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Keeping Connected therapist Adrienne Bairstow offers intensive couples counselling over a three day time period. This is a good option if you have busy schedules that interfere with weekly appointments, or if you need to have a lot of therapy quickly. For more information click here.
Keeping Connected therapist Adrienne Bairstow uses an eclectic approach, combining components of multiple models of therapy, rather than strictly adhering to one approach for all clients. In couples counselling, Adrienne Bairstow uses Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as her primary model of therapy. Research has found that 75% of couples who completed EFT reported that they recovered from distress. Keeping Connected therapist Adrienne Bairstow receives ongoing training in EFT. You can read more about EFT at this website: http://www.iceeft.com
For both couples and individuals Adrienne Bairstow uses components of Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy, depending on the client and their particular concern.
The terms counselling and therapy (or psychotherapy) are often used interchangeably, as on this website. In other cases counselling is used to refer to a short-term problem-focused approach, while therapy refers to a more in-depth approach, exploring the issues underlying the client’s concern. Both counselling and therapy use conversations as a tool to explore options, facilitate personal growth and improve relationships.
Participating in couples counselling can being a new perspective to long-standing concerns and guide you to a resolution. The benefits you receive depend on your level of participation and your willingness to apply what you learn. Therapy can also help you develop tools to cope with stress and can increase your self-confidence.
Keeping Connected provides both individual and couples therapy. While couples work with just one partner is not the ideal, individual therapy can help you cope with stress, increase your self-confidence, and perhaps provide you with a different way of approaching your concerns with your partner. Often when one partner changes, the relationship changes.
The length of time varies for each client. Generally, couples will start to notice an improvement in their relationship within eight to twelve sessions, with additional sessions used to build on these changes and consolidate new patterns of interacting. You will know that you are finished therapy when you are able to have difficult conversations in a healthy way outside of sessions.
Individuals generally start to notice an improvement in four to eight sessions. Additional sessions may be helpful to further explore issues and practice new skills. You will know that you are finished therapy when you feel confident in your ability to address your concerns independently.
Both individuals and couples may benefit from periodic check-up sessions every four to eight months.
- If you have extended health benefits, your therapy from Keeping Connected may be partially or entirely covered.
- Keeping Connected has reduced fees during non-peak hours (Monday-Friday before 3:30 pm). You may be able to flex your work hours to accommodate therapy appointments. Your doctor may be willing to provide you with a note stating that you have weekly medical appointments which may require time away from work.
- Individuals and couples who spend time between sessions doing relevant readings and homework assignments suggested by Keeping Connected may make more effective use of therapy time and require fewer sessions.
- You can schedule sessions further apart. Therapy typically begins with weekly sessions, however you could arrange for bi-weekly sessions.