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Specific focus(es) for work

For a process to help locate or specify or sharpen a focus or focuses of how you may use counselling click here.

This

  • consists of completing (or rating) one, two or three forms that can be re-completed (or re-rated) at regular intervals (eg every two to four meetings) either
    • online (before we meet), or
    • when we meet (either alone or together)
  • can be initiated before we meet or at a later time (eg in perhaps our first, second or third or perhaps fourth meeting).

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General focuses of work

If/when you

General focus of work/counselling:

for

  • feel a general or pervasive sense of fear or danger, and/or

  • are in an abusive relationship(s), and/or
  • have a mood-altering addiction (eg addiction to a chemical or drug such as alcohol, food addiction, sex addiction, love addiction) 
  • increasing safety in your life/your general sense of safety

(Also click here for some exercises/strategies for creating safety and click here for links to self-help support groups for mood-altering addictions.)

  • opportunity to approach/work with feelings/experiencing

  • sometimes feel a general sense of fear or danger and at other times feel a sense of safety

  • building resources/forms of support  

(Also click here for links to some possible resources.)

  • feelings/experiencing

  • opportunity to further approach/work with feelings/experiencing

  • feel a general sense of safety

  • feelings/experiencing 

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General focuses of work for working with trauma

If/when you

General focus of work/counselling:

  • have/experience panic attacks, powerful flashbacks or nightmares and/or feel numb
  • increasing your general sense of safety/safety in your life

     

(Also click here for some exercises/strategies for creating safety and click here for some information and links to information about trauma.)

  • find it is difficult/impossible to distinguish/characterise your traumatic experience(s)
  • building resources/forms of support

     

(Also click here for links to some possible resources and click here for some information and links to information about trauma.)

  • find it is easy/possible to distinguish/ characterise your traumatic experience(s)
  • experience of traumatic event(s)/history (if you wish to retell)

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1This is adapted from Babette Rothschild, The Body Remembers (New York: Norton, 2000).