an appointment
Simply go to the Contact page on here.
What is different about Human Givens Therapy?
Human Givens Therapy takes into consideration all the elements that make your life work better – the physical, emotional and mental components of wellbeing.
It draws on the findings from psychology and neurobiology about how people really function. It also draws on international research studies that have established which counselling techniques are most effective. We do not waste time endlessly asking you to go over and analyse the past, or attempting to dredge up real or imagined miserable memories. (Research now shows this tends to confuse and upset people, and embed the memories more deeply, giving them more power over the present.)
We offer practical help that deals with mental and emotional distress in the here and now.
People have preconceptions about what it might be like working with a counsellor or therapist – which are not true, and can stop many from working with a professional, even when they're suffering with poor mental health or behavioural patterns that are negatively impacting their life.
This information here may reassure you and give you an idea of what it would be like if you booked a session.
Firstly, sessions last for 1 hour or 1½ hours. Most people can be helped in 4 to 6 sessions – some people need only one or two and others with more complex difficulties may require more. The aim is to help you in as few sessions as possible.
All Human Givens therapists work with the same approach and we will:
Ensure that you start to feel better immediately – we don't believe you have to feel worse before you can feel better
Offer practical techniques to deal with mental and emotional distress
Use knowledge from your past to help you move on, rather than dwelling on it endlessly
Deal swiftly with trauma from the past using a technique that avoids your having to speak of all the details
Teach you how to relax so that you can deal better with life's challenges
Give you useful information about the neurology and biology of your difficulty, should it be helpful
Help you identify areas where your needs are not being well met and why this is so
Work out realistic and achievable goals for you
Agree on the best strategies for you to use
Help you to use and develop your own resources
Help you to develop valuable life skills which will enable you to make changes and move on.
If you have a question or are unsure about whether therapy or counselling is right for you, please ask Elaine or book some time with her through the Contact page here.